New Treatment: Kansa Vatki Foot Treatment

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KANSA VATKI FOOT TREATMENTS 

A Kansa Vatki foot treatment (or KV) is a relaxing health-care modality which balances the body, mind and spirit. This unique treatment originates from  Ayurvedic theory and incorporates the use of a small metal bowl made of Copper, Zinc and Tin. Copper helps in reducing pain and inflammation, Zinc assists with proper functioning of the immune system & digestion while Tin helps with headaches, insomnia and stress.

The heart of the treatment involves vigorously rubbing the soles of the feet with the Kansa Vatki bowl to draw out heat and toxins thereby inducing tremendous relaxation. The bowl also helps balance the body’s energies.

The practitioner works the vital energy centers –  Marma points – with the bowl and their thumbs to detoxify, energize and rejuvenate the client. Hand techniques also stimulate the blood and lymphatic flow which assists the movement of Prana (Life force energy).

Benefits of this treatment

Body                                                                               Mind

Relax tired feet                                                                Helps reduce stress

Improve blood and                                                           Enhances mental focus

lymphatic circulation                                                        Induces sound sleep

Enhance joint mobility                                                     Restores & Balances energy

Improves in condition of the ligaments & muscles        Calms & nourishes spirit

Increases strength & stamina

Helps detoxify internal organs

Duration of the session: 60 mins. You will then be given ample time to awake from your treatment.  Call today to schedule your KV treatment!  301-754-3730.

What is Tui Na?

Marci Kranz, a Master’s-level trained acupuncturist, will be joining Blue Heron’s Acupuncture group practice.  Marci will bring a depth of experience in the healing arts and she will also bring to Blue Heron once again, Tui Na, a form of Oriental Medical Massage.  Below is information from Acupuncture.com that describes this ancient massage therapy.  For more information, please call (301-754-3730) to schedule a 15-minute consult with Marci.

 

Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.

Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

Tuina has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The main schools in China include the rolling method school which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains, the one finger pushing method school which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of internal diseases, and Nei Gung method school which emphasizes the use of Nei Gong Qi energy generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems, and the bone setting method school which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.

In a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a table or floor mat. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints. Advanced Tuina practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client, they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.

Tuina is now being popularized in this country as a powerful therapeutic extension of traditional western massage methods. Tuina’s simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the Swedish-style massage. By utilizing treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of settings, including home, office, clinic or hospital. It is well suited for both the professional massage therapist or the active, health conscious individual.

Do I Need Manual Lymph Drainage? By Leslie Knee, LMT

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect against lymphedema and inflammation.  Pumping the lymph through the body is vital for strong immunity and speeds injury recovery. MLD is recommended to treat pain, edema, inflammation, orthopedic injuries and burn scars.  Visible improvement is often seen after one treatment. These noninvasive treatments can reduce pain and redirect the lymph flow that may be impeded by surgery or a compromised immune system. Treatments before and after any type of surgery can help to reduce post operative swelling, minimize the risk of infection, and decrease recovery time. Leslie Knee is a certified MLD therapist, and can work with you to reduce any symptoms you may be experiencing through a series of MLD sessions.

There are many articles on the internet that recommend MLD for detoxification or just for good overall health. If you have a healthy lymph system (no recent surgeries, generally good immunity), a full body Swedish massage is actually just as effective in moving the lymph, plus you gain the added benefits of relaxing the nervous system and getting the endorphins pumping. All therapists at Blue Heron can work with you to design a good lymph pumping session. Add some detoxifying aromatherapy (Theraclear lymph formula, or grapefruit and cypress essential oil) for an extra boost.

You may call our front desk staff  (301-754-3730) to set up an appointment or if you have further questions about Manual Lymph Drainage and would be interested in a complimentary telephone consult.

 

Why add aromatherapy to your massage?

Essential oils are distilled from flowers and herbs. Added to a massage, they can increase the therapeutic benefits you came in for. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, and the immune system. When added to a massage, they are also absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Like healing herbs, each essential oil has different properties.

Here are our new offerings for the summer:

Baby Skin – A great combination with an exfoliation or esthetics treatment, geranium, rosewood and other soothing oils maintain skin elasticity, speeds healing after surgery, and moisturizes dry skin.

Tension Release – This blend of oils is excellent for the athlete, anyone with joint/bone pain or in muscle spasm. It has a “green minty” scent. Along with our “Tension Buster Massage”, it can relieve a sinus or tension headache. It is anti-inflammatory and assists in sprains, swelling, muscles and joint discomfort.

Tranquility – Assists in reducing depression, eases anxiety, stress, and tension, balances and stabilizes the emotions, gives patience and calms worries. Grounding and integrates energy allowing us to visualize our goals and dreams. Citrus-y uplifting scent is a blend of orange, lime, ylang ylang, lavender, chamomile, and more.

Theraclear –  This is a blend created specifically to increase the lymph system performance, or as a lymph detox. Designed with Essential Oils that are renowned to have lymph supporting properties, this blend also benefits the skin and overall well-being. Contains grapefruit, cypress, and juniper berry to rejuvenate a sluggish immune system.

Leslie Knee, LMT

Dry Flaky Winter Skin?

Is your skin getting scaly and flaky from the dry winter weather? We’ve got a solution for that! Try an exfoliation massage. A dry exfoliation is performed with a natural loofa glove, invigorating the skin and pumping the lymph. It is then followed by a luxurious relaxing massage with our frankincense and myrrh lotion. It is rich with essential fatty acids, and absorbs well into thirsty skin, as well as soothing to tired, sore muscles. You will feel the difference in your new silky skin for at least a week, and you will enjoy a healthy glow during the last bit of winter. You may want to treat your face as well to a “Quick Pick Me Up” treatment by one of our estheticians.

Massage: It’s Real Medicine

Massage helps ward off bugs by boosting your “natural killer cells,” the immune system’s first line of defense against invading illness. “We know that cortisol destroys natural killer cells,” Field says. “Therefore, since massage decreases cortisol, your immune cells get a boost.” Massage even seems to boost immunity in those people with severely compromised immune systems, such as breast-cancer patients. 

Read the full CNN article here: http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/03/08/healthmag.massage/

We often get asked if it is OK to get a massage when sick. It is not always a good idea. If your symptoms are just getting started, or you are in the first few days of the sneezing and coughing, massage may speed up your circulation, and overload your immune system. That can cause your symptoms to worsen.  It is better to wait until your cold is working its way out of your body. Then get a massage to “clean up” the remainder.

Leslie Knee LMT

Our New Winter Aromatherapy Massage Blend – Frankincense and Myrrh

Treat yourself to our winter aromatherapy blend of Frankincense and Myrrh. Deep, woody and sweet, this blend has the effect of stimulating the spiritual centers of the brain through its fragrance. These oils have been used for centuries to deepen meditation and prayer by quieting the busy mind.  When these essential oils are used in massage, they have a soothing and relaxing effect on sore muscles and can reduce inflammation in painful joints.  We have brightened this traditional blend with Orange Citrus to help lift the heart during the winter blues. Blended with a vegetable oil based lotion rich in essential fatty acids to nourish and replenish dry winter skin, it is a treat for body, mind and spirit.

Integrative Mental Health

Dr. Andrew Weil recently blogged on “The Huffington Post” with suggestions that may help improve treatment effectiveness for depression.  Some highlights:

  • Acupuncture: The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
  • Massage: Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.

Read his full posting here.