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Massage, Plus Reiki

Massage, Plus Reiki… What’s it All About, Alphie?

Have you ever pondered about the healthy aspects of receiving a massage, plus Reiki or do you hold a belief that getting a massage of any kind is a luxury that only the rich and famous indulge in? It’s true, having a massage can feel like an indulgent luxury but it’s so much more than that. 

There are a variety of massage techniques or styles of delivery and a variety of benefits derived from a massage that will help foster your well-being. More about the different types of massage in a moment, but first a slight, yet significant, detour.

Stop! Is Your Massage Therapist Also a Reiki Practitioner?

Are you aware of the increased healing benefits you gain when your massage therapist is also trained as a Reiki practitioner?  No?!  Keep reading to discover why you want a dual-trained Massage-Reiki bodyworker for your next massage. Massage, plus Reiki is something everyone needs to experience!

Reiki (Ray-key) is a Japanese form of laying-on of hands energy healing. It’s soothing, relaxing, gentle and the perfect accompaniment to any form of bodywork, including massage.  The Reiki energy flows from a trained practitioner’s hands the moment they touch someone, it’s automatic and its healing to one’s body, mind and spirit.  That means when you receive a massage from a Reiki practitioner you reap the benefits of two healing modalities for the price of one! It unfolds automatically during a massage, plus Reiki session.

Reiki Energy Healing

Bodywork & Massage Services I Provide for My Clients

‘Now, lets go over the common forms of massage therapy and bodywork treatments I include within my practice.  Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, Prenatal/Postnatal massage, Reiki (as a stand-alone session and it’s automatically included with every massage) and Cupping Therapy.

Here’s a brief description of each of the above referenced services:

Swedish massage is the most commonly-known form of massage, famous for inducing a sense of relaxation, peace-of-mind and inner calm.  The massage itself is conducted by using oil on the client’s bare skin and incorporating long sweeping, circular-motions and/or rhythmical massage strokes. A Swedish massage, plus Reiki takes your relaxation to a whole new level.

Hot Stone massage is a massage that incorporates the use of heated stones.  Essentially the hot stones become an enhancement to your therapist’s healing touch.  They are used to dissolve and melt-away muscle tension and to facilitate the release of trapped energy held deep within your muscles.  Hot Stone massages are particularly popular during the winter months when people frequently experience being chilled-to-the-bone. 

Deep Tissue massage introduces the application of firm pressure into your massage. This increased pressure works deeply into muscle tissue to facilitate the release of nagging, relentless muscle tension. It also stimulates blood circulation within the muscles and promotes increased flexibility and ease of mobility. A deep tissue massage, plus Reiki adds the healing properties of energy healing to your session.

Prenatal/Postnatal massage is therapeutic bodywork specifically designed to focus on a woman’s body during (prenatal) and after (postnatal) pregnancy.  When a woman becomes pregnant her body goes through many changes, relatively quickly, that impact the function of her joints, muscles, circulation, as well as cause mental and physical fatigue.  Prenatal and Postnatal massage provides noninvasive massage techniques designed to ease the discomfort associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery and helps the mother-to-be prepare for labor both physically and emotionally. Your prenatal/postnatal massage, plus Reiki enhances the healing properties to your session. It also helps the new mother’s body return to pre-pregnancy form and firmness.

Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing modality that is used as a complementary healing treatment throughout the world.  It is offered in hospitals, surgery centers, cancer centers, physical therapy centers etc., in addition to spas. It is gentle, subtle, relaxing, healing and pampering to your body, mind and spirit.

Cupping Therapy is an ancient Oriental healing treatment that uses suction to stimulate blood-flow in muscle tissue, which facilitates healing.  The cupping treatment provides the following healing benefits: Release of toxins, activates the lymphatic system, helps to reduce muscle soreness and pain and it also promotes increased oxygen-flow in one’s muscular tissues and fascia.  I include cupping therapy, upon request, into massage sessions at no extra cost to my clients.

Cupping Therapy

It’s no secret that receiving a massage is incredibly relaxing. It often puts people to sleep and induces a natural, euphoric high that makes you feel great and life in general is made to seem less hectic and stressful. Massage, plus Reiki adds all the additional benefits of energy healing to your massage with no additional expense.

How Bodywork & Massage Therapies… Work

You may be wondering… how, exactly, do these different therapies work? To me, the Traditional Chinese/Oriental Medicine perspective offers the most complete explanation.  Physicians who practice Oriental medicine believe that the skin and muscle stimulation that occurs during a massage and other bodywork therapies helps to rid the body of stagnation within a person’s energy field, or Chi (the Japanese call it “Ki,” Hawaiians call it “Mana” and in Sanskrit it’s called “Prana”).  They believe that blocked, locked and stocked-up energy is the primary cause of all dis-ease, be it mental, emotional, physical or spiritual. 

Any healing modality (massage, Reiki, cupping therapy, for example) that releases blockages and restores the natural flow of the body’s energy, facilitates and brings about healing on every level of existence.  As my Reiki Master, Denise Crundall, used to say, doing so “…allows your body to heal itself.”

There have been many scientific studies conducted in order to evaluate the healing benefits of massage. These are the symptoms most commonly cited as being reduced by massage and coincidentally, Reiki reduces them, too:

  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress

Before you decide to get a massage there are a few health issues you need to consider, to take under advisement and/or discuss with your doctor… First.  If you have (or suspect you may have) cancer, blood disorders, open wounds, bone fractures, severe osteoporosis deep vein thrombosis or other serious health conditions must be fully evaluated between you and your doctor and then communicated to your massage therapist.  Be advised, under certain conditions your massage therapist may require written permission from your physician before they will book a session with you.

When it comes to massage, plus Reiki… the bottom line is it’s much more than a luxurious pamper session.  Massage, plus Reiki has the potential to garner far-reaching, positive effects to your overall well-being and general health status. Massage, by a dual trained Massage-Reiki practitioner, needs to be a tool in everyone’s self-care arsenal.

Those of us that work in the bodywork/massage industry often say that the world would be a much happier, healthier place if everyone could partake in a massage session once or twice a month.  When you’re ready to feel better and to have a happier personal worldview I’ve got a open massage table waiting just for you! Book your massage, plus Reiki with me, TODAY!

What in the World is Cupping Therapy and What Does It Do?

Cupping Therapy Gained Popularity During the 2016 Summer Olympics

Most people learned about cupping therapy when it was all over the news during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  Michael Phelps and other athletes were seen with those round hickey-like marks on his back and arms (these are left behind after the process, typically for 2 to 7 days).  Since Rio, many movie stars have also been spotted with the tell-tail signs of a recent cupping session.

And, you have others who see these marks for the first time and exclaim, “What the heck caused that?”, or when they hear about cupping therapy they will say, “What in the world is cupping therapy and what does it do?”

If you are one of those who have been left in the dark when it comes to cupping therapy, here’s an explanation of cupping, beginning with…

How it Works

Cupping works by creating a vacuum within a glass jar or plastic cup – heat was originally used to create the vacuum within glass cups (often called Fire Cupping). Modern hand-pump cupping systems are safer because they eliminate the need to light something on fire in order to create a vacuum!  The modern cupping therapy systems are made of plastic.  The suction that the cupping process creates is instrumental in interrupting the way the brain registers pain. In addition, it balances the way energy flows within your body creating a space, literally, for healing to occur.

Examples of original 'Fire Cupping' and a 'Modern Cupping Therapy' treatment methods

There are two application methods used to set the cups:

  • Wet – The practitioner will apply oil to the client’s skin prior to placing the cups, or…
  • Dry – The therapy cups are placed on the client’s bare, dry skin.

When the cup is applied to the skin, the created vacuum pulls the client’s skin and muscle tissue into the cup about ½ to ¾ of an inch. The amount of suction created by the practitioner depends on the condition being treated.  The cups may be moved (after oil has been applied to the skin), or they may be left undisturbed over any given area.  For example, cupping can be placed and left over the lungs (for up to 10 minutes) in order to help ease breathing and to facilitate decongestion.

This form of therapy can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture and is often called Needle Cupping.  Please note that this should only be conducted by a certified acupuncturist.

Different Types of Cupping Therapy Processes

There are different forms of cupping, but the common ones include:

Moving Cupping—

This form of cupping is exactly what it sounds like. Before the cups are placed on the body, the therapist will apply an oil-based lubricant to the area.  After the cups have been placed on the body, the cups will typically be moved up-and-down. This form of cupping is traditionally used on the back – this will help reduce the energetic stagnation that is being held in the body.

Fixed Cupping –

This is when cupping is done on a specific region of the body (typically the cups may be left in place for three to ten minutes).  This is a strong treatment that creates a strong suction, so it isn’t recommended for those that have a week constitution as it drains stagnation from the body.  During your first visit the duration of your cupping therapy will more than likely last for 3 minutes.

Flash Cupping –

This form of cupping is known for its speed.  The therapist will place many cups all at once – the cups will be left on the body for a short amount of time (normally under one minute) before they are removed, then reapplied.  This technique will take place for a couple of minutes and is great for stimulating the client’s Qi as well as blood circulation.

How Does it Feel?

When the cups are placed on your skin, you may feel a strong suction – most people find this relaxing. When you’re having the procedure done, it’s recommended that you close your eyes and imagine the pathogens being drawn-out of your body.

Cupping is used to treat many health issues, such as:

  • Treating Muscular and Joint Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Asthma
  • Painful Periods
  • Fevers
  • Coughs
  • Hypertension
  • Tiredness
  • Facial Paralysis from having had a stroke
  • Varicose Veins
  • Constipation, and/or
  • Other spiritual, physical or emotional imbalances

Now that you know what cupping therapy is all about, you may want to go ahead and give it a try.  There are many benefits nesting behind this tried-and-true ancient healing treatment known as Cupping Therapy.