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Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Complementary and alternative medicine incorporates a large group of healthcare practices and treatments that are considered outside of or supplemental to the scope of conventional medicine.  May involve either mental or physical techniques, and some therapies may include use of herbs, meditation, and/or massage.

Bodywork - Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Relaxation Massge - A great massage for relieving tension by calming the nervous system with light to medium pressure. This can also include a scalp massage to further relax your mind, body and soul.

Swedish Massage - One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation.  Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.  Only the area being worked on is exposed.  The therapist will use a combination of movements with the application of oil to reduce friction on the skin.

Hot Stone Massage - Heated basalt stones are used on your body with the trained and skilled hands of the therapist and are incorporated into a relaxation massage to create a unique sensory and stress-relieving experience.

Shiatsu Massage - Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utlizing traditional accupuncture points.  Similar to accupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing.  The practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians.  The treatment is combined with other therapeutic massage techniques and brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. 

Deep Tissue Massage - Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.  It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. 

Thai on the Table - The combination of techniques from yoga, massage, accupressure and energy work will give you an experience of feeling deeply relaxed yet energized.  You remain loose and limp while the therapist uses gentle pressure and yoga-like stretches that release stress, tension and toxins from the body, while increasing flexibility and feelings of well-being.  Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed so wear loose, comfortable clothing for ease of movement.

Raindrop Technique - The Raindrop technique is a non-invasive therapy based on traditional massage therapies that has been expertly perfected by Young Living founder Gary Young.  Raindrop involves the amazing power of therapeutic grade essential oils (which are dispensed in small rain-like drops about six inches above the body).  This technique is designed to bring the body back into structural and electrical alignment.  Often, many spinal problems and misalignments are caused by or exacerbated by toxins (such as viruses) that lie dormant within the spinal column.  The use of essential oils helps to dispose of these toxins and viruses within the spine, helping its structure to return to normal.  The raindrop technique can be used as a tool to provide a healthy balance to the body.  Essential oils also stimulate the nerves and re-growth of tissue.

Cranial Sacral Therapy - (Craniosacral therapy), is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, this manual therapy enhances the body's natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The roots of this therapy are in cranial osteopathy, developed by Dr. William G. Sutherland. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth--which make up the cranium--down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It's often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.

Myofascial Release - Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.

Vita-Flex - Vita Flex is a unique therapy whose name means 'vitality through the reflexes'.  It is a specialized form of hand and foot massage that is especially effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body.  It is thought to have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago and was perfected in modern times by Stanley Burroughs long before accupuncture was developed.  It is based on a complete network of reflex points that stimulate all the internal body systems.  Oils are applied to contact points and energy is released through electrical impulses created by contact between the fingertips and reflext points. 

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