Your First Session:
Your Sessions are designed to benefit your unique and specific health & wellness needs......
First we will begin by discussing your detailed Personal Health History Intake, taking into account what you are currently experiencing and what brought you to your session. This discussion will assist Marcia in assessing what Therapeutic Massage~Bodywork and/or Healing Touch modalities will best suit your needs for the session.
After your Personal Health History intake, we will discuss & choose the appropriate combination of modalities by considering your requested goals and proceed with your Massage Therapy~Bodywork and/or Healing Touch session.
Particular care is taken for 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...
Together we will choose what best fits your needs. Whether you want to receive a full-body therapeutic massage using Neuromuscular PainRelief Therapies, a nurturing Healing Touch energy therapy session, JinShinDo Acupressure, YBR® or perhaps a combination including a gentle iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation, you will be met with respect and appreciation for Your unique wellness plan.....
Neuromuscular PainRelief Therapy
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.
Healing Touch®...Energy Therapy
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
Jin Shin Do® Acupressure
As an iRest® Level-1 Teacher, Marcia has been influenced by the teachings of the Integrative Restoration Institute or iRest® and the teachings of Richard Miller, PhD and founder of the Institute for iRest® Integrative Restoration.
Marcia often incorporates iRest® into therapeutic massage and energy therapy sessions to enhance relaxation and self-healing for her clients....
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.
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 focusing on breathing techniques while deeply relaxing. As your body and mind rest, you will arise fully awake, aware, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Benefits of Restorative yoga
- Enhances flexibility.
- Deeply relaxes the body.
- Stills the mind.
- Improves capacity for healing and balancing.
- Balances the nervous system.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self.
- Enhances mood states
- Here are 10 good reasons to enjoy restorative yoga.
- Reduce anxiety
- Manage pain
- Lose weight
- Increase flexibility
- Heal emotional pain
- Get better sleep
- Practice just about anywhere.
- Helps with recovery from illness
4 Big Benefits of Restorative Yoga
1. Restorative yoga helps us cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation.
A restorative practice is more of a yin style of yoga, as opposed to more yang styles that involve more movement and more muscular effort, Pransky says. 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?"
2. Restorative yoga helps us discover where we are holding tension.
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.
3. Restorative yoga creates the conditions for the relaxation response to kick in.
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.
4. Restorative yoga helps us face what we are avoiding about ourselves.
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.