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Bodywork and Massage Therapy

Holistic Healing Therapies


Bodywork is a classification for healing therapies that involve manipulation of tissue, muscle, or skeleton. Bodywork techniques relieve stress, ease pain, improve circulation, stimulate vitality, and generally promote well-being.

Shirodhara Massage

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Open your third eye awareness with a Shirodhara ayurvedic oil treatment. A warm oil massage is applied to your face, neck, and scalp for stimulating the brain and relaxing the body.

Chinese Cupping Therapy

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Chinese cupping therapy is a process of suctioning or vacuuming sections of the body's meridian system for the purpose of drawing out toxins, pain management, increasing blood flow, and promoting a healthier flow of chi energies.

Hot Stone Massage

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Hot Stone Massage is a style of massage therapy in which water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the client's body to promote relaxation and to help open up the merdians (energy pathways). Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations.


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The principal behind the science of reflexology is that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology possesses the capacity to cancel out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.

Chi Nei Tsang

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Chi Nei Tsang is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that improves digestion and assists proper elimination. This technique is an energetic massage for the abdominal region that stimulates the internal organs and promotes movement of chi energies.


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Originating in the Philippines, Hilot is a hands-on healing art that involves intuition and massage. The practitioner intuitively scans the body with touch to diagnose areas which are energetically imbalanced.



Abhyanga Massage


Abhyanga - the Ayurvedic oil massage - is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by this healing system for overall health and well-being. It is nourishing, pacifies Vata and Kapha, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.



Shiatsu, also known as acupressure, is a finger pressure massage technique. Massage techniques like tapping, squeezing, rubbing, and applied pressure are applied along the meridians to unblock energy blockages and reintroduce the optimal flow of ki.



Yogassage is a form of bodywork that incorporates assisted yoga asanas (poses) and therapeutive massage techniques. The Yogassage therapist combines stretching and tissue manipulation. Degrees of client participation varies from passive to full involvement.


The Feldenkrais Method involves deliberate small gentle movements that retrains the body to move in different ways. The Feldenkrais Method combines the techniques of massage, healing touch, breathwork, and body alignment with psychological awareness and movement training sessions.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha (pronounced "gwa shaw") is an healing technique originating in Eastern Asia which involves scrapping and rubbing of the skin. Downward strokes are used with a round-edged scraping tool. Areas of the body Gua Sha is generally applied to is the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, arms and legs.


Lypossage blends deep tissue massage and physical therapy. The purpose of Lypossage spa treatments is to release toxins and also to break up and clear away pockets of stagnant lymphatic fluid that form lumps and bulges under the skin. Parts of the body that best respond to Lypossage therapy are areas prone to cellulite such buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and the abdomen.

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