Mission: To promote balance, flow, self-acceptance, compassion and joy in taking care of oneself through body work massage.
Vision: To create a safe, nurturing environment where each person may gently unfold their petals in vulnerability, to the authentic true self.
Body Work Integration aims to empower and gently guide people to advance in physical and emotional healing through body work. We aim to gently nourish the body through therapeutic touch, promote flow and help process emotions. Choose a massage therapy technique you prefer for Body Work or choose a combination of techniques.
Swedish Massage was pioneered by Johann Georg Mezger, a Dutch physician who was noted for studying French massage techniques and their effects on physical healing. It uses several techniques for healing including: Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration and Tapotement. We use kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements. Swedish massage helps relax the body, decrease toxicity in the muscles and improves oxygen levels in circulation.
Body Work therapeutic massage may employ manoeuvres from Swedish style massage therapy mixed with other therapeutic techniques to help work out tension, knots, strains in the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. Coupled with inner healing, in body work therapeutic massage we often discover that certain muscles that are very tense hold certain emotional charges such as: unprocessed grief in the deltoid, control in the upper trapezius muscle, unexpressed joy in the plantar fascia, latent sadness or loss on the tongue. Although some muscles are not massaged, a deep tissue massage helps us unfold layers of energetic emotional charges.
This massage technique originates from Hawaii and the smooth flow of the strokes mimic the ocean waves. The term ‘lomi lomi’ means massage. The manoeuvres are carried out mainly with the forearms, but also with the hands and elbows. The effects of this massage are profound, even transformational, in that they promote inner flow, awareness and balance of body and mind. Long strokes are applied on the body, using warm coconut oil and a minimalist sheet. Sessions last from one to two hours depending on the requirement. Acupressure, stretching, rotation and kneading are used to relieve muscle tension and harmonize energy. Manoeuvres are gentle, rhythmic and practised with fluidity and continuity.
Therapeutic light touch massage gives the body a sense of connection with self, tells us that we matter, we are important, we have human contact, we exist, we are safe, wanted, alive, joyful and we are not alone. Gentle music or sounds of nature can be played in the background. In this environment of physical and mental relaxation, tensions begin to resurface naturally and effortlessly when the client presents interest in achieving balance.
Touch is a baby’s first sense to develop, and once they are born, touch is key in the bonding process with the caregiver. Soothing the infant also involves physical touch and skin-to-skin contact is necessary for the healthy development of babies. People who lacked adequate nurturing touch as a child, benefit greatly from therapeutic light touch massage. Performed with very gentle touch of fingertips and palm of hand, the objective is contact with the epidermis and slight pressure on the dermis.
Today's economy, jobs and increasingly technologically modern life requires we use our intellectual faculties. We work more with our head than with our bodies. A head massage gives us peace of mind. The scalp, the neck and top of shoulders are treated to help ease symptoms of a headache, reduce stress, and possibly boost hair growth, too. Our neck area holds the unspoken words we wish to express and have acknowledged. Our face holds unexpressed emotions that can dissipate in a safe space. The eye area holds tears that need to be cried.