Massage/Naturopathic Bodywork

Why Choose Naturopathic Bodywork? –  Massage/Bodywork in general has a variety of health benefits, however; holistic naturopathic bodywork is capable of creating a significant improvement in your whole body because of its all encompassing approach.  I use IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation/Massage) with cups and gua sha to get deeper into the tight adhered muscles which allows a more pronounced healing to happen.

During or after the massage, I may suggest some additional methods to better manage and maintain an optimal state of your own health.  Proper nutrition, stretches, exercises, breathing techniques, stress-reduction, or supplements can help extend the benefits of your massage.  This makes Naturopathic bodywork perfect as not only a treatment tool but a preventative tool.

I believe true health involves the dynamic balance in BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT.  Incorporating massage or bodywork into your wellness program is a perfect way for you to achieve balance within your physical, mental, emotional body.  Have you ever heard of the term: “muscle memory”? Muscles can hold on to memories and emotions that may be released when stretched and worked on during a bodywork session.  Allowing the blood, lymph, and musculoskeletal system to move through increased ranges of motion either passively (getting a massage) or actively (exercise/yoga/stretching), can improve your overall health.

You do not need to be a fitness warrior or a zen master to enjoy the benefits of these practices.   Bodywork helps your mind fall into a meditative healing state, and your body move into a physically healing state.

Massage shifts the brain’s balance away from stress and towards relaxation and healing.

[1] To understand the general effects of massage, we need to examine the hormones and neurotransmitters that control mood. Massage promotes the release of serotonin, which explains the positive mood effect, and the observation that despite vigorous manipulation people can fall asleep during a massage session. Dopamine is another neurotransmitter whose concentration is elevated by massage. The neurons that use dopamine as their chemical transmitter (dopaminergic neurons) make up the reward system in the brain.  Massage reduces the levels of cortisol, reducing the physiological effects of stress, enhancing wound healing, and increasing immunity to viruses.  Reduction of epinephrine and norepinephrine levels results in lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, elevated glucose metabolism.  Objective evidence by recording brain activity with an EEG shows there is a meditative, healing aspect of massage by increasing the delta (deep sleep) waves. Fluctuations in several types of brain waves associated with either relaxation or with waking up. Massage increases delta waves—the type of brainwaves linked with deep sleep—according to a study at the Touch Research Institute.  This may be why it is so easy to fall asleep on the massage table!  Fall asleep, wake up healed – now that’s pretty amazing.

Thai Yoga

Thai yoga massage sessions are performed on a padded mat on the floor to give the practitioner better leverage in deep muscle stretching and joint release for the client. Typical sessions last one to two hours, and clients remain fully dressed in loose, comfortable clothing.

Using their hands, knuckles, elbows and feet, the practitioner employs a series of movements to stretch the client’s entire body and apply point pressure intended to open the body’s energy channels or sen. Considered both a therapeutic and meditative treatment, Thai bodywork not only improves flexibility, circulation and range of motion but also centers the body and mind.