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Breathing Into Fall

Deep breathing reduces stress

Breathe with me for a moment. Place your hands on your stomach and feel it expand as you inhale. Then let it contract and deflate as you exhale. This cycle happens about 720 times per hour, more than 17,000 times a day, without us ever even thinking about it! The biological wonder of a breath is easy to take for granted and, yet it is the most basic miracle of life.

Let’s talk about how to…

Open to Miracles

massage

A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
It is a divine intercession from a thought system beyond our own,
re-arranging our perceptions and thus rearranging our world.
The journey to a better world isn’t along a horizontal road
but rather a vertical one;
it’s not a trip somewhere else, but only deeper into our hearts.
In any given instant, there is more love we could see
and…

What is Shiatsu Bodywork?

Shiatsu massage

Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese bodywork system that uses hand, knuckle, palm, elbow, and foot pressure on specific points located along energy pathways called meridians, in order to promote the free flow of ki energy, the circulating life force. Is is practiced with the client clothed.

Oriental medicine maintains that disease occurs because of stagnation or blockage in the flow…

Embodiment and Bodywork

sensation and healing

The state of embodiment implies a perception of our physicality as well as a relationship to our sensations outside the realm of thinking. In other words, we are engaged much more in the brain stem rather than the neocortical part of our brain. Embodiment is a form of connectedness — the awareness of how our bodies are related to the rest of our state of being.

Thoughts are only a part of…

Meet Joyce Chizuru-Hanson, Advanced Therapist!

Advanced Therapist

Joyce Chizuru-Hanson, CMT, is a graduate of Body Therapy Center School of Massage and has completed trainings in Swedish Massage, advanced Esalen, Sciaticare, and Hot Stone Massage. Her approach is centered on ‘listening’ carefully, through her hands, to the needs of her client’s body.

She includes Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue work, and Esalen massage to provide nurturing musc…

The Ultimate Stress Therapy — Human Touch

benefits of touch

The reaction our bodies have to stress is an integral part of our anatomy and physiology since it’s nature’s way of protecting us from danger and threat. And once that threat has passed, our body will gradually unwind the stress response with the relaxation response. The problem is, we often don’t give it time to happen.

One of the best ways to help this process is through the power of…

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