Center for Healing and Wellness
"Evolving Toward Optimal Wellness"
Therapeutic Massage is a healing art and licensed profession that involves hands on applied techniques to the body’s soft tissue structures; all to promote optimal health and wellness. It is effective in relieving acute or chronic pain, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as decreasing soreness and muscle tension. It’s enhancing calming effects can lower blood pressure, decrease pain and inflammation, as well as nurture general imbalances within the mind and body. This ancient therapy helps to improve functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
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The key to our success is personalized attention every time…no matter how often or infrequent your visit, each individual session is accustomed to your likes, dislikes, needs, and personal preferences; all with the finest of products and care of licensed professionals.
Therapeutic Swedish Massage
Massage is the intentional and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing. Joint movements and stretching are commonly performed as part of massage. To heal means to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; or free from ailment. Healing means enhancing health and well being. It is the process of regaining health and/ or optimal function after an injury, disease, or
In the holistic sense it
means to make whole
or restore integrity.
The treatments can last anywhere from 1-2 hours. Your session takes place in a nurturing, safe, and supportive private studio. The surroundings of the room are enhanced
with a tranquil fountain, relaxing music, and the glow of an aromatic candle.
The client is encouraged to dress down to their comfort level. Normally massage is done in the nude, fully draped by a sheet, while exposing only the areas that are currently being treated. Those areas are then re-draped in order to keep you warm and comfortable.
In Europe, lymphatic drainage is commonly prescribed by physicians and is widely available in hospitals to promote healing as well as provide a more comfortable recovery after surgery. But that wasn’t always the case. While lymphatic drainage was initially developed by Emil Vodder in the early 1930's, it took 30 years until the technique was taken seriously by the medical profession. It was only after Dr. Johannes Asdonk, a prominent German physician successfully tested the techniques of lymphatic drainage on 20,000 hospital patients to verify its effectiveness, measure its efficiency, and find its indications and contraindications that the method became widely used.
Today, as a result of enhancements to the traditional technique, lymphatic drainage has reached a new level of effectiveness, and efficiency. By incorporating the most advanced scientific data on lymphology with whole-body healing values, this work has become more precise.
Properly working lymph nodes and the proper flow of the lymphatic fluid forms the basis of our immune system. The lymphatic system is the “sewer system” of the body. Every lymph node is a mini-purification treatment center detoxifying the lymph fluids as they move through. Lymph is blood plasma, except it is clear and without red blood cells. It forms in tissue spaces all over your body and gathers into the vessels of the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system consists of a network of vessels, capillaries, nodes and ducts which function as filters and as a disposal system for toxic substances. The filtering action of the lymphatic system is very thorough, working continuously to take care of foreign matter, dead cells, bacteria, germs, and so on. When it is overwhelmed with toxicity, it becomes congested with mucus and impairs the immune system.
This form of bodywork is subtle and yet profoundly powerful. We as humans are bio-electric beings. From time to time, we may become out of balance due to the day to day rigors of life. This is especially true for those unfortunate enough to experience the emotional blows of personal, family or business/work relationship issues: Death, divorce, loss of job. Unexpected trauma such as: Falls, car accidents, surgical procedures, injuries during an exercise or an athletic event. Long term illnesses can cause a major depletion of energy. When our bodies are energetically harmonized or in tune, our immune system is strong and able to ward off most ailments looking to bring us down. An imbalance in our energy can suppress our immune system, causing us to feel run down, slow, or sluggish, thus making us more susceptible to infection and other discomforts. This treatment focuses on recharging and balancing the bodies 7 major energetic centers known as the chakra system. Chakra is a Sanskrit word for “wheel”; a bio energy vortex and its glandular counterpart, esoterically identified as a multilevel human developmental center, integrating physical, psychological and spiritual evolution. This is an ancient healing art that has its roots in many different cultures, and practiced all over the world.
This treatment can be done in combination with other modalities, or by itself, while fully clothed. As you rest comfortably with a pillow under your knees the therapist will gently rest his hands over the seven different chakras. Upon holding each station and gaining the correct balance, the therapist then moves to the next energy center in an ascending manner until the entire system is completely in balance. Upon completion of the treatment, you will feel a renewed sense of body, mind and spirit.
Over fifty years ago, Dr. William G. Sutherland was the first to formalize the concept of minute movement of the cranium and dura. Early exploration of cranial manipulation was performed primarily by osteopaths and chiropractors who formed societies to investigate and teach cranial methods. More recently Dr. John Upledger D.O. has expanded, revised and refined this study of medicine. He is responsible for bringing craniosacral therapy into the hands of manual therapist and body workers all over the country.
The focus of Craniosacral therapy are the various aspects of both the mechanical and reflexive connective tissue functions. The craniosacral system is a recently discovered physiological system. It is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within a tough waterproof membrane called the Dura Matter, which envelops the brain and spinal cord. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and resorption of the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). CSF is produced within the craniosacral system and maintains the physiological environment in which your brain and nervous system develop, live and function. The craniosacral system is intimately related to, influences, and is influenced by: the nervous, musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory systems. It is the core of the myofascial complex.
The Treatment :
The treatment is 1 hour in length. It can be performed by itself, or in combination with other techniques. When done by itself, the client is fully clothed. This modality uses the lightest of finger/hand pressures (about the weight of a nickel). The session is performed with the client reclining on a massage table while the therapist stands or sits, positioned at various times throughout the session at the client’s head, middle torso or feet. During the treatment there may be times when the client will relax deeply enough, to even fall asleep.
What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. The chemistry of essential oils is very complex. Each one may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. Moreover, essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs. The distillation process is what makes essential oils so concentrated. It often requires an entire plant or more to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil.
Essential Oils are some of the most powerful and oldest therapeutic agents known to man. They are the missing link in modern medicine. The Medicinal properties contained within have had (and still do today) a long history of healing. They were and are still used in many rituals and in different traditions.
These oils have been sought after for ages through out the ancient world. Plants not only play a vital role in ecological balance of our planet, but they have also been intimately linked to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people since the beginning of time. The plant kingdom continues to be a subject of an enormous amount of research and discovery. At least 30% of prescription drugs in the United States are based on naturally occurring compounds from plants. Each year millions of dollars are allocated to universities searching for new therapeutic agents that lie undiscovered in the bark, roots, flowers, seeds and foliage of jungle canopies, river bottoms, forests, hillsides, and vast wilderness regions throughout the world.
As the most powerful part of the plant, essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since time immemorial. Essential oils have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They provide exquisite fragrances to balance mood, lift spirits, dispel negative emotions, and create a romantic atmosphere. They can stimulate the regeneration of tissue or stimulate nerves. They can even carry nutrients to, and oxygenate the cells.
Why Body Work?
Body work is an essential part of a total wellness regime. The body, mind and spirit work in tandem. We can become out of balance from being overworked. We stop exercising. Then we get stressed out and tend to over eat. We might become worried or depressed and lose our appetite. You may be unable to sleep due to feelings of anxiety or angst. This imbalance can manifest itself as a form of dis-ease; emotionally, mentally and/or physically. Bodywork plays an integral role in the rehabilitation process due to auto accidents, sporting injuries, pre and post surgical procedures as well as emotional and mental traumas.
A person might not be aware that they are in need of Bodywork to maintain homeostasis (the condition in which the body’s internal environment remains relatively constant within physiological limits). Once Bodywork is received as part of a complete wellness program in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, a person can experience an increase in energy, mental clarity and an overall sense of well being. Massage and Bodywork are no longer a luxury. They are in fact a necessary component to leading a healthy and happier, more fulfilling life.
Hi, my name is J. Kelly Churchfield L.M.T.,
My mission statement to you is:
I want to help you return your Body to its natural state of Balance. Pain free with grace and ease of movement. The journey through the Healing Process is not an easy one. Sometimes it can take an entire team of various Healers, Doctors, Therapies, Therapists, Physical Therapists and Trainers. I am but only one piece along the road of recovery that can at times seem very puzzling.
My goal is help you to recover from your acute/chronic pain issues, auto or sports related injuries and pre/post surgical procedures. With over 2 decades of practice and training in the Massage and Bodywork field, I have acquired a high level of
expertise in various modalities and techniques. These treatments can be implemented by themselves or in combination with each other. During the initial interview process I assess each clients unique need, then develop and tailor an integrated course of treatment for them.
Craniosacral Therapy and Energetic Balancing are perfect for Reducing and Relieving Stress. It also really helps during Pre and Post Surgical Procedures because of their subtle approach and ability to speed the healing process. Myofascial Release is great for the relief of chronic pain and for increasing mobility of the Fascial System, i.e. the connective tissue that runs from head to toe and encompasses every bone, muscle, and organ. It is especially beneficial in the areas of the body that seem to be blocked or held. The Unwinding and Rebounding portion of Myofascial Release further enhances the mobility of frozen or locked tissues that may be linked to an emotional component. Once the Fascial System has been opened, the Lymphatic Drainage technique can be applied. Lymph Drainage is effective in the removal of toxins and impurities from our body as well as reducing inflammation. Sometimes a Therapeutic Swedish Massage is all you need to just feel normal again.
Stress & Disease & Benefits of Massage and Bodywork
Dis-ease, is the body’s response to being over stressed or out of balance. Experts estimate that 80-90% of all disease is Stress related. Massage and Bodywork have been proven to actually alter your blood chemistry, there by reducing and reversing the effects of you body’s response to Stress. Massage is the perfect elixir for good health and it can also provide an integration of body, mind and soul. The physical changes Massage and Bodywork bring to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life including emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.
The Benefits of Massage and Bodywork
Increases circulation, allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
Relieves Stress and anxiety.
Lowers blood pressure.
Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
Reduces and relieves muscle cramps, spasms, knots, compressed or pinched nerves.
Stimulates the flow of lymph