Oriental Bodywork – Shiatsu – Thai Yoga Massage – Reiki

Traditional Shiatsu

Shiatsu from Japan is similar in theory to acupuncture. Shiatsu evolved as a way to maintain health by balancing the flow of energy throughout the body through a system of channels called meridians. Shiatsu practitioners use finger pressure, which is applied to specific acupuncture points, and stretches to move and balance the flow of energy throughout the body.

Especially for us who live in the Northern New Jersey and New York City area, managing the effects of daily stress on the mind and body is essential to maintaining health and vitality. Shiatsu promotes an overall sense of well-being, quiets and centers the mind, and helps supports the body’s natural inclination to heal. After your session, you will likely experience increased flexibility and fewer aches and pains. Most people express a feeling of deep calm and an increase in mental and physical health with regular sessions. Shiatsu can help restore the energy that you need to meet life’s daily challenges and maintain an active lifestyle.

Depending on the client’s clinical status, our therapists may perform Shiatsu on the floor or on a massage table. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. No oil is used during a traditional Shiatsu session.

Thai Yoga Massage

Shaitsu, Thai Yoga MassageFrom a 2,500 year old Indian and Buddhist tradition comes a combination of gentle rocking motion, rhythmic acupressure and assisted stretching moves which serve to deeply relax and revitalize body and mind. After a session, clients may feel that their bodies are both relaxed and rejuvenated; many clients report feeling deeply grounded and at peace, while others feel energized and awakened after their Thai Yoga Massage session.

Therapists trained in Thai Yoga Massage may use their hands, feet, elbows, knees and legs during a typical session. Thai Yoga massage uses a combination of techniques from acupressure, martial arts, massage, and passive stretching to the assist the client into a healing stretch. In addition to stretching, Thai Yoga massage quiets the mind, promotes deep relaxation, relieves muscular tension and spasms, improves circulation, and balances the body energetically.

In a February 2015 Journal of Physical Therapy Science study, researchers concluded that Thai Massage may provide some beneficial effects on physical fitness in soccer players, especially for increasing the maximum volume of oxygen able to be used by the athlete, and may facilitate muscle strength, agility, and speed after just one session.

Depending on the client’s clinical status, our therapists may perform Thai Yoga massage on the floor or on a massage table. To facilitate stretching, please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with long sleeves and long pant legs as well as socks. No oil is used during a traditional Thai Yoga Massage session.

Reiki Light Touch Therapy

Shaitsu, Thai Yoga Massage, ReikiReiki is a Japanese light touch technique for stress reduction and relaxation that supports the whole person. Reiki promotes the healing of physical and emotional ailments through gentle touch. Reiki therapists use light pressure techniques to provide deep relaxation and a sense of clarity. For healthy individuals, Reiki can promote self-awareness, inspire creativity, reduce stress, and create a sense of harmony and well-being.

Used by a rapidly increasing number of hospitals including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Reiki complements traditional medical treatment, psychological counseling and massage therapy. For those with medical conditions, Reiki effectively addresses a variety of symptoms thereby improving quality of life. Reiki is appropriate for patients in any state of health and is easily practiced in any healthcare setting including hospitals, hospice centers, outpatient facilities and in-home care.

An article from the Journal of Advanced Practitioner in Oncology in 2013 indicates a positive benefit for oncology patients in the realms of pain, quality of life, fatigue, health function, and mood. Studies are showing that Reiki and other energy therapies bring harmony and balance to the system in the direction of health. Foremost, the research literature demonstrates the safety of these therapies.

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