Therapeutic massage incorporates a variety of advanced modalities that enhance the body’s natural restorative functioning. Light to firm touch is used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation, and impart a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to conventional medical treatment of illness and injury, alleviating pain and stress, aiding soft tissue healing, and revitalizing the body. Also, regular massage can enhance health, providing relaxation, release of muscle tightness, relief from anxiety and tensions, and balancing aspects of body/mind/spirit.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques
Swedish Massage: Flowing, kneading, and passive joint movement techniques. Promotes release of tensions and general relaxation. Stimulates nerve endings in the skin and connective tissue, increasing blood and lymph circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage: Work done deep within the muscles and connective tissue. Slow strokes and deep finger pressure work to release contracted areas of muscles and surrounding tissue.
Reflexology: Pressure point holds stimulate reflex channels. Effective for areas of tension or pain. Hands, feet, and ear pressure points are massaged to promote general well being.
Neuromuscular Massage: Advance massage techniques effectively treat chronic pain and injuries. Improves muscular and postural imbalances.
Lymph Drainage Therapy: Light pressure facilitates increased movement of lymph fluid. Complements treatment of auto-immune disorders, cancer treatments, surgery, and contributes to wellness through improved immune response.
Myofascial Release: Slow stretching of connective tissue for better alignment of musculature and structure.
Research has shown that therapeutic massage techniques may be helpful in the following conditions:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression: promotes relaxation response, enhances coping mechanisms in patients undergoing treatment for cancer, reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress disorders
Pain control: fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, childbirth
Chronic lung disease: increases respiratory function and decreases anxiety
Digestive: adjunctive therapy to treatment of chronic constipation
Injuries: overuse and repetitive strain injuries, workplace and athletic trauma, whiplash
Integrated Energy Work
This work consists of the combined training of Shamanic Healing, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, and Mayan Spiritual Healing. With over 10 years experience in each healing practice Amy has melded these modalities to tailor each session to your needs.
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
Polarity Therapy is the art and science of stimulating and balancing the flow of life energy within the human being. The term Polarity relates to one of the fundamental laws of nature, namely the attraction and union of opposites through a balanced middle point.
The human body is an energy system like a battery or magnet. It has positive, negative and neuter poles and currents of energy that flow through them. Polarity Therapy concerns itself with the flow of a very subtle high-frequency energy which in the East is called prana or chi, but which is perhaps best referred to in this context as life-energy.
Polarity Therapy uses four different approaches to balancing the life energy: body work, nutrition, exercise and counseling. A typical polarity session will consist of a body work treatment and a combination of work in the other three areas.
The polarity approach to health and well-being is a positive one that seeks to give the client a number of tools to use in maintaining a balanced way of life. It encourages self responsibility and ultimately greater self-esteem.
Polarity Therapy was developed by a Dr. Randolph Stone. He was a chiropractor, a naturopath and an osteopath. Polarity Therapy evolved out of his desire to discover the fundamental laws of healing – a unifying principal which would explain how all forms of healing work.
After decades of practice and study of the great medical traditions of Ayurveda in India and Chinese traditional medicine, he came to the conclusion that there is only one true disease, which is the disturbance or blockage to the flow of life energy. He believed that all pain and illness is a manifestation of energy imbalance, whereas pleasurable good health is the result of having an uninterrupted and abundant flow of life energy.
The body work of Polarity Therapy consists of specific manipulations aimed at releasing tension and holding in the physical body and then balancing the life energy. It should not be confused with massage as the clients body is not stroked or kneaded rather a Polarity therapist will use different kinds of touch to interface with the body in different ways. These range from working with the hands off the body, through a moulded contact with body which is sometimes combined with gentle rocking that helps to release physical tension patterns and encourages the energy to move, to a deeper, more penetrating touch which can break up chronic, deep congestion in the tissues and enliven the area. As well as discovering where the body needs releasing at a physical level, the Polarity therapist is always tuning into the underlying energy patterns and flows and encouraging their movement. The therapist will sense where and how the body needs to be touched by a developed sensitivity of his/her own senses so that by listening, observing and palpating, the most effective mode of interaction can be employed to best effect.
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. The word shaman originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. The word shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of these indigenous cultures. Clearly, the countless similarities between various ancient traditions played a role in the continual generalization of the word.
One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.
Mayan Spiritual Healing
Spiritual Bathing is another ancient ritual found in the history of most cultures. There are variations, however the essence is the same.
The belief that water is sacred and purifying, can protect and cleanse from negative influences as well as used to mark rites of passage is well known across many religions and cultures.
The Spiritual Bathing practice through the ways of The Maya holds a focus on vitality of the spirit, outside of religion. It is beyond talk therapy and physical therapy it is however regenerative and give a sense of rebirth.
It is a ritual using Prayer as a Medicine Song, burning of Copal ( a resin incense) Plants collected with prayer and of course water.