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Is the manipulation of soft tissue and muscles.
A combination of Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release
are used. Although trained in Swedish, Samantha finds
Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release more effective
and tailors her massage sessions accordingly.
This approach is ideal for the removal of lactic
acid and other toxins. This promotes the circulation
of blood and lymph.
There is particular focus on assessing one’s:
- Posture and structural placement of the body
- Assessment of muscle groups
- Assessment of walking
- Locating areas of tension, shortening, instability
Specific stretches, yoga postures and breathing exercises are suggested.
~A wide range of creams, lotions and oils are applied~
Is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork.
It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such
as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body
improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of
bodywork are wide ranging and include
- relief from aches and pains
- decreased stress levels in the body
- enhanced mental clarity
- improved appearance
- greater flexibility.
Is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension
in the deeper layers of tissue in the body.
Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method
for releasing chronic stress areas due to:
- Repetitive motions
- Past lingering injuries.
Due to the nature of the deep tissue work,
open communication during the session is crucial to
make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after
the treatment, and that plenty of water
should be ingested to aid with the flushing
and removal of toxins that will have been
released from the deep tissue during the session.
Shiatsu is a meditative healing art
that honors the body, mind and spirit.
It involves stimulating acupoints along an extensive
energetic-organ networksystem called meridians
or channels. Moderate yet powerful pressure is
applied, combined with facilitated stretches which
allows the free flow of blood and energy to circulate
with in the mind-body. Shiatsu is given fully
clothed and traditionallyperformed on a mat.
This ensures free movement of joints and limbs
during stretches and enhances the ability to access
the chi/energy in meridians rather than muscles
alone. Being supported by the earth strongly
roots the practitioner and client and offers
space and stability for stretches and
movements to take place.
Samantha successfully incorporates
Shiatsu on the table, if a mat is preferred
please make her aware
of this prior to the session time.
How is Shiatsu similar
Shiatsu is a hands-on bodywork therapy that does
not use needles. However, Shiatsu follows the same
theory, philosophy and assessments as Acupuncture,
hence the umbrella term Chinese Medicine.
Uses various parts of the foot that increases the
amount of pressure normally given. Walking along
the spine and hamstrings is a common protocol.
Is a whole body shiatsu style that focuses on
balancing the energy in the entire channel.
Abdominal palpation is used for assessment
Assessment Skills Used In Shiatsu:
The quality of force in the radial artery is
used to assess the internal condition of the
body. The speed, size, shape and force of
the pulse allows the practitioner to assess
where blockages in the body-mind are present.
The color, shape and coating of the tongue
are indicators of what is occurring internally as well.
Abdominal or Hara Assessment:
Commonly used in Zen Shiatsu, palpation of the
abdomen assesses areas where there is the most
excessive and deficient amount of energy in the
organ network system. Similar to pulse assessment,
this gives the practitioner a frame of reference
in which to use to locate the most prominent
imbalances and ultimately attempt to restore
Gua means to rub or friction.
Sha describes congestion of blood at the
surface of the body.A round instrument
is applied in repeated strokes along the
muscles that encourage nutritive blood
to rise to the surface of the skin,
creating small red petechiae
(red or purple dots). The color
and rate of fading is indicative
of the degree of blood obstruction.
A practitioner uses Gausha as an
overall corrective method for
- Pain, overall tension and knotted tissue
- Upper respiratory and digestive problems
- It cools over heated conditions (fever, hot flashes)
- Warms cold conditions (loose stools, sluggishness)
- Nourishes deficiencies (dizziness, fatigue, malar flush)
- Disperses excess (inflammation, headache)
This is a method similar to Guasha.
The difference lies mainly in the
instrument. Glass cups are quickly
filled with a lit cotton ball of flame,
then placed on the body.This creates
a vacuum, which pulls the surface of the skin.
The heat from the flame makes this method
especially useful for cold conditions.
Other cupping sets are used with out fire
and for practical reasons are used most often.
Cupping is great for alleviating:
- Muscle pain & spasms
- Expels common cold and flu symptoms
- Flushes out the body of toxins.
Is a traditional Chinese medicine technique
that involves the burning of mugwort, a small,
spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has
been used for healing purposes throughout
Asia for thousands of years. Moxibustion is burned
close to the skin at specific acupoints.
The purpose of moxibustion, as with
most forms of traditional Chinese medicine,
is to strengthen the blood,
stimulate the flow of Qi (energy),
and enhance overall vitality and health.
Moxa warms meridians and expels cold
from the body. Cold causes slow movement and
stagnation of blood and energy.
This method helps to alleviate those symptoms.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure
to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other
foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in
the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-
depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body.
Reflexology treatments have been
found to be highly effective for conditions such as:
- Allergies, headaches, and depression.
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depict stories of
giving and receiving this form of foot massage.
Common to Chinese Medical theory,
the foot is a microcosm of our entire bodies.
The head including all of its structures and
organs begin with the toes. A mirror image of
the body is mapped out on our feet.
Areas of congestion are focused on.
This is combined with regular sessions,
if extra focus here is desired sessions can
be tailored as such.
“The Compassionate Way of the Spirit”
Is a form of acupressure that uses a combination
of points that are held for a couple of minutes
while accessing the body’s master balancing mechanism,
specifically the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.
Jin Shin Do uses gentle yet deep finger
pressure on these specific points to release
tension and harmonize your Qi (energy) flow.
A unique synthesis of eastern and western healing
approach Jin Shin Do aligns the body, mind and spirit
to help bring you into a deeper state of awareness,
clarity and purpose.
“Push-Pull” is a vigorous Chinese massage
using variety of hand movements to increase
circulation of chi and blood. I incorporate this
with Shiatsu and or Massage sessions.
Please make me aware if this style of bodywork
is desired, so that I can make it more
prominent during a session.
Translates as universal energy.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing
that cleanses and balances the energy patterns
in the body. This healing practice uses a non-invasive,
“laying of hands” technique that directs energy
from giver to receiver as it circulates energy
where it is needed. As a result, the body’s natural
self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to
establish optimum mental, emotional, and
physical health. The central charka system
and energetic aura field are the pathways
used for this method. A pendulum as well as
crystals and stones are often used.
This form of therapy can enable a
person to reach a relaxed meditative state.
It is often described as having a subtle,
yet deep and powerful affect on the body-mind.
Samantha introduces Reiki during a
Massage &/or Shiatsu session.
Uses a hands on & visual scanning technique that detects the
energy flow, color, distortions and blockages in the central chakra
system and aura field. Guided imagery may
be used to help assist the receiver
feel these areas and work through them.
Yoga Poses are suggested to help open
related chakra imbalances.
Essential Aromatherapy Oils~
Are extracted and distilled from plants.
A variety of herbs, fruits and flowers are
used in this process. Each oil has a medicinal
effect that assist specific ailments to be alleviated.
The true essence of a plant is captured in the oil.
Specific oils are used on acupoints, along the spine as
well as being inhaled by the receiver for
physical and psychological well being.
Eating for health is a process. Realistic suggestions
can be made to help alleviate certain symptoms.
Specific foods are discussed to avoid or to be added.
An overview of daily food and beverage consumption is
examined, along with food cravings.