Swedish MassageReflexology
Deep Tissue Massage &
Trigger Point Therapy
Natural Facial Rejuvenation
INITPolarity Therapy, Energy Balancing
Myofascial ReleaseChelation Therapy with tuning forks
WellnessStructural Yoga Therapy™
Cranio Sacral TherapyBody Centered Trauma Release

 

Swedish massage is a style of massage that is very relaxing and therapeutic. It can be light, medium or deep in pressure. Natural oils are used to facilitate effluerage, (long, flushing strokes), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (patting or tapping), palming, and accupressure (finger pressure).  This aids in the flushing of the circulatory and lymph sysstems, and tones the nervous system; all of which promote deep relaxation, decreased stress, and a boost to the immune system.   Return to Top

 Deep tissue and/or trigger-point release; aka Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT):  Areas in need of more focused attention can be treated with NMT. Trigger-points are irritated and painful points that would benefit from breaking the pain and spasm cycle. Treatment can involve maintaining tolerable pressure on a tender spot for 8-12 seconds at a time until a release of discomfort is felt. During treatment, often referred sensations to other body parts are felt such as pain, heat, tingling, cold, numbness, itching, etc.

Good communication during the therapy will assist you in understanding your body, allowing you to become actively involved with releasing tension and your healing process. You may be asked if you want to more actively pursue a stubborn knot by engaging the muscle while I meet your resistance and also apply pressure to the trigger point. This is called Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and can be very effective at releasing tension and awakening awareness as to what action that muscle does, and therefore how to relieve it.  Return to Top

INIT – Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique: The following is adapted from Dr. Leon Chaitow’s stellar treatment protocol for releasing trigger points (Tp) in brief. This is an approach that I use, AND you can follow it yourself in time of need. This might seem complicated at first, but it’s actually quite simple, easy to do and very effective.Try step 1 first. If you need more attention, continue with subsequent steps.   1)Find the Tp, compress for 5-6 seconds, release for 2-3 seconds, repeat for up to 2 minutes or until pain increases or decreases. 2)PRT – Positional Release Technique: Compress Tp area until you feel pain, label that a “10”. Reposition until you find a position where the “10” score feels like a “3”; or less. Hold position of ease for at least 20 seconds to allow neurological resetting. 3)MET – Muscle Energy Technique: contract the muscle housing the Tp, taking it to the end range of motion (ROM). Inhale, holding the breath as you give resistance to taking it to the end ROM; holding for 7-10 seconds. Release breath, and resistance; return to a neutral position. Repeat 1-3 times if it feels beneficial. 4)Stretch the muscle. Return to Top

Myofascial Release involves a slow paced light to deep pressure, moving at or below ’tissue melting’. There’s no forcing of the tissue – as it releases, the pressure follows. Client movement may be asked for to make the myofascial work more effective by increasing bodily awareness of what needs to move. Overworked and undernourished muscles showing trigger-point pain and weakness or reduced function can be resolved through manipulation and movement. The slow stretches, with awareness, of Yoga are self-applied myofascial release. Return to Top

Wellness: I really like the perspective that there are always more than a dozen ways of looking at things/doing things. My perspective of choice is the simple, natural way; try the least ‘invasive’ approach first. I am happy to share my enthusiasm and many years of experience in healthy wellness tips that can ease your way in the world. Return to Top

Hydroculator packs or moist heat therapy can be placed on the back and shoulder area to enhance local and general relaxation. During this time, I work on the legs and feet so that when I get to the upper body, it is more relaxed and receptive. There is no extra charge for these services. Cold packs are also available for inflamed tissues, promoting a flushing, analgesic action. Return to Top

Reflexology involves massage of the hands and feet and is based on the Hermetic principle of correspondence, “As above, so below”. There are reflex areas in the hands and feet that relate to the glands, organs and body parts. So, for example, when the base of the big toe or the thumb is being massaged – the thyroid gland specifically benefits. There are similar correspondences throughout the body – the ears, the eyes (iridology), the tongue, the cranium, etc. This is an example of the universal oneness manifesting in the diversity.You might want to request a focus on the feet or hands or add extra time to your session for this. A half hour or more is not too much, especially if you have concerns to address. Return to Top

Facial Rejuvenation: Treat yourself to a nourishing, deeply relaxing facial rejuvenation. Inner and outer beauty are intimately related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively. The materials used for the facial are all natural ingredients, chosen according to your skin type. I will do a facial massage, followed by herbal compresses, a face pack or mask, toners and moisturizers. A one hour appointment will include massage for the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and feet. I recommend scheduling 1 ½ or 2 hour appointments, to receive more thorough massage and – just because! Return to Top

Polarity Therapy is a modern adaptation of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing. Traditional Eastern cultures understand that subtle relations and vital energy flows (prana, chi or ki) underly both physical and mental forces manifest in the world. Physical and mental imbalances start in this subtler level. For life to evolve there must be movement. A polarity manifests as movement between, for example, areas of higher and lower tension. The objective is to assist in the releasing of energy blocks and balance the flow so that the mind/body can heal itself.

On the physical level polarity therapy involves gentle rocking, stretching, stimulating and/or holding various points. One can experience a general introductory session. With a more detailed history, more specific sessions can be done. For example, if you’ve been feeling scattered, impatient, a lot of mind chatter, running from one project to the next, dry skin (Vata imbalance): then an Air session could help you to slow down. Or are you feeling lazy, stuck, unable to move; lower back, neck or knee problems; feeling possessive and insecure (Kapha imbalance)? An Earth session would apply here. It’s always amazing how just by assisted focus for one hour of your life on resolving difficulties and allowing new possibilities to arise, that positive change can come to be. Return to Top

Chelation is a very gentle, subtle and deeply relaxing method of moving or drawing the energy up through the body by first sending sound (with the help of my tuning fork) to awaken, balance, and soothe the existing matrix or energy patterns. Then, with intention, sending light to cleanse, brighten and open the energy pathways. Return to Top

Structural Yoga Therapy™: Structural Yoga Therapy™ (SYT) can assist you to adapt your practices to suit personal needs, and set clear aims, and objectives. On a physical level, assessment of range of motion and strength can identify more accurately the structural needs, and therefore what asanas would be most beneficial and how to adapt them for your requirements. For example, sciatica or a chronically sore low back may require avoiding spinal twists and forward bending with a rounded back until the inflammation has cleared, so as not to stretch and further irritate inflamed nerves. Asanas can be adapted to strengthen or lengthen key supporting muscles. Adjustments can be made to posture, walking, eating, and sleeping habits, etc. SYT can assist with lifestyle changes needed for sustained improvement of health. Return to Top

Hatha Yoga is one of the 6 main branches of the ancient teachings of Yoga that focuses on the physical development of the individual largely through the practice of asanas (postures), pranayama (control of breath, life force), dharana (concentration), yoga nidra (deep relaxation). These practices have taken on many forms and names, for example: Structural Yoga, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, etc. Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras is an early text, which is central to the teachings of Yoga on how to master the mind, achieving harmony of body/mind/emotions/spirit. Chapter 2, Sutras 46 – 48 tersely sum up what Hatha Yoga is all about:

  • Asana is a steady, comfortable posture.
  • By reducing the natural tendency for restlessness and by meditating on the infinite, posture is mastered.
  • Thereafter, one is undisturbed by the dualities such as praise and criticism.

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Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) focuses on improving the central nervous system functioning by gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord). The body’s natural healing system is enhanced by this quiet and profound work. It can be integrated into your session, or you can benefit from a full session of just CST. The nervous system can decompress, leading to greater regulation as it aligns with the slow pace and deep listening of this method. Thus giving the body a chance to release deeply held tension patterns, all leading to equilibrium.

Body Centered Trauma Release: Gentle touch can facilitate self-regulation, repair of the nervous system, accurate perception, setting of healthy boundaries. Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practices have converged to create this simple and effective, paradigm shifting protocol to help release long held pattens that were once necessary in surviving trauma. Those patterns of coping, while once useful, can lead to a variety of physical ailments. “You don’t have to do it all yourself” becomes more deeply meaningful and releasing as we work together to listen to the body’s messages and heed its signals, returning the the health that is always there, awaiting your remembering.

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