Full-body massages are generally performed in 60 or 90 minute sessions; however, a 30 minute massage focused on a specific area provides opportunities for relaxation thus providing an increase in well-being, reducing stress and boosting the body’s immune system. Services may be combined for your personal needs. A brief description of some of my services follows:
Medical Massage is typically focused on a specific injury or pain-related issue. Evaluation techniques are used to gain a clearer understanding of muscle dysfunction which may be contributing to the issue(s). Massage techniques are then utilized to alleviate pain and return muscle function and increased range of motion.
Swedish Massage is a basic relaxing full body massage which may include a variety of massage strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve circulation. Swedish may also include range of motion stretching. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Therapeutic Massage may include the use of one or more techniques such as muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, and trigger point to address client specific issues. This process can be painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. Client feedback during the session is necessary. May or may not include a full body massage depending on the number of issues addressed and the time allotted. Appointments may be scheduled for 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Neurokinetic Therapy is a method of testing muscle groups to identify dysfunction. Sometimes, due to pain/injury/habitual movements, your brain decides that it is not safe or able to activate a particular muscle. In that case, it needs help, and hour body may request additional muscles to help. Over time, these extra / compensatory strategies can wear out their welcom in the form of new aches and pains. By identifying and locating the dysfunction we can work together to retrain the muscles, and reset the pattern often alleviating pain.
Prenatal Massage is a full body massage during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters that promotes a comfortable low stress pregnancy. Gentle and relaxing, this is a must for moms-to-be. Great for baby too!Stone Therapy utilizes deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Hot Stone Therapy causes expansion and contraction of the circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system. Hot Stone Therapy may be an "add-on" to most services for a small fee.
Energy Work An energy session will be customized to fit your particular situation. Reiki, sound therapy, crystals, tuning forks, colored lights, and/or aromatherapy may be used to assist the body in relaxing, letting go of old patterns and beliefs, and balancing the chakras.
For example, an energy session may consist of colored lights above the treatment table, tuning forks placed on different points of the body, crystals placed in the hands and/or at different parts of the body; all working together to aid and assit the energy balancing of the body. Modern physics postulates that matter is imprisoned solidified light, wheras light is energy in a free state. The highly organized state of matter of the quartz crystal allows photons to move without being trapped and condensed as in other forms of matter. A crystal is a special tool for using light in specific ways.
The crystals, light therapy, and tuning forks evoke feelings of peace and serenity, a starting place for letting the energies amplified by these tools to transport you to greater levels of awareness and perception. You may experience insights and release of specific personal issues and memories. At times, you may have feelings of warmth, movement, tingling or expansion in various centers of your body. Your awareness may extend beyond yourself to transpersonal states of higher consciousness—or, you may fall asleep! Each individual is certain to have a unique experience necessary to his or her own healing and alignment process.
The tuning forks that I use in my practice are calibrated to 136.10 Hz, which is C#. These precision instruments are made in Germany. They are placed upon different acupuncture points of the body. This helps the body and energy systems entrain to C#. It helps balance the chakras (here is Carolyn Myss video of the explanation of the chakras http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaVIuy-ZMiY&feature=related). If we have one or more meridians or chakra's out of balance or tune, then this can over time lead to physical, emotional or mental disease. Keeping our seven chakra's aligned and singing with the harmony of the universe can lead to a sense of health and balance, which can improve our lives on many different levels. Body, mind and spirit are one.
The basic principle of Sound Healing is that of resonance: every object is in a state of vibration and therefore creates sound. This includes the various parts of our body, such as our organs, muscles, bones, etc. If these parts of our body are vibrating at their normal, healthy frequency, we call this state "health." If a portion of our body begins to vibrate at a frequency which is not harmonious to us, we call this "disease." It is possible to use sound to project the correct resonant frequency of that part of the body which is vibrating out of harmony back into the body, causing it to return to its natural frequency and return to a state of health. This projection of sound can be done through tuning forks, music or through using the human voice. Not everyone vibrates to the same frequency. I think the key ingredient is a quote from sound healer Jonathan Goldman "Intent + Frequency = Healing" This is the key to all healing no matter what tools or modality you use. Also the patient must have three things to aid and assist their healing as Adam Dreamhealer states:
1. Positive attitude
2. Being open and receptive to the healing treatment
3. A willingness to make a life change
These I feel are important for a patient to have a successful outcome.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.
Reiki encourages deep relaxation to:
o Relieve stress
o Accelerate healing
o Assist the body in cleansing toxins
o Balance the flow of energy by releasing blockages
o Help the client connect with their inner healing power
o Enhance spiritual growth
The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain. In addition to offering Reiki as a stand-alone session or as part of a massage session, I teach Reiki principles to those with a deeper interest.
Reiki Level 1 $150
Students will receive First Degree Attunements, learn the history of Reiki, hand positions, plus when, where and how Reiki can be used. Also, learn how to do a mini and complete Reiki session on oneself, family, friends and more.
Reiki Level II $250
Second Degree Reiki students will develop a deeper understanding of Reiki; learn symbols and mantras; additional hand positions; plus when, where and how Reiki can be used at Second Degree. Practice with the symbols within Reiki sessions and additional uses, such as Distance Healing will be a strong focus in this class. Prerequisite: Students must have First Degree Reiki training.
Reiki Level III / Master $350
Third Degree Reiki Master level for the serious Reiki Practitioner
who wishes to explore the Master level energy and has a commitment to learning more about themselves, others and the greater connection to Reiki. Students will learn the Master symbols and how to work with the energy. Learning how to perform attunements is reserved for those who wish to go to the Reiki Master Teacher training. At the Reiki Master Practitioner level, you strive to make Reiki a part of your life, but do not have the intention of teaching. Please contact me for a list of prerequisites.