Guided imagery is an ancient form of meditation that uses the imagination (images and pictures we experience through any of our sensory perception) to reconnect to their inner resources for healing. This process, often guided by a practitioner or audio tape, can help boost the immune system, promotes a reduction in anxiety and pain, and a greater sense of wellbeing.
Gentle soothing strokes and pressure applied to the babies’ muscles promoting relaxation of babies and parents and helping - with babies’ digestion, weight gain, and elimination - babies’ sleep better - lessen irritability - babies be more responsive to outside stimuli - relieve the symptoms of gas and colic
A healing touch that applies pressure on the muscles of the body. Benefits of massage include an enhanced feeling of well-being, less muscle tension, improved blood and lymph circulation, lower blood pressure, increased range of motion, less anxiety relief from depression, less trouble sleeping, relief from depression.
Massage Therapy (Thereputic Massage)
Massage therapy is an ancient healing touch that provides comfort through applying pressure to the muscles of the body. Massages may be given lying down or seated at a massage chair and, may be total body or specific areas of discomfort. Benefits may include relaxation, increased energy, pain relief, improved circulation, digestion, and sleep, and a greater sense of well-being.
A relaxation technique that achieves a state of profound relaxation, inner harmony, and increased mental awareness through focsing on the breath, a word, an object, a silent prayer, etc.
Energy pathways located in the human body that connect acupuncture points and internal organs.
The burning of an herb (Mugwort) over an acupuncture point to elicit a healing response.
Music therapy is the use of specific music (with specific vibrational frequencies) to promote relaxation and healing. Although most healing music is soft and soothing, individual patient preferences (jazz, classical, etc.) can also be relaxing and therefore healing to that individual.
Myofascial (deep tissue release)
A deep Western massage, releasing tension in the fascia (connective tissue) as a means of restoring balance to the body and its’ systems.
Preparation for Surgery Class
This class teaches relaxation techniques (often called mind-body techniques) to help patients prepare emotionally and physically for surgery. This program promotes: - Feeling calmer before surgery - Experiencing less pain - Healing faster Whenever possible patients should sign up for the class 1-2 weeks preop by calling 545-1888. The class is offered: Mondays 6-8 pm in several community locations.
Pronounced “Chee”- the life force in all body functions, including breathing, heartbeat, metabolism, and even emotions.
The term Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is made up of two Chinese characters, "Qi" and "Gong". A literal translation of the two words together would be "manipulation of vital energy", "energy exercise" or "exercise of Qi". Qigong is an ancient art in which people train to achieve the sensation of Qi (also referred to as chi) and manipulation of Qi by exercising the mind, breath and body. Qigong is a holistic exercise system to maintain good health, prevent disease, relieve sickness and prolong life. An alternative spelling, Chi Kung is sometimes used.
A way of stimulating the internal organs and increasing blood circulation to all areas of the body through the compression of reflex points on hands or most commonly, the feet.
Reiki is a Japanese touch therapy for relaxation and pain relief that also promotes healing. Although Reiki is “hands-on”, unlike massage, Reiki is administered through a very gentle touch. While the patient is seated or lying down and fully clothed, the practitioner’s hand are placed along energy centers and pathways on the head, neck, shoulders, upper chest, abdomen, legs, and feet (similar to those used in acupuncture).
Manipulating the fascia by using pressure and lifting or a spreading motion to loosen up and re-organize the soft tissue of the body.
Promotes health and relaxation by relieving muscle tension and improving circulation.
Tai Chi is an ancient martial arts exercise. The gentle movements and postures are designed to achieve a harmonious flow of energy (chi) in the body. The movements are coordinated with breathing patterns and performed slowly so that the practitioner can focus on changes in balance, flexibility, and muscle tension. This can improve balance, stability, flexibility, and skill and promote a sense of relaxation, wellbeing and improved health.