BALANCE Fitness for Life is proud to offer a licensed massage therapist to help you on your path to wellness. Whether for personal relaxation or area specific therapy, our massage therapist will be happy to assist you. All of our massages are specific to your individual needs, therefore we offer our massages based on time and not on type.
The following are body work treatments that may be using during your treatment here at BALANCE Fitness for Life. If you are interested in any one of these specific therapies, please speak to your therapist directly at your appointment.
The raindrop technique involves the amazing power of essential oils, mixed with a variety of massage techniques including back massage, vita flex massage and heat application. The technique is designed to bring the body back into structural and electrical alignment. Often many types of spinal problems and misalignments are caused by toxins that lie dormant within the spine. The use of essential oils helps to dispose of these viruses within the spine, helping its structure 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 the re-growth of tissue.
Just like how blood gives our body life, essential oils are the life of plants. They can have healing effects on the body, especially the ones that are specifically chosen for this technique. When applied to the body, the oils are absorbed into the skin and travel down through the dermis levels into the interstitial fluids. They are helpful in fighting bacteria and viruses that travel through the body. Essential oils have also been known to improve the immune system.
During the raindrop technique, the patient changes into their undergarments and lies on their stomach on a massage table. The oils are dropped onto the patient’s body from approximately six inches above the spine. This technique is used so that there is no interference by the therapist between the initial reaction of the oils energy and the patient’s energy. The process uses a total of seven essential oils and two blends of other therapeutic oils that are the choice of the patient. The essential oils used are Oregano (battles viruses), Thyme (anti-viral), Birch (bone repair), Basil (muscle relaxant), Peppermint (topical analgesic), Valor (for spinal alignment and muscle problems), and Marjoram (anti-spasmodic).
Once the oils are dropped onto the body, the therapist applies a massage technique called vita flex which enhances the benefits of the essential oils. This massage technique means “vitality through the reflexes,” and it involves a rolling and releasing motion of the fingertips to massage the reflex points of the body. Once this happens, the reflex points release an electrical charge through the body that travels along the nerve pathway until it meets a break in the path caused by damage or toxins. This massage technique is used on the feet and along the spine for nerve stimulation and to respond to the oils.
Afterwards, a hot compress, consisting of a warm towel and a heating pad, will be applied to the body which provides further assistance to releasing the benefits of the essential oils. The heat compress is left on the body for five to 20 minutes and then four of the oils used during the procedure are then applied along the inside of the legs. The legs are then also massaged using the vita flex technique. The entire process takes about 50 minutes to complete, and the oils will continue to benefit the body for up to a week after the procedure.
The raindrop technique can have many benefits since it is a detoxifying process. It helps rid of any toxins or bacteria that are deep within the body and provides a boost to the immune system. It is used to help realign the spine, reduces stress, and relieves back pain and tension. The technique is highly relaxing and it is recommended that you take the rest of the day off after the massage just to relax your body and slowly ease it back into the real world. Also, for people with sensitive skin the oils may cause some reddening or excessive warming of the skin, but this can be relieved quickly and the benefits of the raindrop technique will be well worth it.
Myofascial Release is a while body, hands- on approach of evaluating and treating human structure to return normal function. Fascia is a specialized system of the body covering every bone, muscle, organ, tissue, artery, nerve and vein in the body. Fascia is densely woven and somewhat like the appearance of a spider’s web, connecting each and every part of the entire body to each other. When we experience trauma, such as a fall, the fascia becomes tight and restricted and can cause pain in other parts of the body down to the cellular level. By applying gently sustained pressure, and stretches, and long holes to the fascia, it releases restriction in the tissue, eliminating pain and restoring motion.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive hands on technique to restore normal position and motion of the bones of the skull, spine and sacrum, and restore cerebral-spinal fluid flow. This technique is performed by using a light touch to monitor the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restriction and imbalances and help alleviate illness, pain and dysfunction.
Visceral Manipulation is an innovative technique the focuses on the internal organs and their influences on other associated structural and physiological functions. Viscera are the soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities. The visceral system relies on the interconnected synchronicity between the motions of all the organs and structure of the body. When an organ cannot move in harmony with its neighbors, it paves the way to disease and dysfunction. By using this gently technique, our therapists are able to enhance tissue movement and mobility to help improve the faction of the organs and decrease pain to promote your body’s natural healing process.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. Gua means to run or friction. Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body. When friction is applied in repeated even strokes, the sha surfaces as small red petechiae. In minutes, the petechiae fade into echymotic patches. The sha disappears totally in two to four days. The color and rate of fading are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators. The benefits of Gue Sha are numerous. It moves stuck blood, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs in stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away. Because Gua Sha mimics sweating, it resolves fever. Gue Sha cools the patient who is overheated, warms the patient who is chilled, nourishes the patient who is deficient, and clears the patient who is in excess. Gue Sha is therefore considered an adaptogenic technique.
Your care provider may consider Gua Sha in any case of pain or discomfort, for upper respiratory or digestive problems, and for any condition where palpitation indicated there is sha. After Gua Sha, the patient is instructed to cover the area, avoiding wind and exposure to the sun or sudden change in temperature. Stretching is recommended but not a heavy workout on the day of treatment.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) consists of manual therapy for the treatment of movement impairments for spinal and extremity mobilization. By placing the affected joints in precise positions for soft tissue contraction and relaxation it is able to inhibit restrictions within the muscular skeletal system. MET focuses on joint range of motion limitation, and used light to moderate muscular contractions to restore normal joint position and motion.
This technique reduces structural tensions throughout the body by finding and correcting osseous strain patterns within the bones themselves, and their fascial coverings. Mechanical Link is also used to help reduce structural tensions and encourage the body to adjust and regulate itself.
A non-invasive treatment that enhances the biomechanics of the spine and peripheral joints, and eliminates inappropriate nerve activity and muscle spasms. It uses palpation and positioning procedures to restore pain free movement.
Japanese Myotherapy is an aggressive, deep friction massage technique that eliminates painful trigger points and muscle hardenings. Trigger points can be from birth, trauma, falls, strains, sprains, Fibromyalgia, and misuse/overuse of the body. A trigger point is a spot that is painful when compressed and radiates pain or symptoms to another location. This technique dates back over 400 years.
This technique applies differing amounts of pressure to restore normal energy flow along the various meridians of the body. It helps to reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax and strengthen resistance to disease as well as promoting wellness.
An alternative energy medicine technique used to balance and revitalize the human energy field to promote healing. The human energy field flows through and around us by way of our seven centers of energy, our chakras. By mapping and measuring the energy field around you, the therapists are able to find alterations in the flow of energy and help restore its optimal balance.
Diagnoses such as incontinence, pelvic Pain, coccyx pain, and fibromyalgia can be due to fascial restrictions of the pelvic area. Many chronic, persistent headaches, neck and back pain can also be related to restrictions in this area. Focusing on muscle re-education, musculoskeletal re-alignment and release of fascial restrictions throughout the pelvic and lower back area helps address these issues. Treatment may include the use to biofeedback and manual techniques for muscle re-education as well as Visceral Manipulation techniques to pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum). Patient education focuses on modification of behaviors along with strength and flexibility exercises.
Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Nether can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. ( It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as cause problems including ill health.)
This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular. As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice.
Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung is a practive of aligning breath movement, and awareness for exrecise, healing, and meditation. Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy." Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, and a clam mindful state. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by other to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practive. From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awaremess, and awaken one's "tru nature."
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