Techniques

The goal in utilizing CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Massage, Acupressure and Reflexology is to clear tension, facilitate relaxation, alleviate pain and allow the body to balance and engage its innate ability to heal and ultimately reach homeostasis – a stable and constant state. Affecting change in one system can change the whole being and restore harmony and balance to the body.

The human body is an intricate network of simultaneous, interrelated systems performing multiple highly-complex functions requiring no conscious thought. Key players are the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, endocrine, craniosacral and musculoskeletal systems, as well as emotional and mental functions. The central driving force of functionality is the Central Nervous System. If the CNS performance is compromised, adverse symptoms such as pain or disease will appear.

CranioSacral Therapy
CST is a gentle hands-on therapy that focuses on releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system (brain, spinal cord, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid) and surrounding tissues to improve functionality of the central nervous system. While fully clothed and lying on your back, the process begins with a gentle assessment to check for restrictions. To release restrictions, an area is frequently held from the top of the body (chest) and underneath (back). Typical areas requiring attention are: low back/sacrum, abdomen, chest, shoulders, neck and head. Work can also be done at the feet and lower legs. The pressure is very light, often no more than the weight of a nickel, and profoundly relaxing. CST is often utilized for headaches, neck pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ/jaw issues, support during pregnancy and is particularly beneficial during times of stress, trauma or loss.

Reiki
Reiki is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui in early twentieth century Japan. Reiki works with the energy of the physical body referred to as “life force energy.” By placing hands on or above the head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, stomach, arms, legs or a specific area of injury, the process is simple yet powerful. This method is gentle, subtle and very relaxing. Reiki is rapidly becoming popular in hospital settings both pre- and post-procedure.

Therapeutic Massage
Also known as Swedish or Relaxation Massage, this technique uses light to moderate pressure and focuses on muscles using direct body contact with crème or oil. Focus can be a specific area or full body massage. For Pregnancy Massage, considerations include side-lying, support with pillows for maximum comfort and can be clothed or unclothed.

Acupressure
Acupressure is the art of applying pressure to specific points along meridians (energy pathways ) in the body. It is one of the ancient healing arts in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 2,300 years. During this technique, the client is fully clothed, often starting face-down and turning on the back mid-session.

Reflexology
With reflexology, pressure or massage is applied to specific areas corresponding to organs, zones or body systems. With over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet, working the feet can address unbalanced systems or pain in the entire body. While the feet are the most common area of application, work can also be done with the hands and ears.