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Comfort touch is a style of massage that takes into account the often fragile nature of older bones, muscles and joints. It is safe and comfortable for seniors and provides relief from the tension and pain associated with fighting disease and recovering from surgery. Extended stays in wheel chairs and hospital beds often present unforeseen aches and pains in addition to those associated with the actual ailment or surgery. Comfort Touch can be performed on anyone in any setting. It does not require any lotions or oils and the patient usually remains clothed as they were when the therapist arrives. Pillow and towels are often used to help position the client for optimal massaging in their chair, wheel chair or bed. The massage is slow, respectful, comforting, focused on the core of the body parts affected, with broad strokes and uses both hands to fully connect with the patient and allow them to feel the energy transfer.
Also known as "zone therapy", reflexology is based on the theory that the hands and feet contain reflex points that are associated with all other parts of the body. Treatment involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet and hands using thumb, finger and hand techniques. No oils or lotions are needed. Reflexology is a natural healing art and is not intended to be a medical treatment for any specific medical condition. This ancient healing art can be traced to many civilizations throughout the ages including ancient China, ancient Egypt and even the Cherokee indians of North America. Many debate the science behind the "reflex point" association, but I can assure you it feels great when the treatment is over. If only to relieve the stresses in the muscles and tendons that support our entire body weight, this rejuvenating treatment will put some spring back in your step.
Acupressure is a treatment that focuses on traditional Chinese acupuncture points. But instead of inserting those needles into your body, we work the point with the hand, elbow and special massage tools to provide relief from pain and tension, promote circulation and restore the body naturally. Many Asian martial arts disciplines make extensive use of acupressure techniques for both health and self-defense purposes. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has a long established history. Acupressure builds on this tradition with a variation that is both safe and practical for anyone. If you want your "yin" and your "yang" in balance, acupressure is the treatment for you. Improved flexibility, enhanced circulation and pain relief come along for the ride!
Reiki is a Japanese energy therapy developed in 1922 by Japanese monk Mikao Usui. A westernized version of this healing art developed after World War II and uses a set of specific hand positions on the client to promote healing and spiritual energy. The therapists hands are usually held in 12 to 20 positions for a period of three to five minutes each. Clients can expect to experience a state of deep relaxation and a general "glow" or feeling of well-being and contentment. Reiki teaches that the miraculous medicine for all disease is inviting happiness into your life. This is achieved by living each day as follows: Do not be angry, Do not worry, Be grateful, Work with diligence, Be kind to people. In addition, start and end each day by joining your hands in meditation and pray with your heart. Regardless of your race, nationality, or creed, these values appeal to and bind all civilized peoples. Reiki is an experience worth indulging in.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy is used by massage therapists, osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors and occupational therapists. In a craniosacral therapy session, the massage therapist gently works the skull and spine areas. This treatment is said to promote the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord and promote health in neural pathways. This therapy is used to relive migraine headaches, back and neck pain, mental stress and symptoms related to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and fibromyalgia. This is not a chiropractic therapy. We do not try to realign bones. We do however relax the tissues surrounding any misaligned bones facilitating natural realignment. If you've ever gotten headache or stress relief from rubbing your temples or massaging the base of your skull or neck, you're in for a treat. It's much better when someone else is doing all the work and you can focus on relaxation and healing!
Mild Swedish Massage
Swedish massage uses long, flowing strokes to apply pressure, usually on the body's main muscle groups. Swedish massage is effective at helping the muscle tissues discharge built-up lactic acids that cause pain and discomfort. It is also used to improve circulation, relieve joint stiffness and improve functionality in patients with osteoarthritis. There are five basic strokes used in Swedish massage; sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, cross fiber and vibration/shaking. These are the techniques most of us experience when we receive a normal "massage treatment". But for our seniors, hospice and recovering patients, we tone these motions down using less pressure and depth in our stroking techniques. This "mild swedish massage" is specifically tailored to our clients needs and is a safe and "wuuuunderfuuulll" experience. You will feel great after this massage treatment!