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15/Aug/2018

While our main focus is on clinical and therapeutic massage we are not afraid of a little “woo.” At least, not woo that has some medical research behind it. Search “reiki” in PubMed (a trusted online database of medical research papers) and you will find a small number of studies that form a beginning of some positive research for reiki and other therapeutic touch  as a part of biofield therapy. The gist of the data so far indicates that reiki may have a positive influence on stress and pain relief.

Origins of Reiki

Reiki originated in Japan and it is essentially a laying on of hands. The history goes as follows, Dr. Mikao Usui went to the mountain, had a vision, and came back connected to the life force energy of the universe. He was able to heal people by touching them and tapping into this energy. He passed down this ability to other practitioners through an attunement process, which is how we still do it today.

In the original form of Reiki, the practitioner would place hands on the recipient wherever the energy felt out of balance. In the modern western version, the practitioner uses hand placements on the chakras which correspond to the rest of the body to facilitate healing. One science-based theory of how reiki works focuses on the possibility of one person’s electromagnetic field influencing the other’s. However, nothing has been proven through methodological study.

Traditionally, people have sought out reiki to heal and balance mind, body, and spirit. It  follows an integrated eastern philosophy of wellness in which any of these components alone or together may disturb overall well-being and lead to health problems. Each chakra corresponds not only to a physical part of the body, but to an emotional state, and a spiritual concept as well. Here is a quick and dirty list of the major chakras.

Chakras

1st/Root Chakra– At the base of the spine. Physically relates to the lower body and immune system– sciatica, low back pain, depression. Mental and emotional correlations include safety and security, basic physical needs, family, standing up for oneself.

2nd/Sacral Chakra– At the sacrum. Physically relates to the viscera, sexual organs, and hip area– urinary problems, problems related to the sexual organs, low back or hip pain. Mental and emotional correlations include blame and guilt, creativity, control, money issues, and ethics.

3rd/Solar Plexus Chakra– Above navel. Physically relates to the stomach, abdomen, and abdominal organs– ulcers, diabetes, GERD, liver problems, and adrenal fatigue. Mental and emotional correlations include trust, self-esteem, self-care, decision making, and honor.

4th/Heart Chakra– In the center of the chest near the heart. Physically relates to the heart, lungs, shoulders/arms, and chest– heart problems, asthma, allergies, upper back and shoulder pain. Mental and emotional correlations include love, resentment, grief, anger, forgiveness, loneliness, and self-centeredness.

5th/Throat Chakra– At the throat. Physically relates to the throat, neck, mouth, and glands– sore throat, TMD, scoliosis, and thyroid problems. Mental and emotional correlations include personal choice and expression, hopes and dreams, addiction, criticism, faith, and decision making.

6th/Third Eye Chakra– In the center of the forehead. Physically relates to the brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, and glands– neurological or brain problems, learning difficulties, seizures, and hearing and vision problems. Mental and emotional correlations include intellectual ability, truth, wisdom, and emotional intelligence.

7th/Crown Chakra– At the crown of the head. Physically relates to the muscles, bones, and skin– chronic exhaustion, depression, and sensitivity to light and sound. Mental and emotional correlations include big picture thinking, spirituality, selflessness, values, courage, and trusting in life.

Experiencing

It can get complex and very in depth for those who appreciate the metaphysical. There can be levels, symbols, colors, crystals, sound, and smoke. There can be connecting of the worldly and ethereal. There can be inviting of enlightened beings.

People experience reiki in a variety of different ways. Some feel heat or vibration. Some see colors or visions. Some simply feel relaxed.  Some have emotional outpourings. Many specifically seek it out for this reason- it can bring up emotional or spiritual issues for processing. And for some, there is a profound connection that feels divine. The wisdom of reiki says that whatever the person experiences is exactly what they need for healing.

Another piece of the wisdom of reiki is that it “calls” to those who should try it…


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15/Aug/2018

Couple’s Massage Basics

Each February our schedules fill with couples wanting a massage together. Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day, or another occasion during the year, read on to learn more about Couple’s Massage.

The basic premise of a Couple’s Massage is that two people receive massage at the same time, in the same room. Each person has their own massage therapist and their own, individualized massage.

Upon arrival, expect your therapist to do an intake process with you so you can tell them your goals for the massage. You will also discuss your overall health and your preferences for a massage session.  Your partner’s therapist will do the same with them. Then you will all go to the treatment room and receive a brief orientation to the room and how to get on the table. The massage therapists will leave to let you undress and start relaxing on the table.

When the massage therapists return, they will begin your and your partner’s massages as you discussed in the intake. Since you probably have slightly different needs than your partner, the massages will be slightly different, and tailored to each person individually. The therapist will ask about your comfort, but will otherwise maintain peaceful quiet. Unlike some spas and franchises, we do not do a standard choreographed massage “routine.”

Why Choose Couple’s Massage

You may choose Couple’s Massage for a variety of reasons. Perhaps to celebrate a special occasion. Or one person is a massage veteran who is bringing the other for the first time; it can feel more comfortable to come with someone you know. Sometimes, it just makes more sense time-wise if both of you can receive a massage at the same time. Or you may simply find it a lovely way to spend time together.

We offer 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions. Book online or give us a call to reserve. We can accommodate twosomes in the same or separate rooms.

During the month of February only, we offer a special Valentine’s Day Couple’s Massage Package. This special package includes your couples massage plus a take home gift. Due to the high demand for this service, we do require a pre-payment to reserve a Valentine’s Day Package.

We look forward to seeing you and your someone special soon.

 

 

 


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15/Aug/2018

Rock on, turn up the heat, get stoned…

Aside from being a bad pun writer’s dream, hot stone massage enhances relaxation and feels amazing. Especially welcome during the cool months, adding a touch of warmth to a relaxation massage helps fight the winter blahs as well as the increased muscle tension felt from the cold. If winter’s not your thing, you can come in from the cold for an hour and a half and warm your bones with a hot stone session. Hot stones can also give some extra oomph to a massage designed for pain relief.

Typically, a “Hot Stone Massage” means a 90 minute massage with a main goal of stress relief and relaxation during which the therapist incorporates smooth heated stones into the session. The therapist will use the stones in two ways:

  1. Stone Placement- Placing stones in strategic areas to warm the muscles before or after working on them. Akin to applying a heat pack, leaving the warmed stones in place allows the heat to penetrate into the muscle.
  2. Massage with Stones- Using stones as an extension of the therapist’s hands. Massaging the muscles with the stones allows the heat to fully cover the muscles and help melt away knots.

In addition to using the stones the therapist will also use their hands, just like in a traditional massage, in order to do more focused work on specific muscles. A hot stone massage is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and warm both mentally and physically.

We innately want to apply heat to aching muscles. It feels good. We crave comforting touch when we have stress. It calms us. So combining heat with therapeutic touch gives us a unique opportunity for healing body and mind. Beyond feeling good, heat therapy encourages circulation in an area (you can see this when the skin turns pink) and coaxes muscles to relax and lengthen. It basically does the same things that massage strives to do, so the two combined are a power combo.

For those seeking a massage oriented toward pain relief and injury recovery, the therapist can incorporate hot stones into the session in a less generalized and more focused way to achieve these goals. The therapist can use them to apply heat with more targeted techniques to stubborn knots, tight muscles, and taut tissue. Just like in a relaxation massage, the moist heat delivered by the stones can enhance the work of the therapist leading to less tension, less pain, and more flexibility.

Surprisingly, heat therapy has a dearth of empirical evidence behind it. Like cold therapy, the medical community has employed it for so long and so frequently, that everyone assumed it had been well-studied. The research that exists, however, indicates that heat does seem to relieve pain, relieve muscle tension, and improve flexibility. Moist heat (like hot stones) may be particularly effective.

 

 

 

 


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15/Aug/2018

“Get off the table and onto the floor for a Thai Yoga Massage”

Feeling adventuresome or ready to try a little something different as part of your (massage) wellness routine? Get off the table and onto the floor for a Thai Yoga Massage to challenge your flexibility and leave you feeling revitalized.

Often referred to as “having yoga done to you,” Thai Yoga Massage, or just Thai Massage, comprises stretching, compressive massage, and meridian-based energy work. It enhances vitality and helps you feel more flexible. Thai Massage is an excellent way to improve your general wellness.

Read on for an interview with James, Nimbus Massage’s resident Thai Yoga Massage therapist.

Kristina Page: Tell me a little about Thai Massage.

James Arbuckle: In my experience Thai Massage is both relaxing and invigorating at the same time– which is an interesting paradox. My Thai instructor, who studied in Thailand, called it “yoga for the lazy.”

KP: What inspired you to learn Thai?

JA: Several things. Just like massage itself it felt like a natural fit. When I saw books or DVD’s on the subject I thought “that’s something I want to do.” It just seemed like a natural thing. Another reason that it interested me as a male therapist, is the fact that clients don’t have to disrobe for a Thai Massage.

KP: What was your favorite thing that you learned in Thai class?

JA: I really like the stretching.

KP: Do you have a favorite stretch?

JA: I like the chest stretch where I press my feet into their back and stretch their arms backwards to stretch the pec muscles. It counteracts the hunching that most of us do. There are also tons of good hip stretches.

KP: Advice for a person coming in for their first Thai session?

JA: Don’t wear shorts. Yoga or other loose fitting pants are optimal. During the session (like all massage), try to relax completely so that your body is limp and I do all the work. In some ways Thai massage is more intimate than table massage- I will use my feet, my knees, and my legs along with my hands and arms to support, massage, and stretch you. It involves a lot of contact between therapist and client- but it is an efficient way to mobilize the body and get the energy moving.

KP: Who is a good candidate for Thai?

JA: People who want to improve flexibility. Perhaps as a stepping stone to get into yoga or as a sample to see if yoga would be a good fit for them. Especially for people who want to try it out in private instead of in front of a crowd.

KP: Who shouldn’t try Thai?

JA: People who aren’t comfortable with the therapist using their feet to do the massage. People who don’t like stretching. People that prefer the skin to skin contact of normal massage, especially the gliding style of Swedish massage.

KP: What do you like about Thai?

JA: I really feel like it gives great coverage in working the body, more so than a table massage. A 90-minute Thai session truly covers almost the entire body. Abdomen, sternum, sides. Because it is efficient I can really get to everything. I also like that it keeps your energy up as a therapist as well.

Learning Thai was a turning point for my career. After taking the classes, I started getting a lot more work. Even when I wasn’t doing a Thai session, I would incorporate some of the Thai work and people really seemed to respond to it.

KP: Thanks, James, for taking the time to talk with me.

JA: You’re welcome! It was my pleasure.

 

 

 


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