Bodywork & Massage
From deep tissue massage to Reiki to Indian healing techniques that incorporate essential oils, Ubuntu has a variety of services to offer.
Swedish Deep Tissue Massage
Available in 30 minute, 1 hour, 1.5 hour, and 2 hour sessions
Swedish massage is a Western form of therapy, unlike Thai massage and uses long gliding strokes, known as effleurage, to create optimal relaxation. Massage strokes are in the direction of the heart (centripetal) with the intention of relaxing the entire body optimally.
Deep tissue massage is a type of Swedish massage focusing on the deeper tissue known as fascia, or connective tissue, within the muscles. The movements used in deep tissue massage are similar to the Swedish massage although more pressure is applied. Deep tissue massage aims to reduce stress in muscle groups and relieves muscle tension and adhesions, better known as knots. Deep tissue massage is recommended for those who experience chronic pain in areas such as neck, upper and lower back, legs and shoulders. Athletes who seek sports massage often are treated using deep tissue massage techniques.
(adapted from C. Pierce Salguero’s Thai Massage Workbook basic and advanced courses)
In Thai medicine, human life is holistically viewed as a combination of three essences: body, mind, and energy. Body refers to what we are made of: our physical self. Citta is the Thai word for mind and refers to both our hearts and our intellect including our thoughts, emotions, and spirit. Energy in Thai massage holds mind and body together in an intangible flow that courses through the body via specific meridians called sen. Thai massage recognizes 72,000 sen lines, 10 of which are considered basic sen lines.
Under normal healthy circumstances, the body’s energy flows uninhibited throughout the sen and is distributed according to the body’s needs and activities. Problems arise in the body when theses sen lines are either blocked or broken, causing an energy imbalance. Vital organs which are serviced by sen lines can become affected by these energy imbalances and cease to function optimally. The goal of Thai massage is to correct these energy imbalances by working directly with the sen lines to restore their vigor and vitality.
By applying acupressure to acupressure points stimulate energy flow. When treating a person with Thai massage, the entire correlating energy lines should be treated and all acupressure points should be activated.
Thai massage is not considered to be bodywork, but rather is viewed in Thailand as a therapy of energy. Unlike Swedish massage, Thai massage therapists will apply acupressure to certain points on the body in order to increase the flow of energy through the sen as necessary to relieve symptoms and stimulate healing. For example, insomnia will be treated through working the legs due to the corresponding sen energy lines running through the body.
This 2-hour therapy session will manipulate your body in various positions, similar to yoga. It is an invigorating and powerful experience adapted from Eastern medicine!
The Raindrop Technique® incorporates the application of calming, energizing and soothing pure Young Living essential oils that when applied correctly, will result in energy alignment, stress relief, and a harmonious balance of every system in the body. The Raindrop Technique® was developed by D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living. Influenced by the belief in the healing system that was developed by the Lakota Indian Nation. Gary discovered that the use of pure, therapeutic grade Essential Oils in his Raindrop Technique® assisted the body in its own natural healing process.
Benefits that have been reported after receiving a Raindrop Application include:
* Boosting the immune system
* Eases respiratory discomfort
* Relaxes stressed muscles
* Curbs digestive upset
* Relieves body and joint discomfort
* Balances Energy
* Lifts the spirit
* Restores calmness
* Increases the ability to concentrate
* Increases/supports circulatory system
* Releases toxins form body
* Increased restful sleep
Chakra and Reiki Restructuring
What are Chakras?
We have 72,000 nadis, or energy pathways, throughout our bodies. Chakras are the concentrated areas of this energy.
There are seven main Chakras that run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each of them impacts various glands, organs, muscles and systems of the body. Sometimes, these energies become blocked — from stress, emotional baggage, past traumas, unhealthy lifestyles or environments, etc.
The good news is, there are many ways to clear blockages in the Chakras. One of these is through Chakra Yoga and Reiki Restructuring.
One-hour sessions include:
An energy assessment
An explanation of the particular Chakra being focused on, questions for client
Restorative yoga poses targeting a specific Chakra
Reiki, with an emphasis over the blocked area(s)
A deep, guided meditation that delves into the past to locate the root of a particular blockage, help release it and replace it with positive energy, affirmations and intentions