Healing Hands Swedish Massage
Healing Hands Swedish Massage Therapy is geared toward relaxation. This is accomplished by rubbing the body with long, gliding strokes returning the blood within the muscles back to the heart and often is combined with passive stretching. Swedish massage increases the level of oxygen in the blood, decreases muscle toxins, improves circulation and flexibility all while easing tension.
Ancient womb healing began many thousands of years ago. The Mayan culture believed that through careful healing, our soul could repair through it's most creative center...the womb! Womb healing seems as if it would suggest that it is a service only for women, but because of how effective the energetic healing is (and because we all arrived from a womb) both men and women have found solace in it's power. In a similar style to secular bodywork, womb healing is approached through the abdomen. The intention is the difference. Wombwork seeks to go much deeper than skin, fascia, and musculature. Our most creative channel in the body, our wombs, store blocked energy, past trauma, and gathered stress. Opening the energetic fields, the womb can quickly release years of unhealthy blockages, and wellness prevails. We see this wellness in emotional health as well as fertility, hormonal balance, and ease of cycling.
Neuromuscular Deep Tissue
Neuromuscular Therapy repositions the body’s musculoskeletal system. Muscles are manipulated back into the shape originally intended, Sharla calls it “muscle grooming”. This treatment session is given much finesse as to minimize bruising and soreness. This type of therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of attention and releasing the lactic acid from the muscle, resulting in increased blood flow and oxygen. Fascia is also stretched to keep the body loose. If the shell of the body is loose, the muscles can loosen and relax back into their natural form.
Chinese cupping uses vacuum suctioning to the skin, fascia, and muscle tissue. It cleanses old non-circulating, stagnant blood and fluids from the area. The interfering fluids are brought to the surface of the skin and away from the injury. This allows healthy, free circulation to be restored to the affected area, creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no congestion to the area, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours.
Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You'll discover in follow up treatments the marks will be lighter as the body returns to health.
Tui Na & Gua Sha
Tui Na is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine that address channels of disharmony in the body. Our bodies carry a specific energetic pattern. Tui Na allows us to meet the body's rhythm, often through rocking and rolling along the meridians (in a similiar approach as accupunture, using manual stimulation instead of needles).
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese method of healing that literally means "to scrape the sha", where sha, loosely translated, is the release of deeply trapped adhesions or inflammation.
Sharla uses a stainless steel hand tool and gently provides Myofascial Release as she combs the muscle fibers. Gua sha can be uncomfortable at times, but the long-term pain relief and even regression of inhibiting symptoms is worth it for most clients.
Like all the other healing tools Sharla uses, Tui Na and Gua Sha is employed on as-needed or as-requested basis.
Sports Massage and Active Release Techniques
Sports Massage and Active Release Techniques are useful components in a balanced training program. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Clients are often asked to participate in the stretching and to give continual feedback during their massage. Sports massage and Active Release Techniques promote flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve endurance, help prevent injuries and prepare their body and mind for optimal performance.
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
Prenatal and Postpartum massage is a wonderfully beneficial choice for pre and postnatal care. Sidelying positioning is used during the later trimesters with supportive, soft cushions to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas.
Sharla has a strong reputation for her prenatal work. She is certified from the Claire Marie Miller “Nurturing the Mother” curriculum. Working with mothers from the first weeks of pregnancy up until delivery and then through postpartum.
When the due date is on the horizon, she is known for for her “induction” massage work!
Women find that prenatal massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax the mind and body, promoting better sleep patterns, and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.