Holistic bodywork

 

60 MINUTES $90  

75 MINUTES $105  

90 MINUTES $120

120 minutes $150

 

Most bodywork sessions are an integration of modalities and therapies, specifically tailored to your needs. They are primarily informed by structural integration, integrative bodywork, visceral bodywork, Chi Nei Tsang and Tui Na, though, occasionally, I also incorporate therapies and techniques from Reiki, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and Abyhanga (Ayurvedic massage). I believe in the importance of working all the body’s systems in harmony. This means simultaneous consideration for the physical tissues, the energetic body, and the emotions stored in each.

I am fascinated by the overlap and interconnectedness of the body and the myriad lenses through which we can understand it. Each school of healing offers a new way to explore and investigate. It’s about meeting the tissues, the energies, and the emotions where they are at and finding a common language. This means any given session could include a range of pressures and sensations - some feeling deep, intense, or active, while others may be soft, subtle, or energetic. Through deep listening and allowing multiple channels to be open to receive information, we are able to affect changes in a more holistic way. You can read more about the individual therapies below.

 

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Feel free to reach out with any questions via phone 503-902-4797 or email: missykiefferbodywork@gmail.com or use the button below to schedule online.

 
 

 
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the real secret to lifelong good health is:

let your body take care of you


- Deepak Chopra -



 

a brief look at modalities

STRUCTURAL/Myofascial

Structural bodywork is based on techniques developed to look at fascia as a structural and functional component of the body. Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds all muscles, bones, joints, and organs, allowing them to move independently of one another. Additionally, fascia transmits neural impulses and serves as a framework for full system muscle stability. It is important to recognize the mind-body connection in structural bodywork. As we experience emotions, our bodies react in habitual ways and we can create patterns that lead to adhesions, decreased movement, compensations, and compromised connections. Structural bodywork looks to soften and revitalize the fascia so that it may move freely and be open for message transmission.

Underlying this modality is the intention to improve posture and overall movement and functioning. The work itself can range from subtle to deep, and sometimes feel intense. This is a result of the fascia fibers being realigned, and the sensation can often be minimized with active movements and breath work.

Structural bodywork aims to assist the body in releasing old physical and emotional patterns and realigning tissues for enhanced movement and ease of daily activities. While this work can be done on a session by session basis, maximum benefit can be gained through completing a series. Clients are asked to be prepared with comfortable and minimal clothing; for example, undergarments, or running shorts and a sports bra.

tUI NA

Literally meaning, “push” and “grasp”, Tui Na is an energetic and deeply reaching massage that is informed by the Five-Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Guided by these principals, Tui Na utilizes a variety of movements (such as jostling, kneading, joint mobilization) to assist in moving Qi (Chi) through the body and meridians. Qi is an energetic life-force that passes through all tissues, blood, and body fluids, bringing movement and vitality to the whole being. Meridians can be seen as channels through which the Qi passes. Throughout each of these channels, there are places (called meridian points) where Qi tends to collect. Each of these points also serve as references for other tissues of the body, emotions, and refers to an entire organ system.

This work serves many; particularly those with pain or stiffness in the muscles and joints, those with stress-related or digestive conditions, and emotional and energetic imbalances. It is also a great tool for maintaining agility and strength. Tui Na can most often be practiced through clothing, though it is recommended the garments be lightweight and flexible. In some cases, as with the use of Cupping or Gua Sha therapies, the work is done directly on the skin.

 

CHI NEI tSANG

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Chi Nei Tsang, in simple terms, is internal organ massage. Gentle techniques allow access to both the physical organs and their energetic components to help move stagnant Chi (Qi), release adhesions, and align, calibrate, and optimize organ function. Our organs are responsible for digestion and assimilation of not only food, but also emotions, experiences, etc. In today's society, many people regularly experience stress, negative emotions, tensions, the weight of past illnesses or injuries, and digestive challenges. The energies of these accumulate in the abdominal center, causing energy blockages. As a result, vital organ functions can stagnate and lead to problems throughout the body. Chi Nei Tsang works to remove these blockages, allowing the vital organs and naval center to be detoxified and rejuvenated.

Chi Nei Tsang partners with the Chinese Five-Element Theory, and utilizes Sound Healing exercises, and subtle and deep tissue manipulations to help bring balance to the whole body.

As this work is done mainly on the abdomen, it is recommended that clients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for the session.

 

CBD MASSAGE

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Add on $10

Incorporating the use of CBD into massage is a fantastic way to find additional relief from pain, tension, stress, you name it. Generally, the CBD helps the body drop its initial guard, allowing more efficient access to the soft tissues that are holding tension. As a result, clients may find themselves feeling increasingly relaxed post-session.

 

HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is a full-spectrum approach to health. In this aspect of the modality, we use long, gliding, dance-like strokes to soften and energize the tissues. Incorporated into the session are gentle mobilizations and stretches to keep the joints and muscles fluid and flexible. Lomi Lomi is a treasure in that it brings deep relaxation as well as a clean slate, leaving the client feeling renewed.

 

ABHYANGA

Traditionally a component of the Ayurvedic Panchakarma (“five actions”) treatment, abhyanga is a cleansing and rejuvenating warm-oil massage. The session is based on knowledge of the doshas (three energies that express the five elements and define all entities) and evaluating client constitution. Specific herbs may be added to the treatment to assist with balancing body, mind and spirit. The goal of this treatment is to break-up and mobilize any stagnancy through circulation and lymph-flow, allowing for cleansing release and resetting of the mind-body balance, and preparing the body to better heal itself from the core. Ayurvedic massage, generally, is recommended as a regular practice- as often as daily - and aids in joint lubrication, muscle tone, vitality of internal organs, and much more.