Acupressure is a technique that works by stimulating specific points along the body's energy pathways, which are called meridians, through the application of static finger pressure. The therapist holds these points for varying lengths of time, keeping the pressure at a level that is comfortable to the recipient. Balancing these Acupressure points and meridians can effectively relieve many symptoms, such as migraines, allergies, musculoskeletal complaints and a weak immune system. Acupressure can be integrated into a massage or done individually. If done as a stand-alone treatment, the client can usually remain clothed.
We offer two kinds of Acupressure: Shiatsu and Jin Shin Do. The techniques are very similar, differing only in how long the points are held, how many points are held at a time, the order in which the points are held and the amount of pressure used.
Relaxing and rejuvenating
Enhances the immune system
Can relieve many common health complaints, such as migraines and digestive problems
Can be integrated into a Swedish massage
"Not only do I always feel better physically & emotionally after our sessions, but the benefits sustain my sense of well being throughout the week."
-N.L., Santa Fe, NM
Follow these links for more information about acupressure: www.acupressure.com www.altmedicine.about.com/od/acupressure/a/acupressure.htm[/outouturl]
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy helps to gently balance the central nervous system through very light, soothing touch. Practitioners learn to find and release restrictions throughout the cranial sacral system, including the head, the spine and the sacrum. Imbalances or dysfunctions in this system can be responsible for sensory, motor and/or neurological disorders. Removing these restrictions allows the cerebrospinal fluid to flow freely, activating the body's natural self-healing abilities, increasing resistance to disease, and aiding in recovery from existing medical conditions. Cranial Sacral Therapy can help to relieve migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, TMJ, stress, and stress-related difficulties. It is also helpful in recovery from head, brain and spinal cord injuries.
Induces a meditative state
Reduces stress and tension
Received while clothed
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Myofascial Release works specifically on painful and problem areas by releasing tension in the fascia, which is interconnected throughout the whole body. This technique can be incorporated into a full body massage but is often received as an individual session designed to relieve acute or chronic symptoms. Low back pain, whiplash, knee or foot problems are a few examples of complaints that often respond to a focused myofascial treatment.
Effective for a wide variety of muscular pains
Helps with chronic low back or shoulder/neck pain
Speeds recovery from injuries such as whiplash
Helps with TMJ, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet, rotator cuff
For a more detailed explanation of Myofascial Release and its benefits, read our blog article, Myofascial Release
, by Jill Gerber, LMT, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolfing® Movement Integration Practitioner
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Presence In Healing
Presence in Healing is a compilation of the work of numerous teachers/healers who use the physical body and enhanced awareness as a way of exploring human consciousness. This work has foundations in the techniques of Integrated Awareness®, Craniosacral Therapy, visceral manipulation, Feldenkrais, massage and the life experiences of the teacher. As the name implies, one of the fundamentals of Presence in Healing is non-judgmental, loving presence which provides a safe, healing environment. When the other aspects of Presence in Healing -such as intention, awareness and technical expertise- are added, profound and lasting transformations are possible within any aspect of consciousness.
Presence in Healing bridges the gap between the mind, which tends to assign causality, and the rest of consciousness, which operates in the quantum universe of probability fields and associations. By working through the physical body, a Presence in Healing teacher can assist in making desired changes and eliminating dis-ease.
Sessions are 75 minutes in length and take place on a massage table with the guest clothed. The guest is asked to state a wish (or wishes) which then set the intention for the session. Wishes can relate to any aspect of life -physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.- since they are all intertwined. The teacher uses touch, enhanced awareness, and energetic connection to determine the patterns in the guest's consciousness that are blocking manifestation of the wish, and helps the guest to develop new behaviors.
Reflexology is the method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate nerve endings in the foot that correspond to parts of the body, including organs and glands. Stimulating the appropriate region is intended to eliminate energy blockages, thus resulting in stress reduction and physiological changes in the related areas of the body.
This excellent treatment is invaluable for many individuals as it can help to balance the body and recreate health.
Reflexology treatments are tailored to each person and are useful for easing the symptoms of many health concerns, including:
• Allergies and sinus problems
• Backache and sciatica
• Digestive disturbances
• Difficulty concentrating
• High blood pressure
• Lowered immune function
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Sports injuries
"The best, most relaxing foot reflexology I have had. The experience was
-W.C., Santa Fe, NM
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Reiki is a Japanese word, "Rei" being the universal boundlessness of energy and "Ki" being the vital energy flowing through all living things. Reiki is an ancient healing practice which energetically supports the natural self-organizing intelligence of the body.
Reiki treatments are a series of hand positions placed on the body while the client relaxes fully clothed on a massage table. Uniquely pleasant and never harmful, Reiki sessions calm tension and can offer assistance in gently fostering a deep sense of well-being.
Reiki can help with
• Circular thoughts
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Wholistic Manual Medicine
Wholistic Manual Medicine has three primary principles.
1. The body has the capacity to heal itself, given the chance.
2. Structure and function are interrelated and interdependent. The human structure is a result of its functional history. Therefore we can evaluate with our hands to find the restrictive imprints of trauma and facilitate their release.
3. Unimpeded flow of all the body fluids, tissues, organs and
bones are essential to health.
Wholistic Manual Medicine is a science based on the laws of physics. It uses the hands to evaluate and treat any disease, injury or trauma, facilitating the release of restrictions in the body to improve health and comfort. Wholistic Manual Medicine is an excellent treatment for pain and for increasing range of motion, as well as for digestive issues, respiratory issues, headaches, autoimmune issues and acute onset illness. WMM is a lovely practice, and avenue, to releasing trauma and trauma-related emotions and patterns. It is appropriate for everyone, including children and seniors, and it has been used successfully with animals, also.
Wholistic Manual Medicine uses facilitated pressure release to treat muscle, fascia, bone and viscera. It works with the Central Nervous System and therefore all the body's systems. There is a simple, quick structural and functional evaluation at the start of each session. What the body presents at that time is the theme of the session. We use Pressure Point Release in a skillful way, meeting the body exactly where it is at that moment to create the desired release/result. The principles of Wholistic Manual Medicine include the idea that less is more and the concept of following the body instead of directing it, so the work is gentle, deeply restful and generally painless.