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other modalities

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone treatment uses basalt rocks that are heated in water and used on the body to warm up the muscles. This allows the therapist to give a deeper massage with less pressure.  The heat not only warms the muscles, but also creates a general sense of relaxation.  It is beneficial for blood circulation, the lymphatic system and the immune system. 

therapeutic massage, swedish massage, deep tissue, hot stone, Mu Xing, Traditional Thai Table massage, foot reflexology, raindrop therapy, facial cupping

Raindrop Therapy

Raindrop therapy originated from research by Gary Young and Wallace Black Elk, a Lakota medicine man.  This technique uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to reduce inflammation and kill viral agents.  Nine different oils are applied like raindrops along the spine and massaged across the back muscles.  A warm wet towel is draped on the back to allow the oils to penetrate deeper.  Even though this therapy focuses on the back, the result will leave you feeling like you just received a full body massage.

Note: the essential oils that are used are made from organic herbs and are used neat (undiluted).  This therapy is not recommended for those with severe skin sensitivities or allergies to herbs.

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Massage Cupping

This is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors

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Facial Cupping 

Protocols for the face use the small cups to vacuum and lift the facial tissue, mimicking the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. The benefits include increased local circulation of the skin and increased nutrients brought to the epidermis. The drainage of stagnant fluids will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. Lines and wrinkles will plump and scar tissue will soften from the negative pressure.

The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders.

Sinus infections and inflammation are also directly relieved by the loosening and draining effects of the cups - often times resolving issues before turning to more radical procedures to correct.

Foot Reflexology
Foot reflexology technique is comprised of a series of reflex points on the feet corresponding to all parts of the body. The therapist presses and massages the soles of the feet taking note of tender areas. Sometimes crystal deposits are found which may indicate sluggishness in the organs or other locations in the body.  Tension is released and the client experiences relaxation. Essential oils are sometimes used to help facilitate emotional healing as well.  The goal of reflexology is to stimulate the body and help it to return to homeostasis.

Mu Xing or Bamboo Fusion

This technique uses bamboo and rosewood sticks of various shapes and sizes, that are heated and used directly on the body.  It provides a deeper massage because the heated tools warm up the muscles and are used on trigger points.  Pressure will vary depending upon the client's needs.

Reiki

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei and Ki which roughly translates to "universal life energy."  Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace and wellbeing.  It is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Esogetic Colorpuncture

Developed by German Naturopath Peter Mandel, Esogetic Colorpuncture uses precise frequencies of colored light that are applied to the skin using a hand-held acu-light wand with specially designed, interchangeable glass rods that emit different colors of light through focused tips. Each colored tip communicates different wavelength information into the system. The treatment consists of a specific set of points treated in sequence using a prescribed pattern of colors which assists with physical and emotional issues in a subtle way. This treatment is not a massage and is usually used as an "add on" during a massage session, but could be done as a stand-alone treatment. 

Ear Candling

Ear candling is used to help draw out ear wax and other impurities from the ear canal.   The tapered end of the ear candle is placed in the ear while the other end is lit.  A partial vacuum is created by the candle flame helping to draw out ear wax and other impurities in the ear canal.

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