Asian Bodywork is a broad category of practices designed to treat the whole human - mind, body, and spirit. The work is primarily based on Indian, Chinese and Japanese medical theories, rooted in a holistic view of the individual and an awareness of the unity of all life within the context of the natural world. I practice Integrative Shiatsu and Thai Massage, designed to meet the individual needs and goals of each client.
Of ancient origins and time proven, Asian bodywork is recognized in the 21st century as a significant contributor to contemporary health maintenance. There are countless forms, techniques and modalities in this ever growing field.
Shiatsu and Thai Massage, the modalities that I specialize in, incorporate full body, holistic methods to initiate a response that is both relaxing and stimulating to the receiver. This sets the stage for the receiver's optimal healing and sense of well-being.
Both Shiatsu and Thai Massage are designed to release blocks in circulation and energy and boost the flow of nutrients to organs, glands, muscles and nerves. The restoration of healthy circulation of fluids and energetic impulses enlivens all of the tissues, helps support the immune system, and stimulates the body’s natural inclination to heal.
The forms that I have studied, the teachers that have influenced me, the treatments that I have received personally, and my years of experience have shaped my practice. When I do my best work I integrate Shiatsu and Thai Massage techniques, along with other methods that I have discovered which share a common foundation and set of principles. My approach is to draw from a broad base, and to use whatever techniques are appropriate in the moment. Each client is unique, and each Bodywork session is unique as well.
One-on-one sessions are normally 60-90 minutes long.
Traditionally practiced fully clothed (wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing and clean socks) on a floor mat (although a massage table may also be used), Shiatsu/Asian Bodywork integrates a variety of techniques including compression, acupressure, massage, reflexology, gentle stretching, joint mobilization, and more.
Each session is customized to meet the specific therapeutic goals and comfort level of each client. A session may be lively and/or quiet, deep and/or light, focused on a therapeutic goal or for general well-being.
After a session I may demonstrate an exercise, a breathing technique, or suggest an activity to support the client’s self care going forward.
My goal is for my client to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and renewed.
Regular sessions along with good self care promote optimal health and a positive, inspired approach to life.
More about Shiatsu Shiatsu is based on the principles of Chinese/Japanese Medicine and philosophy. The foundational belief is that good health (emotional and physical) springs from the balance of inter-dependent relationships within all functioning aspects of our being. When we speak about encouraging the free flow of Qi (Chi), we mean that our focus is to optimize all systems within the body to be fully functioning, receiving nourishment, and working together as a whole.
In common with Acupuncture, Shiatsu makes use of specific acupoints along a map of meridian channels that stimulate Qi throughout and connect within the entire body. Each point and channel has specific associations - physical, emotional and ethereal. While stimulating these points and channels, muscles, circulation, breath, lymph and nerves are also invigorated.
The concept of Qi activation may seem mysterious or abstract. Thinking of it in terms of the sparks of energy that accompany all movement and metabolic processes in the body, that makes possible the coordination of all of our systems, that binds our body with our mind and emotions, and that connects us to the cycles of life and nature, brings the concept into the realm of modern integrative medicine, neuroscience and physics.
When receiving Shiatsu the client remains clothed. Depending on the client’s needs the work can be focused on treating aches, pain and stiffness, alleviating specific symptoms, clarifying emotions and/or general relaxation.
More about Thai Massage Thai Massage, sometimes called Thai Yoga Massage, has its origins in India and is often described as “assisted yoga”. Performed with the receiver fully clothed, slow, rhythmic compressions move along energy lines. Guided, gently held, deep stretches (many similar to yoga asana positions) increase energy movement and range of motion in the body. Thai Massage, properly performed and received, relaxes and opens the body/mind to healing and transformation.
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