Acupuncture uses thin needles, mild pressure, and other techniques to stimulate specific points on a body to enhance our innate healing processes. Treatments help a variety of ailments by restoring the body to a more balanced homeostasis utilizing a holistic assessment and treatment approach. Conditions often treated through acupuncture include physical, mental, and emotional dysfunction, digestive issues and hormone/endocrine imbalances, infertility, allergies, migraines, insomnia, and chronic fatigue symptoms, just to name a few.
Biodynamic Cranial Therapy is a subtle, yet potent system of healing that works on all layers; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Our bodies store trauma when they are not ready to be processed. We listen to your body with loving presence and find areas where the source of health is working to bring your body back into alignment. The practitioner keeps her attention steady and free of judgement. This provides a catalyst for your pattern of imbalance to be seen, supported, and released so that you may embody greater health. This bodywork is effective at all stages of development, from infancy through end of life. You may choose to have Cranial Therapy, also known as Craniosacral or Cranial Sacral, as its own session in comfortable clothes on a table or incorporate it into a Biodynamic Massage session.
Biodynamic Massage is conscious touch using both subtle and deep pressure to release physical tension and open up energy pathways in your body. When we have physical or emotional trauma, the body creates tension and holding patterns. We listen to your body’s signals to guide us in how much pressure to use and how to physically support you. During each session we focus on one primary area of concern to give the body time to unwind the pattern so that the health created may permeate your whole being.
Chi Nei Tsang, in simple terms, is internal organ massage. Gentle techniques allow access to both the physical organs and their energetic components to help move stagnant Chi, release adhesions, and align, calibrate, and optimize organ function. Our organs are responsible for digestion and assimilation of not only food, but also emotions, experiences, etc. In today's society, many people regularly experience stress, negative emotions, tensions, the weight of past illnesses or injuries, and experiences. The energies of these accumulate in the abdominal center, causing energy blockages. As a result, vital organ functions can stagnate and lead to problems throughout the body. Chi Nei Tsang works to remove these blockages, allowing the vital organs and naval center to be detoxified and rejuvenated. Chi Nei Tsang partners with the Chinese Five-Element Theory, and utilizes Sound Healing exercises, subtle and deep tissue manipulations to help bring balance to the whole body. As this work is done mainly on the abdomen, it is recommended that clients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for the session.
A gentle and profound therapeutic modality that works with the bones in the skull, spine, fascia, and other connective tissues. The practitioner follows your body to guide the amount of pressure. This modality optimizes cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord, aligns bones to their proper position, and eases nerve passages. It is helpful for mental and emotional stress, migraines, TMJ syndrome, and chronic pain.
Cupping and Gua Sha are techniques that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. As a massage therapist I am using these techniques with a different intention, as I am not applying them with meridians and acupoints in mind. From a soft tissue perspective these techniques are great for releasing fascia and breaking up scar tissue. Both techniques increase blood flow and flush out toxins stored in chronically tight tissue. A cupping treatment involves creating a vacuum effect during the application of cups to the skin. This creates a suction as the tissue is pulled up into the cup. The cups can be left in one place for an extended period of time or they can be moved around on lubricated skin. Cupping treatments can be used as part of a massage session or as a stand-alone treatment. Gua Sha is also called "scraping," which is essentially just that- a smooth flat tool is used to scrape the lubricated skin to break up scar tissue. Both techniques cause discoloration of the skin which looks similar to a hickey mark and usually last 3-7 days.
Deep Tissue Massage is not just a massage with deeper pressure. It is a type of therapeutic bodywork that addresses the deeper tissues in the body and targets specific problem areas. This could be an injury or a chronic postural pattern that is causing pain and discomfort, or reducing free movement. Focused attention is given to "knots" and "trigger points", that may also be referring pain elsewhere. Breathing cues, active movement, and passive stretches are used to facilitate the release of muscles and connective tissue. The result of this type of bodywork is reduced pain and increased range of motion. WIth regular treatment postural deviations can begin to resolve and the client will feel more comfortable in their daily movements.
Lymphatic drainage massage furthers the action of lymph vessels. Many of your lymph vessels are located right below your skin, thus, by using light pressure, there is an ability to activate the lymphatic system to aid in drainage. Moving the skin helps open the initial lymphatics, which are very tiny lymph vessels with leaf-like cells that open to allow tissue fluid into the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage helps push fluid inside the lymph vessels into the nodes, invigorating your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Facial lymphatic drainage massage is particularly useful for those with skin congestion and a loss of vitality.
Facial Reflexology is structured on the concept that pressure points on the face correlate with organs and systems of the body, it works through the circulatory system, nervous system, and the natural energy flow within the body. Facial reflexology practices focus on aesthetic and visible effects of the face, to revitalize and awaken the skin, as well as being a path to address internal issues including; acne, anxiety, tension, jaw pain, and headaches.
Foot reflexology has been practiced in China for centuries. Organs of the body are mapped to different areas on the foot and each area has a specific way that it is pressed. Depending on what condition is being treated, the practitioner selects a group of several organ areas to treat at each visit. All foot reflexology combinations have the added benefit of promoting relaxation and well being.
Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage has been passed down through healers (kahuna) since ancient times. Mana (life-force) lomi works with the body, mind, and soul of an individual. We look to find the root cause of your concern, whether physical or emotional. We work with all layers of the body, communicating to the layer of the bone, while using an amount of pressure that the client is able to receive. With loving awareness, the practitioner uses flowing forearm strokes light-to-deep, stretching, sustained compression, and moves energy throughout the body. It assists in letting go of limiting beliefs, releasing physical tension, and relaxing your entire being.
A soft transformative touch that creates more space throughout the forming skull, spine and pelvis. This modality is effective for babies who had a fast labor, long labor, and born by cesarean section. Very helpful for colic, nursing complications, digestive difficulties, babies who turn their head to one side, sleeping difficulties to name just a few. There is 50% growth in the spine the first year of a child’s life. Cranio-sacral therapy helps gently align the infant’s body which will positively affect them for the rest of their life.
A holistic and comprehensive approach to manual therapy. Integrative massage incorporates Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation, work in the Cranio-sacral system, Reiki, as well as Acupressure and Toyohari Meridian Therapy. A very balanced form of bodywork to facilitate your body's natural power to heal.
A combination of Eastern and Western modalities, most sessions include acupressure, passive and active stretching, breath-awareness, myofascial release and can incorporate aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. An initial intake is paramount―to assess your vision for the session, health status, and address any concerns you might have. The goal is to encourage the body to re-adjust as needed for healing, deep relaxation, and stress-reduction, and to invite the mind and spirit to reset and be at ease.
Myofascial release addresses a system of the body known as fascia, a type of connective tissue. This tissue wraps around all of your muscle cells, muscle fibers, nerves, and bones, holding it all together and providing structural support. Long time postural patterns and repetative motions can cause restrictions in the fascia that are not released with regular massage. No oil is used with myofascial release. Longer, sustained pressure is used because the fascia is slower to react than muscle tissue. Range of motion and pain levels can be greatly imroved when the muscle and fascia have both been released.
Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques
NAET is a protocol to reduce allergic reactions by re-educating your cells to change their perceptions of the external and internal stimulation, so that your body will have less stressors. The method has been known to treat wide varieties of allergies and allergic symptoms caused by various factors beyond food and environmental pollutants. If you are interested in NAET treatments, please check information on www.naet.com, and/or contact Fumi to discuss specificities of your condition.
Gentle manual therapy, as taught by the Barral Institute, that specifically targets the peripheral and central nervous system, as well as the protective sheath and menenges. This therapy is often extremely relaxing and creates a powerful mind-body connection. It is helpful in alleviating pain and neuralgia associated with nerve entrapment issues, chronic headaches, spasms, and helps balance the cranio-sacral fluid.
Appropriate and respectful massage supports children in a very young age about “good touch” and forming a positive body image. Helpful to calm the Central Nervous system so that a child can more easily focus, and feel more at ease in the body. Length of massage is 30 minutes. This massage works for children ages 1-17. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
A massage to support a women with exhaustion after giving birth. Acupressure points, cranio-sacral therapy and energy work is provided to the new mother to heal deeply. Scar tissue massage release through a gentle technique, cranio-sacral therapy, is used for caesarean sections. Breast massage upon request is done for low milk supply. This massage is essential for all postpartum women. An additional $20.00 fee for home visit.
We use medium-light flowing pressure to reduce swelling and increase circulation of blood, most importantly to your heart, uterus, and placenta in the later stages of pregnancy. This massage promotes the flow of lymph, which assists in removal of toxins and increased immunity. We combine this with deeper pressure to alleviate muscular pain in back and hips, cramping, and stress on joints. We nourish your nervous system to help you sleep more deeply and prepare your body for delivery.
Your instructor will create each session based on your abilities, limitations, and goals. You will learn postures and practices to increase strength, flexibility, and energy alongs with ways to relax and restore your body. We instruct using yoga props so that you may practice safely and effectively. Your session may include breathing and relaxation techniques to enhance your well being.
A therapy based on universal life energy that serves to align chakras and bring healing energy to organs and glands. It utilizes visualization while practitioner acts as a channel for the life energy. Reiki sessions are one hour and include 16 hand placements on or above the body. The client is fully clothed and lying down. Reiki supports the body’s natural functions on all levels.
Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture
In Shonishin treatments, no needle insertions are involved, but precious metal tools are used to very lightly massage on the skin surface. The treatment usually takes anywhere between 3 to 15 minutes depending on the age of the child and the condition. Shonishin is effective for digestive, respiratory, temperamental issues, as well as boosting the immune system and enhancing the healthy physical, mental, emotional development.
Structural bodywork is based on techniques developed to look at fascia as a structural and functional component of the body. Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds all muscles, bones, joints, and organs, allowing them to move independently of one another. Additionally, fascia transmits neural impulses and serves as a framework for full system muscle stability. It is important to recognize the mind-body connection in structural bodywork. As we experience emotions, our bodies react in habitual ways and we can create patterns that lead to adhesions, decreased movement, compensations, and compromised connections. Structural bodywork looks to soften and revitalize the fascia so that it may move freely and be open for message transmission. Underlying this modality is the intention to improve posture and overall movement and functioning. The work itself can be subtle or deep, and sometimes feel intense. This is a result of the fascia fibers being realigned, and the sensation can often be minimized with active movements and breath work. Structural bodywork aims to assist the body in releasing old physical and emotional patterns and realigning tissues for enhanced movement and ease of daily activities.
Swedish Massage is also referred to as relaxation massage. It involves flowing strokes, compression and rythmic kneading of the muscle tissue. It is great for increasing circulation and jump-starting the immune system, making it an effective detoxifying treatment. Swedish massage also allows you to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, (the relaxation response), which is crucial for the health and function of every cell in the body.
Literally meaning, “push” and “grasp”, Tui Na is an energetic and deeply reaching massage that is informed by the Five-Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Guided by these principals, Tui Na utilizes a variety of movements (such as jostling, kneading, joint mobilization) to assist in moving Qi (Chi) through the body and meridians. Qi is an energetic life-force that passes through all tissues, blood, and body fluids, bringing movement and vitality to the whole being. Meridians can be seen as channels through which the Qi passes. Throughout each of these channels, there are places (called meridian points) where Qi tends to collect. Each of these points also serve as references for other tissues of the body, emotions, and refers to an entire organ system. This work serves many; particularly those with pain or stiffness in the muscles and joints, those with stress-related or digestive conditions, and emotional and energetic imbalances. It is also a great tool for maintaining agility and strength. Tui Na can most often be practiced through clothing, though it is recommended the garments be lightweight and flexible. In some cases, as with the use of Cupping or Gua Sha therapies, the work is done directly on the skin.
Gentle manual therapy, as taught by the Barral Institute, involving motility assessments and mobilization of the visceral organs to achieve a more functional state of being. This work creates a profound mind body connection and is often extremely relaxing. Therapies are based on listening to the tissues of the body, to assess where the body is holding on to physical and emotional restrictions, and working with the body to mobilize and guide through to a release. The energetic motility of the organ systems are also harmonized through this process. This work is integral in promoting more comprehensive healing from various physical and emotional traumas including sporting and motor vehicle accidents, digestive health issues, surgical procedures, pregnancy, addiction, and major life transitions.
Wellness consulting aims to help clients find a deeper connection to relationships with their body, mind and food, while moving towards balance and personal empowerment for health. The sessions are informed by knowledge from a variety of sources, including: Ayurveda, Chinese Five Element Theory, plant + herbal medicine, sustainable + organic farming, and body movement practices, and are tailored to meet individual goals and intentions.