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Body Oriented Physioemotional Therapy:
Jin Shin Do
Transformational Breath TM
Bodywork:
Belavi Facelift Massage
Bowen Therapy (Bowtech)
Craniosacral Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Massage Therapy
Myofascial Release
Myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT)
Neuromuscular Therapy
Pediatric massage
Prenatal Massage
Reflexology
Shiatsu
Stone Massage
Swedish Massage
Tui Na
Counseling:
Art Therapy
EFT
Hypnotherapy
Life Coaching
Nutrition
Peaceful Touch
Psychotherapy
Spirituality
Trauma Education
Diagnostics:
Digital Infared Thermal Imaging
 
Energy Therapies:
Acupuncture
Aromatherapy
Energy Therapy
Flow Alignment and Connection
Polarity
Reconnective Healing
Reiki
Shamanic Practices
Movement Therapies:
Alexander Technique
Dance
Fitness
Nia
Physical Therapy
Pilates
Posture Alignment Therapy
Qigong
Spinal Mobility
Tai Chi
Yamuna Body Rolling
Yoga
Natural Medicine:
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics
Ayurveda
Chinese Herbology
Colon Hydrotherapy
Ear Candling
Far Infrared Therapeutic Sauna
Naturopathy
Yoga:
Ananda
Ashtanga
Hatha
Iyengar
Kundalini
Meditation
Meditation instruction
Vinyasa
 
 

Acupuncture
An ancient Eastern system designed to unblock pathways of energy called meridians. Acupuncture uses disposable, ultra-thin needles inserted just under the skin at specific acupoints for pain relief, body balancing, and relaxation.
Practitioner(s): Betty Brainerd, ND
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Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

A non-invasive approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.


Practitioner(s): Betty Brainerd, ND
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Alexander Technique
A movement re-education therapy that was created by a mid-19th century actor, F.M. Alexander who tried to understand his own movement dysfunctions on stage and reoccuring vocal problems. The emphasis is on observing and modifying improper movement patterns, thereby reducing physical stress on the body. It is an intelligent way to solve common movement problems that can cause chronic pain and stress. It is a proven self-care method offering you the means to replace inefficient habits with improved coordination by locating and releasing unnecessary muscular tension. The Benefits include: effective stress management, relief from pain and stiffness,improved balance and coordination, refined sensory awareness, and injury prevention.
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Ananda

Ananda Yoga® is designed to integrate and harmonize all levels of your being: physical, mental, and spiritual. Above all, it seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects of certain special bodily positions (the yoga postures) on your state of consciousness.

Ananda Yoga is a classical approach that includes:

  • Asana (yoga postures)
  • Pranayama (special breathing and energy-control techniques)
  • Classical yoga meditation techniques
  • Applied yoga philosophy.

www.anandayoga.org


Practitioner(s): Anjali DiPaola
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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and similar aromatic compounds from plants, for the purpose of improving a person's mood, cognitive function or health. Preliminary scientific evidence is growing in all these areas. Because many essential oils are potent antimicrobials, they can be useful in the treatment of infectious disease. They are used as medicines, often in combination with other herbal preparations, by a small group of doctors in France. In nursing, essential oils are increasingly used in pain management, anxiety/depression.  Aromatherapy may be used in combination with other forms of alternative medicine. Terms such as 'essential oil therapy' 'clinical aromatherapy' and 'medical aromatherapy' have been used by some journals, educational institutions and practitioners, in order to distance themselves from association with the commercial aspects of perfumery.


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Art Therapy

Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.  It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflict and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

-American Art Therapy Association

 


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Ashtanga
Physically challenging  sequence of poses including back bends, inversions, balance postures and twists.
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Ayurveda
Tailors natural therapies to one's personal constitution. Constitution refers to a person's overall health and personality profile. Ayurveda places equal emphasis on body, mind and spirit striving to digest daily input and restore innate harmony. A 5000 year old Indian practice, popularized by Deepak Chopra.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP
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Belavi Facelift Massage
A nonsurgical luxurious treatment by massage therapists involving facial massage strokes, acupressure and lympahatic-drainage strokes to lift, firm and tone the face and throat, ease away facial lines, stimulate blood and oxygen and release toxins. The treatment also can involve hot towl wraps and oils. The therapist facilitates a more youthful, energized appearance and improved skin texture. One treatment is a treat, a dozen (within 6 weeks) leads to visible results.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP
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Bowen Therapy (Bowtech)
Bowen is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy which has been used successfully to treat a variety of illnesses. The very gentle moves stimulate energy flow, assist with lymphatic drainage, and are thought to help reset the autonomic nervous system, and empower the body's own resources to heal itself. It has often been referred to as the "homeopathy of bodywork".
Practitioner(s): Betty Brainerd, ND
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Chinese Herbology

Traditional Chinese herbology utilizes nearly 10,000 substances derived from mineral, plant and animal sources. This powerful system of medicine was created and has been in constant use for over 3,000 years. Herbs are used in many forms such as teas, tablets, capsules, powders, lotions, salves, poultices and liquid extracts. Many classical formulas are efficacious in treating a wide variety of modern health concerns.
 
Chinese Herbal medicine has gained tremendous popularity in recent years for its multitude of usages and for the fact that it has little to no side effects, compared to pharmaceutical drugs, when administered appropriately by licensed acupuncture professionals. Chinese Herbal Medicine is best used in conjunction with other modalities of Chinese Medicine such as Acupuncture. Internal diseases such as digestive problems, diabetes, respiratory problems, hormonal disorders as well as external diseases such as skin conditions and infections are treated with Chinese herbs. Emotional imbalances such as anxiety, stress and depression can also benefit from Chinese Herbal Medicine.
 
A key difference between Chinese and Western herbal medicine is that Chinese herbs are selected and balanced in formulas. Chinese herbs are rarely prescribed as single herbs or even as a group of herbs with the same actions. It is not uncommon in English and Western herbal protocols to prescribe a single herb, or if multiple herbs are used, using herbs with similar functions to treat one aspect of a disease or pattern. In Europe and somewhat in the United States, it has become increasingly common to use standardized herbal extracts. In this way, herbal medicine approaches pharmaceutical drug usage in effect. With standardized extracts there is an extraction for one single alkaloid out of the dozens that might be represented if the entire herb were used medicinally. For example, the herb Goldenseal is a very popular and powerful herb with approximately 200 known alkaloids. A standardized extract might select one of these alkaloids, which creates a specific and non-holistic utilization of Goldenseal. In contrast, Chinese herbs are prescribed as formulas which may include up to 20 or more single herbs. It is the synergistic effect of the combined herbs that bring about a desired effect on the body, mind and spirit. The goal of Chinese herbal therapy is to balance and restore the body's overall health. Therefore, an herbal formula for the common cold will contain herbs that not only treat the symptoms of a cold such as coughing and sneezing, but it will also contain herbs that strengthen the immune system and harmonize the Qi. With each herbal treatment, the body will become stronger and more balanced so that you are less vulnerable to diseases in the future.

Chinese herbs should be used only when prescribed by a trained professional. Since Chinese herbs use balanced synergistic formulas there is a very low risk of adverse side effects. Chinese herbs have a 3,000 year-old track record of safety, when properly prescribed.
 
To find a qualified herbalist in the U.S., you can contact the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which certifies professionals in Chinese Herbology nationally.

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Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon Hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of warm, filtered water in and out of the colon (large intestine) for complete cleansing and detoxifying. Only FDA approved equipment is used, including disposable tubing characteristic of this closed system. It is entirely inoffensive to maintain the dignity of the individual. Temperature and water pressure are monitored by the therapist, so the procedure is safe, relaxing and effective. A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body, as health is as much a function of the body's elimination process as the quality of food ingested.
Practitioner(s): Patti Hartman, CCHT
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Craniosacral Therapy
A gentle method of manipulating the body's craniosacral system (consisting of thin membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord) in an attempt to improve the function of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress and enhance health and resistance to disease.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP, Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Dance
This class combines great music with simple, choreographed steps to start your day feeling liberated, healthy and joyful. Dance from sultry tunes to the exhilarating rhythm of a samba, the sensuous stretch of a belly dance, and the syncopated energy of an African beat. The class is easy to follow and fun while enhancing spinal mobility, balance, and cardiovascular strength. This class is good for your SOUL. All ages welcome, no experience necessary.
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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage 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 the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")

It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.

It's important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you might be sore the next day.

It's possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you DO drink water. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. It should pass within a day or so.

It's important to be realistic about what one deep tissue 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.

Finally, while deep tissue is certainly valuable, you should be aware that gentle styles of massage like craniosacral therapy can also produce profound release and realignment in the body.


Practitioner(s): Erin Warner, LMT, Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Digital Infared Thermal Imaging

Digital Infared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a 15 minute non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseass and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body.

It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as well as monitoring therapy progress. It is used for conditions and injuries including, back injuries, arthritis, headache, nerve damage,unexplained pain, fibromyalgia, RSD (CRPS), Dental and TMJ, artery inflammation, vascular disease, breast disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc disease, inflammatory pain, skin cancer, referred pain syndrome, sprain/strain, stroke screening, whiplash, digestive disorders.

Images, or "thermograms", can be taken of the whole body or just areas being investigated. The digitized images are stored on a computer and are sent electronically to a Thermologist, who is a certified physician, for interpretation and reporting. Your report is color printed; a copy can be sent to your healthcare professional.

DITI is painless, uses no radiation, does not come into contact with the body, and is F.D.A. - approved. 


Practitioner(s): Suzanne Pyle, CCT
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Ear Candling
Ear Candling is an old remedy for removing excess earwax, fungus,bacteria, and yeast/candida. It involves the use of a hollow candle, caoted with beeswax. The small end of the candle is placed in the edge of a person's ear and the large end is lit. THe flame creates a vacuum in the ear and will pull out excess wax, fungus, etc. There is no discomfort during the process.
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EFT

What is EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and How Can It Help ME?

EFT, otherwise known as Tapping or Meridian Tapping, is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology. It was developed originally by Roger Callahan in the 1980's and modified and expanded upon by Gary Craig. Since then, thousands of psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, coaches and individual users have adopted this powerful technique for use on themselves, their clients, family members and more

This simple technique, which literally involves "tapping" on the meridian points of our body while saying certain statements, is providing uniquely powerful results.

 

www.thetappingsolution.com


Practitioner(s): Linda M. Busk, L.C.S.W.
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Energy Therapy
Spiritual healing based on the interaction of the body and the energy field surrounding it. Disturbances in the energy field create disease of body, mind and spirit. Releasing blocks restores free flow energy to the seven chakras, energizing nerve centers, endocrine glands and organs, promoting restored health.
Practitioner(s): Normajean Cefarelli, Nancy Reuben, M.D.
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Far Infrared Therapeutic Sauna
Far infrared rays, part of the sun's spectrum of light, are necessary for growth in both plants and animals. They are used for photosynthesis, and our bodies absorb and emit infrared rays regularly. When used as a heat source in the sauna, they are therapeutic at a much lower temperature than regular high-heat saunas.Far infrared sauna treatments have been successfully used for a variety of conditions including chronic pain relief, chemical detoxification, and relief from upper respiratory problems. Deep relaxation, decreased fatigue and stress, and weight loss can be beneficial side effects.
Practitioner(s): Betty Brainerd, ND
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Fitness
exercise and fitness training
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Flow Alignment and Connection
The client is assisted in opening connection to a transmission of light from their own soul and Greater Consciousness to allow a free flow of life force. Assists contact with the healthy, loving, strong parts of ourselves. Promotes increased health, vitality, and clarity of purpose.
Practitioner(s): Nancy Reuben, M.D.
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Hatha
Slower paced class of breathing and meditation exercises.
Practitioner(s): Alan Franzi
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Hypnotherapy
Practiced by responsible professionals, hypnosis can be a powerful tool for managing pain, stress, and trauma; breaking bad habits; performance motivation as with sports, public speaking and exams; and increasing creativity.
Practitioner(s): Debi Livingston Boushey, BCI, Normajean Cefarelli, Betty Hamilton, BSN,MA,CCH
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Iyengar
This style emphasizes sustained  poses using straps, blankets and blocks.  Iyengar focuses on strengthening and stretching  without increasing the heart rate. 
Practitioner(s): Maryann Bracken, Barb Shanley
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Jin Shin Do
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure involves comfortable, responsive pressure to accupressure points to speeds recovery from trauma and burnout. It settles the nervous system and is wonderful for reducing pain and tension. It also helps clients learn to gently release painful emotions that get locked in the body.
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Kundalini
Breathing exercises and chants lead into energy releasing poses. Poses are done in a sequence along with the breath.
Practitioner(s): Maryann Bracken, Alan Franzi
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Life Coaching
A life coach helps you find the life you love. You will be guided to set goals and then take the steps needed to reach them. Life coaching can help you to hear your inner voice, find your true path, and realize your dreams.
Practitioner(s): Linda M. Busk, L.C.S.W., Laura Gariepy, Sheila Whitman, MS, LPC
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Massage Therapy

Massage therapies available include: Medical Massage, massage for relaxation, Neuromuscular, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Belavi Facelift Massage, Bowen and Craniosacral.

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue designed to release muscular tension and increase local blood circulation. Therapeutic Massage is relaxing and rejuvenating, easing muscular pain and assisting injury rehabilitation. It is nourishing to the psyche as well.

Massage Therapy:

  • improves range of motion and lower back pain thus easing medication dependency
  • enhances immunity
  • increases joint flexability
  • lessens depression and anxiety
  • promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • improves circulation
  • reduces post surgery adhesion and swelling
  • releases endorphins-amino acids-body's natural painkiller
  • relieves migraine pain

Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP, Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Meditation
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.

Meditation and emotional well-being
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

Practitioner(s): Andrew Biagiarelli
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Meditation instruction
What is meditation?

There are many types of meditation. The one definition that fits almost all types is... "Consciously directing your attention to alter your state of consciousness." There's no limit to the things you can direct your attention toward -- breath, mantras, images, colors, chakras, uplifting thoughts, higher dimensions, etc. Meditation is simply about attention -- where you direct it, and how it alters your consciousness.


 

What is the purpose of meditation?

Traditionally meditation was - and still is - used for spiritual growth... becoming more conscious; realizing our spiritual Self; unfolding our inner light, love, wisdom and power; becoming more aware of a higher power in our lives; accelerating our journey home to our Spiritual Source.More recently, meditation has become a valuable tool for finding a peaceful oasis of relaxation and stress relief in a demanding, fast-paced world.

Other uses include:
  • Increasing mental clarity
  • Deepening concentration and insight
  • Finding inner guidance
  • Unlocking creativity
  • Self healing
  • Developing intuition
  • Chakra awakening, clearing and balancing
  • Exploring higher realities
  • Manifesting
  • Emotional cleansing
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Myofascial Release
Distortion of the fascia which surrounds all muscles and organs can cause pain or limitation in any area. MFR stretches fascial restrictions while compressing trigger points to restore normal function. It is an effective approach to pain-free, active living.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP, Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT)
Myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT) is a type of bodywork which blends the principles of osteopathy and structural integration to relieve chronic pain, and to reduce the potential for the emergence of pain which could become chronic over time. This technique is often integrated into regular massage and bodywork sessions, and it can also be used alone to treat systemic problems. Practitioners of myoskeletal alignment technique can be found in many regions of the world. The focus of this technique is on back and neck pain in particular, since this type of pain is extremely common in the industrialized world.

The basic idea behind myoskeletal alignment technique is that back and neck pain are caused by fundamental problems with the musculoskeletal system. Tight, stressed muscles contribute to pain by limiting freedom of movement, while weak muscles provide inadequate support for the body. This in turn leads to posture problems, stiffness, and other symptoms which create an endless cycle of pain. By addressing the fundamental issues in the muscles and fascia, practitioners hope to eliminate the associated symptoms.

Structural integration and osteopathy both rely heavily on the manipulation of the muscles, fascia, and skeletal system with the goal of promoting general musculoskeletal health. The idea behind structural integration is that if someone's body can be aligned properly, his or her health problems can be dramatically reduced, because the body will work as a whole. Osteopathic practitioners share this idea, arguing that many chronic health conditions are related to musculoskeletal problems.


Practitioner(s): Erin Warner, LMT
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Naturopathy
Naturopathic physicians are medically trained general practitioners who support the body's innate healing potential with natural therapies: nutrition, herbal medicine, bodywork, counseling, homeopathy, and vitamin/mineral therapy.
Practitioner(s): Betty Brainerd, ND
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Neuromuscular Therapy
A trigger point deactivation technique utilizing compression, stretching, grasping and lifting of dysfunctional tissue. Used to reduce chronic pain, relieve postural stress and rebalance patterns of muscular tension.
Practitioner(s): Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Nia
This is a stress-busting, fun, intelligent fitness technique that energizes your body, stimulates your mind, and inspires your spirit-- all in one class. Nia enhances flexibility, healing, and cardiovascular strength through fun, expressive, grounded movement. Appropriate for every age, body, and experience level, Nia offers tools for learning how you can work out-not wear out--your body.
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Nutrition
After a thorough assessment of your diet and health history, dietary and supplement changes will be recommended with the philosophy that it is always best to get what you can from the diet and then supplement the missing nutrients. Prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer will be the major focus. Issues on food allergies or sensitivities, healthy meal planning, the benefits of organic food, and how to read food labels are just some other topics that can be discussed.
Practitioner(s): Laura Gariepy, Bill Klar, Betty Brainerd, ND, Patti Hartman, CCHT, Bethanie Wilkinson
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Peaceful Touch
Peaceful Touch is a healthy touch curriculum for children. Peaceful Touch Training provides teachers with developmentally appropriate "hands-on" games, exercises, and story telling for children in preschools and elementary schools. It is based on a belief in the necessity of nourishing touch for humans of all ages, but especially for children, as they learn to trust and relate to others. Teachers trained in Peaceful Touch have the tools to foster an environment of healthy touch in their classrooms and schools. One important benefit of this is that children learn to make proper choices regarding inappropriate or suspicious touch. And, in Sweden, where more than 300,000 children practice Peaceful Touch on a regular basis. both teachers and parents report lower levels of anxiety and aggression and improved group functioning. Your school or day care facility can offer a 90-minute introductory presentation to your staff, or do the authorized 12-hour training, over two to four days. Peaceful Touch was developed by and is trademarked by Axelsons Institute of Stockholm. More information is available on the website: www.peacefultouch.net
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP
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Pediatric massage
Research from experiments conducted at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University has been cited for the clinical benefits massage has on infants and children. Tiffany Field, Ph. D., director, noted that the research "… suggests that touch is as important to infants and children as eating and sleeping. Touch therapy triggers many physiological changes that help infants and children grow and develop. For example, massage can stimulate nerves in the brain which facilitate food absorption, resulting in faster weight gain. It also lowers level of stress hormones, resulting in improved immune function."

The benefits of infant massage include:
  • Relaxation
  • relief from stress
  • interaction with adults
  • stimulation of the nervous system
The results of several studies showed that infant massage alleviates the stress that newborns experience as a result of the enormous change that birth brings about in their lives after the 6-9 months they have spent in the womb. Both premature infants and full-term babies need the relaxation that comes from massaging and moving their limbs and muscles. In infants with colic, massage provides the relief necessary to disperse gas, ease muscle spasm, tone the digestive system and help it work efficiently. Some techniques even help bring relief from teething and emotional stress. The stimulation an infant receives from massage can aid circulation, strengthen muscles, help digestion, and relieve constipation. The bonding that occurs with massage between a parent and child enhances the entire process of bonding that comes with contact through all of the senses, including touch, voice, and sight. It affords a physical experience of quality time between the parents and the child as well as with any significant others in a baby's life.

Practitioner(s): Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Physical Therapy
A manual therapy incorporating function evaluation and treatment of all body systems to enhance and improve integration of spinal alignment, neuromuscular movement patterns and muscular function for all patient populations (orthopedic, neurological, pediatric, sports medicine).
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Pilates
Pilates is a form of body conditioning named after its inventor, Joseph H. Pilates. Developed over 80 years ago, it is a holistic approach to exercise that combines training of the mind and body to achieve correct postural alignment. Pilates is taught using specially designed equipment in a private session tailored to the client's specific needs and goals.
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Polarity
Health and vitality result from movement and balance of vibrational frequencies associated with the five elements. Together with gentle touch, rocking and stretching in response to elemental energy, Polarity can involve craniosacral and structural work, reflexology, exercise, and nutritional and verbal guidance.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP
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Posture Alignment Therapy

This client centered program is based on individual posture analysis and a prescription of systematic sequences (menus) of simple functional exercise stimulus designed to restore balance, eliminate muscular dysfunction and its compensations. As greater alignment and function unfolds from head to toe, the true cause of acute and chronic pains is addressed and the body can return to optimal well-being and health.


Practitioner(s): Alan Franzi
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Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage: massage helps increase blood circulation to the muscles.  Heightening blood circulation will help the body flush out toxins and muscles become more pliable. This creates a relaxation response and aids in preparing the muscles for childbirth.Prenatal massage will also aid in relieving: lower back tension insomnia, headaches, sciatic pain, swelling of hands and feet, legs and calf cramps, and sinus congestion.


Practitioner(s): Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Psychotherapy
Useful in discerning the dynamics of our situations, behavior and relationships. Helps us understand why things work and don't work in our lives, providing tools to re-pattern for better health and well-being.
Practitioner(s): Linda M. Busk, L.C.S.W., Normajean Cefarelli, June Feola, MS, APRN, BC, Sheila Whitman, MS, LPC, Susan York, LMFT, Michael Perelson, L.M.F.T., Linda Russell, Ph.D.
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Qigong
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.

The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.

Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.

Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.

Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.

Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.

People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit.

When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced life style, which brings greater harmony, stability, and enjoyment



Practitioner(s): Bill Klar, Bob Michael
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Reconnective Healing
Reconnective Healing reconnects us to the fullness of the universe as it reconnects us to the fullness of our beings and of who we are. It is considered to be able to reconnect us to the universe and to our very essence not just through a new set of healing frequencies, but through possibly an entirely new bandwidth. The reality of its existence has demonstrated itself clearly in practice as well as in science laboratories.

The Reconnection is the umbrella process of reconnecting to the universe, which allows Reconnective Healing to take place. These healings and evolutionary frequencies are of a new bandwidth brought in via a spectrum of light and information. It is through The Reconnection that we are able to interact with these new levels of light and information, and it is through these new levels of light and information that we are able to reconnect. This is something new. This is different. This is real -- and it can be entrained in each of us.

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Reflexology
Pressure point massage that a works on reflex points in the hands, feet and ears to stimulate and balance all systems in the body. It reduces tension, increases relaxation and stimulates the body's natural healing potential.
Practitioner(s): Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, BCPP, Ingrid Staecker, LMT, CIMI, PT(Germany)
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Reiki
Reiki is a therapy based on universal life energy that serves to align chakras and bring healing energy to organs and glands. Utilizes visualization as practitioner acts as a channel for the life energy. It is based on the ancient Eastern philosophy of a universal life force. An energy, which flows through and sustains all living things. During a Reiki session you will lay comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table, (or a Zero-Gravity chair). While you relax, the practitioner creates a powerful flow of the universal life force (Reiki), which then activates your innate ability to heal. The energy may be experienced as warm or cold, as a pulse or a vibration. Know that any experience is not from outside of yourself, but simply a more vital experience of yourself. The practitioner’s hands are one to two inches away from your body, where it is easy to access your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Reiki has proved to have scientific measurable effects, such as; decreased heart rate, improved blood pressure, strengthened immunity, reduced anxiety, pain and depression. It activates the “feel-good” hormone, oxytocin. A therapy based on universal life energy that serves to align chakras and bring healing energy to organs and glands. Utilizes visualization as practitioner acts as a channel for the life energy.


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Shamanic Practices
The healing tools of the Shamans are ancient. Their view of the world is filled with a sense of gratitude, reverence and belonging. They see the world as made of energy, bringing a sense of worldly order, joy, purpose and beauty to the lives of those who practice. Shamanic Practitioners approach illness as “energy expressed in an undesirable way”, and believe that it is possible to energetically manipulate such energy. They believe an innate power to heal lies within each person, and they trust in their ability to help another access this source of wellbeing.
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Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of acupressure bodywork based on the same principles as acupuncture, but uses the thumbs to press upon tsubos (energy points)  along meridian lines to create energy flow and health.
Shiatsu can be very helpful for postural and musculoskeletal problems as well as stress related conditions. There are gentle body stretches and massage incorporated while treating the meridians.  Shiatsu
is performed on a 2’’ futon mat on the floor while recipient is fully clothed in loose comfortable clothing. 

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Spinal Mobility
This class is for non-movers, closet dancers and people who are recovering from injuries, as well as more active people, dancers and athletes who want a slower class in which to work on individual problems and goals--- these classes combine exercises, imagery, movement explorations and simple combinations designed to increase body awareness and improve patterns of daily movement and alignment.
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Spirituality

Spiritual counseling is basic supportive counseling for the patient's belief and value system; support of the essence of the person and facilitation of spiritual growth. The goal of Spiritual Counseling is to help you to find your spiritual self. Spiritual counselors are said to teach a Divine Understanding of Life that self-empowers you the individual eliminating the need for advice in many areas of your life.

Spiritual counseling has also been referred to as spiritual companion, spiritual friendship or spiritual direction.  Simply stated, it is about being a loving witness to the client allowing them the space to share their life stories, voice their current issues,as well as address their inner callings and longings.
 
The job of the counselor is to be present to the spirit within themselves as well as being present to the wholeness client.  The counselor is not there to analyze, fix or judge. However they may ask questions or make some suggestions when they feel called upon to do so.

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Stone Massage

Heated or cooled stones used to perform massage or trigger-point work or placed on the body for energy balancing or to elicit a physiological response.  The direct heat relaxes the muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage. The healing stone experience relieves pain, promotes harmony, balance and peace.


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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage at the spa. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions.Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist wants to achieve.

Swedish massage is performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist who lubricates the skin with massage oil and usually takes 50 to 60 minutes to massage the whole body.


Practitioner(s): Erin Warner, LMT
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Tai Chi

If you're looking for another way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-chee). Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.

Understanding tai chi

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. To do tai chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Tai chi has many different styles, such as yang and wu. Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.

The result of all this variation is that there are more than 100 possible movements and positions with tai chi, many of which are named for animals or nature. Regardless of the variation, all forms of tai chi include rhythmic patterns of movement that are coordinated with breathing to help you achieve a sense of inner calm. The concentration required for tai chi forces you to live in the present moment, putting aside distressing thoughts.

Who can do tai chi

The intensity of tai chi varies depending on the form or style practiced. Some forms of tai chi are more fast-paced and exerting than are others, for instance. However, most forms are gentle and suitable for everyone. So you can practice tai chi regardless of your age or physical ability — tai chi emphasizes technique over strength. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.

Although tai chi is generally safe, consider talking with your doctor before starting a new program. This is particularly important if you have any problems with your joints, spine or heart, if you are pregnant, if you have any fractures, or if you have severe osteoporosis.  

Why give tai chi a try

Like other complementary and alternative practices that bring mind and body together, tai chi can help reduce stress. During tai chi, you focus on movement and breathing. This combination creates a state of relaxation and calm. Stress, anxiety and tension should melt away as you focus on the present, and the effects may last well after you stop your tai chi session. Tai chi also might help your overall health, although it's not a substitute for traditional medical care.

Despite its long history, tai chi has been studied scientifically only in recent years. And although more research is needed, preliminary evidence suggests that tai chi may offer numerous benefits beyond stress reduction, including:

  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
  • Reducing falls in older adults
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adult
  • Relieving chronic pain
  • Increasing energy, endurance and agility
  • Improving overall feelings of well-being

excerpt from: www.mayoclinic.com


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Transformational Breath TM

Transformational Breath TM is a self-empowering technique that allows better health and increased energy, clearing of subconscious emotional and psychological, negative, contracted energy patterns, and spiritual connectedness.


Practitioner(s): Roxy Pickering, TBCF, LMT
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Trauma Education
The Trauma Education Process is designed to be an education about trauma in general, and an individual’s situation, response, and recovery options, in particular. The clear intention is to restore internal balance and love of life. Respecting the complexity of the human experience, various “tools” are used, including touch techniques specifically developed to work with trauma survivors. The power of self awareness and interaction is engaged to work specifically with the individual’s nervous system. People who have suffered trauma with a physical component (for example: sport injuries, accidents and falls, physical and sexual abuse, breathing issues, and medical procedures) respond particularly well to this work.
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Tui Na

Tui Na is an integral component of Chinese Medicine. Tui Na's literal translation is "pushing and grabbing."  In practice, Tui Na is a remedial massage that corrects specific physical ailments of the body. Unlike many popular forms of massage which focus on relaxation, the goal of a Tui Na treatment is to resolve painful conditions and treat illnesses. The ailments may be musculoskeletal in origin or they may be internal organ pathologies. Examples of conditions treated by Tui Na are headaches, back pains, ankle sprains, scoliosis, hypertension, digestive disorders and insomnia. Following a Tui Na treatment, most patients report feeling re-energized and relaxed.

Tui Na utilizes deep pressure to move the Qi and blood within the meridians to disperse stagnation and balance the body. The practitioner uses hand techniques such as pressing, rubbing, pushing, grasping, kneading, and rolling to release the muscles, promote circulation and decrease pain. In pediatric Tui Na, rubbing is often used on the abdomen as it stimulates digestion, strengthens the spleen and reduces abdominal swelling. The practitioner uses the palm of their hand or the flat of their fingers to rub the affected areas in circular motion. It is very soothing and highly effective.
 
Vigorous movements such as extensions, rotations, lifting and pulling techniques complement the hand techniques to correct structural misalignment and benefit the musculoskeletal system. For example, rotating method treats joint dysfunction and arthritis by increasing flexibility in stiffened joints especially of the shoulders. The pulling method is effective for unwinding soft-tissue adhesions to benefit the extremities.
 
In China, Tui Na Traumatology was a family tradition that was passed down the generations and kept within the family especially among the Martial Artists. Tui Na practitioners receive the same rigorous education and training as Acupuncturists and Herbalists.

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Vinyasa
Also known as flow yoga, Vinyasa combines breath with movement.  It is somewhat like Ashtanga, although not as repetitive, and  the poses are easily modified for multi level students.
Practitioner(s): Maryann Bracken, Terri Cain, Alan Franzi
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Yamuna Body Rolling
Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) is a dynamic self-massage sequence using 4 to 10 inch balls that was pioneered by Yamuna Zake, a massage therapist and yoga instructor for 29 years. This workout combines the strengthening and toning of exercise with the release of massage.  YBR improves muscular efficiency and reduces athletic injury by releasing and elongating muscles. The fun and easy workout can be used effectively on its own or as a complement to body practices such as yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, running and cycling because it promotes balance, builds core strength and provides weight-bearing exercise. YBR improves posture by helping to break old tension patterns, re-educating muscles and minimizing body tension. YBR directly stimulates bone, improving bone density.

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Yoga
Yoga classes of all varieties & methodologies.  Yoga employs physical poses, asanas, and breathing exercises to bring peace to your mind and body. The consistant practice of yoga increases flexibility and helps with high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and anxiety.

Practitioner(s): Maryann Bracken, Terri Cain, Barb Shanley, Anjali DiPaola, Alan Franzi
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