Foot Reflexology: Not Just a Foot Massage

Many people believe that a Foot Reflexology session is just a relaxing foot massage.  While Foot Reflexology is indeed relaxing, it has many other benefits.  

There are ten reflex zones on the foot each corresponding to a different body area.  There are additional specific reflex points that correspond to internal organs, glands, and sense organs.  For example, in the center of the pad of the big toe there is a reflex point that corresponds to the pituitary gland; on the ball of the left big toe is a reflex point to the heart, and on the ball of pinky is a reflex zone to the shoulder.  There are over 50 reflex points such as these on the feet.  When these reflexology points are stimulated with specific massage techniques, the body’s natural healing abilities are stimulated.  Pain is reduced; organ function improves, and in some cases, diseases are resolved.  While massage therapists who perform Foot Reflexology are not medical practitioners with the training to either diagnose or treat, the practice of Foot Reflexology over recent decades shows, again and again, the healing potential of this modality.

How does Reflexology work?

Foot Reflexology works on several levels.

Research in the 1890s by Henry Head and Charles Sherrington shows us the neurological relationship between the skin and the internal organs, and that the nervous system as a whole adjusts to stimulus.  By applying pressure to the feet, the calming message to peripheral nerves is carried through the central nervous system signaling the body to relax.  This enhanced relaxation allows increased blood supply to the internal organs and their systems. This relaxation allows, additionally, the body to move naturally toward homeostasis and more optimal functioning.  

The neuromatrix theory of pain helps us to understand how Reflexology reduces pain levels in the body.  According to the neuromatrix theory, pain is a subjective experience created by the brain.  The brain does this in response to not only physical stimuli but also in response to emotional or cognitive factors.  Thus, your moods or stress levels can also affect your experience of pain.  Reflexology may reduce pain by reducing stress and improving mood.

Lastly, Reflexology is recognized as a specific type of massage developed based on Zone Theory.  Zone Theory, developed by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900s, understands foot reflexologythe body is divided into 10 vertical zones, each zone corresponding to fingers and toes all the way up to the head.  In Reflexology, every organ, gland, or body part that lies within a zone can be accessed via a reflex zone or point on the foot or hand.  For example, if you work on the horizontal reflex zone at the base of the ball of the foot, you are affecting the solar plexus and diaphragm.  These pathways between reflex zones and other parts of the body are thought to be connected via the nervous system, as described above.

History

Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practiced in Tibet and China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankhmahor. The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. While there is some confusion about the true origin of this powerful therapy, sufficient to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to better health.

Zone Therapy

Dr. William FitzGerald (1872-1942) is credited with being the father of ‘zone therapy’. He worked in Vienna beginning around 1899. Zone therapy divides the body into ten zones—five on each side of the sagittal plane. The hands/arms and feet/legs were also divided into five zones each. Dr. Edwin Bowers in his book co-authored with Dr. FitzGerald, Zone Therapy in 1917 writes that FitzGerald discovered zone therapy in 1909 but gives no indication where he became acquainted with the theory. From 1915 into the early thirties the subject of zone therapy was controversial but did meet with a certain amount of success with doctors and dentists as a form of pain relief or analgesia.

Reflex Work

Dr. Joe Shelby Riley (1856 -1947), trained by Dr. FitzGerald further developed zone therapy by adding eight horizontal divisions to the zones of the feet and hands. His work is accurately the beginning of reflexology as it is known today—that is, reflexes found on the feet and hands that follow the anatomy of the body. Riley’s work with reflexes and zones also included the hands and ears.

Reflexology

During the 1930’s Eunice D. Ingham (1889-1972) met Riley as early as 1919 worked for Dr. Riley in St. Petersburg, Florida and continued to refine and improve his work. From her first book, Stories the Feet Can Tell (1938) she was encouraged by Riley and others to take her work to the public and non-medical community. Eunice’s major contribution to working with reflexes was that alternating pressure, rather than having a numbing effect, stimulated healing. For forty years she lectured and traveled back and forth across the United States, and is largely responsible for Foot Reflexology as taught today in most massage schools.

Reflexology at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

At Osmosis, we recognize that Foot Reflexology could increase the healing potential of any massage experience. We offer a 15-minute Reflexology Enhancement that can be booked with any massage modality of any length.  This not only feels good and enhances deep relaxation, it also brings increased blood supply to internal organs, promoting healing and the reduction of pain.  Click here to book a massage with a Reflexology Enhancement.

___________________________________________

Raizelah Bayen, Massage Therapist Supervisor and Trainer at Osmosis Day SpaRaizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California.  She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years.  Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa.  For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.

Please contact raizelah@osmosis.com for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California.  Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.

Is Seaweed The Right Summer Treatment for your Skin?

The harsh winter  weather can leave skin feeling extremely dull and lifeless. Now that summer is here it’s time to beautify your skin with a nourishing body treatment!

Osmosis’ Seaweed Body Moisturizing Treatment takes skincare to the next level, featuring Naturopathica’s organic skin conditioning products. It is more than a body treatment, it is both a massage and a body treatment rolled into one.

This full body treatment begins with an exfoliating dry brush massage, followed by layering a warm mineral-rich seaweed serum infused with aromatic herbal extracts to moisten and revitalize the skin. A detailed massage with a Sea Fennel Massage Wax will deeply seal in the moisture for a silky, satin finish. Also included is a Lemongrass-Mimosa foot scrub with Gotu Kola Healing Balm to help moisten and heal dry skin of the feet.

Spas have long used seaweed baths for cleansing and exfoliating qualities.

Seaweed, when applied to the body, draws excess fluid and waste products from the skin. It also acts as a cleanser for dead skin cells and other impurities on the surface. Additionally, because it is rich in essential fatty acids, seaweed not only infuses your skin with moisture but also prevents your skin from losing that moisture any time soon.

Recent studies show that seaweed extract is rich in alguronic acid, shown to increase cell regeneration and the synthesis of elastin.

Elastin is a protein in the skin’s underlying layers that give it firmness and elasticity. As we age, skin begins to lose its elastin fibers. The loss of elastin combined with gravity and the natural slackening of muscles, all contribute to sagging, droopy, or wrinkled skin.  Due to seaweeds soft cell walls, its nutrients including alguronic acid are easily transferable to the skin, bringing back your skin’s vitality, elasticity and tone.

Seaweed is proven to be more abundant in proteins and minerals than a mother’s milk.  

Seaweed  is also full of enzymes, chlorophyll, amino acids, nucleic acids, fatty acids, and DHA. Amino acids in seaweed firm and renew tissue while the fatty acids fight against inflammation, leaving the skin even, soft and supple.

Naturopathica’s seaweed products are complemented with massage enhancing extracts to bring benefit to not only the skin, but also the lymphatic system, nervous system and musculoskeletal systems.

12 Amazing Benefits of the Seaweed Body Moisturizing Treatment and Massage Include:

  1. Re-mineralizing the skin
  2. Moisturize and lock-in moisture
  3. Support skin regeneration, strengthening the skin
  4. Reduce inflammation
  5. Detoxify the skin
  6. Exfoliate dead, dry or calloused skin
  7. Improve skin elasticity and tone
  8. Soften and smooths the skin
  9. Protect against free radical damage
  10. Stimulate collagen synthesis
  11. Improve lymphatic drainage
  12. Relax the nervous system
  13. Relief muscle and joint pain or stiffness

Osmosis is proud to partner with Naturopathica to provide the highest quality, nutrient-rich, organic marine products in our Seaweed Body Moisturizing Treatment:

The Seaweed Body Gel is a mineral-rich treatment product with potent herbal extracts to help remove toxins from the skin, containing:
  • Irish Moss. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides, Irish Moss has water-binding properties to help lock-in moisture,and helps to protect and regenerate the upper layers of the skin.
  • Katrafray Bark Oil.  This fortifying emollient contains anti-inflammatory and toning properties, and was traditionally used in Madagascar to aid in relief of muscle and joint pain.
  • Angelica Root Oil. This herb is traditionally used as a detoxifying agent as it improves lymphatic drainage.  It is prized for its anti-septic qualities and its ability to enhance dull skill, while relaxing the nervous system.
Sea Fennel Massage Wax provides an endless glide for the massage practitioner, without leaving a greasy feeling on your skin.  Combined with the Seaweed Body Gel, it helps to re-mineralize and detoxify the skin, containing:

Seaweed Body Moisturizing Treatment

  • Sea Fennel Extract. Regulates the regeneration of keratin and helps to remineralize the body for softer, smoother skin.
  • Irish Moss. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides, Irish Moss has water-binding properties to help lock-in moisture,and helps to protect and regenerate the upper layers of the skin.
  • Laminaria Digitata Algae Extract. This chlorophyll-dense seaweed is packed with antioxidants and amino acids that improve skin vitality and protect against free radical damage.  It soothes epidermal irritation moisturizes the skin.
Lemongrass Mimosa Foot Scrub is a deeply exfoliating bamboo scrub combines notes of Lemongrass with the florals such as Mimosa to safely remove dull, dry or calloused skin, containing:
  • Lemongrass Leaf Oil. This essential oil, traditionally used in Thai medicine, is valued for its ability to calm tension, invigorate and inspire.  It has been shown to have antimicrobial properties on the skin.
  • Bamboo Ferment Filtrate. A natural source of Silica, this product improves skin suppleness and elasticity.
  • Walnut Shell Powder. This micronized powder is a natural abrasive that gently exfoliates dull, flakey, calloused skin, improving skin tone, texture and clarity.
Gotu Kola Healing Balm helps to repair dry, devitalized skin and enhance its elasticity, containing:
  • Gotu Kola Leaf Extract. Clinical studies show that this extract inhibits the inflammatory response, and aids in the wound-healing process by stimulating collagen synthesis and increasing tensile strength of newly formed skin.
  • Calendula Flower Extract. This flower has powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties.  Tests have demonstrated it can increase metabolism of collagen, and aid in the growth of new skin cells, facilitating tissue regeneration and wound healing.
  • Raspberry Ceramides. Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, this helps to reinforce a healthy skin barrier for improved skin strength and hydration.

If you want a massage, and also need to re-condition your skin, choose the Osmosis  Seaweed Body Moisturizing Treatment.  Click here to book an appointment

Raizelah Bayen, Massage Therapist Supervisor and Trainer at Osmosis Day SpaRaizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California.  She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years.  Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa.  For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.

Please contact raizelah@osmosis.com for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California.  Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.

7 Reasons Why You Need a Sports Massage

While many think of Sports Massage as being beneficial only to those who are professional athletes, that is simply not the case. Sports Massage can benefit athletes of all kinds. Those who enjoy the beauty of nature by running on the beach, cycling through the hills or hiking in the mountains will benefit from this massage modality. Others who bond to their gym and the opportunity for a daily work-out with aerobic activity or strengthening will find this modality therapeutic as well.

Although participating in sports or strengthening exercise can be good for you, we also see some trade-offs: sore muscles, stiffness, or depleted energy. Osmosis is prepared to meet the emerging needs associated with today’s trend toward greater activity through exercise or sports programs. We understand the importance of offering fitness related services to address sore muscles, limitation in joint mobility or lowered energy levels. Sports Massage is the perfect offering to meet the needs of sports and gym participants.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a style combining a variety of massage techniques beneficial to anyone seeking a therapeutic massage experience.  Common components of Sports Massage include:

  • Brisker paced petrissage to increase circulation to muscles.  Increased blood circulation ensures the muscles are nourished with fresh oxygen and nutrients and then flushed, eliminating any metabolic waste that can build up with increased activity.
  • Range of motion techniques that open and lubricate the joints.  Mobilizing the joints give the body the signal to produce more synovial fluid, which moistens the joints, ensuring more easeful, smoother movement.
  • Passive stretches to lengthen the muscle fibers and increase flexibility.
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated (PNF) stretches, an interactive technique including both the massage therapist and client.  In PNF stretches, the client will be asked to push a limb against the force exerted by the therapist to engage and then relax the muscle.  This is extremely effective in increasing the the flexibility and range of the muscle.
  • Firm or deep massage techniques may be applied to areas with deeper tension patterns, or to “sore” muscles due to overexertion.  The slow, deep massage techniques help to moved out lactic acid accumulation that often accompanies increase in muscle activity.

 

The American Massage Therapy Association states that research shows that, in relation to exercise and athletic participation, massage has 7 primary benefits.

    1. Reduce muscle tension.  The increased and enhanced blood circulation due to massage helps to relieve muscular tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery.  
    2. Help to increase muscle tone.  The research conducted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells after rigorous exercise, thus supporting improved muscle tone.
    3. Promote relaxation.  It is long known that massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system, increasing the relaxation hormone levels of dopamine and serotonin.  Touch is also known to increase oxytocin, all resulting in a deeper state of calm and inner peace.
    4. Increase range of motion.  The key to keeping the joints mobile is movement.  Ranging the joints, as routinely performed in Sports Massage, will ensure an increased production of synovial fluid within the joint and easeful movement.
    5. Decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise.  Massage affects the cardiovascular system.  It dilates blood vessels, helping them work more efficiently to promote circulation.  The manual assistance of encouraging venous blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, which delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins. With the increased removal of metabolic waste, those who are physically active are less likely to experience soreness or stiffness after exercise.  
    6. Enhance athletic performance.  Athletic performance relies not only on the strength and flexibility of musculature, but also a strong, but relaxed mental focus.  While massage increases the relaxation hormones of dopamine and serotonin, and decreases the stress hormone of cortisol, and athlete is supported in staying calm, relaxed yet focused when performing sports.
    7. Help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly.  With ongoing massage treatment, muscles stay softer, more supple, and more available for use.  A cold, contracted muscle is more likely to be strained in exercise or exertion than one that is well-nourished with increased blood flow, kept flexible with applied stretches, and is supported by well-lubricated joints.

For the athlete, the sports spectator, and anyone looking for a deeper, therapeutic experience of massage, Sports Massage is an excellent choice.  To book a Sports Massage at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, you can CLICK HERE and enjoy!

__________________________________________________

Raizelah Bayen, Massage Therapist Supervisor and Trainer at Osmosis Day SpaRaizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California.  She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years.  Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa.  For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.

Please contact raizelah@osmosis.com for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California.  Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.

The Osmosis Fusion – Our Signature Massage

By Raizelah Bayen

Pagoda massage osmosis day spaEstablished in Northern California in 1985, Osmosis is a living blend of Eastern and Western culture, esthetic and hospitality.  The development of our signature massage, the Osmosis Fusion, reflects this by weaving together Eastern and Western massage modalities.  Launched in May of 2016, the Osmosis Fusion is one of our most popular and frequently booked massages at the spa.  

Roots of the Fusion Massage

The Osmosis Fusion Massage is a blend of four different massage modalities. Long strokes of Western Swedish Esalen Massage, pressure point techniques of Japanese Shiatsu, joint mobilization used in T’ui Na (Chinese Massage), body stretches common in Thai Massage, and a taste of our unique offering of Essential Acupressure.  

Taking the best from the West and the East, this massage is revitalizing, opening, gently energizing while simultaneously deeply relaxing.  

Blending Modalities Bearing Deeper Benefit

Swedish Esalen Massage was developed in the 1960’s at the Esalen Institute with the understanding that massage deepensswedish esalen massage body awareness.  The long full-body strokes characteristic of Esalen Massage give you the opportunity to experience your body as a whole, rather than in parts. The dynamic mobilization used in Esalen Massage nurtures a sense of connection, particularly of how one body part, such as the arm, is connected to the other body parts, such as the shoulder and chest. Esalen techniques cultivate an experience of wholeness, feeling how the front and back bodies relate through movement, or how the inner and outer bodies form a complete experience of self.  Swedish Esalen Massage nurtures self awareness.

Japanese massage, Shiatsu, addresses the body with pressure point massage, and complements the feeling of connectedness cultivated in Esalen Massage, by working along the meridians or energy pathways of the body. The meridians of the body either course from head to toe, or from the outer extremity, such as the finger or toe, to the torso. With pressure point Shiatsu, we are stimulating the acupressure points along these meridians to activate the flow the Chi where it may be blocked, to build Chi where it may be deficient, and the bring about greater balance.

T' ui Na MassageThe range-of-motion of T’ui Na, opens the “gates,” so to speak. These “gates” are the major joints of the body. In order for Chi to flow freely from one body area to another, these gates need to remain open. To ensure freedom of movement and abundant Chi flow, T’ui Na emphasizes joint mobilization.

The stretches of Thai are a perfect complement to the other massage modalities, opening and lengthening the muscles,
meridians and gateways of the body. Thai is sometimes referred to as “yoga massage.” But do not be intimidated by this name. You do not need to be a yogi or to be especially flexible to receive Thai Massage stretches. The gentle stretches used in this massage will increase flexibility for you.

Finally, the Osmosis Fusion Massage includes a taste of Essential Acupressure. Here we are using specific Essential Oils onEssential Meridian Massage particular acupressure points to bring about greater balance and sense of well-being. The function of the oil is matched with the function of the acupressure point for a deeper synergistic effect. Essential Acupressure can be used to address a wide variety of health concerns. In the Fusion Massage, we use Lavender and Marjoram essential oils on the Master Points of the Great Regulator Channel to regulate the flow of the Yin and the Yang Chi of the body.

By blending this variety of techniques, you can be sure this massage addresses every level of your being – physical, emotional and energetic. It clears tension, builds Chi, opens the joints, lengthens the muscles, and brings balance to the emotions.

You will leave Osmosis, after a Fusion Massage, feeling deeply relaxed, gently revitalized, moving with greater ease, and enveloped with a sense of well-being.

Osmosis Fusion Arises from Osmosis Teamwork

The development of our unique offering, the Osmosis Fusion, arose out of teamwork and collaboration. The Massage Therapist Supervisor gave a group of massage therapists, each with extensive training in both Eastern and Western massage modalities, the opportunity to have input on the development of this massage. Three massage therapists met with their supervisor to sketch the protocol, which was later refined with group input, and then presented through a series of trainings to much of the large massage staff at Osmosis.

Osmosis is a unique healing center, and continues to be a leader in the spa industry. We continue to grow, creating new and refined services of unparalleled quality. The Osmosis Fusion is a prime example of our team’s pioneering spirit, creativity and innovation. Try it for yourself!  Click here to book an appointment for a Fusion Massage or for a Transformation Package, which includes both a Cedar Enzyme Bath and an Osmosis Fusion Massage.  

________________________________________________________________

Raizelah Bayen, Massage Therapist Supervisor and Trainer at Osmosis Day SpaRaizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California.  She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years.  Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa.  For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.

Please contact raizelah@osmosis.com for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California.  Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.

Essential Meridian Massage

By Raizelah Bayen

Osmosis Day Spa continues to be a pioneer in the spa industry, blending bodywork modalities to develop unique services that are unmatched by other spas.

Two years ago, Osmosis launched an Eastern massage combination, exclusive to our spa, called the Essential Meridian Massage.  This modality combines T’ui Na, which is Chinese Meridian Massage, with Essential Acupressure, utilizing the potency of essential oils to activate acupressure points.  

What is T’ui Na?T' ui Na Massage

T’ui Na is an ancient form of meridian massage developed over 5,000 years ago in China. T’ui Na Meridian Massage is comprised of several massage techniques performed along the Meridians of the body to build and balance Chi flow, or the bioelectrical currents of the body.  The Chinese have taught us that tension or pain in the body is the physical manifestation of blocked or stagnant Chi. Chinese Meridian Massage techniques increase the flow of Chi through the channels, clearing blocked energy, what we may refer to as tension, pain or soreness.

To understand T’ui Na, you must first understand the premise on which this massage was developed.  The first premise is that the physical body is only part of your entire being. The Chinese understand the human being to have 3 aspects:

  • The Yang aspect of one’s being, the physical body which manifests as activity or movement in the world.
  • The Yin aspect, the inner Chi or bioelectrical aspect of the body.
  • The refined product of the Yin and Yang relationship, which is the mental and spiritual body.   

In T’ui Na, all 3 aspects of a person’s being are addressed, nourishing health on every level.

What is Chi?

To many Westerners, Chi may be a difficult concept to grasp. Because it is invisible, people often wonder what it is or if it even exists. Ancient China knew little about the science of electricity. Electromagnetic science has been a field of growing knowledge in recent decades. Both Eastern and Western practitioners of Chinese medicine and massage have recognized that this energy referred to as “Chi” is the same thing as what what today’s science calls “bioelectricity.” Dr. Robert Becker has done important research in the field of bioelectricity.

It is understood now that the human body is constructed of many different electrically conductive materials and that it forms a living electromagnetic field and circuit.  

The body’s bioelectrical energy, Chi, is not only responsible for maintaining life, but also for repairing it. It is the healing force when tissues of the physical body are damaged or body systems are limited.

The Healing Benefit of T’ui Na

The Chinese understand that Chi circulates throughout the body through 12 organ Meridians, each of which connect to a different organ systems of the body. Through T’ui Na Massage, Chi or energy flow to the internal organs is increased helping to heal tissues that may be weak, strengthening our organ functioning.

T’ui Na takes massage from the level of relaxation to the next level: deepening  health and well being. T’ui Na recharges the batteries of life. It not only clears tension, promoting ease in the body and life, it also builds Chi, bringing increased energy to the tissues and organ systems of the body.  And as the Chi body (Yin) nourishes the physical body (Yang), we begin to feel more balance between the Yin and the Yang aspects of being. There is a sweet sense of well-being that emerges from this feeling of balance. This feeling of well-being penetrates the physical, emotional and spiritual realms. This is the deepest healing that any spa service can offer.

Essential Meridian MassageWhat is Essential Acupressure?

In Essential Meridian Massage, we dedicate the first half of the session to T’ui Na, recharging our batteries and rebalancing the Chi flow over all. In the second half of the session, we apply specific essential oils to specific acupressure points, addressing expressed health concerns. Acupressure points are vortexes of energy located along the meridian pathways.  Devices that measure bioelectricity measure higher at these points. There are various methods traditionally used to stimulate these points, such as acupuncture needles or Chinese massage techniques. In Essential Acupressure, the points are stimulated by the essential oil. The oil is carefully matched with the point, so that the healing properties of the oil complement the healing function of the point for a greater synergistic effect.  

What Health Concerns can be Addressed with Essential Acupressure?

There are wide variety of health concerns that Essential Acupressure can address, such as:

  • Release shoulder-neck tension
  • Deepen sleep
  • Calm and center a scattered mind
  • Ease digestive tension
  • Increase mental focus
  • Build energy
  • Build immunity
  • Lift low spirits
  • Clear swelling
  • Clear frustration/agitation
  • Warm cold, stiff muscles or joints
  • Ease menstrual tension
  • Relief of menopausal hot flashes

When combined in one session, Chinese Meridian Massage and Essential Acupressure address the whole person. While the Meridian Massage is brisker paced and more nourishing to the organ systems, Essential Acupressure is more meditative, promoting greater balance and health.  

How can I learn more or book an appointment in Essential Meridian Massage?

To book an appointment in Essential Meridian Massage, contact Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. To learn more about Essential Meridian Massage, click here to view our video explanation.  To learn self-help tools in Essential Acupressure, Follow our YouTube Channel to view our upcoming series.

 

___________________________________________________________

Raizelah Bayen, Massage Therapist Supervisor and Trainer at Osmosis Day SpaRaizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California.  She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years.  Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa.  For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.

Please contact raizelah@osmosis.com for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California.  Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.