Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.
Massage and Holistic therapy not only treats those parts of you which are a problem but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Massage and Holistic therapy is safe and effective if used for stress management but it is also widely used to help patients obtain relief from many specific health problems, including the following:
Massage and Holistic therapy can benefit people of all ages and conditions - babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, those in chronic care and those who need palliative consideration.
Acupressure is a type of finger pressure work, which is the predecessor to acupuncture. Acupressure provides relief from pain and other conditions by applying finger pressure on the tsubo (ki or chi) points along the meridians. This pressure assists the body by stimulating its natural self-curative abilities. In acupressure, local symptoms are considered an expression of the condition of the body as a whole. The results of a session are often a sense of well being and relaxation.Back to Top
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus) on the body's surface in order to influence physiological functioning of the body.
The acupuncture points are specific locations where the Meridians come to the surface of the skin and are easily accessible by "needling". The connections between them ensure that there is an even circulation of Qi, a balance between Yin and Yang.
Energy constantly flows up and down these pathways. When pathways become obstructed, deficient, excessive, or just unbalanced, Yin and Yang are said to be thrown out of balance, this causes illness. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance.Back to Top
Biokinetics is a system of movement designed to interrupt old contraction patterns in the body and reprogram new possibilities of movement and awareness.Back to Top
CranioSacral Therapy is the manipulation of the craniosacral rhythmic motions of the body in order to bring those motions back into a balance. The craniosacral system provides an energetic background for the development, growth and functional efficiency of the brain and spinal cord from the time of embryonic formation until death. A craniosacral session is conducted by using gentle holds. Subtle resistance is given to body rhythms that are out of balance to bring the body's rhythms back into symmetry. The benefits of craniosacral therapy are relief from stress, a state of deep relaxation and an increased sense of being centered.Back to Top
Deep Tissue Massage is more often used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles, to affect deeper layers of the body. Whether your physical problem arises from injury or an accumulation of stress, massage helps ease the damage. At the same time, it facilitates new strength and flexibility, allowing you to realize a more effective way of being.Back to Top
Jin Shin was developed in Japan by Jiro Murai, who rediscovered the ancient qi flow in his own body and mapped a powerful system of healing points. Combinations of points are held with the fingertips for a minute or so, usually with the client lying on his or her back, to achieve healing.Back to Top
Myofascial Release loosens adhesions extant in the fascia of the musculoskeletal system aiding in freer movement of individual muscles without binding restrictions.Back to Top
Neuromuscular Therapy is concerned with bringing relief from soft tissue pain and dysfunction. The focus is to find the origin of the pain and address it. NMT renews structural homeostasis by restoring normal physiological functioning among muscles, nerves and the musculoskeletal system. NMT is very effective for breaking the chronic pain cycle.Back to Top
Ortho-Bionomy is an innovative concept based on the natural simplicity of the bodys self-healing capacity. This unique system was founded and developed by British osteopath Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls. It is gentle, safe and highly effective in the release of acute or chronic discomfort associated with structural and soft-tissue tension or imbalance. Ortho-Bionomy relies entirely upon the individuals own system of self-balancing reflexes, so releases are long lasting and exquisitely integrated as only the body can do for itselfBack to Top
Polarity Therapy is a natural health care system. It asserts that energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature and that the flow and balance of this energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of health. Energy balancing is a central concept in many ancient and traditional health care systems, such as oriental medicine and Ayurveda from India.
Modern scientific research has provided new understanding of the evidence for the powerful effects and health benefits made possible by Polarity. Polarity Therapy has a remarkable simplicity, yet its philosophical and practical implications go as deep as the human experience itself and its techniques touch all aspects of life.Back to Top
Reflexology is a type of deep compression foot (or hand) massage, which addresses the body through the reflex response. The thumbs are used extensively in this work to break up crystalline deposits which have formed at the nerve endings, particularly on the bottom of the feet. This type of work relaxes the whole body.Back to Top
Reiki is an energetic approach to the body, where the practitioner places his/her hands on 12 prescribed areas of the body, front and back. In each position the hands are rested gently on the body and remain still for 3-5 minutes without manipulation of any sort. This form of bodywork helps the client to achieve a deep relaxation and quietness of mind. Also, it is effective in healing of mental, physical and emotional issues.Back to Top
Rolfing, created by Ida Rolf, refers to a system of body education and physical manipulation, originally called, "structural integration." Ida Rolf's discovery was that the same network of connective tissue which contains and links the muscle system when it's healthy can be used to reshape it when it's been pulled out of proper order. The fascia is the basic material of the body and Rolfing works with it. A Rolfer uses deep myofascial work to help bring the structure of the body back into proper alignment. In this fashion, gravity will flow through the structure itself, rather than into the muscles which, in turn, would tense to support gravity. Muscles move the structure and if the structure is properly aligned to support gravity the muscle can operate most efficiently.
Rolfing involves a series of ten consecutive sessions, which focus on each area of the body for about the first seven, then integrates the work over the last few sessions. The result of the sessions are immediately apparent. One begins to walk in a more fluid fashion, breathe more easily, experience a significant increase in mobility, regain flexibility that may not have been there for quite some time and experience a noticeable reduction of stress.Back to Top
Shiatsu means finger, or thumb pressure. Shiatsu is based on the premise that body and mind, which operate as one, are created by, maintained by, and work by energy. In shiatsu the meridians can be extended and tsubos can be anywhere on the body. Shiatsu techniques may include: pounding, stretching, rocking and manipulation techniques. Pressure may be applied by use of forearms, elbows, palms, feet and knees. The results of a session may be greater mobility and flexibility, a clearer sense of one's body and a sense of being both relaxed and energized.Back to Top
Sports Massage combines classic and specific techniques designed to provide therapeutic impact for the unique physical and biomechanical needs of athletes, artists, musicians, actors and anyone who uses their body in a particular way to conduct their activities or livelihoods. Grounded in classical Swedish approaches, sports massage incorporates techniques of: compression, trigger point therapy, cross fiber friction, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy. It deals with special needs for athletes, and others, during pre-event, post-event and training. A great advantage for using this type of work is its ability to help prevent chronic injury from developing.Back to Top
Swedish massage is the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes and may include effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression, vibration and friction. It is a soothing massage that increases circulation to the muscles, removes muscle waste products, such as lactic acid and maintains muscle flexibility. It may also include the use of oil, salt glows and hot or cold packs. Some of the benefits of Swedish massage are a state of being both relaxed and alert, relief from stress, faster recovery time from an injury, relief from tired, aching muscles and a greater sense of self-awareness.Back to Top
Therapeutic Touch involves laying on of hands, assessing and unblocking energy, evoking relaxation and the client's healing potential, as guided through the practitioner's intention. It is a contemporary interpretation of many ancient healing practices, in which practitioners consciously direct or sensitively modulate human energies to reduce anxiety and stress, reduce pain, and ease problems associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction.Back to Top
Trigger Point Myotherapy is a method of ischemic compression upon the noxious painful points within the soft tissue. Release of trigger points brings increased range of motion and increased circulation leading to relief of pain in both acute and chronic conditions.Back to Top