In our busy, overstimulated lives, sometimes it’s hard to change the major things that impact our wellness—everything from diet and exercise to sleep patterns and exposure to stress. That’s why I’m so enthusiastic about three techniques I’ve learned in recent months that are both non-invasive and incredibly effective at helping clients find another gear in body, mind, and spirit. Here’s a sneak peek of these three treatments, which might seem gentle and subtle but are incredibly beneficial in a variety of ways.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
What is it: This non-invasive bodywork is a gentle but effective stimulation of the soma body and cranial fluid, which helps people release pain, tension, and emotion.
Why it’s effective: It’s the gentlest treatment I’ve ever performed. The client is laying face up, and I put my hands underneath him or her, staying between the epidermis and the dermis. The movement is so subtle—you might not even be feeling it, but I’m doing contractions on the spine. I’m able to move the spinal fluid because it goes from the sacrum, all the way up the spine, and to the brain.
Why I love it: It’s so good for everyone because we all carry so much tension. It’s an emotional thing. You may cry, you may laugh. But it’s also especially good for people with fibromyalgia or those seeking a healthy alternative to arthritis or an autoimmune disease or Parkinson’s.
What is it: Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through each of us.
Why it’s effective: Reiki treats the whole person including the body, mind, and spirit, which gives us a sense of peace, safety, and overall wellbeing. I’ve always known that I have this passion for healing people, but Reiki allows me to take it to another level.
Why I love it: Reiki has opened so many doors for me. It’s allowing me to be mindful of people’s bodies and listen to the body. The body can tell you things, and it doesn’t necessarily need to come out of someone’s mouth. If you just listen and think about it, you can do so much. That’s what I love about Reiki. It’s always with me. It’s like praying for somebody.
What is it: You may have seen Michael Phelps and other world-class athletes with circular red marks or bruises during the summer Olympics last year. They were utilizing a treatment called cupping to enhance their performance. Cupping stimulates lymphatic system and removes toxins as well as stagnant blood in the body to improve energy flow. It can be used on the whole body, including the face.
Why it’s effective: It loosens fascia from muscles, allowing fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to be delivered to areas of the body where there are tension, tightness, or fatigue. It can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite, breaking down fat deposits and improving circulation.
Why I love it: Cupping has so many benefits. It’s great for people with allergies, for example, especially in the sinuses. It promotes the natural removal of toxins, so it’s great for relieving tension in the stomach as well as other parts of the body.