What is Bodywork?
Bodywork methods can be thought of as manipulative therapy or energy medicine involving breath work and promoting increased awareness of the bodymind connection.
By nature, your body seeks to heal itself. At the heart of healing is the good flow of your energy, your Qi (or Chi pronounced CHē). Qi is the “life force” that sustains living beings; the literal translation of “qi” is “breath”.
Bodywork’s movement based modalities can relieve the imbalances of qi, unblocking the stagnant pools of energy within the body. Bring a lightness and efficiency of movement.
Bodywork Modalities offered at Shen Shen:
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy that focuses on the body’s inherent wisdom in order to direct healing. The practitioner “listens” to the craniosacral rhythm at various places on the client’s body in order “tune in” and discover the best way to affect positive change at any given time during a treatment.
The craniosacral rhythm is the pulse or flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the meninges of the spinal cord. This rhythmic pressure, is separate from the cardiovascular pulse and the flow of breath and can be detected quite clearly by the practitioner. It’s this rhythm that directs the session, dictating which cranial, sacral or other bones may need attention in order to release tension and allow the free flow of energy and/or cerebrospinal fluid.
Clients are fully clothed and begin supine (face up) on the treatment table while the practitioner conducts the session. Treatments are conducted in increments of 60 and 90 minutes.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy healing technique developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 19th Century. It has been practiced in the U.S. since the 1930s, and has become a popular healing modality because of its easy, instant ability to relieve stress and induce deep relaxation.
The word “Reiki” combines two Japanese words, “rei” which means “life force” or “universal energy,” and “ki,” which means “personal energy.” It is the word Dr. Usui coined to explain this safe, simple technique. A Reiki treatment allows the recipient to absorb more universal energy to boost their own personal vitality, thus relieving stress, improving their physical health and energy, and creating greater balance in body, mind and soul.
How Can It Help Me?
Reiki is an excellent way for healthy individuals to manage stress on a regular basis. Because it is so deeply relaxing, Reiki allows the body to restore itself naturally, enhancing a sense of well-being and new vitality. Unlike other personal practices that reduce stress, such as meditation or tai chi, Reiki requires no efforting process or dedicated focus. The individual simply receives, relaxes and feels refreshed.
For those with health challenges, Reiki is an excellent support to other healthcare practices, including surgery, medications, chemotherapy and psychotherapy. Extensive, peer-reviewed research shows that Reiki boosts the immune system, relieves pain, and dramatically accelerates healing, which is why Reiki is now used in so many hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and integrative medical centers around the world. Reiki can strengthen the benefits received from all other health interventions.
What Happens During A Reiki Treatment?
A typical Reiki treatment lasts about 60 minutes. The recipient lies fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner places their hands in a series of positions along the front and the back of the body, placements that are aligned with the chakras as well as the endocrine system. Unlike massage, there is no muscle manipulation; the practitioner simply lays their hands gently on the body. Treatments can also be given while the recipient is seated or standing.
The recipient’s breathing becomes slower and more comfortable as he or she moves toward a deeper state of relaxation. Recipients may feel a variety of gentle sensations during a Reiki treatment, particularly a sense of warmth from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. Those who are more sensitive to energy may feel a soft wave of subtle pulsations flowing through their bodies. Some have emotional releases during a treatment, especially if they are experiencing emotional challenges at the time. Many people become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment. After a treatment, they generally feel a sense of peace and contentment, greater mental clarity, relief from pain they may have been having, and a refreshing sense of relaxation.
Structural Therapy is a ten-session program designed to create freedom from bodily restrictions within the gravitational field. During the ten sessions, your practitioner will seek to create length and span not only within regions of the body, but throughout the whole, relieving restrictions and working with you to realize patterns that inhibit freedom and efficiency of movement. Spot treatments are available to those who have already undergone similar therapies. Please inquire for more information
What Is Thai Bodywork?
Thai Bodywork is based on the ancient form of Thai Healing Arts. Like other forms of Asian massage, it focuses on removing stagnation in the body. Stagnation leads to pain, stiffness or immobility. Thai Bodywork treats stagnation by opening up lines of energy in the body called “Sen Lines”, which are roughly congruent to the Chinese TCM meridian system.
What Are The Sessions Like?
Thai Bodywork is sometimes described as “lazy man’s yoga.” This unique therapy resembles a sort of a dance between the therapist and client. Thai Bodywork is traditionally done on the floor with the client fully clothed, receiving work in supine, prone, sidelying or seated positions. The therapist treats different parts of the body using palms, arms, feet, elbows and knees. The client is taken through a series of different “asanas” or yoga like stretches.
What Can Thai Bodywork Treat?
Thai Bodywork can treat any musculoskeletal problem. Like Tui Na, it is used to treat muscle/joint pain, stiffness and immobility. Since it involves more intense stretches, Thai Bodywork can help increase flexibility in the body. Thai Bodywork is a great therapy for any athlete since it helps to keep the body limber and helps to prevent fatigue and injury.
The Trager Approach is movement re-education. Dr. Milton Trager (1908-1997) developed this unique approach to freeing the body of tension by way of gentle and non-intrusive movement.
In the passive form of movement, the receiver is moved through their pain-free range of motion while lying on a padded table, while seated, or while standing. Originating from a place of calm and deep presence, your practitioner uses touch to communicate a sense of ease, by rocking, swinging, vibrating, shaking, lengthening and pressing. As the receiver identifies new felt positive sensations associated with a freer structure, they are consciously able to ‘let go’ of deep-seated tension. The experience of receiving a Trager session is gently penetrating and profoundly relaxing.
“Part of the process of healing the nervous system is to establish an environment where it is all right to let down and be supported without the process of alertness for survival.” -Bodystories.
Active movement in the Trager Approach was named ‘Mentastics,’ a word Milton coined from mental and gymnastics. These free- form self-care movements are practiced as a way of anchoring and recalling the feeling experience from the Trager table work. This simple and delightful explorative practice to finding lightness and ease in one’s body is what makes The Trager Approach effective, empowering, and long lasting.
Every time you surrender yourself to a feeling of calm and peace, the more at ease you will be in coping with day to day challenges.
Roger Hughes, Trager Approach Practitioner, shares the belief that muscles which are forced to release by means of an overpowering method is, instead, a means of feeding the pre-existing pattern of tension, stiffness and/or pain. There may result a short-term relief, but the underlying pattern remains unchanged and buried in the unconscious mind.
The Trager Approach tames soft tissue resistance to soften and shift into a pattern of movement that is freer and more authentic.
The Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy
Manual Lymph Drainage is an advanced therapy technique developed in Europe by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder. In 1832, Dr. Vodder and his wife were working as masseurs on the French Riviera. Most of their patients were vacationing English who were there to recover form chronic colds. All had swollen lymph nodes. At that time, the lymphatic system was taboo for masseurs, as well as, for physicians. Dr. Vodder broke the taboo and treated the swollen lymph nodes intuitively and successfully; the result: the colds vanished. He went on to develop MLD.
MLD is recognized as the number one therapy for treating and maintaining primary and secondary lymphoedema. Additionally, it has been used in the treatment of over sixty lesser pathologies.
It is effective in the treatment of acute and chronic edema (i.e., lymphoedema, edemas following strokes and local edemas of traumatic origin such as dislocations, tears and fractures), neuromuscular disorders and fascial dysfunction, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, scleroderma, burns, scar therapy, acne, local chronic inflammation in the respiratory tract (including sinusitis and allergies), periodontal disease, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine, circulatory disturbances and digestive tract disorders.
MLD is a potent adjunct in cleansing the body’s tissues of metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria, large protein molecules and toxins; this includes long term use medications, anesthesia in post surgery recovery, and harmful or poisonous substances that have entered the body through exposure or ingestion.
Scientific studies have proven that the immune system is supported and even boosted as a result of receiving regular MLD treatments. A sluggish lymphatic system increases the chance of chronic illness and disease.
MLD is very effective in countering the body’s natural inflammatory response following soft tissue trauma. These include sprains, fractures, orthopaedic surgeries and replacements, and orthodontal surgery. As a basic rule, the less swelling that occurs, the less bruising and pain will subsequently follow. If received in a timely manner, MLD can dramatically shorten the route to recovery.
Lymph drainage is gentle, rhythmical, and soothes the nervous system.
We invite you to treat yourself to seasonal MLD treatments as a way of exercising your immune system.