Other Forms of Therapy

Other Forms of Therapy

Swedish Massage 
Swedish massage uses a variety of techniques designed to relax muscles by applying firm but gentle pressure. I generally use lotion to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish techniques include effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration. These strokes increase the oxygen flow in the blood, increase blood and lymph circulation, stimulate nerve endings and eliminate metabolic waste. Swedish massage is an excellent way to help rid the body of tension and achieve a sense of overall well-being.
 
Clients undress to their level of comfort in private. The client then lies on a massage table and covers themself with a sheet. During the massage, I uncover only the body part that I am working on. The many benefits of a Swedish massage include muscle tension relief, easing chronic pain, reducing edema, releasing myofascial, breaking down muscle adhesions in old injuries, reducing fatigue and stress, enhancing sleep quality, improving concentration, decreasing anxiety, reducing blood pressure, helping with depression, improving range of motion, relieving tension related headaches and enhancing the immune system. Swedish massage improves the symptoms from fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes and migraine headaches.
 
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
Active Isolated Stretching is a series of exercise protocols developed to increase flexibility and strengthen specific muscles and muscle groups. Aaron Mattes began developing these protocols over 40 years ago. He continues to refine his system. The Mattes Method uses exercises to contract and strengthen targeted muscles while at the same time stretch the opposing muscles. The stretches are held for only 1.5 to 2 seconds and are completed in repetitions. The stretches performed in AIS are active, which means the person being stretched engages their muscles before any assistance is initiated. The stretches isolate specific muscles for more precise work than general stretching. The client is asked to exhale as the myofascial is being stretched.
 
Active Isolated Stretching is used for rehabilitation after surgery and in many cases it can help alleviate pain before surgery. It is used to prevent injuries in athletes and in recovery from injuries. It helps athletes prepare for their activity, increases muscle and tendon range, enhances athletic performance thru conditioning the body to be efficient, stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid, improves removal of metabolic waste and reduces the risk of muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
 
Muscles shorten, stiffen or become tense from work, training, posture or stress. Tissues can be revitalized by proper nutrition, rest and exercise. AIS can help restore full joint movement, decrease tissue soreness, decrease fatigue and improve posture.
 
Chair Massage
Chair Massage is a style of seated massage performed on a specially designed chair. A chair massage usually lasts about 10 to 20 minutes and focuses on head, neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands. The client is fully clothed. I use Shiatsu and Swedish techniques in these sessions. Clients are usually energized after a chair massage.

It feels amazing.
 
The benefits of chair massage include pain relief, stimulate blood circulation, reduce stress, increase range of motion, relieve symptoms of repetitive use including carpal tunnel syndrome, relieve muscle tension and calm the nervous system.
 
Chair massage is a great choice for birthday parties, bridal showers family celebrations and work seminars. The chair is easy to fold up and take to off-site events.
 
Reiki
Reiki is an effective and specific form of energy healing in which hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body. The word Reiki means  spiritually guided life force energy . I channel Universal Life Energy into clients to activate the natural healing process. If one s life force energy is low they are more likely to feel sick and get stressed. When the energy is flowing there is harmony and balance within us and we feel a sense of well-being. Reiki restores physical and emotional balance.
 
Clients are fully clothed and usually lay on a table. I put my hands in positions on or near your body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than a specific area. Reiki is a safe method of healing that anyone can experience.  Clients may feel sensations during the Reiki treatment such as tingling, heat, seeing colors. Some clients may have an emotional response. The benefits of Reiki include deep relaxation, a calm peaceful sense of well-being, pain management, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, heightened awareness, stimulate immune system and improve digestion. Receiving Reiki is a very soothing and relaxing experience.
 
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