Frequently Asked Questions

All therapies are often used in combination to best support your intention, goals, and needs.

What is Therapeutic Yoga?

The restorative practice of therapeutic yoga builds self awareness, turns off the stress response and brings the body into a deep calm. In this practice, the body is literally held in restorative poses for long periods of time. This allows the connective tissue to release, the body to soften into deep relaxation, and cultivates a profound body-mind connection.

What is Therapeutic Massage/Medical Massage?

Medical massage combines many therapeutic massage modalities to facilitate change in the physical body. We seek to relieve pain, increase range of motion, and support the body in its healing process. Modalities include circulatory, relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue, passive joint, myofascial, trigger point, neuromuscular, and many others.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a hands on energy healing technique where the practitioner “channels” energy into the receiving body. This sacred work has been passed down for generations. Reiki works to stimulate the radiant flow of energy, or Qi, in the body. It removes energetic blockages, supports healing and aids in restoring balance to the body.

What are Meditation/Visualization Techniques?

Meditation is a practice in mindfulness. There are many ways to utilize meditation in your healing practice. Some common uses include: focus on the breath, body scans, and guided visualizations. These practices have been shown to re-generate neural pathways and change our physiology.

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism has been practiced for thousands of years by cultures all over the planet. We use the shamanic journey as a pathway to access information and healing that we wouldn’t consciously have access to. Shamanic techniques help to restore power, address soul loss, and aid in shifting thought patterns, belief systems, and habits that no longer serve. These practices include working with power animals, working with the ancestors, extraction, soul retrieval, house clearing, and healing work with death and dying.

Why do we address the nervous system and how does it apply to these therapies?

Our bodies are wonderful vehicles. Within us, there are hundreds and thousands of processes happening, helping to keep us functioning and furthering our momentum in the world. Unconsciously, our bodies and minds are seeking balance; homeostasis – every second, every moment, every day. Part of maintaining this balance is to consistently ask if we are safe. We are instinctually programmed for fight or flight when danger is perceived.

Naturally, when faced with stressful or threatening situations, our nervous system becomes activated so we may fight or run. Once the threat is passed, our nervous system returns to a more restful state.

When the stressor is highly activating; when an experience is perceived to be fearful, uncontrollable, horrific or life threatening, the nervous system can sometimes be triggered into immobility, a state of freeze. It is as if we become frozen in time. Trauma can occur at any time in our life. It can be a one time shocking life experience such as a car accident, or it can be several experiences that have disrupted our childhood development.

All forms of stress, including trauma, are experienced differently by every person. Some may need to slowly activate the nervous system. Some may need to slow down and find rest and calm. Because of the way our bodies experience stress and trauma, symptoms vary. All of the therapeutic modalities offered here address stress, trauma, pain or suffering. Combining the different techniques can bring about change on a deep level and disrupt the patterns; physical and otherwise, that are affecting you.

Some of the symptoms that can be addressed through the therapies offered:

  • Stress
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sense of Constriction in the body
  • High or low muscle tension
  • Pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Digestive issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anger
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Tendency to worry
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Poor immune system function
  • Injury
  • Sense of being stuck
  • Sense of chronic misfortune
  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Limited range of motion
  • Post surgical Issues
  • Physical or emotional pain