Massage

Prenatal massage
Potential benefits may include reduced back pain & joint pain, improved circulation, reduced edema, reduced muscle tension & headaches, reduced stress & anxiety, improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles, better sleep.

Deep Tissue massage
This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

Trigger point massage
This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

Drops of Vitality
Essential oils are used to bring structural and electrical alignment. It is designed to bring balance to the body with its relaxing and mild application. It helps align the energy centers of the body that are blocked, without using hard pressure.

Other Modalities:
Therapeutic Massage
Myo Fascial Release
Neuromuscular Therapy
Usui Tibetan Reiki
Healing Touch

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient form in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including helping with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, well-being and as a type of deep-tissue massage.  Cupping therapy is trendy now but dates back as far back as 1,550 B.C. with Ancient Egyptians.
 
Cupping is used by creating a vacuum (suction) on top of the skin- the underlying tissue is then raised into the cup.  This helps to enhance circulation; helps relieve pain and release the toxins that are stored in your body’s tissue.  When the cups are first put in place you will usually feel a tightening sensation that be uncomfortable- this sensation usually goes away in a couple of minutes.  Each cupping session is unique to the client- the practitioner will develop a treatment plan with you.

Cupping helps stimulate the flow of blood, helps lymph drainage to the affected area and throughout the entire body.  Cupping is also good for clients with colds, flu symptoms, muscle pain, anxiety, poor circulation, allergies, fevers and other pains.

Cupping therapy is not for clients who cannot stop bleeding or who bleed easily, clients that have skin ulcers or edema; pregnant women should be cupped with caution (never on lower back or abdomen).

Aromatherapy (Add-on)
Essential Oils can affect our bodies in a variety of ways. Ask about how this might improve your results.

REIKI

What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energywork using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.

HISTORY
Reiki is associated with Dr. Mikao Usui who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.

DESCRIPTION OF A TYPICAL SESSION
A session is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. A discussion will usually take place during an initial  session with a Reiki Practitioner. They will describe the session to the client, give the client an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session. For the actual session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where a Practitioner will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where they will hold their hands slightly above your body. If a client prefers not to be touched they can indicate this to the practitioner before they begin.

The session will then proceed with the Reiki Practitioner moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.

WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.

Many times a client, after experiencing Reiki treatments, will wish to learn Reiki to work with this energy themselves by taking a Reiki I course. This can be beneficial as they may then use this stress reduction and relaxation tool anytime they wish when cost would prohibit it otherwise.