Sarah believes in order for pain to leave the body it has to be acknowledged. We have to approach it with awareness, compassion, and encouragement — and trust that our body is telling us something we need to hear.
By using massage modalities, Sarah can help the body relay messages that have been compressed, desensitized, or overemphasized — giving new awareness and potential to have a whole new experience of life. Here are some of her favorite ways to give a far-reaching massage treatment.
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth, basalt lava stones are heated in water, then placed onto specific points on the body while others are used as massage tools to assist in relieving tension from the body. This combination of fire, earth, and water is deeply relaxing and nourishing for the senses.
CST applies gentle, therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, the spine, and the pelvis. These manipulations harmonize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid and aid in the "primary respiration" of the body. This puts the patient into a powerful, direct experience with their own stillness and essence.
Every muscle, ligament, tendon, bone, vessel, and organ is woven together by a layer of fascia. Fascia changes its density and arrangement based on structural stress, genetic makeup, and tissue memory. When we have trauma, injury, poor patterning, or emotional stress, the fascia develops dysfunctional areas that feel like knots, ropes, or scar tissue. Releasing these tissues gives the body an opportunity to begin to create new patterns. There are direct techniques aimed at elongating the fascia and mobilizing adhesions — and there are indirect methods which are like gentle stretches that allow the fascia to unwind itself. Some believe that acupuncture is actually working by the release of fascial restrictions in the body.
Cupping uses glass cups to create suction on the body. It can affect the body up to four inches into the tissue, causing the tissues to release toxins, activating the lymphatic system, and promoting the circulation of blood. The cups are used two different ways. Stationary cups are placed over acupuncture points to help pull out stagnation. This is especially helpful for lung disorders like asthma, allergies, chronic cough, and chest congestion. Moving cups or massage cupping is great for musculoskeletal disorders. Tight muscles relax easily because they respond differently to the negative pressure created by the cups.
Gua sha, roughly translated, means "to scrape wind." It also releases unhealthy elements from injured or stagnant areas and stimulates the flow of blood and qi, promoting healing. It is used to treat internal and external conditions as well as for health maintenance. Digestive upsets, colds, flus, headaches, fibromyalgia, and painful muscles or joints are just a few of the conditions gua sha can help. Patients often notice immediate improvement in musculoskeletal pain and stiffness.
Essential Oil Blends
Because essential oils have the ability to resonate with all the channel systems, they are given frequently as an integral aspect part of a healing program. Sarah uses essential oils following the principles of Chinese herbal medicine. By examining the taste, nature, and channel affinity of the oils, she can create a blend to balance your system. She creates custom blends on the spot for each individual session and also has home remedy blends for common ailments available for purchase.