Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that results in relaxation, reduces stress and eases anxiety. Reiki doesn't require you to remove clothing (unless you're receiving Reiki in combination with massage). You'll lay down on a massage table fully clothed and settle in with guided breathwork. Next is an energy assessment followed by a customized Reiki Treatment. Sometimes my hands will rest gently on your body and other times I will be working above your body in your energy field. Reiki works with all energy systems of the body, from your nervous system to chakras and meridians.
Acupressure & Meridian Balancing
According to Chinese Medicine, we experience unease and ill health when there is an imbalance of energy (Chi) flow within the body. Acu-points are held and massaged (we do not insert needles or practice acupuncture) in certain ways to restore and balance that flow of energy.
From a scientific view point, acu-points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Phytotherapy - Aromatherapy & Herbs
As an herbalist and aromatherapist, I employ a variety of methods to support and compliment energywork and massage. Essential oils offer many benefits, both through their vibratory qualities and naturally occurring compounds. Herbal extracts in the form of oils and liniments provide benefit to the body through their effect on skin and nerves. Skilled use of herbs & essential oils have far reaching health benefits and truly add a multidimensionality to healing.
I understand and respect each persons' choice to include, or not include, essential oil and herbal based products in their sessions and self-care. We will discuss your preferences at your first visit and move forward with a care plan that feels fully supportive and safe for you.
Hot/Cold Stones, Deep Relief Hot Compress & Moist Heat
Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy, or hot and cold therapy is used to treat muscle pains, sports injuries, delayed-onset muscle soreness, inflammation and swelling. Heat & Cold is also used in an energetics framework where we match energetics of adjunct therapies to your constitution.
Hot Stones & Moist Heat are used to soften tense muscle tissue and restricted areas. Cold Stones are a great remedy for headaches, migraines, areas of inflammation & swelling.
A client favorite, the Deep Relief Hot Compress combines pain relieving essential oil and herb-infused oils with moist, hot towels that reach into the deepest layers of muscle and connective tissues.
TuiNa Massage & Acupressure
(Chinese Therapeutic Massage)
Involves many movements and techniques that are flowing, yet vigorous and work at deeper levels, physically and energetically. Different from western massage, the techniques are performed with an energetic understanding (speed and intensity corresponding with relaxing, balancing and invigorating outcomes), and can be used to treat acute and chronic conditions. Acupressure is applied to various acu-points with fingers, hands, and/or tools to access the meridian system for correcting imbalance.
This ancient treatment modality has a history of use in various cultures around the world. Cupping Therapy uses tools (shaped like cups) to apply a negative pressure to specific areas and points on the body. Cupping is used in bodywork sessions for relieving pain, improving mobility, loosening knotted areas of tissue, releasing tissue and fascial restrictions and for detoxification.
A variety of techniques applied with light to moderate pressure for relief of stress and for relaxation of both mind and body. Swedish Massage is known for a smooth flow from start to finish and can result in improved mobility, reduced body stiffness and pain relief.
Trigger Point Release
In Trigger point therapy, pressure is skillfully applied to tender muscle tissue so that pain and dysfunction in the body is removed. The muscle is examined and treated in layers from superficial to deep ligaments and connective tissues. Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are common and often referred to as muscle knots. They feel like taut bands of fibers within the soft tissues. Trigger points can form as a late reaction to overuse or injury caused by an accident or surgery. Headaches, neck stiffness, carpal tunnel type symptoms, tennis elbow, bursitis, frozen shoulder, back pain, low back stiffness, sciatica, & shin splints can all be a result of trigger points caused by tenderness in a muscle.