Holistic Therapies by Carol Krause

Massage Therapy - Pressure Point Therapy - Reiki - Herbal Body Wraps
Raindrop Essential Oil Technique - Acupressure Facial Massage - Canine Massage


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue and muscles. It is excellent for relieving the effects of stress and chronic pain. Massage affects the muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems simultaneously. Relief from chronic tightness in the neck and shoulder caused by stress, poor posture, and job-related functions can be treated effectively. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser, pushing along wastes and accumulated toxins and replacing them with fresh blood and increased oxygenation of the tissue. Massage can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who are forced to remain inactive due to injury, illness or age. Massage can shorten recovery time and it also releases endorphins, the body's own pain killer. This has a natural tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system by improving blood circulation, which is both relaxing and revitalizing.

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Pressure Point Therapy

Pressure point therapy is the practice of stimulating certain areas of the feet and hands that correspond to various parts of the body. This procedure is not a massage, although it is very relaxing and as a result, slows a person's breathing which helps to improve circulation and allows the body to absorb more oxygen. Pressure point therapy is also the use of the thumb, knuckle, or elbow on knots in muscles and trigger points to eliminate pain and relieve muscle spasms and tightness.

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Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful form of touch therapy used for healing and balancing oneself and others physically and emotionally. While Reiki's origins go back to ancient Tibet, Reiki as we know it today has been practiced extensively in Japan for hundreds of years, and was introduced to the rest of the world only in the last fifty years. Reiki works at an atomic level, causing the body's molecules to vibrate at a higher intensity to dissolve energy blocks which manifest as imbalance, pain, and eventually as disease. Reiki is complementary to all other health care, and one of the few forms of healing work one can use on oneself. It is wonderful for pain and stress relief. Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD, has created an entire unit for research into non-traditional healing methods, including Reiki. The U.S. Navy Medical Services have incorporated Reiki into some of their latest medical training programs, and doctors worldwide are finding that patients heal faster using Reiki. Reiki training for Level I, II, and Master Level are available, as well as Reiki treatments, alone or combined with massage.

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Herbal Body Wraps

Enjoy a whole body experience while enveloped in towels infused with the essential oils of lavender and lemon for detoxification and relaxation, or therapeutic oil may be selected.

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Raindrop Essential Oil Technique

The Raindrop technique combines specific therapeutic-grade essential oils with Vita Flex massage. These oils are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial which have resolved numerous cases of scoliosis, chronic disease, and chronic back pain. The technique also relaxes, rejuvenates, and brings the body into structural and electrical alignment. The treatment takes an hour, but the oils will continue working for 5 to 7 days, with continued realignment taking place all that time.

For more information, see Raindrop Massage or refer to top main menu.

Acupressure Facelift Massage

Benefits of Acupressure Facelift Massage Facial exercise and acupressure have been used in China for thousands of years to tone and revitalize the facial muscles without the pain and expense of surgery. In China it is believed that wrinkles are caused by stagnant Chi, the word for life force energy.

Acupressure facelift massage

  • ...increases blood flow, which is an important factor regarding wrinkles
  • ...facilitates facial puffiness by Increasing lymphatic drainage
  • ...reduces sinus congestion and pressure without drugs
  • ...relaxes the whole body, and feels great!

In addition to toning benefits, specific areas of concern can be addressed, such as headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or jaw pain.

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Canine Massage Therapy

Canine massage is good for your dog both physically and emotionally. Some common problems for which massage can be especially helpful are:

  • Leg Stiffness
  • Poor Disposition
  • Head and Neck Discomfort
  • Hip and Shoulder Lameness
  • Loss of Performance Ability

Some of the benefits of massage for your dog are:

  • Calming and relaxing
  • Increased range of motion
  • Muscle tension and/or spasm relief
  • Increased performance and endurance
  • Muscle tone enhancement
  • Stimulation of oil glands, promoting hair growth
  • Injury prevention because muscles are relaxed
  • Increased circulation, which in turn provides the following benefits: removal of toxins and metabolic waste; relief of pain, stiffness, and discomfort; strengthens the immune system; promotes faster healing; and enhances a general state of well being.

For competing dogs, massage is used as a pre-event warm up or post-event cool down. Pre-event massage will assist the muscles in working longer and more efficiently, which helps prevent injury. Post-event massage reduces muscle spasms and metabolic buildup that occurs after vigorous exercise. This reduces muscle soreness and speeds the healing process. For aging dogs, massage is a natural way to relieve pain and stiffness.
Carol offers canine massage at your home for $40/half hour, or $60/hour. She will be happy to teach you to massage your dog at the same hourly rate.

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