I'm sure by now you've seen me raving about this new technique. In my 15 years as a therapist with a multitude of trainings and certifications, I have never found a technique with such amazing results after even just 1 session. Let me explain my personal experience with this work, as I documented the changes I experienced during and after my first session.
I started class with chronic neck pain (compressed cervical vertebra, 2 bone spurs, pretty much stays in pain, at about a 7 pain scale), also shoulder pain and tightness from shoulder up into my neck from sleeping in a recliner at the hospital earlier this week. During the treatment from my instructor, I experienced muscle twitch responses in various areas of my back that released the pain in my shoulder. I had a skin crawling kind of sensation on the side of my head (where I usually experience tension headaches). I was feeling anxious being in a new place with people I didn't know. Initially the treatment seemed weird. This odd strumming or flicking feeling across muscles made me more aware of areas that were tender and tense. All of the sudden I noticed I felt relaxed and my head ceased the incessant chatter. I fought drifting off to sleep. I felt more clear and focused. When the treatment ended, it felt as if I had a whole hour massage. I was like jello. It was great. And then I really noticed the changes...
I had ZERO PAIN. I still felt some muscle tightness but I was no longer having to mentally ignore my neck pain. It was gone. I could even turn my head, though not all the way, I could turn it without pain. That by itself made this entire training worth it for me. If you have ever had to ignore chronic pain on a daily basis then you understand the mental exhaustion it can cause.
We started our clinic right away, with clients coming in for 2 days in a row so we got to jump right in and practice this technique on a variety of different bodies. The simplicity of the session itself is astonishing given the immense benefits. The treatment itself contains 8 sets of movements with a rest period between each set. This rest period is truly the magic time. For those that are more sensitive you can really notice the changes occuring and the body talking to itself, adjusting the way it is carrying itself. The technique itself, while seemingly simple, is actually complex. That flicking/strumming movement on the muscle connects not just to the physical aspect which is changing the messages being sent to the central nervous system, but also corresponds to specific meridian points to stimulate chi flow within the organs of the body. (Meridians are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the basis for acupuncture treatment.) So these precise techniques activate the parasympathetic nervous system to release the feel good hormones while relaxing areas of tension. The stimulation of chi flow through meridian point manipulation improves the internal functions of the body. It helps to reset and reboot your system, like a secret factory reset code. YES! Can you imagine... this is why I am so excited about this work!
Now moving forward to day 2 after my session, I was still experiencing some skin crawling sensations on the side of my head, releasing tension. The movement in my shoulder had returned to normal, and I was still pain free. Day 2 of clinics was much easier and I really enjoyed seeing the responses of the clients, both curious and intrigued by this work. One of my clients came in walking with a cane and not able to get much movement in her hip, yet during the session we were able to bend her knee and move her leg up further than she had done before. She was amazed.
Day 3 back home I was guided to do the neck moves again that morning on myself. Sitting at the table for lunch, I turned my head to speak and there was a sliding, audible, "pop". My neck had realigned by itself! It never happens because of the chronic tension. It offered even more relief from the tension and I could turn my head all the way with no pain. I'm now at a week later and still no pain! My energy levels were elevated and overall I was feeling great. Now for the biggest change...
Since being diagnosed with endometriosis I have had this inner feeling of weakness or frailty, always needing to protect my core. Since the Bowen work, I can't even explain what it is inside that shifted or what was fixed, all I can say is I feel strong again and I did nothing different except receive this treatment. I feel like I don't have to live guarded and protected of my core or of being afraid of aggravating that endo-beast inside. Instead I feel strength surrounding my core, almost as if it internally stabilized the areas surrounding it in a healthier way for healing. I am very in tune with my body and the energy within so I can feel these things but yet I can't explain precisely the what or how, only what I've experienced. I started off completely amazed at how I no longer had neck pain, but this to me has been my greatest healing experience and there is no real simple way to explain the profoundness. To shift from a state of weakness and frailty, to strength and health has been a miracle and one I welcome with open arms. I am even more excited to offer this service to all of you and to witness how it changes your life.
Options for Scheduling
Bowsage is available as a stand alone 30 minute session. A 60 minute session includes a sports style massage of compression and joint manipulation in combination with the Bowen technique.
You can also schedule a regular massage and a Bowsage session. Choose the massage session you want, available as 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions and add the 30 minute Bowsage session to your appointment. I'm offering this because I know some people really enjoy the massage aspect and that still has many of its own benefits. My personal choice would be a 30 or 60 minute intuitive massage with a 30 minute Bowsage.
What to Expect
Bowsage sessions are done fully clothed, so wear something comfortable that you can stretch and move around it. If you choose to get a regular massage session, then the Bowsage session with be done over the sheets.
You should wait at least 7 days between sessions and it is recommended to have at least 3-5 follow up sessions for best results.
It is easy to get caught up the physical attributes of pain. We feel it. We know it's there. It's been nagging for attention over time, yet ignored. We can usually pinpoint the area that aches, or feels tight, maybe even pinches or causes sharp shooting pain, but what about the energy behind the pain? Are you aware of what it is telling you?
Massage eases the physical pain, but it also frees stagnant energy so that the life force energy can flow throughout the body as intended. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is the stagnation of this life force energy that causes dysfunction and dis-ease within the body. Hands-on bodywork like massage, cupping, gua sha, Reiki, acupressure, shiatsu and acupuncture work by freeing this stagnation, restoring not only blood flow, but energy flow.
This stagnant energy also tells us a lot about your emotional state. If you experience issues around the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), lower back, glutes or hips we need to also look at the energetic qualities of the sacral and root chakras. The connections of these energy centers and manifested pain in this area suggests an inability to fully release from emotional issues. Hanging onto this energy and allowing it to continue to cycle instead of processing, creates a blockage that prevents incoming energy to flow. We know this is incoming energy because we are working on the back of the body. So imagine being stuck in the same feelings, not moving forward, but not moving backwards either. Just in this state of repeat. This can be reflected by similar outside situations being repeated in your life, or just feeling emotionally stuck where you are. After a period of time this negative energy flow will begin to affect your ability to trust, creating an unstable foundation that keeps you afraid. Your passion begins to wane and clouds your feelings, thus maintaining that repeated cycle unable to move forward.
So you see, pain is not always just physical. It may stem from energetic blockages over time. When you see a therapist that is aware of the mind body connection, you're not only receiving relief from the physical pain, but the energetic root causes as well. This is why I developed Intuitive Massage. It is a blend of numerous clinical style techniques to address the physical pain and also the energetic clearing needed to help restore balance to the body and the mind.
Are you suffering from low back or hip pain? Schedule a session with me and let's work on moving you out of pain and into healing.
Shamanism and Reiki are both powerful healing techniques. Together these healing energies flow seamlessly as you open up to your intuition and tap into your sacred soul for Divine guidance. This work requires an open heart and a clear channel, which encourages practitioners to practice self treatments and continue working on their own spiritual growth. Tapping into this energetic flow daily strengthens your connection and also teaches you through experience. The more work you do the more you learn how to interpret and read energy, understanding the work that needs to be done.
"Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior" ~Carl Jung
In Shamanic Reiki you're working with more then just light energy, as it is taught in traditional Reiki classes. Shamanism is steeped in shadow work, learning how to shift and change darker, negative energies, like an alchemist of energy. Through this process you are able to transmute these areas of energies around clients using a variety of shamanic techniques, like working with spirit allies in the forms of plants, animals, crystals, or guides.
The core concept of shamanism, after stripping away religious and cultural influences, is someone that has the ability to communicate with Spirit, the ability to see past this world and understand the connection of All, of Oneness, to everything all around us, the web of life. Some people see this energy, others feel it or sense it, and some just know. Shamanic Reiki will help you develop your innate gifts through meditation and journeying and self-healing.
The experience you have in a Shamanic Reiki session will depend on your energetic needs at the time of the session. Aura clearing, chakra balancing, soul retrieval, and connecting to spirit guides, are just some of the things you may experience. While a traditional Reiki session is based upon specific hand placements and just channeling Reiki energy, Shamanic Reiki looks deeper into the energy field, recognizing the difference between shadow and light, shifting and changing the energy as needed to create balance, while following intuitive guidance from Spirit.
Sessions are available in person and online, as energy is not limited by space and time, in the same way prayer works beyond space and time. Shamanic Reiki practitioner training retreats are available throughout the year and is also available as an online course, with live video instruction and attunements.
If you look around for a massage you will find a lot of terminology describing different massage styles and services. The problem is you probably aren't aware of the actual differences in the treatments, after all you're not the licensed therapist. You are just the client seeking relief. While not every therapist is the same, this is what I find to be the truth in our beautiful area of Jacksonville, North Carolina.
You'll find a lot of services misrepresented by the term Swedish massage. A true Swedish massage is characterized by the use of 5 specific techniques within the session. These include the long gliding strokes used to apply oil, kneading, friction, tapping/percussion, and shaking/vibration. A majority of the time what you truly end up experiencing is not a Swedish massage, which can be applied deeply or lightly, but rather a relaxation based massage incorporating longer, slower techniques with less focus on problem areas and more generalized treatment. This was actually not the intent of Swedish massage, but it is what it has become in the industry.
Deep Tissue Massage
What exactly is deep tissue massage? It is not what you think. Deep tissue was originally used to describe a deeper Swedish massage. The amount of pressure used is what gave it a different name. In the session the goal was to sink into the deeper layers of muscle tissue using the same Swedish techniques. This is generally not what you find in a deep tissue session. Most therapists now use the term deep tissue to describe a session that blends several clinical techniques to address specific areas of muscular tension to provide pain relief.
Specialty massages are those listed under specific titles. For example Lomi Lomi is a specific style of massage that has its own techniques and flow to the session. You may find other specialties listed separately like cupping, acupressure, neuromuscular therapy, or medical massage. Many therapist will just incorporate these techniques into a deep tissue session rather than listing separate sessions. It pays to read the description of the massages so you know what you're getting out of a service.
If you are ever in doubt, call the therapist and ask what to expect out of the session, or you can always explain the issues you are seeking relief from so the therapist can guide you to the best choice. As a therapist we don't expect you to know or understand the therapy we provide, but to be in this field you will generally find the therapists are sincere in helping you to the best of their ability.
Massage & Bodywork, Shamanic Reiki, Coaching
4915 Arendell Street, Suite I
Morehead City, NC