The Five Element Theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory form the foundational components of Zen Shiatsu. The founder of Zen Shiatsu, Shizuto Masunaga, described the essence of Zen Shiatsu as "the path to enlightenment through the discovery of the Self." Zen Shiatsu includes techniques such as pressure point therapy (thumbing and palming), Hara Assessment (evaluating the energetics, and Jitsu/Kyo quality of the core) and gentle stretching based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. Zen Shiatsu incorporates the principles of whole body healing and balance, energetically as well as physically, through the mind-body-spirit triad.
Integrative massage is a unique modality developed over twenty years ago at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. It has evolved into a comprehensive therapy for body, mind and spirit. With a focus on breath, movement, physical sensation, sound, verbal interaction, and creative integration strokes, we seek to open the body from it's armoring and holding patterns. The principles followed in integrative work are mindfulness, embodiment and holism.
Prenatal / Postpartum Massage
Pregnancy massage (effective both during and after pregnancy) provides essential support to the intensive work of "growing a baby." Relieving physical stress and support to changing hormones, massage has documented benefits to both the mother-to-be and to her developing child, such as fewer complications in labor, fewer postnatal complications for the infant, decreased stress hormone levels, reduced maternal anxiety, improved mood, and better sleep. Pregnancy specific bolstering with pillows is used to support the correct positioning for a pregnant mother.
Normalization of Soft Tissue/Myofascial Release/Trigger Point Therapy
To increase neuromuscular function, we use myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques (METs), and deep tissue massage to treat specific injuries and dysfunctions of muscles and joints. Myofascial release involves making space between the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue to open restrictions and congestion in the tissues. This allows stress patterns to change (Range of Motion increases, pain decreases). Also as a result, metabolic waste is moved out of the body to allow muscles to function more effectively. Trigger point (or pressure point) therapy involves reducing points that may refer pain sensations to other parts of the body. METs use resistive muscle stretches to reset old muscle patterns. These techniques, used together with others, aim to eliminate pain and to increase range of motion and function in muscles and joints. This type of massage is ideal for athletes of all types and disciplines, as well as for clients with chronic pain or injuries.
Swedish Massage is the foundation for Western massage techniques, and focuses on key elements of pressure, depth, speed, continuity, rhythm, duration and sequence. Swedish implements variations of five basic techniques, Effleurage ("to glide"), Petrissage ("to knead or lift"), Friction ("to rub or compress), Vibration ("to vibrate or shake) and Tapotement ("to tap"). Swedish massage can typically focus on the whole body, including the abdomen and the face (if desired), or can be focused on particular areas of needed attention.
Sacred Stone Massage
Hot stone massage can be beneficial for relaxation, injury rehabilitation, and energetic grounding. Heated Basalt River stones are applied to the body in flowing, physically restorative and spiritually uplifting treatment stimulating the body's natural healing process. Deep warming is achieved. Cold stones can be applied in tandem with the hot stones to achieve the therapeutic results of contrast therapy, including improved lymph drainage and local circulation. Custom aromatherapy can be combined with this treatment.
Ayurvedic Marma Massage
In ancient Vedic times, marma points were called bindu – a dot, secret dot or mystic point. Like a door or pathway, activating a marma point opens into the "inner pharmacy of the body." The body is a silent, universal, biochemical laboratory—operating every moment to interpret and transform arising events. Touching a marma point changes the body’s biochemistry and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup. Stimulation of these inner pharmacy pathways signals the body to produce exactly what it needs, including hormones and neurochemicals that heal the body, mind and consciousness. This deep dimension of marma therapy has the potential to unfold spiritual healing. We use Dosha specific oil for your constitution to achieve greater constitutional balance during marma activation. This modality can be combined with a Swedish Massage or any body treatment. We recommend pairing this modality with an Ayurvedic Consultation.
Some Additional Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Reduction of pain symptoms & increased functionality
- Increased body awareness
- Strengthens connection to self
- Increased self-acceptance
- More relaxation
- Increased energy and joy
- Increased awareness of multiple levels of experience in daily life