~ Respectful ~ Caring Touch
MASSAGE, REIKI & POLARITY
many different kinds of bodywork available today. Ann selects
from several styles to address the client's need at the time
of the session, so no two bodywork sessions will be identical.
Below are descriptions of the three techniques that are Ann's
is the most commonly practiced bodywork modality in the West.
Long, gliding strokes (effleurage) or rhythmical, kneading
strokes (petrissage) form the basis of the sessions. Three
other strokes are also included in this system - friction,
vibration, and tapping. Swedish Massage sessions are designed
to produce relaxation and increase circulation, which helps
the body flush out toxins and bring fresh nutrients to the
tissues. In addition, it can be used for stimulation,
rehabilitation, and recovery from strains and trauma. The
client generally receives Swedish Massage unclothed on a
padded table (underwear may be left on if desired). The body
is draped with a sheet and only the part being massaged will
be exposed. Oil or lotion is applied to facilitate the
rhythmical, gliding motion.
is a Japanese word that means "universal life
force". It is a method of natural healing designed to
strengthen a person's absorption of universal life energy. The
technique is non-manipulative and works with or without touch,
as necessary. It balances and aligns the body's energy and
energy field, systematically teaches people how to access and
use universal energy for stress management and personal
growth, and helps the body, mind, emotions, and spirit regain
balance. Practitioners serve as a conduit to universal life
energy and may transmit it directly by giving hands-on
treatments or by conducting it through distance healing. One
way to describe the hands-on sessions is as sacred touch.
Sessions are given with the recipient being clothed and
consist of a series of hand positions that begin at the head
and systematically work toward the feet. A pressureless touch
with no movement or stroking is used. Recipients find the
sessions to be calming and nurturing.
combines Western and Eastern (Ayurvedic) principles of
healing. The aim is to balance negative and positive poles of
electrical energy in the body. Dr. Randolph Stone, the
originator of Polarity Therapy, believed that "universal
energy" flowed in specific patterns between negative and
positive electrical poles both inside and outside the body.
These patterns consist of vertical currents and horizontal
zones that are positive, neutral, and negatively charged.
Polarity Therapy works to restore the flow in places where it
has become blocked or to dissipate energy in areas where there
is too much. Generally the technique is gentle, non-invasive
and nurturing, but sometimes deeper pressure may be used.
Sessions are performed on a massage table, with the client
clothed. Ann uses Maruti Seidman's Polarity Balancing