GOLDEN HANDS
HEALING THERAPIES
MASSAGE     BODYWORK     ENERGY     MEDITATION     RELAXATION
 
Modalities

The following are general descriptions of massage and relaxation techniques that I use in my practice. Feel free to inquire about the modalities that interest you. I am happy to tailor a session for your individual needs and interests.


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is now accepted as “traditional” massage. Developed in the 1820's, Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes (effleurage), kneading (petrissage), friction, tapping (tapotement), and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.


Sports Massage

This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.


Chair Massage (On-site massage)

You are massaged fully clothed (no oils are used) in a special massage chair designed to promote comfort and relaxation. The sessions are typically 15 minutes in length but can be longer. Because the chair is completely portable, chair massage is often called "On-site massage". Massages are available for groups at your office or business to massage the staff, for birthday parties and other special occasions.


Conscious Breathwork

Conscious Breathwork is a simple and easily learned body-centered healing tool using the flow of the breath in and the exhale of the breath out to help us to relax and unwind at a deep level. With each breath, we bring in more oxygen into our bodies and with each exhale we let go and relax more deeply. By using a simple breathing process called "conscious connected breathing" or "circular breath", we can become more aware of tension, stress, and even old feelings and thoughts we may be storing in our bodies and minds. Then, we integrate focused massage and touch with conscious breathing to release what has been stored up inside. It is a powerful fusion. The result is greater vitality, aliveness, deep relaxation, and inner peace.


Energy Healing

As human beings, we are composed of 4 aspects — the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual. Each has a distinct role to play in our growth, our health and in the balance of who we are. When one or more of these aspects is out of balance, it affects the whole. Energy work or energy healing promotes healing by focusing on the human energy field (or aura) which permeates and surrounds the physical body (and which science has verified through such methods as kirlian photography.) Energy healing is done by connecting with the energetic body directly above the physical body through touch and also by using touch applied to the physical body coordinated with the client's breathing. For skeptics, I compare the awareness of energy to that of the wind. We can't see the wind but we can feel it and see its effects and so we know it is there. Similarly, even if you can't see energy, it can be felt and we can feel its effects during healing sessions. Energy healing is part of the larger field of "Energy Medicine" that is recognized by the U.S. NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).


Reflexology

Popularized in the United States by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1930s, this is an acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness indicate a dysfunction, and pressure to the feet or hands is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health. Very relaxing and grounding.


Meditation

Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. People who meditate regularly have been shown to feel less anxiety and depression. They also report that they experience more enjoyment and appreciation of life and that their relationships with others are improved. Meditation facilitates a greater sense of calmness, empathy, and acceptance of self and others. Meditation can be used with other forms of medical treatment and is an important complementary therapy for both the treatment and prevention of many stress-related conditions. A 1995 report to the National Institutes of Health on alternative medicine concluded that, “More than 30 years of research, as well as the experience of a large and growing number of individuals and health care providers, suggests that meditation and similar forms of relaxation can lead to better health, higher quality of life, and lowered health care costs...”


Sound Healing

We all know that music is universal and can be healing and uplifting. Sound itself has an inherent transformative power. Sound Healing is the conscious, intentional use of sound, music, and tones to create an environment for healing of the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual aspects of our being. When we work with sound, we are both sending a vibration into the body and mind, and also using it as a tool to release tension and stress from the body, and to help bring the body back to greater balance and harmony. In a sound healing session, intuitive tones and sounds are used to help the client tune into where they are holding tension in the body and then using the sound to break up tension, clear the mind, and open the awareness. From this place of greater awareness, you can choose to make changes and shifts in consciousness. The combination of the practitioner's intent and the participant's focus of attention creates the connection that makes the work individual and powerful. Cultures around the world have been using sound for millennium for healing and transformation.


Healing Visualization, Guided Imagery and Affirmation

Healing Visualization is a technique of imagining positive images in the mind to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness, and to evoke a positive response in the body to reduce stress, slow the heart rate, stimulate the immune system and reduce pain. In addition, positive new thoughts can be introduced in a session to counter old limiting thought patterns and beliefs. This can help create a calmer, more relaxed way of thinking and being, as well as shifts in attitude and perspective.


In addition to offering these sessions in person and via Skype, I also have Guided Relaxation CD's available for purchase, as well as offering clients customized sound recordings that target specific issues in their lives that they wish to address and receive support around.