Explore your body~mind~spirit connection through these modalities:
Shiatsu~Tui Na~ Deep Tissue~Cranial Sacral~Reiki~Reflexology
What is the purpose of massage?
Massage is about creating space. Space between tight muscle fibers, between muscle groups that become adhesed to one another, space between any number of compressed areas including disc spaces, wrist or ankle canals, bloated organs, joints and even the sutures between cranial bones. The Ling Shu, an ancient Chinese medical text, notes that most imbalances in the body have ‘stagnation’ at their root. Stagnation is characterized by a lack of flow, sluggishness, or little movement. If we translate this into the ever-changing physiological landscape of the body it is easy to see that stagnation can only cause a damning up of resources, a lack of circulation and an inefficient organism. As an example, plaque buildup in the arteries leads to heart disease. So the purpose of massage, and also of acupuncture, is to stimulate a gentle movement in areas of the body that have become stagnant so that fresh blood flow and life force can enter and restore balance. The person receiving the massage experiences this change from stagnation to flow as a sense of relief and deep relaxation: the body, mind and spirit sigh in relief as they are able to move freely once again, because when it comes to our bodies and minds, a sense of freedom is happiness.
What is involved in a massage?
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness