Modalities

stones 015Acupressure:  uses the pressure of the fingers and hands and is utilized effectively for tension related elements.  Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with finger pressure instead of with the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain. Acupressure massage performed by a therapist can be very effective both as prevention and as a treatment for many health conditions, including headaches, general aches and pains, colds and flu, arthritis, allergies, asthma, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, sinus problems, sprains, tennis elbow, and toothaches, among others.  Acupressure techniques have been used to provide quick and effective relief from many symptoms. Acupressure points can also be stimulated to increase energy and feelings of well-being, reduce stress and stimulate the immune system.  Acupressure has been used successfully for thousands of years with no harmful side effects. 

Bowtech: A dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that is done fully clothed; it was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Australia and has been used for more than 40 years.  These gentle moves focus on the soft tissue which stimulates the energy flow thus empowering the body’s own resources to heal itself.  Skin slack is gently traction in the opposite direction of the intended move, the muscle is then slightly challenged with gentle pressure, and the move continues in the intended direction.  There are frequent and important pauses in between the series of light moves, which gives the body time to integrate and benefit from each. This minimal intervention from the massage therapist distinguishes Bowtech work from most other modalities.  Bowtech can be used at all life stages and helps give long lasting relief from pain and discomfort.

Chair Massage: Great for events such as Teacher Appreciation, Parties and Business Meetings. I can also bring a team of massage professionals to provide group chair massage.

Craniosacral:  the work of Dr. John Upledger.  Each session is performed fully clothed and very gentle with an emphasis on moving the energy in the cerebral spinal fluid between the cranium and the sacrum for optimum health.  CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Crystal Healing: This ancient art uses the energy of crystals, stones and gems to aid the body’s healing by creating coherence through the natural vibrational harmony of the entire energy field and releasing blockages.

Foot Reflexology:  This modality is based on ancient healing body wisdom combined with modern science into a series of grips and holds that accesses the whole body through the feet.  The activation of the healing powers of the body is based on the long established principle that there are zones of energy that run through the entire body that correspond to all of the major organs, glands and body parts.  The feet are very responsive because they are quite sensitive.  In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham discovered that varying the amount of pressure applied to the feet could actually reduce pain distally in the body.  Some of the many benefits include stress reduction and relaxation, improved circulation, cleansing the body of metabolic wastes, revitalizing energy and balancing the whole system.  In other countries, Foot Reflexology is considered a preventive health care system.

Huna: Ancient energy work from Hawaii that helps align mind, body and spirit. Based on nature, it takes into account the crystal structure of the water in the body as well as educing pain and increasing comfort and relaxation.

Myofascial Release/Intrinsic Touch:  Based on the work of John Barnes, PT.  He noticed that conventional health professionas ignored the importance of the fascial system in the body.  It has been found that fascial restrictions can exert tremendous tensile forces on the body; it is estimated to be about 2,000 pounds per square inch!  The fascia is the tough connective tissue that surrounds all of the muscles, organs, blood vessels and bones of the body. The fascia also forms the 3 dimensional web from head to toe all the way down to the cellular level and it gives us the shape of our body.  When there are restrictions from trauma, poor posture or inflammation, the fascia may hold abnormal pressure on the nerves, muscles, bones or organs- sometimes with bizarre symptoms that do not follow the dermatone  zones.  Often, the symptoms go undiagnosed as the side effects and symptoms may seem unrelated.  Besides pain, there may be a lack of range of motion.  This work can be useful for spasm, movement restrictions, fibromyalgia and trauma.  Often times, it may lead to an unwinding of the tissue which may be considered the natural and intrinsic movement of the body/mind.

Reiki:  The National Institute of Health defines Reiki as an energy medicine.  Energy medicine is the study of how the body creates and responds to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields; and more importantly, how these energies can be applied to the body for beneficial purposes.  Reiki is the work of Dr. Usui from Japan and is based on “Universal Life Energy” as explained by Quantum Physics Theory.  This non-invasive and fully clothed work provides very gentle touch using holds and subtle movements. There are no contraindications; children and babies respond very well to this gentle work. Reiki can be used at any life stage from birth to dying and this work is being used in hospital settings now; Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI says that Reiki is offered at over 100 hospitals in the US right now and those numbers are growing.  Hartford Hospital in Connecticut had a Reiki pilot program with 570 patients and decreased pain and reduced anxiety showed significantly in the documentation.  There are many misconceptions about Reiki due to information that is on the web and not based on any science what so ever, many of these “practitioners” come from a place of ego, not Reiki.  I am a Reiki Master and offer several types of classes. My courses are not accepted by the CAMTC.

  • Reiki Level 1: Based on Dr. Usui’s Traditional Reiki, the 4 attunements are given, the history of Reiki, what Reiki is,the hand positions and how to give Reiki to ourselves. We also lear to become sensitive to the energy field that surrounds the body, practice with each other and during the last class, we have a group Reiki session; each student receives from all of the others in class.
  • Reiki Level II: We receive the next 4 attunements and learn 3 symbols with paired practice. The symbols are Physical, Emotional and Distance. Our last class consists of each student choosing where the class will send the distance Reiki.
  • Reiki Level III: We lear the Master Symbol, laser beam technique and 3 meditations that Dr. Usui intended as a way to deepen your Reiki practice.
  • Reiki IV: You will become a Reiki Master and prepare to teach your own classes to others and give attunements.

Tidal:  This work is based on my own reflections of the body as being a fluid system;  since we are comprised mostly of water, this gentle work that follows the ebb and flow in the specific muscle tissue, then radiating out to include the whole body complex.  My clients say it is very relaxing and they also comment that it is quite unlike any other massage work that they have received. Clients who have under gone chronic pain or serious trauma often say they “feel whole” in their body- this is quite a statement!  Tidal massage eases stress from hypertonic tissue without force…just allowing the body to feel its own natural rhythm and tide.

Trigger Points:  are small contractions in the muscle fiber tissue.  Trigger points affect  muscles by keeping them both tight and weak and cause constant tension on the muscles attachments, which can produce symptoms in the joints or adjacent joints.  This tension leads to reduced circulation, a build up of metabolic wastes, a decrease in oxygen and nutrients and a hard “knot” in the muscle fiber.  One of the most fascinating aspects of trigger points is that they often send their pain far away from the actual pain site.  Many of my clients found immense relief with this work because they had never experienced pain referral relief.  Pain tells us that something is wrong and protects us by giving us a message.  It can be overwhelming when the pain cycle is unbroken because the source of the pain is over looked.  Trigger point work is useful for tmj, headaches, sciatica, chronic pain and more.