Techniques

Swedish Swedish Massagemassage.  Refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins (which carry blood back to the heart) both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate.  Friction is reduced by oil, lotion, cream, or baby powder.  Swedish massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste products, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of their body and the way they use and position it. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed venous return from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves. As it can help reduce emotional and physical stress it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy.

Trigger point therapy.  Pain-relief technique to alleviate muscle spasms and cramping. The therapist locates and deactivates `trigger points’, which are often tender areas where muscles have been damaged or acquired a re-occuring spasm or `kink’ that worsens painfully when aggravated. The major goals are to reduce spasm inducing new blood flow into the affected area.

Polarity treatmentPolarity therapy.  A holistic approach to natural health care. It asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature, and that the flow and balance of this energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of health. Stress, tension, pain, inflexible thinking, and environmental stimuli are among many factors that can contribute to the restriction of this energy flow in the human body.

Reiki.   During Reiki, which means”universal life-force energy,” the “healer” becomes a channeler of universal energy. The treatment follows a traditional pattern of hand positions resting on the body without pressure. Reiki is pure energy, and brings about deep relaxation and healing. Shiatsu meridian chart

Shiatsu.  A form of Asian body work that uses finger pressure to assist the energy within your body to move more freely, which in turn helps facilitate healing on many different levels.  Shiatsu literally means finger pressure as the ‘shi’ means finger and ‘atsu’ means pressure, and that’s primarily what is used during a session, as well as palms, forearms, and/or elbows.

Therapeutic Touch.  An energetic healing modality that facilitates the flow of energy through the chakra system.  Promotes relaxation and healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Aromatherapy.  The term Aromatherapy means- a therapy using essential oils. Essential oils are highly oxygenated liquids derived from the distillation of plant material.  Generally used  through inhalation as well as skin absorption, aromatherapy may be used to treat a variety of conditions. When inhaled a signal immediately goes to the brain where it is processed in the neocortex, the area responsible for smell discrimination, perception and memories. Processing continues in the hypothalamic area where smell related emotions and behavior are activated. They are also quickly absorbed through the skin where they enter the blood stream through the small capillaries. Essential oils can have a stimulating, regulating, sedative, balancing or uplifting effect on the nervous system. They can have a regenerating effect on the skin, and promote new cell growth and relieve pain. Most oils are antiseptic and several have been proven to stimulate the immune system.

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