graduated as a Massage Practitioner in 2003 and took a year studying the Eastern aspect of Shiatsu. Striving for constant knowledge and excellence in new modalities she believes in lifelong learning. Shortly after moving she attended the California Holistic Institute where she graduated from the Massage Therapy Program. This is where she learned her favorite massage, Lomilomi.
Having a myriad of techniques at her disposal makes it easy to assess and integrate each massage to benefit your total experience.
First time clients
Receive a free travel sized bottle of organic bath and body oil. The oil has either lavender or grapefruit essential oil. For those sensitive to these essential oils the oil can be left unscented.
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With our skin being the largest organ of our body it plays a vital role in all aspects of our health. When we massage oils into our skin they are absorbed into our body . Everything we allow to be absorbed into the tissue is then moved through the capillaries into the blood stream. When insecticides, herbicides, fungicides are used in farming to grow seed, nut and vegetable oil crops, molecules of those chemicals show up in the extracted oil. This is why it is so important to choose oils that are pure and beneficial for us. Many of us know the importance and benefits of eating organic food, the same principles apply to what we put on our skin. Organic Massage oils are made with only pure Certified Organic Oils.
Massage offers so many benefits, from improving circulation, increasing lymphatic drainage and reducing blood pressure, to easing stress, causing oxytocin and endorphins to be released into the system, and relieving pain, mental and emotional tension and giving us a feeling of being nurtured. It makes sense to ensure that all aspects of the massage you are offering or receiving are of the highest quality, including the oils you are applying to the body! The nutritive qualities of organic massage oil feed the skin as the touch of massage feeds the entire being of the person receiving it.
Massage Types & Services
This system of massage utilizes very large, broad movements. Two-handed, forearm, and elbow application of strokes, which cover a broad area, are characteristic of lomilomi. Similar to Swedish massage in many aspects, this system uses prayer and the acknowledgment of the existence of a higher power as an integral part of the technique. Lomilomi–Hawaiian for rub rub–is described by teacher Aunty Margaret Machado as “the loving touch–a connection between heart, hand, and soul with the source of all life.” Aunty Margaret was the first to teach lomilomi in a formal, classroom situation; previously the training was passed on within the family by Kahunas or shamans. Oils are used in the application of cross-fiber friction techniques. The practitioner often uses the forearm and elbow in the application of pressure.
Hawaii pule, or prayer, of the type used to open a lomilomi session. Used by permission of Serge Kahili King, Ph.D
“The Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary defines lomilomi as a method “to rub, press, crush, massage, rub out; to work in and out, as claws of a contented cat.” Another translation is, “to break up into small pieces.: In the early 1900s lomilomi was coined “Hawaiian massage” by the legal system.
The lomilomi technique focuses on finding congested areas in the body and dispersing them, by moving the palms, thumbs, knuckles and forearms in rhythmic, dance-like motions. The intention is for healing utilizing prayer (pule), breath (ha) and energy (mana).
“The depth of true lomilomi was virtually limitless in terms of its ability to offer potential for healing to each patient; however, the government of the time had to label it and put it in a category, which is not the Hawaiian way, it is correct to say that lomilomi encompasses a massage, but is not limited to it. Native
Hawaiians say the true definition of lomilomi is “reconnecting with spirit”
While Lomilomi is often referred to as a spiritual massage, the technique is also practical and specific. It is for example, effective in breaking up calcium deposits and lactic acid build-up. This is accomplished by a variety of movements, such as circular thumb strokes that are done in a one-two-three rhythm directly over the area. Knuckle strokes are used on larger, denser muscles in the same rhythm, followed by soothing forearm strokes and hacking.
STRETCH AND RELEASE
This technique is based on the traditions of European Osteopathy. There are others who call it Soft Tissue Release and Active Release Therapy.
A great deal of pain comes from our muscles..lack of oxygen and blood to the area. Over time our muscles will become shortened if utilized too much. Injury can be one means of a shortened muscle. An example is Scar Tissue forms at the site of an injury and that can naturally pull at any location.
For this modality to work the person needs to be completely relaxed to do the work. We affect scar tissue through massage by stretching the tissue out to increase the length of individual muscle fibers. In order to change the contraction (shortening) of a muscle and scar tissue, we need to apply pressure to the area to disrupt it. Using pressure and glide on the line of muscle fibers in the oppostie direction from its action, with the combination of the release and stretch brings about a chemical release.
AROMATHERAPY & FRICTION BODY POLISH
Calm the mind and initiate well-being with this wonderful, aromatic, body scrub. It is applied with a body base oil and vigorously polishes the body from head to toe stimulating all of your senses. Rejuvenate the body with a gentle, yet effective scrub.
Using a body scrub sloughs off dead skin, allowing a moisturizer to fully do it’s job of nourishing and moisturizing the good skin below. If we allow our skin to build up dead skin cells it suffocates the cells below and initiates the body to layer the cells on top creating the appearance of dull, dry skin. It also inhibits new cell growth. Increasing circulation helps to remove dirt that is clogging pores, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Next, a restoring PH balancing spray is added to the body before removing the scrub with warm or hot towels. Then an aromabody spray is added followed by an H2o body gel that is massaged over the body. Includes a hand and foot massage. When it’s over, you will have a glowing body ready for the beach or even better- prep your body for a St. Tropez Sunless Tanning Massage! With the Aromatherapy & Friction Body Polish you are bound to end up looking your best and feeling great.
- LAVENDAR & SAGE
- VANILLA & NEROLI
- GINGER & MANGO
PARAFFIN WAX FOR HANDS/FEET
As a skin therapy, paraffin is an oil based wax preparation that is used widely to treat dry skin. Warm paraffin works to smooth and soften rough scaly feet while improving blood flow and strengthening the nails. If you are plagued with sore joints and muscles, here’s a real bonus: Paraffin also works to soothe arthritis aches and pains, and muscular stiffness.
This unscented warm hand/foot paraffin treatment includes a relaxing, therapeutic hand/foot massage using aromatic oils and organic extracts from your choice of armotherpay. Essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus may be used to add an aromatherapeutic element to paraffin treatments. At the same time, the heat from the paraffin opens pores and increases circulation in the skin. This is why paraffin is so beneficial to skin, leaving skin softened and more radiant. See more information on paraffin treatment hygiene. Detox your feet and remove dead skin cells to make your feet look sandal-sexy and radiant for those special year-round occasions.
Therabath warm paraffin wax treatments are fast-acting, drug-free, and versatile, providing heat therapy for many different applications from arthritis joint pain relief to salon hand, foot, and facial services.
I use plastic liners and fill the bag with paraffin rather than cross-contaminate clients by dipping the extremities into the paraffin units themselves. Then the paraffin turns into a solid and is disposed of when it becomes cold.
Paraffin may be used
- to soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
- to relax stiff muscles
- in therapeutic massage for clients and for practioners’ self-care
- prior to therapeutic exercise
- during physical and occupational therapy
- to increase range of motion
- to relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
- for tired, overworked hands
- for very dry skin
- to warm cold hands, especially in winter
- and more!
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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
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REIKI HEALING - USUI SYSTEM
What is it?
Candling is a natural ear healing technique that began centuries ago. It dates back to biblical times passed down many generations. Many cultures have used this method for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians employed reeds in this technique. Basically lost to common knowledge and has come back into practice again. It is widely used for ear healing.
This is an alternative aide for ear health. It involves the use of a hollow candle. The small end is placed on the edge of the ear; the large end is lit.
Why use it?
This a a remedy to improve your health! Candling has been known to improve any of the following conditions: sinus problems, sore throat, ear ache, swimmer’s ear, some chronic headaches, allergies, and hearing difficulty.
The Ear and Crani- Sacral Therapy
In the ear we have several vibrating tympanic membranes all linked by a series of canals. The ear canal itself forms and helps support the brain, a pivot point for the skull. Our cranial bones become misaligned in a myriad of ways; for instance, through colds, birth trauma, environmental toxicity, and the hats we wear. The bones need only move a paper’s thickness to make a correction. When the bones are properly aligned, the osmotic pressure on the nerves that relate to your senses are shifted as well. The gentle reverse osmotic pressure created by candling as well as Craniosacral Therapy can help alleviate the pressure. Craniosacral Therapy is useful in many other areas of healing as well.
How Does It Work?
The only mechanical way we influence our pressure is when we swallow or hold our breath to alter pressure in our ears to clear out our eustachian tubes. If the tubes are irritated, they will not drain. The pressure will continue to build because it cannot be released.
A fluid filled structure, the cochlea, is responsible for sound production. The tiny hairs covering this structure get filled with debris and will not move freely when stimulated as they should. The gentle vacuum of the smoke cleans within this structure and the tiny hairs, improving their function.
Ear Candling clears out debris accumulated on nerve endings, thus creating a clear vibration of flow to the corresponding mind, body and spirit.
Ear Candling clears out debris accumulated on nerve endings thus creating a clear vibration of flow to the corresponding mind, body and spirit.
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