Massage gives us the opportunity to relax the body and mind and connect a little deeper within. When we feel more at peace and safe in our bodies we respond in a healthier way to the world around us. I am trained in various massage modalities from restorative to injury. Massage is a gift to yourself and a meditation all its own.
Ayurvedic aromatherapy is a complementary therapy taught by David Crow and Jade Shutes that stimulates and supports the body’s own natural healing abilities, including the whole person-body, mind, and soul-seeing them as a unique individual. It attempts to address the underlying causes of an illness by educating the client on the Self and the nature of essential oils and their benefits while adopting the philosophy of Hippocrates: “First do no harm.” Aromatherapy can be used to reduce anxiety and agitation, balance the elements within the body, and assist in reducing the impact of stress on the physical body. Hippocrates is also known as having said “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”
Cranial Sacral Therapy
This a light touch therapy that focuses on regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the sutures of the cranium. To do this, a light touches is applied to the skull, face, spine and pelvis. A deeply relaxing and comforting experience.
Manual Lymph Drainage
A gentle massage created by Dr. Vodder, Manual Lymph Drainage is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph system, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a light pressure and a rhythmic circular movement to stimulate lymph flow.
The concept of injury massage is to look for cause and dysfunction, and help relieve chronic and acute pain by working on major muscles in segments with specific, deeper technique to stimulate individual muscle fibers. Muscles serve as pulleys and bones as levers and the goal of injury massage is to help the client become pain-free and gain more fluidity in their body.
The practice of manipulating reflex areas in the feet and hands. These reflex areas correspond to specific body parts and organs. This modality was created by William Fitzgerald who created Zone Therapy which was later named Reflexology by his assistant Eunice Ingham (who also developed thumb walking). You cannot make the body worse thru reflexology it only supports the body in its own healing process. Reflexology is a Holistic Approach with the intent to bring the body into balance & harmony. Using specific pressure technique, reflexology, helps to break up blockage that is preventing proper communication thru the body(the nervous system being our communication system).
Also at times called “the Lazy Man’s Yoga” this modality was created by Dr. Shivago and taught to me by Master Bumroong of Northern Thailand. The main focus of Thai Bodywork is to help regain balance in the flow of energy in the body. It works on both the superficial and deeper fascial layers of the muscles, ligaments, joints and connective tissue and affects the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems. It has a calming, positive effect on the body, relieving excess energy and is energizing at the same time.
Trigger Point Therapy
This modality states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from points of local tenderness to broader areas–sometimes distant from the trigger point itself–causing pain in other parts of the body. For example a trigger point in the back may produce referral pain in the neck. Pain is released through cycles of isolated pressure and release using the breath and patience.
Created by Dr. Ida Rolf This form of massage uses little to no oil using slow deep strokes to adjust the Fascia (connective tissue/body stocking). It releases tension in the tissue re-balancing and realigning the body, resulting in more energy, increased breathing capacity, elimination of chronic pain, and a restored sense of well-being.
Sound Vibration Chakra/Biofield Healing
A form of sound vibration, these energetic tools are placed around the body to release unwanted energies, help things that need to be healed rise to the surface, and raise our vibration to a higher state–bringing more peace, clarity, and a greater sense of balance to our body, mind, and soul. Crystal sound affects the body and, especially, the brain, the resonance relays an order that allows consciousness to travel into altered states of awareness.
Ayurvedic Body Bliss Therapy
Three ancient forms of healing combined-Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Svedana-create a deepening and quieting of the mind.
Friction and long strokes using herbal oils personally prepared for you. Massage is an excellent way to detoxify and nourish the tissues in the body. The rubbing and stroking actions dislodge accumulated toxins, which then move out of the body through the digestive system.
Herbal oils streamed over the head that have a profound effect on calming the nervous system. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow). Shirodhara can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension. It relieves tension, worry, fear and headache as well as depression, regulates our mood and gives feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
A method where steam is applied to the whole body, this can be done as a wrap or simply in your steam room. It typically follows Abhyanga and Shirodhara. Svedana means to “perspire” and also called as steam therapy. There are different types of svedana, sitting in sun being one of them.