Ayurvedic Head Massage
Originating in India from the alternative medicine system of Ayurveda, this ancient therapeutic practice focuses on areas of the body most prone to holding tension and stress—the upper back, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp. I massage various acupressure points along these areas using light pressure in a circular motion with the client fully clothed on a table or chair. These sessions are designed to relieve tension, improve circulation, reduce headaches, increase concentration, and of course provide relaxation. In Ayurveda, it’s believed that the body and mind are intricately connected, and thus this technique can promote not only physical well-being, but mental and emotional healing as well.
If you spend much time online, you’ve probably heard of ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response—the technical term for “body tingles”. This pleasant, euphoric sensation can be triggered by many different stimuli, including several forms of touch. In these sessions, I use a variety of light-touch relaxation techniques that begin with Ayurvedic head massage, and may include hair brushing, hair play, tapping, gua sha, jade roller, light oil shoulder massage, and skin brushing (soft stroking of the face, shoulders and arms with fluffy brushes). Clients may choose to be fully clothed or wrap their upper body in a towel/sheet, and are always invited to choose the specific combination of techniques that feel most nourishing to them.
Reiki, is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that means “universal life force energy”. It originated in Japan in the early 1900s, but is based on healing practices that are over 2,000 years old. During Reiki sessions, clients lie fully clothed on a massage table, and I place my hands either gently on or just above the client’s body in specific placements; there is no pressure, massage, or manipulation. People often fall asleep during the treatment or may feel a warmth or tingling sensation. All sessions are designed to provide deep relaxation, stress reduction, a sense of well-being and a renewed state of being.