Massage and Bodywork have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years arising from humankind's natural instinct to soothe pain with touch. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the popularity of natural healing arts. In addition to feeling good, massage and bodywork can provide significant wellness and health benefits:
*It can help soothe sore muscles, maintain muscle tone and relieve pain and stiffness in joints
*It can promote circulation and elimination of toxins by facilitating the return of blood to the heart and enhancing the flow of lymph fluid through the body
*It can have a deeply relaxing, stimulating or energizing effect on the nervous system depending on the type and duration of treatment
*It can heighten body awareness and sensation thereby aiding in the integration of mind, body and spirit
*It promotes enhancement of health and well-being by reducing stress and fulfilling the need for supportive, respectful and nurturing human contact
*It can reduce pain, increase range of motion, facilitate healing and even stimulate the immune system
SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY
This type of massage utilizes long, flowing strokes that move toward the heart as well as kneading strokes which help to soften the muscles. It stimulates circulation of the blood and lymph and aids in the elimination of waste products and toxins that accumulate in soft tissue which may cause pain. This massage is beneficial for relaxation and stress relief. Swedish Massage is usually performed with the aid of oils or lotions while the client lies comfortably on the massage table. Strict consideration for the client's privacy is ensured by draping the body with a towel and sheet and uncovering only the body part that is being addressed.
This type of massage utilizes Swedish strokes and often focuses on a particular area of pain or complaint. Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Deep Muscle Techniques are often incorporated to increase benefits and can often greatly reduce pain from injury, age, overuse and other conditions.
MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY
This type of work is similar to therapeutic massage but treatment is prescribed by a physician for a specific condition, diagnosis, or injury such as whiplash, spasm, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
CST is a gentle touch therapy that the client receives while fully clothed. It focuses on the cranium, spine and sacral area (just above the tailbone) and enhances the performance of the central nervous system. Treatment aims to release restrictions in the bones of the skull and the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. CST has a powerful influence on the nervous, immune and endocrine systems and has a whole body effect. It is often extremely relaxing, aiding in stress relief and can alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction including: Migraines/Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Stress and Tension-Related Problems, Infantile Disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Central Nervous System Disorders, Emotional Difficulties, Learning Disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Orthopedic Problems.
LDT is another light-touch therapy with focus on the lymph vessels and nodes. The circulation of lymph is manually increased by applying gentle pressure to the skin. It can induce deep relaxation increase immune function, aid in reducing swelling and edema, help to decrease pain and clear toxins from the body.
This therapy is considered energy-based and uses extremely gentle touch to increase the body's natural flow of energy so that health and healing are enhanced. It can also be extremely relaxing, promoting the relief of pain, stress and tension. This therapy is also performed with the client fully clothed. In-person and distance sessions available.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
EFT is a therapy that recognizes the interrelationship between our current state of physical and mental health and unresolved emotions, past events and trauma. By lightly tapping on acupuncture points while identifying situations and feelings often dramatic healing, pain reduction and emotional resolution can be achieved. In-person and phone consultations/sessions available. See the Learning Opportunities page for an informative Article on EFT and Migraine headaches.