A pre-natal massage is for women who are currently pregnant (after 13 weeks), and is customized specifically for the later stages of pregnancy and discomfort that may occur. This therapeutic massage is gentle and designed to support the dynamic changes that occur throughout pregnancy and prepare women for issues that occur before-during-after birth. It safely relieves common discomforts experienced during pregnancy and after birth. Not only is massage recommended by physicians, but it helps the mother feel better - as it soothes and calms the baby during pregnancy.
A post-partum (post delivery) massage happens about 10-12 weeks after the baby's birth and helps soothe the muscles and joints that have been stretched during birth, as well as help the mother sleep better, relax and rejuvenate the entire body and mind.
MAYAN FERTILITY (ABDOMINAL) MASSAGE
The Arvigo techniques of massage help restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy. Developed by a naprapath (Dr. Arvigo specializes in realigning connective tissue in Chicago), it is a form of massage that introduces healing energy through aid the healing process and promotes results for a variety of gynecological problems (including PMS and early onset menopause) for women, and gastrointestinal ailments for men and women (including digestive and breathing disorders).
The manual acceleration of lymph drainage is mainly used to reduce the size of lymphedema after surgery - or to speed the tissue healing process during recovery. The main function of the lymphatic system is the detoxification and disposal of metabolic waste. The compromised quality of air, water, food, etc. causes significant accumulations of metabolic waste products in our body. Some of which are toxic. The accumulation of toxins causes us to feel low energy levels, muscle fatigue, mood swings (symptoms often confused with depression) and fatigue, etc. Regular lymph drainage sessions incorporated with full-body stress management are no less important than immunization against the flu virus and other infections. A consistent detoxification program has proven very effective in protecting humans and maintaining wellness.
This technique is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to as 'ki' in Japan, 'chi' in China and 'prana' in India. Reiki techniques address both chronic and acute conditions by gently and powerfully promoting a balance among all the body's systems. The work stimulates the regenerative processes of the body and integrates the physical and mental energy. Traditional eastern medicine teaches that the universal energy flows, not from the practitioner but rather through the practitioner to the client. To receive Reiki most people lie on a table fully clothed, and little or no pressure is applied and no oils are used. The practitioner simply places his or her hands on, or above the body parts that are being worked on: head, shoulders, back, chest, stomach and limbs. You will receive the amount of energy needed to bring your mind and body into balance. Although Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can be profound with just one visit.
* Can be added on to massage $50 for 20 minutes
* Separate Reiki session is $69 for 50 minutes
Reflexology is a form of bodywork based on the technique of zone therapy and acupressure points. It involves working with the thumbs, fingers and other tools (crystals and basalt rods) to place pressure on areas found on the feed and hands. By massaging these reflex points, it is possible to treat different areas of the body since every part of the body corresponds to points in the feet and hands. Reflexology is a gentle method used to address ill-health, but also is used to prevent illness and injury - or to maintain good health.
ACUPRESSURE or SHIATSU
This massage includes techniques from the Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Although fully clothed, the treatment can be conducted on the floor (mat) or on a table by a therapist compressing or focusing energy along specific points of the meridians of the body defined by TCM. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means "finger pressure." Shiatsu tools include massage with fingers, thumbs, and palms; assisted stretching, joint manipulation and mobilization. To examine or understand the clients body, a shiatsu practitioner uses palpation, and sometimes, pulse diagnosis to emphasis and identify specific areas that require treatment. Contemporary research has not conclusively proven the existence of qi or chi along meridians, despite the documented 'chartings of meridiants' in TCM. So far, studies have not proven the effectiveness of massage in treating ailments and disease.
THAI MASSAGE or TUI NA STRETCHING
This massage practice has been provided for centuries, and it is part of the medical techniques practiced and passed down orally by Buddhist monks in Thailand. The focus of this massage is on the energy lines running through the entire body, and ending in the abdominal region (or Hara) of the body. All work from this perspective is to define a healthy Hara and restore balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit. The pace of a Thai Massage is very slow, and is considered a moving 'meditation' for the practitioner. Thai massage techniques include a general rhythmic compression for relaxation, followed by thumb pressure along specific energy lines. The practice of stretching the Sen (or energy line) is also an integral part of the session. The session will begin with a warm towel to clean the feet, and the therapist will begin with softening of the muscles, which is applied in a rhythmic manner and includes palms, soft fists, and "open tiger's mouth" or cupping on the soles of the feet, forelegs and forearms.
INDIAN (AYURVEDIC) HEAD MASSAGE
The Indian head massage, know by champissage (champi is the Hindi work for massage), is based on the ancient Ayurvedic form of healing the chakras: vishuddha, ajna and sahasrara, and can be used to promote physical harmony, for healing and for vitality and relaxation. The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. My massaging the hair and scalp the gentle stimulation invigorates the scalp, head, face and neck muscles. Since the client, fully clothed, sits in a massage chair for the treatment, the therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulders and back. In additional areas the therapist will also gently stroke and massage pressure points on the face and head.
LOMI-LOMI, SACRED HANDS MASSAGE
This is a profound form, and unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians, and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii. Based on the philosophy of Huna, which makes the fundamental assumption that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love, the therapist relates to the muscles of the body through massage.