Your Sessions are designed to benefit your unique, specific health and wellness needs for body, mind and heart!
First we will begin by discussing your detailed Personal Health History Intake, taking into account what you are currently experiencing and what brought you into your session. This discussion will assist Marcía in assessing what Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork modalities and/or Healing Touch techniques that will best suit your needs for the session.
After your Personal Health History intake, we will discuss & choose the appropriate modality or combination of modalities by considering your requested goals and proceed with your session.
Particular care is taken to address your specific needs, some of which may involve acute or chronic pain, stress-related issues resulting from life/work/injury, cancer recovery, repetitive stress injury, whiplash, sports-related injury, post-surgery recovery & rejuvenation, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraine/tension/sinus headaches, carpal tunnel, tendinitis or other conditions that may be concerning you.
Together we will choose what best fits your needs. Whether you want to receive a full-body therapeutic massage using one or more Neuromuscular Pain Relief Therapies, Myofascial Release, the nurturing Healing Touch energy therapy session, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, or perhaps a combination of these rejuvenating approaches along with a gentle iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation... Whatever you choose, you will be met with respect and appreciation for Your unique wellness goals.
NMT is a combination of soft tissue manipulation techniques which can include deep tissue massage along with specific trigger point release, myofascial release, acupressure and other specific techniques to address each individuals current needs.
NMT is designed to structurally balance the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system to attain balance or"homeostasis" in the body/mind system as well as to reduce pain and regain structural alignment. NMT can also be applied with a 'lighter touch' for individuals who are experiencing higher pain sensitivities to obtain excellent relieving results.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Marcia McGetrick-West, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner
Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy.
HT uses gentle, heart-centered touch to assist in balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
HT enhances the body's natural ability to heal through the human bio-field, energy centers and energy field around and in the body.
A Healing Touch session feels like a nurturing radiance that flows through and around you. Each individual experience is unique and based upon your individual needs.
HT research suggests that there are many benefits.
HT works in harmony with standard medical care and is complementary to other health care systems. It is safe for all ages.
How can Healing Touch benefit You?
*Calming anxiety, depression
*Strengthening the immune system
*Enhancing recovery from surgery
*Complementing care for neck & back problems
*Deepening spiritual connection
*Supporting cancer care
*Creating a sense of well being
*Easing acute & chronic conditions
What is Restorative Yoga? In order to reduce stress, our body, mind and heart need relaxation. Restorative Yoga is a restful and renewing way of doing yoga in comfortable positions, usually lying down, supported by yoga props and bolsters, while following simple breathing techniques as you deeply relax. As your body and mind rest, when you finish you will arise with a greater sense of being fully awake, aware, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Benefits of Restorative yoga
A restorative practice is more of a yin "inward" style of yoga, as opposed to a more yang "outward" style that involves more movement and muscular effort. Restorative yoga uses long-held, supported resting poses to create the conditions for us to cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation and most importantly to release unnecessary habitual tension in the body and mind. It's a little bit closer to a meditation practice than a movement practice—it's a way of practicing "meditation" as a somatic, embodied experience. For many of us, hatha yoga practices can easily become another opportunity to over-effort or get caught up in accomplishing or striving to get better at a pose. Restorative yoga is about, "How can I let my body and mind unwind? How can I do less?"
The actual effort involved in restorative yoga is the willingness to look at how and where we are holding tension, and to relax our body on the ground, allowing the breath to come in more, so the tension that we find can be softened or less gripping. Discovering where and how we hold tension helps us find room for change, so that tension won’t limit our physical, emotional, and mental wellness and our comfort in our body.
We tend to favor activities that ask us to use our muscular body, but we are already doing that all day. In restorative yoga, we let go of all muscular effort, trust the earth to hold us completely, then if we find we are still holding ourselves up somewhere, we let go again in the next breath. This creates deep release and ease in the body and teaches us how we keep working and doing even when it’s not necessary, so we go back into our regular activities in more articulate and wise ways.
The grounding; complete, full breathing; and quietness of restorative yoga help us elicit the relaxation response, a neurological response that tells us we are safe, pulls us out of "flight or fight" mode, and initiates the body's self-healing process. We switch over from worrying about staying "safe" to fostering the longevity systems of long term health, including digestion, elimination, reproduction, growth and repair, and immunity.
Most of us are programed to "do" a lot—it keeps us engaged and makes us feel productive and in control. But our habit of running around, conquering our to-do lists, and fueling ourselves with coffee and ambition can often be a way we avoid deep discomforts and unwelcome feelings in the body and mind. Restorative yoga asks us to stop engaging in all the doing and face what we really need to look at about ourselves. To learn about, befriend, and care for the whole of ourselves in a way we are not used to. This is an essential step for health and healing, for true renewal. A lot of people think relaxing is about letting go, but rather than throwing out, we are trying to make space for what’s uncomfortable and to allow more space for the full experience of who we are.
As an iRest® Level-1 Instructor, Marcía has been influenced by the teachings of the Integrative Restoration Institute or iRest® and the teachings of Richard Miller, PhD, founder of the Institute for iRest Integrative Restoration.
Marcía incorporates iRest® into restorative & gentle yoga, therapeutic massage and energy therapy sessions to enhance your relaxation and self-healing that will benefit all aspects of your well-being...body, mind & heart!
iRest® is a combination of Restorative Yoga Nidra (deep wakeful sleep) and meditation. It is a powerful and yet effortless vocally guided practice that offers self-healing for your body, mind and heart.