An hour session using Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular/Trigger Point, Acupressure Point and Reiki on the head, neck and face. This is a very gentle yet powerful treatment, you will lie on the table face up, fully clothed, most people fall asleep because this is so relaxing. No oils are used. Come to your appointment with a clean face with no make up or lotions on. Maryann will use a series of movements, lifts, points and strokes that will release adhesions and strengthen pathways allowing better blood, lymph and energy flow. Benefits include relieving stress related and congestion symptoms, headache, eyestrain, sinus congestion, neck pain, jaw pain (from dental work, teeth clenching or TMJ), snoring, insomnia and anxiety. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, expression lines, puffiness, bags and dark under eye circles. Improves color and texture of skin and tones and firms facial muscles. A series of 6 weekly sessions then ongoing monthly sessions is recommended for the facial appearance benefits.
An hour or hour and a half session, your choice. Depending on your needs a bodywork session can be focused on a specific ache or pain that you are wanting relief from or on your overall nervous system for relaxation. After determining what your needs are, Maryann will leave the room while you disrobe to your comfort level and lie on the table under the sheet and blanket, you will be draped throughout the session. She starts with TuiNa/Accupressure warm up, this is a relaxing technique to get your chi flowing using rocking, sweeping and acupressure points. Then depending on your needs some myofascial work, a very subtle but powerful technique using holds and skin rolling reaching the first layer of fascia below the skin. Then she will apply a hypoallergenic and unscented blend of apricot, sesame and grapeseed oil, starting the warm up of the skin and tissue with swedish techniques such as effleurage, pettrissage, glides and cross fiber friction. If needed she may incorporate some trigger point work finding the tender spots in muscles and applying specific pressure which will decrease the tension and pain in muscle fibers. If indicated Lymphatic Drainage may be included, this is a very gentle technique that encourages stagnant lymphatic fluid to flow thus relieving inflammation, swelling and toxic buildup. Aromatherapy and Reiki may be a part of your session as well, both provide relaxation and healing.
Most sessions are a blend of all techniques, but sometimes just one or two methods, depending on your needs and requests. If you have completed the Head, Neck and Face Massage series and want bodywork as well, Maryann recommends a 90 minute session with 45 minutes of head, neck and face work and 45 minutes of bodywork.
Massage for Anxiety and Depression is a combination of massage and energy work. This technique involves a very relaxing foot massage that incorporates the acupressure points that address anxiety and depression, such as your thyroid, adrenal glands, pituitary gland and much more. This work will help your nervous system go from 'fight or flight' to 'rest and relax'. Often it is a part of a bodywork session but it can stand alone as a half hour foot massage.
Maryann incorporates some energy work into both the body work and the head, neck and face work sessions, or she can give you a full session of energy work exclusively. The types of energy work are: TuiNa, Reiki and Rosen Method, most sessions are a blend of the three based on your agreed upon decision.
A Tui Na session (also referred to as a Qigong Massage) can be done fully clothed or directly on your skin. Tui Na means 'push- pull', movements include rocking, sweeping, and lifting that are meant to loosen the tissue followed by specific acupressure points that stimulate chi (energy-life force) to flow through the meridians (energy channels based on Chinese Medicine). This is a general protocol for increasing flow of chi, not to be confused with the diagnostic acupuncture work done in Chinese Medicine.
In a Reiki session you stay fully clothed and lie face up on the table. This is a very quiet, soothing, meditative experience. You may want to set an intention to your self or aloud to state what you want to gain from the session. Maryann will hold her hands a few inches above your body in your energy field over your chakras, she may also place her hands directly on your body starting at the top of your head, neck, shoulders, arms, torso, legs to your feet. She focuses on bringing the Universal Life Force of Reiki through her crown into your body, mind or spirit wherever you need it most and to your past, present or future when ever you need it most. She is the conduit of the energy. You may feel a warmth come from her hands and you may feel different sensations or thoughts during the session. This can be very relaxing and healing and is also a good alternative for when you cannot have a hands on body work session for any reason. Ask about Distance Reiki as an option if you are unable to meet in person.
A Rosen Method session is similar to a Reiki session in that Maryann will place her hands lightly on your body and hold that space for some time while you stay awake and meet her in that space through your mind. You may have thoughts, memories or feelings that come to the surface. You may wish to vocalize your thoughts and feelings or simply process them to yourself, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Either way it may help unlock the emotions that are stored in your body and may give you relief from pain and discomfort. This can be helpful if you have some chronic physical pain that may have an emotional source. This work is best done directly on your skin like a bodywork session, but if you prefer it can be done clothed like a Reiki session.