Integrative Bodywork Therapies
I bring many modalities together to best address your needs. I leverage bodywork techniques to massage soft tissue and realign the system, along with acupressure techniques to improve energy flow. Your session(s) will be customized to your needs and may include a combination of the following.
Tunia or or tui na (pronounced twee-nah) is an ancient Chinese massage technique. Tui na is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. As such, practitioners use it for many of the same reasons and according to the same principles as acupuncture. Like acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine uses tuina to harmonize yin and yang in the body by manipulating the Qi in the acupuncture channels. I will "push, pull, and grasp" using my hands, fingers, and elbow to apply pressure along the meridians and pressure points, just as acupuncture does.
Acupressure, like tuina, uses massage rather than needles to stimulate points and help the free flow of energy. Acupressure is static pressure to stimulate specific points on the body that coordinate with different areas of the body where you may be having pain, discomfort, or trouble.
Myofascial release is a massage technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue (fascia) restrictions to eliminate discomfort and restore motion.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids around the craniosacral system (the brain and spinal cord). This technique releases soft tissue restrictions and promotes relaxation, tension relief, and general wellbeing.
Fire cupping is usually done by inserting a flame into a small glass cup to remove the air and create a vacuum. The cup is then deftly inverted onto the surface of the body where it is held firmly in place by the suction created by the vacuum effect. This method is called "fire cupping." Cupping is much like the inverse of massage — rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses suction to pull the muscles upward, which increases blood circulation to the area and promotes relaxation. I will apply a lubricant to the skin before placing the cups, and then move the cups back and forth across certain areas of the body. This effect of cupping called "sliding cup." Bruising should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within a few days.
Herbs can be used to balance and enhance your overall wellbeing. Herbs gently remind the body how to resume proper function and balance. Each remedy is formulated for your individual needs. The herbs are ethically wildcrafted, grown, or respectfully sourced and made into tinctures, tea blends, and syrups. Herbs are not a replacement for pharmaceuticals. Custom formulas from my own garden and apothecary. As an herbalist, I test your body to find which herbs work best for YOUR system. Each session is unique based on the needs of your body on that day.
Moxibustion is a form of heat treatment therapy using an herb "moxa" (Artemisia vulgaris, aka mugwort) that is burned. It stimulates the flow of qi, and relaxes muscles when it is placed on specific acupuncture points on the body. The small inconvenience with moxibustion is the "smoke and odor" unfortunately. I also have a smokeless variety as well (with less to little scent).
Gua sha is a scraping technique in a Chinese medicine that stimulates blood flow, and promotes healing using a tool or spoon. Gua sha involves scraping the back, neck and shoulder, or the fleshy part of the limbs, and feet repetitively to break down fascia restriction. I will apply a lubricant, such as oil, to the skin before scraping the area. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, gua sha moves the toxins out, producing an anti-inflammatory and immune response. Like cupping, you will have red marks for a few days. The marks may look painful but they really are not.
Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) represents a groundbreaking innovation in modern preventative medicine. It is an FDA class II medical device. It is a therapy designed to improve circulation in the blood vessels by supporting the body‘s natural healing processes. This unique, patented technology reduces the negative effects of stress, fatigue, and poor circulation and promotes more efficient healing and recovery in our bodies.
Not only does the "BEMER treat nothing, but it helps everything!" Enhancing blood flow, endurance, energy, strength, mental acuity, stress reduction, better rest, and physical fitness.
Your session on the mat will last 20 – 30 minutes. Depending on your case, it can also be applied locally to a specific area of discomfort or injury to enhance the therapy. While listening to relaxing music, enjoy your peaceful resting time. Some people feel a mild tingle or pulse, some people feel nothing. Most people do become relaxed.
We are an Independent BEMER distributor
IonCleanse Detox Foot Bath
Immersing your feet in the warm water of an Ionic Foot Bath, positive and negative ions are emitted by a small machine. This can re-energize the body, organs, and red blood cells. This type of machine is described as a detox machine because the response of a balanced body is to excrete any excess toxins via the kidneys, liver, bowels, and skin — not only during but also AFTER treatment. Therefore, you will experience the beneficial effects of a detox in a painless, often relaxing, rejuvenating manner and create a more vital environment within your entire body. You can either do the foot bath after your treatment as an add on or schedule it separately.
How should you prepare:
Drink plenty of water, staying hydrated before and After a session.
Sessions are area specific or full body, with the client undressed to comfort level and safely draped with sheets.
Eat a light meal before your appointment.
Avoid consuming alcohol a few hours before and after the treatment
How often do you need to come in?
The number of treatments will depend upon your condition and your body's imbalance. It may require a session once a week for a period of time or twice a week if you are experiencing a lot of discomfort. Some conditions maybe treated in a few sessions, others may take several months. A general rule of thumb is to plan on a once a month general maintenance.
Monica has changed my life.
I am a stylist and I thought I was going to need surgery to help with my chronic shoulder pain. She found the root causes of the pain, and my shoulders literally started to "unwind", they just let go!
She is way better than pain meds and surgery!