The Grind of Life
The grind of daily life can take its toll on your body, spirit, and mind. Tight muscles, aching joints, insomnia, and headaches affect many people in our society today. Some of us are also bogged down by anxiety and depression. As human beings we deserve to be nurtured, supported, and energized, on a mental, physical, and emotional level. Reiki brings the body into balance and harmony and can complement and work in conjunction with other forms of therapy, mainstream medicine, and medical intervention. Reiki is a valuable tool for any person dealing with a variety of health issues, including disease and pain management. Everyone, young and old, abled or disabled, can benefit from the gentle, personalized, and restorative effects of Reiki.
The Power of Touch
The skillful use of physical touch can lead to astonishing therapeutic results, on a physical, mental, and emotional scale. Reiki relaxes and releases muscles, freeing us from the sometimes vise-like grip that issues like stress and toxins can have on us. Reiki treats the entire person with beneficial effects that also include deep relaxation, improved circulation, and faster recovery time from injuries. It is also used by doctors and in many hospitals across the world.
Practiced in many cultures, Reiki uses a technique called “palm healing” or “hands-on-healing.” Through light touch and gentle movement of your body, Reiki supports the body’s natural healing processes and helps restore physical and emotional balance. It also bolsters your immune system, sharpens your mind, and replenishes your spirit. Like traditional massage therapy, Reiki is used to decrease stress and pain, and to improve the body’s ability to heal itself and become stronger. Patients with acute and chronic illnesses and in recovery from surgery have also benefited from this form of “touch therapy.”
Come relish the feeling of stress and pain leaving your body. It is time to take care of your mind, body, and spirit! Appointments usually last about one hour or more and take place in a quiet space and on a message table or other comfortable flat surface.
Reiki is nothing new. It originated with Dr. Makao Usui in Japan in the mid-1800s. It’s time to make Reiki a regular part of your vocabulary and vital part of your life. It’s time to take care of all of you.
The Healing Power of Gentle Touch
Most people have not heard of CranioSacral Therapy, a light touch technique which can create dramatic improvements in your life. Particularly for those who are trying to recover from injury, CranioSacral Therapy can shorten healing time and reduce pain by releasing tensions deep in the body.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy deals with the flow of energy through the body. If any part of the body experiences a disruption of that energy, that part does not function properly. Since all the nerves of the body pass through the spine, and nerves carry the body’s energy impulses back and forth to the brain, it is essential to keep these nerve pathways free from injury, compression, swelling or misalignment. The term CranioSacral is referring to the area between the top of the spine, the cranium, and the bottom of the spine, the sacrum. This therapy focuses on repairing and maintaining energy flow between those two points, and thus throughout the body.
Let’s look at what happens after a bad fall or a car accident. Impact causes misalignments of the spine and other body parts. Chiropractic and massage can treat most of the injury with therapy directed at bones, joints and muscles. If even a small amount of the nerve trauma remains, there can be ongoing discomfort and pain. The injury seems to never fully subside.
In the same way, long-term stress affects the body in ways similar to injuries caused by sudden trauma. Stress is like a slow-motion train wreck. Your body can only handle so much prolonged stress and strain before tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. This can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.
All the nerve pathways through the body are encased in sheaths of protective material. If any part of a nerve sheath is damaged or compressed, the nerve does not function properly and some part of the body suffers. In CranioSacral Therapy, the therapist identifies the area of restriction and applies gentle pressure to release any restrictions they find, allowing the entire body to relax and self-correct. This is all done while the client is fully clothed.
CranioSacral Therapy has been found to be effective in relieving migraines, chronic neck and back pain, stress-related disorders, spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, motor-coordination disorders, central nervous system disorders, ADD/ADHD, among others. Because it is so gentle CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to seniors.
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There are many different types of body-work available, the most well-known being massage. Serious and sometimes debilitating diseases can be alleviated through massage. What most people do not realize is that there is a variety of specific massage treatments designed for different health issues.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (symptoms include pain, tingling, burning and numbness of the hand and wrist area) has intensified in the past twenty years. People entering data on their computers, hair stylists, casino dealers, construction workers and anyone else whose job performance includes repetitive motion can be affected.
Sports can also cause repetitive stress injuries to the tendons in the wrist. When the tendons swell, they press against the median nerve, which passes through the same opening between wrist bones and fibrous support tissues. The median nerve transmits sensations from the hand to the brain. If the median nerve becomes pinched, these signals are blocked, causing numbness and tingling. Common treatments include immobilization of the hand, physical therapy and surgery for extreme cases.
Massage therapy eases the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and can increase grip strength, according to a recent study conducted by staff at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. The massage routine in the study consisted of stroking of moderate pressure from the fingertips to the elbow. Results of the study showed that the subjects in the massage group had significantly less pain and reduced carpal tunnel symptoms, as well as increased grip strength.
Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow are forms of tendinitis and are sports injuries caused by overuse of the arms, elbows and forearm muscles, the tendons suffer microscopic tears through injury or overuse, which cause pain and inflammation. However, elbow pain does not just afflict tennis players and golfers, it can occur in anyone with overuse of repetitive arm, elbow and wrist movement. These can include baseball players, bowlers, gardeners, house or office cleaners, carpenters, mechanics and assembly-line workers.
A common treatment is to prescribe drugs to mask the pain, however drugs do not ultimately fix the problem. Massage is a much less radical alternative for these issues. Trigger point-massage techniques, even as self-treatments at home can be used to alleviate muscle pain effectively. For carpal tunnel a massage therapist can stretch the tissues that would be cut during surgery, making more room for the tendons and median nerve. Another technique is to shorten the forearm muscles through compression, allowing them to relax. This reduces the tendon inflammation and swelling that trigger the problem in the first place.
Diabetes, a much more serious disease, can cause severe loss of circulation in the extremities. This loss is due to micro vascular disease, where the cholesterol imbalances caused by diabetes result in blockage of the arteries. Eventually the lack of circulation allows infection to occur in the affected tissue. As blockages become extreme, amputation of the extremity may be required.
Regular massage can improve circulation to the extremities. Though massage will not cure diabetes, it can reduce pain in the extremities by increasing blood circulation through the small arteries that the disease is trying to block. Exercise and weight reduction are important factors in diabetes treatment to control blood sugar levels. Patients can tolerate more exercise and get better results by using massage therapy to reduce post-exercise pain and stiffness.
In the state of Nevada licensed massage therapists are required to get continuing education. When you are looking for a massage therapist and you have specific problems you want to address you should find out what areas they specialize in to see if they are a fit for you. For instance, if you are a sport enthusiast you might want to find a therapist trained in sports therapy. There are a number of problems that can quite often be relieved or alleviated by a massage therapist trained for each individual issue.
- Beck, Mark F., Milady’s Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 3rd edition, Milady Publishing, Albany, NY.
- Massage Magazine. Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Originally published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2004, Vol. 8, pp. 9-14.
- Davies, Claire. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Self-Treatment of Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Lateral Epicondylitis, Medial Epicondylitis, Elbow Tendinitis, Elbow Bursitis. 1999-2006.
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