These are additional services that can be scheduled alone, or added on to a bodywork session (you’ll see the ‘add-on’ option after you select a service.)
Shiatsu (Acupressure) Facial
A lovely treatment just for the face, neck, and head.
This has been traditionally used not only to smooth out lines, firm up sagginess and bring a radiant glow to the skin, but can also help relieve headaches, congestion, TMJ, tinnitus, and tired, strained eyes.
The massage uses no oils or other products (though a light application of virgin coconut oil can be used, if requested in advance), just gentle fingertip and palm massage in circular motions, or brushing strokes.
The head, ears, neck and shoulders are also included - for special acupressure points, as well as to relieve tension and move the lymphatic fluid.
This can be a stand-alone session ($40), added on to a full-body session ($25).
Shiatsu/Reflexology Foot Massage
Your feet hold 25%of your body's bones and muscles, 33 joint articulations and 200,000 nerves.
That's a lot of fine motor movement that, thanks to shoes and flat walking surfaces, your feet are not receiving.
It matters because what nourishes the tissues and cells of your feet is the muscular movement, and those nerves are how your feet communicate to your brain and the rest of your body about what the ground is doing.
This can be Very Helpful as we get older.
Massage alone will not restore the full mobility to your feet you were born with (you need to move them a lot more every single day), but it will help stimulate circulation and healing, as well as loosen up the stiffness and atrophy created by confinement and too little variation in the ground we walk upon.
This treatment addresses the many acupressure points located in the feet, which can also help stimulate 'ki' or life force throughout other systems of the body.
Before the treatment, a warming ginger-water scrub is used to cleanse and stimulate circulation, and a light coconut oil (or bring your favorite!) is applied during and after (both optional).
This can be a stand-alone session ($45), added on to a full-body session ($30).
The ginger compress is a very simple home remedy used in Japan, as well as in macrobiotic circles to increase circulation and relieve stagnation.
By stagnation, we mean conditions which usually manifest in the form of pain, swelling or stiffness.
Often this treatment is used for regular maintenance on the kidney area of the back to promote overall vitality.
The compress is made by grating a handful of fresh ginger, securing it in cheesecloth, and infusing in hot water. Towels are soaked in the hot water and placed on the body for about 20 minutes.
Conditions which respond well to ginger compresses:
Most types of acute or chronic pains where cold is present: backache, cramps (menstrual and intestinal), kidney stone attacks, stiff neck
May relieve congestive conditions such as asthma
May dissolve hardened accumulations of fats, proteins and minerals, such as kidney stones, gall bladder stones, cysts (breast, ovarian) and benign tumors such as fibroids
Can relieve muscle tension, and stiffness... even some fibromyalgia symptoms
May speed up repair of tissue damage and has been known to to useful in after-treatment of broken bones.
Ginger compresses are very effective for symptomatic relief, but do not remove the underlying causes of the problem and should not be substituted for medical treatment.
Ginger compresses should not be used:
On the head (for sinus issues, a mild ginger scrub is okay)
On babies or the elderly
On an inflamed appendix
If a fever is present, or pneumonia
On the lower belly of a pregnant woman.
Okay, back to the positives. This is a wonderfully comforting treatment, and goes well with a shiatsu session. It's also something that can be used at home, if you'd like to do it more regularly for yourself, or a loved one.
A ginger compress can be added on to your shiatsu session for $30 - just check the 'add-on's' when you schedule.