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"Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well."
- James Freeman Clarke

Acupuncture | Therapeutic Bodywork | Sports Massage | CranioSacral Therapy | Myofascial Release | Thai-Yoga Bodywork
Shiatsu | Prenatal and Postpartum Massage | Reiki | Birth Classes

Acupuncture

reikiAcupuncture originated in Asia more than 3,000 years ago. At that time, people understood that the body mind and spirit were inseparable. This therapy works with the natural, vital inherent energy in all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. Working in concert with the practices of healthy living, acupuncture is a cornerstone of the treatment and prevention of illness.

The Ancient Asians recognized a vital force that is the basis of all life forms known as "Qi." Qi flows along specific pathways or Meridians in our bodies. The proper placement of needles along these meridians enhances the flow of Qi - promoting a greater sense of health balance and vitality. The system originated with carefully recorded observations passed from master to student over thousands of years. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points - thus verifying the location of Meridians first mapped by the ancients.

The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognize Acupuncture's ability to treat over 43 common disorders including: Gastrointestinal disorders, Urogenital disorders, Gynecological disorders, Respiratory disorders, Disorders of the bone, muscles, joints and nervous system, Circulatory disorders, Emotional and psychological disorders, Addictions, Supportive therapy that relieves the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

The initial visit may last one to two hours and will include a discussion of your health concerns, your history and a physical examination. Subsequent sessions will last an hour and are scheduled a week apart for 6-8 weeks. As in any form of healing, your attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome. You are encouraged to actively participate in the healing process. The goal of treatment is not to "fix" the specific disorder, rather to discover your own inner harmony and balance.

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Therapeutic Bodywork

Massage or Bodywork improves circulation of blood and lymph, thereby lowing blood pressure and enhancing the strength of the immune system. Massage improves general and/or specific muscular relaxation and decreases chronic muscular pain. Massage relieves stress promoting and overall sense of relaxation. Bodywork can be light, moderate and/or deep depending on the comfort level of the client.

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Sports Massage

Massage not only helps to maintain, refresh and recover an athlete’s body while under the stresses of training, but also addresses any specific issue, problem and/or injury an athlete might be facing. As mentioned above, massage improves circulation. Better circulation guarantees that oxygen and nutrients are bought to overworked muscles. Better circulation flushes out stagnant blood and wastes from muscles. Better circulation also brings faster recovery and rejuvenation to tired muscles. Massage promotes an athlete that his or her body will be at its peak performance.

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CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral therapy (CST) uses light pressure not only to palpate and detect potential restrictions and rhythmic imbalances, but also to release those restrictions to help facilitate balance. The result not only encourages a deep sense of relaxation that helps free the body of stress and tension but also strengthens the body’s ability to take better care of itself through optimum function of all the systems of the body. CST is deeply relaxing. Often times, those treated fall into a deep sleep, while others might feel energized or elated after being treated. Due to the relaxed state that this therapy brings, CST is beneficial in treating stress related medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Temporalmandibular Joint Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Headaches and Migraines, Sleeping Issues and Chronic Fatigue. CST can be a treatment in itself or can also be integrated as part of a Therapeutic and/or Sports Massage.

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Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a bodywork modality used to release restricted or thickened fascia within the fascial system. Fascia is everywhere in the body. It lines every organ, muscle, vessel and bone. It is between every muscle fiber, a muscle fiber being the same size as a strand of hair. Our bodies literally swim in fascia. Fascia can become restricted not only through repetitive movement and/or an injury but also through sustained emotional guarding. These restrictions can impinge on nerves, blood vessels and muscle fibers resulting in a decreased range of motion and/or be cause of chronic pain or tightness. MFR is slow sustained pressure that releases the fascia back to its gelatinous state. MFR is beneficial in treating chronic muscular pain or tightness. This modality can be a treatment in itself or can be integrated as part of a Therapeutic and/or Sports Massage.

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Thai-Yoga Bodywork (Nuad Borarn Style)

Often referred to as “Assisted Yoga” and the “Martial Arts of Massage”, this type of bodywork offers rhythmic compressions using the feet, knees, palms, elbows, forearms and fingers that are blended with asanas (stretching positions) and disciplined breath control (pranyama), effectively producing a state of balance and harmony and ultimately liberating reservoirs of dormant vitality and releasing deep rooted tension and emotion that reside in the physical bio-sphere. Benefits include, oxygenating the blood, restoring optimum muscle functioning, releasing muscular adhesions, bettering the overall condition of the cardiopulmonary system with supportive circulation techniques, tranquilizing the emotions naturally, and improving glandular and endocrine utilities.

*It is recommended to wear loose comfortable clothing for both Thai-Yoga and Shiatsu Bodywork, as these therapies are done fully clothed. The average duration of time for these Asian Bodywork Therapies is 90 minutes and is done while lying on a comfortable mat (similar to a futon) on the floor.

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Five Element Shiatsu

This Asian Bodywork Therapy is based on the same principles of assessment as acupuncture, though the difference lies in the approach. The main healing ingredient in Five Element Shiatsu is touch rather than needles, using finger pressure and palm compression applied to the acu-points along energy pathways called meridians (energy channels in the body) The Five Element Theory is based on balancing and harmonizing the energetic system in accordance to the cyclical changes that occur seasonally and the principles of Ying and Yang. Our energy body is subject to these changes that occur, not to mention the stress of our daily lives, and require an “Energy Tune-up” to restore balance and harmony. It is when the energetic system is balanced that the body is most able to care for itself.

*It is recommended to wear loose comfortable clothing for both Thai-Yoga and Shiatsu Bodywork, as these therapies are done fully clothed. The average duration of time for these Asian Bodywork Therapies is 90 minutes and is done while lying on a comfortable mat (similar to a futon) on the floor.

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Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

This maternity massage focuses on the unique and specific needs of each mother-to-be and her baby. Some benefits include- mental and physical stress relief, improved postural balance, stimulation of glandular secretions to stabilize hormonal balance, increase lymph and blood circulation which helps eliminate wastes and brings oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Postpartum massage focuses on the recovery after labor- focusing on weight-bearing muscle soreness, restoring postural balance, and overall relaxation and well-being.

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Reiki

Reiki is a form of spiritual healing using "universal life energy" channeled through the practitioner to the recipient. Reiki helps to harmonize body, mind and spirit and offers a path to Higher Consciousness when practiced regularly.

During a treatment, you relax, fully clothed, on a massage table while the healer holds her hands on or above you. A treatment can last an hour or longer depending on the treatment required. In the western world many practitioners use the standard hand positions and commonly a full treatment is given covering all the important organs of the body. There is no pressure on the body making it ideal for treating all ages and conditions, sometimes hands are even held away from the body. The energy flows wherever it is required (spiritually guided) and can normally be felt as a warm sensation or tingling in the body. Receiving Reiki is a very relaxing and soothing experience!

Reiki can be used for many ailments like reducing stress, relieving pain, headaches, stomach upsets, back problems, asthma - respiratory problems, menstrual problems, sinus, anxiety and many more.

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Childbirth Preparation Class with Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA)

Birth Works childbirth preparation classes cover a wide range of topics including belief systems surrounding labor and birth, refocusing of fears to positively impact pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, antenatal and postpartum nutrition and exercise, visualization and relaxation techniques for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, medical interventions - when they are really necessary, what their impact is, and how to avoid unnecessary interventions, touch and comfort measures to reduce discomfort and fear in labor, how to become a truly informed client, pelvic bodywork and awareness, optimal positioning of the baby for labor, the labor process, breastfeeding basics, postpartum changes and postpartum life, and more.

Brittany's Birth Works classes are available in a 6 week series or a 3 week series. The 6 week series offer a full array of mind, body, and spirit exercises, paired with extensive information and focus on all of the above listed topics. The 3 week series offers a more condensed version of activities, with a focus on mindfulness during pregnancy and birth, information and discussion of nutrition and exercise, pelvic bodywork and optimal positioning of the baby for labor, a thorough look at labor and birth, information and hands-on application of comfort measures for labor, and what to expect in the immediate postpartum period. All class participants receive a customized folder full of thorough resources for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum life, fun freebies, money-saving coupons, and contact information for local family-friendly businesses. For class dates, times, pricing and registration, please contact Brittany at 267-261-0284 or at britt@blossomingbelliesbirth.com or visit www.blossomingbelliesbirth.com/birthclasses2.html

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