Deep Tissue Massage
Massage and Bodywork methods are a natural, proven, ancient approach to stress management,
relaxation and rejuvenation, and a profound catalyst in the healing process of an injury.
Deep Tissue is a massage technique intended to release chronic patterns of tension in the body and maintain optimal health. Using slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, movements may include following and/or moving across the fibers of the muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and fascia.
An ideal choice for individuals living a highly active and physical lifestyle, Deep Tissue as a Massage and Bodywork method can also be extremely beneficial for the sedentary person. When the body is stressed, oxygen and nutrients are blocked, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. Deep Tissue Massage supports the body in eliminating toxins and stimulating proper blood flow and oxygen circulation, and will help to break up and eliminate scar tissue. This approach may be used for specific areas or the entire body.
Drink plenty of water! It’s very important to drink water prior to and following a session to assist elimination of toxins from the body. Although not uncommon to feel some discomfort the next day, expect good to excellent results within 1 to 3 days.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art derived from oriental philosophy, theory and practice. Developed in Asia more than 5,000 years ago, Acupressure emphasizes prevention for potential illness by addressing the root cause through treating the whole person.
Based on the principles of Acupuncture (using fine needles), an acupressure stimulates healing sites, called acu-points, using finger pressure. An acu-point is a location along a meridian, an energy pathway that comes closest to the skin and may be sensitive when touched. Meridians are pathways that connect with energy systems and stimulate various organs and areas of the body.
Acupressure utilizes the power and sensitivity of human touch to eliminate stress, alleviate pain and expand body/mind awareness. Acupressure encourages the release of physical armoring, expression of emotions, and activates the body’s own life-force energy for restoration of balance and harmony.
Life force energy is that which flows through all things. Various cultures have different names for energy. Eastern traditions refer to energy as ki (Japanese), chi (Chinese), and prana (Indian). In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chi energy must flow freely for the body to be healthy.
Breath Work: Conscious Connected Breathing
The breath is a vital element to our existence. We can go months without food, days without water, but only seconds without breath. The degree to which we experience the breath is in direct proportion to the quality of life we live.
According to the Ancient Yogis, the breath is considered the principal regulator of life force energy (ki, chi or prana) in the body. For centuries, breathing has been a central focus in meditation, yoga, strength training, and almost every form of physical activity. Similar to how professional athletes are coached in their techniques for optimal physical performance, we can invite The Breath to guide us in experiencing heightened results in our emotional, mental and spiritual growth.
Conscious breathing is encouraged during a session for the purpose of expanding bodymind awareness, balancing the body systems, and connecting to the heart. Clients may experience an entire session focused on the breath, called Rebirthing, or integrate the breath with Deep Tissue Massage, Acupressure and Quantum Energy Awareness (QEA).
Using the inhale and exhale of the breath, you will activate and transform stored pain and stress held in the cellular memory of the body. Additionally, breathing assists in reaching very deep states of relaxation and meditation. Breathing automatically brings us into the present moment – The Here and Now. Two styles proven supportive for clients include Rebirthing and Alternate Nostril Breathing.
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