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Glossary Of Terms

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word that means Universal Life Energy.  Every living being is born with Reiki, whether human, animal, or plant.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. There are many names that have been used to describe this energy, such as: Qi/Chi, Ki, Prana, Orgone, Odic, etc. There are many other systems of energy healing such as: Qi Gong, Polarity, Pranic healing, Therapeutic Touch, etc.

Reiki provides healing at the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic levels all at once. Healing is at a very fundamental level.

On the physical level Reiki provides deep relaxation, helping to relieve stress, which is an aggravating factor in so many health problems. It lowers the blood pressure and improves the quality of sleep. It enhances the immune system and balances the endocrine system. Reiki is able to relieve both acute and chronic pains. One of the other benefits is increased detoxification of accumulated toxins.

Reiki’s effect on the brain and the nervous system helps the client’s mind to become clear, and calm. Just as blockages to the flow of energy effecting the physical body can be released, so too can blockages effecting the emotional body be released. This will often result in a reduction of anxiety and depression and a more positive outlook overall. This would be a useful assistance for those working to break addictions.

As the energetic blockages are released, and the main energy centers are brought into balance, the body’s natural goal of homeostasis is given a major assist.

A person who has been attuned by a Reiki master, is able to tap into this cosmic, Universal Life Energy, to send it into his/her own body for healing or into another’s. Even though Reiki is not religious, practitioners often find that they are experiencing spiritual growth and awareness, as a by-product of this Universal Life Energy flowing through them. Belief in a higher power is not required to feel the benefits or effects of Reiki as it is quite effective in the treatment of animals and plants.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, while based upon the same theories as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and using the same points as are used in acupuncture, uses fingers instead of needles. This treatment method is very effective on a wide variety of conditions and is a valuable addition to the treatment methods that you are already familiar with. Shiatsu can be used as a singular treatment approach, or it can be incorporated with other treatment methods such as Swedish, Reiki or sports massage to name a few.

Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Streching: This method of stretching uses the neurological process of reciprocal innervation/inhibition. This allows the targeted muscle for stretching to be in a relaxed, inhibited state. The patient is assisted through a series of these stretches. The specific stretching protocol is based upon the targeted goal of the session, such as: pain relief, improved posture, or enhancing athletic performance. Care is taken by the physician/therapist to monitor and control factors such as: speed of movement, strength of contraction, duration of the stretch, plane of movement, and compensation at other joints.

MassageTherapy – description and categories

Massage therapy is both an art and a science. Among the literally hundreds of styles or methods of massage, there are at least a few fundamental similarities. First off, they feel good, they are safe for most people, and nearly anyone can learn how to give a good massage. Five broad categories describe the uses for most massage techniques. If we ask what the goal of the session is we can determine what the best methods to use to accomplish these goals.

Pain relief/restorative massage – The treatment is focused on finding and releasing triggerpoints or painful spasms of muscle tissue, breaking up scar tissue, lengthening shortened muscles and connective tissue, and assisting the clients nervous system into relaxing and returning to homeostasis or normalcy. This form of deep tissue neuromuscular massage can be used to relieve both acute and chronic pain.

Relaxation massage – This is the type of massage that many people have experienced. The main benefit often perceived by the client is the pleasure of having their body touched and manipulated in a safe and pain-free manner,  that leaves them very relaxed and comfortable. The therapist is aware that one of the main benefits of this method of massage, is that the clients’ nervous system is relaxed and the body is able to come out of the Flight or Fight mode that we often find ourselves in due to stress. Stress not only doesn’t feel good, but is a common aggravating factor in most disease processes. A moderate amount of stress is normal and can be easily handled by the body. High levels of stress however, can lead to a variety of other issues such as weight gain, insomnia, or digestive problems to name a few.

Preventative or balancing massage – The treatment is applied on a regular basis, before any pain or symptoms of imbalance in the body appears. Many muscle injuries and pain can be avoided or minimized by the regular application of massage techniques designed to relieve muscle tension before it can tighten into knots or lead to pain, and to keep muscle and fascia (connective tissue) at the proper length to maintain proper posture and function.

Performance enhancing massage – Sports massage is a sub-specialty in the massage field. While the pain relief or restorative powers of massage are often used with injured athletes, if the preventative or balancing approach is used on the athlete, we can assist them  in being able to perform their sport to the best of their ability. This is accomplished by the therapist understanding the biomechanics of the sport involved, and assisting the client/athlete in achieving as free and fluid a movement as possible. This allows for maximum power, agility, and endurance, while also minimizing the risk of muscle tears. In addition to sports massage techniques, a strong emphasis is placed upon improving flexibility using assisted stretching methods.

Energetic massage – Just as our modern physicists have determined that all matter is actually composed of energy slowed down enough to be tangible, the ancient Chinese and Indian scientists came to the same conclusion, thousands of years ago. Just as we can’t see or touch our memories and feelings, yet we know they exist, so too is the case for our energy body. It is encased or built into our “physical” body. As an example: It is often reported by amputees receiving acupuncture, that they can feel their missing toes or fingers as the acupuncture physician needles their body.

The Chinese culture called energy chi (Qi), and mapped out 12 Major channels or meridians where this energy flows. In addition to these main “rivers” of energy, they determined that there are also 8 Extra Ordinary Vessels, or reservoirs or energy. The massage modality best suited to balance these energy flows, is Shiatsu, a form of acupressure used to stimulate acupuncture points with the fingers and hands in place of needles.

The Indian culture determined that we have at least 7 major vortexes of energy known as chakras. These are located along the midline of the body, in the interior of the body at the same basic location as where Western doctors have located the seven endocrine glands. The energy that flows through these chakras is known as Prana. Many of the postures and breathing exercises of Yoga, were designed to stimulate and heal imbalances or blockages to the proper flow of energy through these centers. The massage modality best suited to balance the engergy flowing through these energy vortexes is Reiki. This is a gentle, yet powerful method of healing that anyone can learn to do, regardless of age or physical strength.

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