Branches of Wellness offers several different types of healing arts. Please make sure to take a look at all of the descriptions below. Healing comes from within yourself. It may be immediate or it may take some time. Either way, we will be here to assist you though every step of your journey. Our experienced practitioners will make sure you are treated with compassion. To schedule an appointment, please take a look at our staff page. Each practitioner has their services and rates listed, along with their contact info. You can contact them directly to schedule an appointment. We offer the following services:
- Therapeutic Table Massage
- Thai Massage
- Vita Flex
- Tuning Forks
- Rain Drop Technique
Therapeutic Table Massage
The term “massage” includes many techniques, and the type of massage given depends on your needs and physical condition.
- Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, and Egypt.
- In general, massage therapists work on muscle and other soft tissue to help you feel better.
- In Swedish massage, the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping.
- Sports massage combines techniques of Swedish massage and deep tissue massage to release chronic muscle tension. It’s adapted to the needs of the individual.
- Myofascial trigger point therapy focuses on trigger points—areas that are painful when pressed and are associated with pain elsewhere in the body.
- Massage therapy is sometimes done using essential oils as a form of aromatherapy.
- Relaxation massage uses lighter and gentler techniques, whereas deep tissue and trigger point may use deeper pressure. Please speak up as to your desired pressure, whether it is too much or not enough.
SOME BENEFITS OF MASSAGE:
- increases circulation
- stimulates the lymph system promoting the elimination of toxins
- keeps muscles toned and flexible
- Improves metabolic processes
- Reduces the effects of stress, tension, and anxiety physically, emotionally, and mentally
- Promotes pain relief and relaxation
Thai Massage, Nuad Boran, or Thai Yoga Massage, is a traditional energy modality that has been practiced in Thailand for centuries. Based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, this art form has been handed down for at least 2200 years. In Thailand, people regularly receive this treatment as a form of maintenance to stay healthy. Thai Massage is a component of traditional Thai medicine and is used to treat various illnesses and dis-ease in its homeland. A complete Thai massage includes acupressure, sen line meridian work, and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating experience. Thai massage is different from other forms of massage in that there is no oil used (except on the head and neck), that the masseur uses a mattress on the floor (instead of a table), and the client remains clothed throughout the session. In Thai work, you will experience more acupressure and stretching of the limbs and not as much sweeping muscular work, as in a relaxation massage. It is often described as “assisted yoga” or “lazy person’s yoga”. It has also been described as a flowing dance between masseur and client, particularly when the client completely lets go, allowing his/her body to be passive and relaxed while it is being moved around.
Thai massage may improve circulation, flexibility, and muscle tone, complimenting any exercise routine. It also helps mobilize those who are more sedentary so that they may move with greater ease. The acupressure and stretching is very helpful to those who are stiff, sore, and tired from over-exertion in work or sports, as well as those dealing with arthritis and other disorders such as chronic back pain. It relaxes sore tense muscles, and helps mobilize and decongest joints that have lost their range of motion. It also encourages lymphatic function, strengthening the immune system. Thai massage supports the balance of the mind, the emotions, and body, promoting the body’s own healing ability by stimulating the flow of the life force known as prana or chi. One can receive many of the benefits of yoga, acupuncture, and massage within a Thai session. Anyone can get Thai massage. The massage will be done according to your own needs and flexibility. Just be sure to tell your practitioner in advance of ANY sensitivities, injuries, or conditions you have! Also, communication is KEY. Feel free to tell the masseur when you need more or less pressure or stretch. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and avoid eating or drinking a lot beforehand.
Reflexology is performed by applying pressure to specific points on the feet or hands that correspond to the body’s internal organs and systems (lymphatic, nervous, digestive, circulatory, etc.). The pressure applied to these points can increase blood and nerve supply which in turn will trigger the body’s natural healing process. The whole body is reflected in the feet. The right foot reflects the organs and body systems on the right side of the body, while the left foot represents what lies on the left side of the body. Reflexology is used for post-operative or palliative care, and has been found to be very helpful when combined with conventional treatment options. It is also beneficial to keep a healthy person just that!
A treatment is done with the client lying on a massage table or reclining in a chair with the feet elevated. The practitioner used light to moderate pressure and presses in a sequence on all areas of the feet corresponding with the major body systems. The pressure is often followed by a brief invigorating foot massage. The client receives a full body treatment, just by having their feet worked on. Reflexology is sometimes combined with other modalities and may be combined with essential oils, Reiki, and massage.
Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and improve relaxation and sleep. Since reflexology is also low risk, it can be a reasonable option if you’re seeking relaxation, stress relief, and pain management.
“Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complimentary practice within the holistic health field.”
– Reflexology Association of America
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy. It is derived from “rei”, meaning free passage or universal, and “ki”, meaning life force energy, the vital energy that flows through all living things. Reiki has developed into a natural hands-on healing modality that aids all of the body’s systems in coming to balance, as well as balancing one emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It has roots in Tibet and Japan, but is NOT tied to any specific religion or nationality. It was always intended to be a universal pathway to self-enlightenment for ALL. Reiki is used all over the world in many places including hospitals and hospices. The art and science was formulated and developed in the late 1800s by Sensei Mikao Usui. Today Reiki is has been found to benefit people dealing with cancer, chronic pain, infertility, digestive problems, Parkinson’s, stress related illness, anxiety, and auto-immune disorders.
The Reiki practitioner is the conduit between the client and the source of the Reiki energy; the energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and out through her hands to the client. (The energy does not come from the practitioner, but rather comes through the practitioner from the source. There is no energy drain on the practitioner). Treatments are typically done on a massage table or possibly a chair with the client fully clothed, and can even be done with very little or no physical contact if desired. The practitioner places her palms on or above the client’s body in specific energy locations. There is no massage or manipulation. The client may experience a variety of sensations including heat, pulsing, tingling, but sometimes people do not perceive any change at all. Most report feeling very relaxed and peaceful, and it is not uncommon to fall asleep during the treatment.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. A Reiki treatment may do the following:
-bring about deep relaxation – supply energy to the body
-dissolve energy blockages and tension – stimulate the immune system
-detoxify the body – relieve pain, physical or otherwise
-support traditional western medicine – stimulate bone tissue and regeneration
Reiki is not specific to any particular type of disease or condition. Because it works on the entire self- mind, body, emotions, and spirit, it may be successful in all types of healing. Animals and plants respond positively as well. Even if you are healthy, Reiki can provide routine maintenance and energy boosting, enhancing your ability to respond to toxins and stressors in life. By promoting the harmonious distribution of energy, Reiki is an excellent form of preventative medicine.
Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing, practiced by tribal cultures and humans worldwide. In shamanic theory, much of our disease or illness is linked to spiritual imbalance. Also, everything in nature has a spirit. Through a change in consciousness to a meditative state, Shamanic healers enter “non-ordinary” reality to request healing and advice from their higher selves, compassionate animals, humans, and other spirits. Often, drumming is used to bring both the practitioner and recipient into this meditative state.
Spiritual healing is complementary to modern medicine. Often it is the missing link, the wind in the sails that allows healing, recovery, and training to rapidly progress.
Because we find it to be a beautiful and natural marriage of spiritual modalities, and because Reiki has roots in Tibetan and Japanese Shamanism, many of our Reiki practitioners work with Shamanism to a certain degree. Thus, the client may find a combination of healing methods being used during their treatment.
For example, you may experience the practitioner using stones, breathing techniques, and cleansing and sweeping techniques, as well as chanting, drumming and rattling around you during treatment.
Branches offers education in shamanism including Shamanic Yoga and journeying, as well as more in depth workshops and circles. Check out our Special Events for more details on our shamanic studies.
Vita Flex technique is a powerful ancient Tibetan transformational methodology brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is a very effective method used alone or with other modalities. It has a synergistic effect when combined with essential oils as in the Raindrop Technique, and it can be used to support all the systems in the body. Vita Flex technique was developed by the Tibetans thousands of years before acupuncture. Its literal meaning is “vitality through the reflexes”.
The theory is that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body. This is known as piezoelectric. The pressure comes from the fingers. A rolling motion of the finger pads, tips, and nails creates the stimulation similar to how an electric switch or circuit works. The technique is applied to the various reflex points of the body.
When done correctly, the electrical energy that is produced during the technique transfers to the nerve pathways. Once the energy finds a gap in the circuit, it repairs the break in the pathway that is creating the imbalance in the body. If there is a short in the wire along an electrical circuit that is controlling a light, the light would not function. When the short is repaired, the circuit would “reset” and the function would be restored!
What Does this Have to Do with Essential Oils?
Essential oils contain electromagnetic properties. Therefore, using essential oils with vita flex enhances the process that much more and drives the oils into the corresponding reflex points. That is why it is combined with the Raindrop Technique as well. Specific oils may be chosen to meet the needs of the individual.
What are the Benefits of Vita Flex Technique?
There are numerous benefits of the Vita Flex Technique. Here are just a few:
- Bring balance to the energy pathways in a non-invasive manner.
- Work on supporting and balancing all body systems
- Reduce stress and tension in the body.
Tuning Fork Session Balance and energize your vital energy centers, known as chakras with Solfeggic Tuning Forks. This therapeutic treatment will help rebalance and clear your energy field, releasing blockages and integrating the flow of energy from your chakras. A tuning fork treatment will release negative energy patterns while introducing new positive vibrations. As the flow of energy is freed, one may experience pain relief and greater ease of movement, as well as deep relaxation. Some forks will just be held near the body, while others will be placed directly on the body so that the vibrations will be felt throughout. Clients often report feeling the vibrations travel through their bodies. This treatment is often done in conjunction with Reiki healing. Practitioners: Anna Shostrand and Cristene Bailey
COLOR THERAPY WITH TUNING FORKS Using colored eye glasses the practitioner helps you to remove stuck emotions and stagnation from your energetic body. Colors vibrate at certain frequencies – as does each organ and system of the body. Each color corresponds to a specific chakra or system of the body. When your chakras, or energy centers, are out of balance, your body and mind are not functioning at their optimal capabilities. This can also lead to emotional distress and anxiety. One step toward wellness is to bring balance to those centers. Using colored eye glasses, Muscle Response Testing and sound vibration we will work with physical symptoms and emotions to help eliminate stuck or stagnant energy from your chakras (bodies systems) restoring balance. Practitioner: Tracy Goldhardt
REJUVENATE THE MIND. BALANCE THE BODY. Young Living’s proprietary Raindrop Technique® combines unique, targeted relaxation massage and energy approaches with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience. The technique, developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, draws from his experience with Native American wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of nurturing harmony