What is the difference between Bodywork and Massage?
Good question. Without referring to other texts and definitions I will tell you what my thoughts are on this subject.
BTW, Eric loves his massages but likes it even better when I use QuantumTouch on overused muscles because it takes the pain away and allows me to work deeper into the problem area.
Bodywork deals with the energy system within the body, "the ch'i". Massage deals with the muscular system. And, yes they definitely affect each other. Bodywork is performed a specific way according to each modality and it can involve: working with the aura field; placing hands on different areas of the body; applying pressure to reflex points; acupuncture; balancing chakras; specific movement of the joints; and stimulation of the lymphatic system.
This energy work is my absolute favorite. It is based on the fact that our bodies are designed to heal themselves. Sometimes the body needs extra nutrition to facilitate the healing process, but I have found it works amazingly well even with people who are not taking nutritional supplements.
This energy work reduces pain, promotes healing both on the physical and emotional side, and calms the central nervous system allowing a state of deep meditation. The touch is very gentle but the effect is very strong and everyone has their own individual response based on what their body needs most at that particular time. For example you may have some physical discomfort but the Quantum Touch elicits an emotional response because your body is saying it needs to address the underlying emotional connection to the physical pain first.
A typical session begins with aura cleansing followed by alignment of the occipital, neck and hips and then progresses to any area the client wishes to focus on. If the client does not have any particular trouble spots to work on, then I follow my own intuition on where to place my hands to run the energy. I will often times balance the charkras, the 7 major energy centers.
Clients have experienced complete loss of pain and restored range of motion in their muscles from just one session. One client was able to throw a softball after not being able to for 5 years. Some clients have had hips realigned in just 10 minutes. Clients who are very shallow breathers have experienced an expansion in their rib cages within one session.
Results are endless with Quantum Touch as the body is given the opportunity to heal itself due to the higher vibration level provided by the hands of the practitioner.
Energy Balancing involves working the lymphatic system and reflex points for the 12 major organs and glands in the body. Muscle testing is usually used to ask the body which systems are either underactive or overactive. The body is designed to heal itself and sometimes needs a little assistance, which is what happens when reflex points are stimulated. In the picture below I am feeling the pulse for the kidney meridian to determine if the client's energy is flowing, this is to say there are no obstructions in the kidney meridian.
The 12 major meridians are each associated with the 12 major organs and glands, hence we call them: the lung meridian; the large intestine meridian; the stomach meridian; the spleen meridian; the heart meridian; the small intestine meridian; the bladder meridian; the kidney meridian; the circulation meridian; the thyroid meridian; the gall bladder meridian; and the liver meridian.
Some of these meridians run the entire length of the body, whereas others may only run form the eye to the end of a finger, or the shoulder down to a toe. When there is blockage of energy along any point of a meridian, illness can occur. If this meridian remains clogged, other illness can occur anywhere along the path of that meridian.
Exercise, particularly Yoga, proper nutrition, meditation, and most importantly - a positive attitude and loving heart - play a significant role in keeping our ch'i flowing through these meridians.
However, sometimes we get bogged down in life and need a little help. That's when we rely on health practitioners for a little boost.
In 1938 Eunice Ingham took the "Zone Theory" method and developed it into reflexology. The "zone Theory" states that the body is divided into 10 zones starting with a line drawn for in between the big and second toe down to the heel. This would be zone 1. The next line drawn from in between toes 2 and 3 to the heel would be zone 2. The theory states that once an illness is conceived in any zone, the rest of that zone is more likely to be affected and further illness may come to other parts of the body within that zone. If you place the feet together, the first zone would cover the middle section of the body, including the spine and small intestines. In the picture below you can see a bottle of an essential oil called R.C. (respiratory condition) which I commonly apply to the sinus reflex points, the pads of the 4 small toes. Application of essential oils to the feet is an excellent way to get them into the bloodstream and when you combine that with stimulation of the reflex point, it is all the more powerful.
The International Institute of Reflexology, founded by Eunice Ingham states the following definition : Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. In the picture on the left I am using the technique called thumb walking up the spinal reflex points which are located along the inside of the foot from the heel, which is the sacral iliac and lumbar reflex points, up to the inside of the big toe, which is the cervical reflex points. If the client is experiencing tightness in the back along the spinal area, these reflex points will be tender. As I continue to work the area, however, the tenderness can lessen, depending on the severity of the condition, and the back muscles will start to relax. Some people actually prefer reflexology to massage for relaxation of the back muscles.
Reflexology brings the body into balance by stimulating the organ, gland, or body part that each reflex point is linked to. The body was made to heal itself and reflexology is yet another modality in bodywork that gives the body a boost, so to speak.
Reflexology relieves stress and tension in the body and improves nerve and blood supply. It also promotes the unblocking of nerve impulses. The most common response from clients is that they sleep much better after a reflexology session.
Reflexology has been documented to help people suffering from diabetes, kidney stones, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, MS, chronic fatigue and many other conditions that I will be providing testimonials on as I update this website.
Raindrop technique is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine. During the years it has been practiced, it has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for back surgery for thousands of people.
Raindrop Technique originated in the 1980's from the research of Dr. Gary Young working with a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. It integrates vita flex and massage, utilizing the power of essential oils in bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment.
Raindrop Technique is based on the theory that many types of scoliosis and spinal misalignments are caused viruses or bacteria that lie dormant along the spine. These pathogens create inflammation, which, in turn, contorts and disfigures the spinal column.
Raindrop Technique uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to simultaneously reduce inflammation and kill the responsible viral agents. The principle single oils used are: thyme; oregano; basil; cypress; marjoram; peppermint; and wintergreen. The oils are dispersed like little drops of rain from 6 inches above the spine, and massaged along the spine and back muscles. A hot towel is then placed on the back and if the client is full of viruses and bacteria, the body will heat up to an extent that the towel may have to be removed.
The worst case I've witnessed was from a client who scheduled a massage but when I touched her she could not tolerate any pressure so I told her we needed to do the Raindrop Technique. She had woken up that morning complaining that her muscles hurt. She could tolerate the towel for only one minute and when I took the towel off, she was beet red from the atlas to the sacrum and 2 inches along each side of the spinal column. I had her come back one week later and she was totally fine and tolerated the towel for the entire 10 minutes.
Even clients who have little to no viral activity (indicated by the degree of heat they feel) report that their back just feels good for weeks after a treatment.
Ear candling is an ancient technique for removing wax, candida, pollen, and black mold from the body. This technique has also helped people suffering from deafness, vertigo, and general balancing problems. The candles I use are King Cone candles which are made from cotton and organic wax. They are treated with the following essential oils: Peppermint; Clove, Sage, Patchouli; Mugwort; Lavender; Oregano; Eucalyptus; Cedarwood; and Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tree Tea). As the smoke enters the ear canal it heats and softens wax as well as creating a vacuum effect that pulls debris related to pollen, candida, and mold from the body. The process takes anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. Recommended sessions are once or twice per year after age 50.