Jana's bodywork encompasses a wide variety of styles, stemming from her life long passion and career in massage therapy. Different styles are blended together according to personal needs and desires, ranging from injury rehabilitation to relaxation.
Relaxing Massage Therapy
Hot Stone Massage (winter only)
Medical Massage-Plus. A combination of various forms of bodywork, this technique is designed to aid in injury rehabilitation, athletic performance, and to alleviate chronically tight areas. Techniques from sports massage, myo-fascial release, Russian medical massage, Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT), neuro-muscular technique, shiatsu, active stretching, cryotherapy, yoga therapeutics and ergonomics are all utilized. The goal is to bring balance to the body by lengthening tight muscles and fascia, breaking up scar tissue, and helping you develop healthier habits of movement and posture.
Relaxing Massage Therapy. A nurturing massage helps someone experience total relaxation. Swedish massage techniques are used (and on occassion, hot stones as well) to entice muscles to relax. Soft music plays, and the scent of herbal oils drifts through the air in a most peaceful environment. Massage techniques can be applied firmly or lightly, according to personal preference. As muscles let go of tension, CranioSacral Therapy can be utilized to bring the nervous system to a deeper level of relaxation. In addition, energy work techniques (such as Healing Touch) will increase the flow of Chi throughout the body. The entire session provides a wonderful feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Hot Stone Massage (winter only). A deeply soothing and relaxing massage treatment using stones that have been sanitized and heated in water. The therapist presses a heated stone into a muscle area while performing Swedish massage strokes. The deeply penetrating heat from the stone helps relax tight muscles and relieve soreness. Stones are also positioned on specific areas to help increase the flow of blood and energy in your body. Hot stones keep you cozy and warm during your massage (especially in the winter).
CranioSacral Therapy. This deeply relaxing form of bodywork was developed by osteopaths. CranioSacral Therapy [CST] uses very light touch to balance the movement of bones of the skull, and to increase the circulation of cerebro-spinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This system of fluid and bones is referred to as the primary respiratory mechanism, because its breath-like rhythmical movements begin as the nervous system starts to form, and is critical to brain and nerve health.
Tension on the fascia surrounding muscles can pull on the fascial membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, restricting movement and circulation. Stressful and overstimulating lifestyles can also be challenging to the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive therapy helps relax and free up movement in the bones, membranes and fluids throughout the body, in order to improve nervous system health and resilience.
Many say CST helps them access a level of deep relaxation similar to the state achieved by an experienced meditator. CST is used to address many health conditions, including: stress and tension; headaches; post traumatic stress; attention deficit disorder; jaw tension; and chronic fatigue. CST helps the release of the emotional, physical and the mental components of trauma. CST can help the body recover faster after surgery. The movements of the fluids and membranes extend outward from the spinal cord through the nerves,making CST a beneficial therapy for any pain or injury.
CranioSacral Therapy can be performed as a complete hour long session, or combined with another style of bodywork. A minimum of 20 minutes of the session must be dedicated to accessing the CranioSacral system.
For a more complete description of CST visit the North American CranioSacral Association's website (although she completed their required program in 2000, Jana is not currently a member). Also see the Wikipedia CranialSacral Therapy entry.
Energy Therapy. Human bodies have both electromagnitic fields and internal channels that circulate life force energy (also known as Chi). Avoidance of places within the body that hold physical and/or emotional pain can reduce chi flow. A trained energy therapist searches for areas of reduced or stagnant Chi, and subsequently help increase Chi flow. In some cases, emotions or memories may surface once Chi flow is restored. Injuries or muscle tension can also create reduced Chi flow, which can interfere with the natural healing process. Jana has completed training in many different facets of Energy Therapy, including Reiki, Healing Touch and Polarity work. She resonates best with Healing Touch.