Acupuncture, practiced for several millennia in Asia, is a branch of Chinese medicine that uses needles to stimulate points along channels, or meridians, identified on the body.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment? Fine, single-use, disposable, stainless-steel needles are inserted into specific acupoints along the meridians. This helps to stimulate the flow of energy, or qi, along those pathways so that balance may be restored and the body can heal itself. Acupuncture may relieve muscle tension, stimulate the release of endorphins, promote parasympathetic nervous response (“rest and digest”), and reduce inflammation. It may also help to promote and regulate the transportation and transformation of fluids throughout the body. Acupuncture is commonly considered a resource for people experiencing musculoskeletal pain or sports injuries, stress, and digestive and fertility issues, to name a few conditions.
Chakras are energy centers connecting the energetic (pranic) body with the gross (physical) body. Chakra balancing works on the tangible and subtle energy levels of the body. It aligns the energy pathways and removes blockages caused by emotions, thoughts, and life situations.
Cranial Therapy is a gentle hands-on technique that works with the craniosacral rhythm and the cranial/facial structure. The work is performed starting from superficial and progressing to deep structures, increasing joint alignment and mobility and releasing compression throughout the cranium and face. This technique can have a profound affect on headaches, migraines, head trauma, concussions, TMJ dysfunction, stress release, and mores.
Flower Essences for Emotional Balance
Have you ever wondered what’s in those small amber bottles nicely displayed along with the vitamins and herbal supplements in the health food store? Perhaps you have tried the Bach Rescue Remedy.
Flower essences are a kind of “vitamins for the emotions.” These safe and gentle remedies, made from solar infusions of wildflowers, are powerful tools for transformation and self-empowerment. They have been used to manage difficult emotions and stress, bring about a more positive approach to life, and improve mental and emotional well-being. Upsets, trauma, fear, tension, lack of confidence, worry, and discouragement are just a few areas where flower essences can help.
What happens during a consultation? After an in-depth discussion about you, your current situation, and the issues and concerns you wish to address, Flor will select one or more essences and prepare a personalized flower essence blend for you to take home and use.
Myofascial Release is a gentle hands-on technique that releases restrictions in the fascial system of the body. Fascia is described as a “tough connective tissue” that provides form to the body enveloping every muscle, bone, nerve, organ, and vessel. It is continuous without beginning or end. There are many causes for fascial tightness and dysfunction. This technique results in freeing the fascia and allowing the tissues of the body to glide appropriately while increasing blood flow, lymphatic flow and joint and visceral mobility. This technique can decrease pain, increase range of motion and help with a multitude of diagnoses.
Prenatal Swedish Massage
Prenatal Swedish massage utilizes Swedish massage strokes—compression, gliding, kneading, and friction—to target the specific aches and pains that go along with pregnancy, such as low back pain, sciatica, round ligament pain, and feet and leg pain or swelling. As with any massage, the therapist will tailor the session to meet the needs of a given client. Prenatal massage is generally done in a side-lying position. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, be sure to let the therapist know before your session.
Prenatal Thai Bodywork
Prenatal Thai Bodywork is a gentle system of stretching and relaxation suitable for the particular condition of mothers-to-be. It is appropriate in the second and third trimesters of pregnancies without complications. Thai Yoga can help to alleviate some of the tension in the back and strain on the legs associated with pregnancy and can increase flexibility in the hips and groin. Most important, Thai Bodywork cultivates a mentally and physically peaceful state in the mother, helping her to reduce stress and build confidence in preparation for the experience of birth.
Qigong for Pain Relief and Migraines
Therapeutic hands-on Qigong has been used for thousands of years to heal illnesses and treat pain. With gentle hands-on pressure point work on the back of the neck, upper back, facial points, and scalp, Tui Na can bring relief to the migraine patient in an easeful setting without the use of needles or drugs. Sessions are are very calming to the nervous system and aim to relieve pain by moving the flow of blocked Qi in the organs and energy lines and improving the patient’s lymphatic and blood circulation. The practice is gentle and will often provide immediate relief.
Why not thank your feet and hands for all they do for you? Reflexology stimulates various points that correspond to the organs and structures of the body, thereby promoting relaxation and internal healing, as well as improving circulation and balance. Gentle pressure is used to wonderful effect while you sit back, rest, and relax.
Reiki is a gentle, balancing, transformational spiritual practice. It is generally experienced as deeply relaxing and refreshing. Reiki’s universal nature makes it suitable for all states of being. Reiki is practiced either through light touch or with the hands slightly off the body. Reiki has no known medical contraindications, and recipients are fully clothed and aware at all times.
Individual restorative healing sessions will have you lie back on cushions and blankets to make space in the body and relax. Through gentle massage, energy work, sound, and aroma (based on your preferences), you are guided to a deeper state of receptivity to access the body’s own potential for rejuvenation.
Power Animal Retrieval: In traditional Celtic, Native American, and many First Nation cultures it is said we are all born with an ally, an animal spirit protector. The original spirit animal is always with you. Through the course of our lives other animals may show up, carrying the medicine we need for a time or an event. Connecting to a power animal can make for a profoundly healing reunion, one that reminds us we are never alone. Nadiya, an expert interpreter of power animal journeys, can also help you identify and make sense of the astonishingly useful messages from the spirit animal world.
Shamanic Extraction: Shamanic extraction is an energy-clearing technique that has been successfully used for centuries to clean one’s energy field of an “intrusion”— perhaps from a trauma, surgery, organ implant, or emotional wound that has resisted other kinds of therapies. Following a non-touch method of sensing the location and type of intrusion, the practitioner energetically gathers the offending matter and releases it.
Soul Retrieval: In shamanic terms, a part of the soul may sometimes “choose” to leave following physical or emotional danger or trauma. In this session the client and the shamanic practitioner lie on the floor side by side while helping spirits guide the practitioner on a shamanic journey to locate and retrieve the client’s lost soul parts. Then those parts are blown back into the client’s crown and heart centers.
Shiatsu is an ancient, non-invasive healing method practiced for centuries to prevent illness. Based on traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians, Shiatsu’s acupressure is also called pressure point meridian therapy. Shiatsu helps keep the body in peak condition, relieves tension, and promotes vitality. It prompts the body’s internal system to flow, helping the body to heal itself. It can work in conjunction with most health regimens prescribed by doctors and other health care professionals. As an option, you can have moxa applied; that consists of heated sticks used at pressure points to treat allergies and colds.
Sound healing combines Reiki hands-on healing with a variety of powerful sound healing instruments and procedures which will be administered in a personalized session just for you. Lying on a massage table, you will receive sounds that are designed to dislodge holding patterns and move stagnant energy.
Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage
A deeply relaxing combination of Western massage techniques designed to ease tension, relieve pain, and improve mobility and muscle tone. The practitioner applies gentle but firm gliding and kneading strokes to loosen muscles and boost circulation and can include targeted techniques to unlock deeper muscles and release knots.
The teachings of Yoga provide a comprehensive understanding of psychology, as well as a path beyond the psychological level of being. With many years of dedicated practice of yoga, especially meditation, Integral Yoga’s counselors will listen deeply and help you explore the way to make clear, balanced, and skillful decisions in your life. The essence of the yogic philosophy is that you cannot blame others for your unhappiness. Blaming yourself is also not productive, but it is possible to learn to take responsibility for how your mind is reacting to the world around you.
Often described as assisted Hatha Yoga, this well-respected and proven healing art born in the temples of Thailand has roots in both the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda and Thai Buddhism. Using his or her hands, feet, arms, and legs, the practitioner gently guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures, creating a harmonious and therapeutic “dance,” which leads to greater physical awareness, grace, and spiritual energy.