Massage and Bodywork
Massage has many benefits for general health & well being, energy & vitality.
Massage is truly a holistic therapy. The human touch, a vital part of our life, is utilized to enhance and uplift our physical, mental and emotional status. In massage, touch treats both the physical and emotional needs and facilitate deep mind & body relaxation.
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, people enjoy massage because it involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connection with the therapist.
Hippocrates had a high regard for massage and considered it a crucial component of treatment from a well-rounded physician. Massage is administered on the skin, the largest organ of the body.
“The surface of the skin has an enormous number of sensory receptors receiving stimuli of heat, cold, touch, pressure and pain. A piece of skin the size of a quarter contains more than 3 million cells, 1001 to 340 sweat glands, 50 nerve ending, and 3 feet of blood vessels. It is estimated that there are some 50 receptors per 100 square millimeters, a total of 640,000 sensory receptors…. The number of sensory fibers from the skin entering the spinal cord by the posterior roots is well over a half million.” (Touching by Ashley Montague p.7)
Healthy Massage heals unlike any other therapy, and can be a major component toward better health, personal growth and self healing.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reports that massage is one of the most popular complementary therapies used in America. Research suggests that massage can affect the body’s production of certain hormones linked to blood pressure, anxiety, heart rate and other key vital signs.
Summary of the general potential benefits of massage to the body-mind:
Guidelines from :
Tappan’s Handbook of HEALING MASSAGE TECHNIQUES, page 33
Effects on the Skin:
~Stimulate sensory receptors in the skin and improve skin condition
Effects on the Circulatory System:
~Massage increases circulation allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
~”Milk” metabolic wastes into venous and lymph flow
Massage of muscles and joints can lead to significant reduction in pain for people with Arthritis according to Tiffany Field, PhD., Director of Touch Research Institute at University of Miami School of Medicine.
~In a 1996 study of Fibromyalgia reported a 38% decrease in pain symptoms after a session, and improved night sleep
Nervous System and Endocrine System:
~Nervous system (Relaxation)
~More restful sleep
~Increased body awareness
~Release of endorphins-the body natural painkiller
~Relieves pain for migraine and back pain
~Improved immune function by stress reduction
~Stimulates the lymph flow-the body's natural defense system against toxic invaders
~Improved focus and Increase of Mental Clarity
~Reduced anxiety and depression
it is all about the human connection that helps us thrive.
We all have the power within, providing this personal time will help to simply relax and connect to the spark within.
Healing occur when we relax, and also our creativity juices become active when we are in a state of relaxation.
Both massage & Qi Gong practice can help to open blockages in the physical body and energetic body that will facilitate more open flow of blood & energy.
They could help to transform stress and exhaustion to vitality.
When our body is in balance, we can feel happier, energized, feel a higher level of clarity and centered.
By those ways a person can actively recharge personal reservoir.
One of the principles of massage and Qi Gong is simply Joy.
Boosting and enhancing the overall well being with Joy.
It is well known that joy strengthen the whole body and it is possible to heal and uplift the general well being in a pleasant way.
Session will provide comfort feeling, a sense of empowerment and creates a deep human connection.
That will help the whole body to relax and at the same time feel more energize.
When we relax it helps the natural healing to happen.
Well Being Massage & Bodywork
An integration of techniques to re balance the body - mind and maintain a state of relaxation. This treatment helps to transform stress into vital force energy.
It softens muscle tension, eases inflammation, boosts the lymphatic system flow and opens blockages in main energetic points called chakras.
~Cupping Therapy (without the fire)
Is an ancient Chinese form of alternative or complementary medicine.
This treatment will help to detoxify the body and increase the blood circulation in a specific area, it will increase the function of the immune system. It can help treat varieties of illnesses created by stress, pollution and lack of good nutrition such as colds, fatigue, general malaise, relaxation and well being and as a type of deep tissue massage.
Using a principal of gas exchange, cleaning the blood and strengthening the skin-breath and waste material in the body. This application is performed by using the power of vacuum. It purifies the blood and can preserve your health.
~Ear candling(coning) Therapy:
Is an alternative medicine practice used to improve general health and well-being. “The candling is actually a cleaning of the Eustachian tubes. As the cone burns , the burnt beeswax forms a slightly tacky powdery smoke is pushed into the tube, the sticky particles adhere to toxins and incoming smoke causes them to return to the cone to be collected, as the blocked tube is in itself a closed channel”, claim the website of Cura Salon & spa in Sparta, Wisconsin. “The heat from the paraffin cones does stimulate the acupressure points, which is a good thing”. More to read in sheknows.com
~Ear candling with facial / scalp Lymphatic drainage Massage:It can help to ease allergies symptoms.
It is a combination of full draining facial and head massage. It is suggested to do it twice, second time after 7 days and then whenever you need it.
Pressure in the ear canals and head sinuses, when regulated may ease headache, migraine, sinusitis and rhinitis.
Gentle heat stimulates blood circulation which brings fresh oxygen to ear/head tissues, and aids the removal of waste/toxin.
The massaging effect stimulates the lymphatic system helping to drain the sinus tubes and activate the immune system to remove bacteria.
Deep relaxing, calming and soothing.
Condition it can help -
Compacted Ear Wax, Glue Ear
Vertigo, travel sickness
Tinnitus and noises/ ringing Ears
~Castor oil warm packs:
An application of castor oil with a heating pad. This method of treatment can help to detoxify a specific area; it's a good treatment for constipation and provides other benefits: it is antibacterial and anti fungal.
“It is used to decrease inflammation and help the liver to function optimally. It increases circulation of blood and lymph, enhances the immune system, improves elimination of toxic substances and promotes the healing of tissues. It can be used to decrease pain, improve digestion, and help in the treatment of many conditions, including uterine fibroids, intestinal disorders and gallbladder and liver conditions.” –from greenster.com
*CranioSacral Therapy (CST):
Elements from CST integrated into well being treatment.
CST is a non-invasive, light-touch therapy and deep tissue technique which affects the CranioSacral system, as well as other systems of the body. This method helps calm the body and relax the muscular systems and the central nervous system. CST allows the body to re-activate its own healing sources and stimulates the immune system.
Swedish - Circulatory massage :
Consists of circulatory massage that nourish the body. This massage style utilizes long, flowing strokes. It is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Manual Lymph Drainage, Dr. Emil Vodder's style.
This therapy has deep relaxation effects for the whole body, and calms the central nervous system and helps to detoxify the body.
Manual lymph drainage helps in getting rid of cellular debris, enhances a better flow and prevents stagnation. It can be integrated into massage session or done as a separate treatment.
Among the conditions it treats:
Obesity, Stress, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Cellulite, Swelling, Bruising and Heavy Periods.
Two Manual Lymph Drainage treatments:
1. For the whole body, Immune system enhancement
2. Head, Neck & Face: Treatment for health & beauty, slowing the aging process, better flow in the sinuses, can also ease headaches.
You need to drink water before and after the treatment to assist in flushing out waste.
This gentle treatment is increasing rate of the lymph flow, Lymphagiomotoricity, and the ability of the body to detoxify.
Deep Tissue :
This form of massage is used for chronically tight muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems and recovery from injury. Deep touch is used to access deeper layers of the soft tissue.
Thai Massage ;
Utilizes ancient techniques for health and healing, a sense of well-being is generated and received. The client is dressed with loose clothing. The session can be administered on the floor or on the massage table, when integrated into traditional massage.
Focuses on the needs of the mother to be, as her body goes through dramatic changes. This massage helps to softness the back and tight neck muscles. It eases general aches and help to bring back to balance, physically and emotionally. Usually improved night sleep will be one of the benefits. Nurturing massage for a pregnant woman can be done also towards the end of the pregnancy to induce labor.
Originated in India, It is quick to receive and does not involve undressing or necessarily using oils. Head massage is also effective in dealing with a range of physical and emotional complaints, especially those that are stress related, while it can also form an essential part of body care routine.
Integrated mind and body session:
Providing Therapy through talk, movement and massage to improve the overall emotional well being feeling.
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