Our massage services include Swedish massage, pre-natal massage, oncology massage, and lymphatic massage. Although massage has been reported to help fibromyalgia sufferers, improve sleep, reduce the effects of stress and anxiety, alleviate symptoms of depression, improve quality of life for people suffering from post-operative pain and chronic pain conditions, support people receiving palliative and hospice care, as well as serve as an important part of a person’s overall personal wellness planning, our focus is primarily on helping people renew a feeling of freedom in their bodies by reducing pain. We also work toward an integration of thinking by focusing on a positivie health goal and renewing a sense of grace by helping people cultivate a greater sense of calmness and relaxation. The focus of the massage session and the types of techniques used are determined after consulting with a client and determining their goals for the treatment.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork rooted in Chinese medicine. Traditionally performed on a futon mat on the floor, a person can also receive a shiatsu session on a massage table or even a massage chair. Recipients remain fully clothed during the session, while the shiatsu practitioner applies appropriate levels of relaxed pressure along the body. Sessions include gentle stretching and joint rotations. Sessions begin and end with gentle abdominal massage. Although shiatsu is often called “shiatsu massage”, it is a form of bodywork that differs greatly from massage. However, both massage and shiatsu offer great benefits to people suffering from chronic pain conditions.
We build our shiatsu sessions in a manner aligned with the style and philosophies cultivated by a variety of shiatsu masters, all of whom were influenced by Shizuto Masunaga. Styles of shiatsu that inform our treatments include Ohashiatsu/Ohashi Method, Zen Shiatsu, and “Quantum Shiatsu”. Our sessions also include theories from seiki and sotai, among others. We work with our clients bodies and expressions to help determine the course of treatment that will best strengthen and support their own body’s ability to heal.
An Usui Shiki Ryoh practitioner uses touch to apply universal life force energy to another person, helping to deepen the receivers connection with that energy called Reiki. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon that is reminiscent of “jumping” the battery of in one car with the charged battery in another car. “Reiki” (ray – key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy,” the energy found in all things. When connected with Reiki in a conscious way, an individual has the possibility of healing, awakening, and enlivening through this practice. A Reiki treatment supports the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually — and takes about 60 to 90 minutes.