Any form of therapy which involves specific direction of therapy to a person’s body for the improvement of physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. It may include manual alteration of muscles, joints, or bones, including, but not limited to, massage, naturopathic manipulative therapy, chiropractic medicine, CranialSacral Therapy, or be more energetic in nature, like Reiki.
- Antje Roitzsch — L.M.T.
- Michele DiGirolamo — L.M.T., Reiki Master, C.Y.T.
- Nicole Emery — L.M.T., C.B.H.S.P.
CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach to bodywork. The practitioner uses light touch on specific areas of the body including the skull, face, spine and pelvis to regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds, nourishes and protects the spinal cord and the brain. Craniosacral therapy can be helpful for pain relief, neurological complaints, for stress reduction and for relaxation on a deep level.
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Massage therapy dates back thousands of years, with roots in many different cultures. The term “massage therapy” includes many different styles and techniques in which the therapist uses varying degrees of pressure and manipulation to muscle and other soft tissue.
Massage therapy is recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health as effective to aid in stress relief and health maintenance. Massage is commonly used to ease muscle pain, relieve postural stress, soothe anxiety and depression, improve sleep, boost immunity and relieve headaches.
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Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy
Naturopathic manipulative therapy, also known as NMT, is a form of physical medicine that incorporates a combination of soft tissue mobilization, touch and spinal manipulation to treat both structural and functional complaints. Naturopathic manipulations and mobilizations can treat several chronic diseases and injuries, providing relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injury and release of movement restrictions due to joint dysfunction.
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Phenomenal Touch™ Massage
Imagine bodywork that lets you float on the table; long flowing, three-dimensional moves and full body stretches, undulating your body like seaweed in the waves, deeply and powerfully addressing muscle tension, yet gently nurturing the heart. This work feels like a dance between practitioner and receiver. It invites you to experience your body in a whole new way, gaining a deeper connection to yourself. Phenomenal Touch™ Massage will leave you deeply moved in body, mind, spirit, and heart.
Phenomenal Touch™ Massage has no set routine. Each session is based on deeply listening during the intake to where you are at the moment and what you need. It can offer healing on many different levels. Whether you are looking for relaxation from your stressful life, recovery from an injury, or a regularly scheduled maintenance program, you will find Phenomenal Touch™ truly exciting.
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Shiatsu (指圧) (shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure), also referred to as acupressure, is a type of Japanese bodywork consisting of massage using pressure with the fingers and palms to specific points to relieve aches, pains, tension, and symptoms of disease. These points access energy pathways through the body and can be tender when the flow of energy is blocked. By manipulating those points the energy circulation gets enhanced. However, tender energy points are not usually where the complaint is. For example, to relieve a headache, points might be stimulated on the arms or legs.
Shiatsu is based on the accumulated knowledge of 5,000 year old Chinese medicine. Similar to acupuncture, the person is evaluated based on the five elements: metal, earth, fire, water, and wood. During the intake, the practitioner evaluates the patient’s elemental balance in relation to the physical, emotional, and spiritual being and focuses on bringing the elements back into balance.
Shiatsu can be described as a modality between massage and acupuncture. It addresses soft tissue concerns without needing to get undressed, an advantage for those who feel shy about receiving a massage. Similarly, it allows those with a fear of needles to go deeper and address issues beyond those addressed in massage alone. It can be used to address physical discomforts and symptoms like sleeping disorders, digestive problems, muscular discomfort, or headaches. It can help bring excess emotions like anger, fear, grief, worry, and sadness back into a normal range.