Massage & Bodywork Information
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
During a Reiki treatment some people feel deep relaxation others feel subtle sensations. Results are not always evident during a Reiki session; for some people healing shifts occur time, while for others the changes are immediate and lasting.
Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and/or ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems and by applying pressure to these parts offers a range of health benefits.
Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in qi (chi), or “vital energy.” According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi.
This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free.
In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of these points in the feet, hands, and ears to determine where they should apply pressure. Generally, reflexology is very safe, even for people living with serious health conditions. It’s noninvasive and comfortable to receive, however, please refer to our release for contraindications.
Cupping consists of drawing tissue into a cup placed on the targeted area by creating a partial vacuum, either by the heating and subsequent cooling of the air in the cup, or via a mechanical method or pump. In static cupping practice, the cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes. In cupping massage, silicone cups are placed over an area that has been lubricated and the cups are then used to massage the area.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is done to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving qi (chi) flow. Many Taoists believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Side effects of cupping are minimal to none. You may feel lightheaded or dizzy during the treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea. During the treatment, the area being cupped may feel tight, hot or tender. After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. There may be bruising of the skin where a static cup was placed during treatment. Please refer to our release waiver for contraindications.