Massage, Manual Therapies, Reiki

Asian Bodywork, Manual Therapy, Massage, and Reiki

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Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture providers have consistently been voted “Best Reiki” by What’s Up Annapolis (2013, 2014, 2015)!

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Massage Therapy

Client Centered Massages at Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture are designed to give you what you need most.  Whether that is a full hour long deep tissue or a blend of swedish, myofascial, and some integrated reflexology, your therapist is trained to evaluate the musculoskeletal system and determine what treatment will be most effective for your desired results.

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Swedish: Focuses on the skin and superficial muscles (the ones closest to the surface). Sarah can use it in a number of ways: to warm up your tissue before we try anything deeper, to encourage the effective work of your circulatory system, or simply to help you relax. Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage.  It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of conventional massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

Deep Tissue: Is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as Sarah works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”) Deep tissue techniques get in close contact with the superficial muscles and the deeper muscles of your body to help them release tension and tightness they may be holding on to. Some people who have had deep tissue work done think that it has to hurt. It does not have to be this way.

Myofascial Release: Is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Myofascial Release looks at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy are used.

It’s important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.

Pre and Post Natal Massage: Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture is proud to support soon to be and new mothers with massage tailored to your body’s unique needs. Our therapists are trained to know and understand the specific needs of your body during this time as well as any contraindications to offer you a supportive, safe experience. While some places may charge an additional fee for this service, our pre and post natal massages are the same price as our custom tailored massages. That’s because we too are parents, and we understand that increased prices deter mothers from receiving the essential care they need to have a healthy pregnancy. Routine acupuncture and body work with a skilled provider throughout pregnancy has been shown in studies to decrease complications that may occur during labor and delivery.

Description of Asian Bodywork Services

Shiatsu (Acupressure): Is an ancient form of bodywork based on Chinese Medical principles, where it is reasoned that dis-ease and illness are a result of imbalances in the natural flow of energy in the body. Balancing this flow of energy stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and re-energizes the mind and body. The therapeutic effects of Shiatsu are long lasting and include reduced muscle tension and pain, increased circulation and immune function, improved sleep, as well as stress and anxiety relief. Through the use of gentle rhythmic pressure, massage and stretching along the body’s energetic channels and acupoints, this practice can elicit physical and emotional change while inducing deep relaxation and a rejuvenated state of well-being.

Thai Yoga Bodywork: Combines gentle assisted yoga stretches with deep tissue manipulation and deep static and rhythmic pressure.  With focus on balanced breathing, muscular engagement and uniform stretching, it merges the physical and the mental creating a deep sense of tranquility and meditative calm.  This bodywork is a dynamic meditation that unifies the mind and body.

Zero Balancing: Created by Dr. Fritz Frederick Smith, MD, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Smith is a licensed osteopath, physician, and acupuncturist, and is a fellow in the Chinese College of Acupuncture. Zero balancing. Zero balancing seeks to release stored tension from joints, muscles, and bones of the body through gentle pressure and stretching while the patient is fully clothed, laying on the massage table.  The densest of our body’s connective tissue, bones store deep trauma – both physical and emotional. Zero Balancing can help to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and release emotional stress.

“The name came about when someone receiving the work described the experience as being brought back into balance, like I was Zero Balanced.” – Dr. Smith

Loose fitting or stretchy clothing should be worn for all three manual therapies

Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and Zero Balancing meet the American Medical Association’s definition for manual therapy, and therefore may be covered by some insurance companies when rendered within the scope of practice of a licensed acupuncturist. Depending on your insurance plan, these manual therapy treatments may count towards either your acupuncture or towards your physical therapy benefit limit regardless of the provider type who renders the service. If you would like to use your insurance benefits for this treatment, please notify us when booking your appointment.

Description of Reiki Services

Usui: The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese characters. The first, REI, means spirit, guided, conscious, or universe; the second, KI, means life force. When you put them together you have a conscious energy that may be used to heal. The system is called the Usui System of Natural Healing, after it was rediscovered in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and later brought to the West. A Reiki session usually takes between one and two hours. Reiki is not massage, nor is it based on belief or suggestion. The session is performed by a Certified Reiki Practitioner or Certified Reiki Master/Teacher (CRP or CRMT) using specific hand positions or energy scanning either lightly touching the body or just above it. During the Reiki session, the client is fully clothed while comfortably reclining on a massage table or seated in a chair. Reiki is a very relaxing experience and has many benefits including: stress reduction, pain reduction, emotional release, and helping your body heal itself.

Sekhem-Seichim Reiki (SSR): This Healing System is a combination of Usui Reiki and energies derived from a transcendental experience that its founder, Patrick Zeigler, had in the Great Pyramid in Egypt in 1979. The system opens the Heart Center and can cause deep emotional releases from the current or past lifetimes. A standard treatment includes placing the hands on various areas of the body, such as the head, shoulders, stomach, knees and feet. People’s experiences vary during a Reiki session; however, most people feel the energy as heat. They may feel tingling, vibrating or waves of energy from the hands of the practitioner. As the Reiki energy begins to release blocks caused by tension, anxiety, fear, or other negative thoughts and feelings, some people drift off to sleep or enter into a light dreamlike state. Some see colors, report spiritual experiences and mystical visions. At the end of the treatment, one feels relaxed and refreshed with a positive, more balanced outlook. Reiki is excellent for assisting in the healing of any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind and it gives wonderful results.

Karuna: Is a Sanskrit word and is used in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is translanted to mean any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others and could also be translated as “compassionate action.” When individuals experience enlightenment, they report that all beings are known as one. Therefore, it is natural to extend compassionate action or Karuna to everyone without distinction because we are all one. As we help others and aid them in their healing process, all beings benefit. Because of the oneness of all beings, it is understood that Karuna is not only extended to others out of love, but also because it is an entirely logical thing to do. In the same way that you would want to heal your own wounds, you would also want the wounds of others to heal. It is also stated in the Buddhist literature that Karuna must be accompanied by parjna or wisdom in order to have the right effect. Karuna is the motivating quality of all enlightened beings who are working to end suffering on Earth. They continually send an unlimited amount of healing energy and guidance to us, but not all are receptive to it. As you develop Karuna in yourself, not only are you helping others, but you also become more receptive to the Karuna that is being sent by all enlightened beings. Thus your healing is quickened as well. Karuna Reiki® opens you to work more closely with all enlightened beings. This includes those enlightened ones who are physically present as well as those in spirit.

 

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