Therapeutic Massage & Body Work
Eastern Energy Work

ENERGY WORK

Illumination and Reiki services including CranioSacral therapies.

 

BODY WORK

Specializing in Massage for Oncology Support, Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy Massage, and Swedish Massage

HERBALISM

Guiding clients through the selection of natural herbs with preventative and restorative properties.

Massage Therapy and Oncology Support

 

I have been trained to work with more complex medical conditions, which includes:  detailed interviewing; recognizing massage contraindications and other red flags; research cancer treatments effects; applying massage adjustments to pressure and joint movement; areas of focus; positioning; what massage oils and or lotions to use and when and how to consult the client’s physician.  I have been trained to adapt to a full range of possibilities and customize my work to the individual client’s medical presentations.  In other words, if I don’t know each specific cancer presented by the client, I will research it and see what needs to be done while working as closely with the client’s physician as I can.

Why Massage?

Massage has been used for thousands of years as a simple but effective method of attaining and maintaining good health. Its benefits have long been recognized in many cultures throughout the world. 

Therapeutic massage can be utilized to promote general well-being, enhance self esteem and boost the immune system. It can also benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion and skin tone.

Therapeutic massage has been incorporated into many health systems. Various massage techniques have been developed and integrated into complementary therapies.

The benefits of massage extend far beyond pain relief. Massage detoxifies the body by stimulating the removal of metabolic waste. Massage also strengthens the immune system by improving the circulation of lymphatic fluids. It helps the body to be more flexible and mobile by lengthening muscle fibers and loosening connective tissue. Special massage techniques can encourage respiratory drainage and ease digestive problems. Massage has been found to be effective in the treatment of TMJ, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia and many other conditions.

60 minutes $50.00 plus tax

 

 

CranioSacral Therapy & Myofascial Release

 

CranioSacral class - January 2017

CranioSacral class - January 2017

CranioSacral Therapy

I have recently received my certification in CranioSacralTherapy (CST) from the Heartwood Institute of Integrative Medicine.  I have completed 120 hours of CST towards this certification and continue my education in CST.

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger.  CST is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the system known as the craniosacral system.  It is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, therapists release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  Many believe this modality is an intuitive approach to communicating with the body.  The therapist moves his/her hands to assist the natural movement of the cerebrospinal fluid. 

Myofascial Release

Treatment includes structural, soft tissue, and movement evaluations and setting measurable clinical goals. This treatment follows the tissue as it releases into greater ranges of elongation and allows the body to ‘slip into’ positions of past trauma and release protective patterns of tightness and bracing. Upon treatment, one can expect increased biomechanical efficiency of joints, motor coordination, and movement quality in addition to increased metabolic efficiency, strength, power and endurance.

 

“The fascial system surrounds, infuses with, and has the potential
to influence proufoundly every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, organ, 
and cell of the body. Fascia also separates, supports, connects and
protects everything. This three-dimensional web of connective tissue is
alive and ever-changing as the body demands.

- John F. Barnes, RPT

 

Before CranioSacral Transformative Class.

After CranioSacral Transformative Class.

After CranioSacral Transformative Class.

 

Herbalism

 

For the past 3 years, I have been studying herbalism.  I have been learning how to identify herbs in the wild and in my own back yard.  The classes have helped me to improve how to find the herbs I need and to formulate them into medicines for healing.  I have been able to create a balm for sore muscles.  I have also created glycerides infused with herbs for the healing of aches, pains and the detoxing of the liver.  I have also created tinctures for the use in healing.  My final year in 2017 will be clinicals, in which I will learn to assess people’s conditions and determine what herbs will aid in their healing. 

I am currently enrolled in a correspondent class with Midwest School of Herbal Studies in New Brighton, MN.  The director/owner is Matthew Alfs.  I am also enrolling in my 3rd year of clinical studies with Bonnie Kreckow of Simply Natural in Winona, MN. 

I believe that my herbals studies will not stop here.  As with any aspect of my education, I never stop learning!  The plants will keep teaching me!  

 

 

 

Illumination & Reiki

 

Illumination

Illumination process is the shaman’s practice of energy medicine taught in the Light Body training. It is founded on the research of Alberto Villoldo, PhD., a medical anthropologist who trained with Native American Medicine people in the Andes and the Amazon. lllumination has been practiced for thousands of years and is a powerful tool for personal transformation. Its underlying principle is that our emotional, genetic and karmic history organizes energy, often leaving dense or heavy imprints in our luminous field (energy field), which create emotional and physical dysfunction.

The lllumination process removes energetic intrusions, or heavy energies, from the luminous energy field that surrounds a person. The energy field holds the template for health. Heavy energies can accumulate over the course of a lifetime and interrupt the free flow of energy through the chakras (energy “wheels”). By clearing and transforming these heavy energies, the energy field can re-pattern the body and the soul back to wellness.

Reiki

Reiki is a method of natural healing based on the application of Universal Life Force. Reiki is both an energy and spiritual healing. Energy healing allows relief of pain and symptoms in the mind, body and emotions.

Spiritual healing connects one with Universal Consciousness, allowing Spiritual growth. Spiritual Healing also allows the healing of core patterns and issues… helping one to remember the fullness of “who they are”.

30 minutes $30.00 plus tax

60 minutes $50.00 plus tax

Contraindications: None

 

 
 

Cupping

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The specific origin of Cupping Therapy remains in obscurity - the consensus is that the action of suction has been part of therapeutic efforts throughout human history, migrating with human tribes along migratory routes. These ancient cultures used hollowed out animal horns, bones, bamboo, nuts, seashells and gourds to purge bites,  infections and skin lesions from the body.

Cupping Therapy was used in Egypt at least 3,500 years ago, where its use is represented in hieroglyphic writing. The earliest recorded use of Cupping is from the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 A.D.). In ancient Greece, Hippocrates recommended the use of cups for a variety of ailments, and in the early 1900’s an eminent British physician, Sir Arthur Keith, wrote how he witnessed Cupping performed with excellent success.
In China, extensive research has been carried out on Cupping, and the practice is a mainstay of government-sponsored hospitals of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The fundamental therapeutic value of Cupping has been documented through several thousand years of clinical and subjective experience and has advanced its application to many areas.

By creating suction and negative pressure, Cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tendons, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.

   Cupping Therapy is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of results, from detoxification to deep tissue release. The suction created by Cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the surface, removes toxic pathogens and promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood & lymph to reach the body’s systems. It wakes the body up and makes it feel invigorated.

Cupping Therapy produces a profound level of healing through nervous system sedation.
It stimulates the skin by increasing circulation while separating fused tissue layers and draining lymph to promote a smooth appearance and healthy glow.
It works deeper by loosening adhesions, facilitating the muscles to operate more independently and by stimulating healthy elimination of accumulated debris in the tissues, organs and systems.

A common and unfortunate misconception concerning cupping is the misinterpretation of the marks that often appear during and after a cupping treatment. These are not satisfactorily explained as bruises. Rather they are discolorations or marks which only occur when the therapeutic cupping process has successfully drawn out toxins and pathogens to the skin surface. 
When we have a bruise (due to trauma), experience tells us that it is tender to touch. After proper cupping there is no such accompanying tenderness.
By definition, a bruise is the result of trauma caused by the impact of a flat surfaced object. This is certainly not the case with a hollow cupping vessel

The color and intensity of these marks depends greatly on the person’s diet, how long they have had the injury and how many toxins have built up in the tissue.


 
Conditions Responding to Cupping Therapy

  •      Colds & Influenza

  •      Headaches

  •     Arthritis

  •      Intercostal Neuralgia

  •      Intestinal disorders

  •      Sciatica

  •      Rheumatism

  •      High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis

  •      Bronchial asthma & congestion

  •      Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)

  •      Colds and respiratory infections

  •      Gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea

  •       Liver disorders

  •      Gallbladder disorders

  •      Dermatological disorders

  •      Depression

  •      Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  •      Anxiety & insomnia

  •      Post-injury trauma

  •      Post-surgery adhesions

  •      Cellulite

  •     Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness.

  •     Chronic gastric pain 

  •     Vertigo