Reflexology

Reflexology is based on a combination of pressure point massage & acupressure. All of the meridians in Eastern Medicine begin or end with the feet or hands.  A typical Reflexology session will consist of pressure being placed on different areas of the feet & hands to stimulate major organs & glands. Through this stimulation, Reflexology can help the body in its own healing process or inform you of what may be going on in your body. In addition, the connective tissue (i.e. plantar fascia) and musculature of the often over-worked feet benefit from increased blood and lymph flow as well as a general release of tension.

Offered by: Donna Bilek

Lymph Drainage Therapy

The often overlooked Lymphatic System plays a huge part in the bodies ability to drain stagnant fluids; regenerate tissues; filter out toxins & foreign substances as well as maintin a healthy immune system.

Between 2 and 4 liters of fluid are processed by the Lymphatic system on a daily basis. In a healthy Lymphatic System, a complex system of lymph vessels and nodes process this fluid which helps to remove the stagnant fluids, bacteria, toxins, and other bad elements that are in the spaces between cells.  The vessels that pump the lymph can be hindered or stopped due to surgery, trauma, burns, infections, substantial swelling, fatigue, stress or even age.eeping with the latest scientific discoveries and exact anatomical science.

Using gentle maneuvers, a Lymph Drainage Therapist facilitates movement in the lymphatic vessels causing a vacuum effect so that the volume and frequency of lymphatic fluid processed is greatly increased. Using these techniques, a trained therapist is able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there, they may use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic mapping of the vessels to assess the overall direction of lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other bodily fluids.

When the lymph flow becomes hindered or stopped, stagnant fluids, bacteria, toxins and other bad elements will remain in the body and could cause illness.  Lymph Drainage Therapy is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.). Created out of his research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a new level of precision in keeping with the latest scientific discoveries and exact anatomical science.

Offered by: Donna BilekScott Kover

Lymphatic Vessels of the Upper Body

CranioSacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Offered by: Scott Kover

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full - when motion is not labored, overexcited, depressed, or conflicting with neighboring structures and their mobility. Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities. They also evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their functions in relation to an overall harmonious pattern, with motion serving as the gauge for determining quality.

Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.

Offered by: Scott Kover

Kinesiotaping

Kinesiotape is something you may have noticed in the sports world. Many athletes, including Serena Williams, David Beckham and many Olympic athletes use it for many different reasons (stabilizing joints, helping repetitive use injuries to heal, etc.

Made of cotton and elastic fibers with medical grade adhesive, it is activated by heat and may be worn for extended periods of time (usually 3-5 days) with good skin tolerance, bathe, swim, run a marathon while wearing it. You also keep your normal range of motion as it molds to the skin and is very pliable.

You can feel the effects almost immediately upon application. Though we are exposed to it mostly through sports figures, 85% of the usage is non sports related. It can be used to treat: muscle imbalance, postural issues, circulatory and lymphatic conditions (including bruise)s, ligament, tendon and joint injuries, scars as well as pathological movement patterns and so much more.

If you aren't quite sure about the bright colored tape it comes in white, beige or black tape so that it blends in better and there are also blue and red for those of you who like the conversation starter. The color difference is simply the darker the color, the stronger the adhesive.

Application is generally a quick process and it can be added to any bodywork session or applied on it's own. If you are a new client, it is applied as part of a bodywork session as it is important to understand just what is going on with your body. The $20 charge includes the tape and time.

Offered by: Scott Kover

Kinesiotape on the calf muscle