You and I ~ we are all healers.
~ my personal belief
INNER ARBOR HEALING ARTS
Inner Arbor Healing Arts on behalf of :
Massage Therapy For Caregivers & Those They Care For
Massage is a valuable supportive therapy
in eldercare, hospice, and skilled nursing situations. The comfort given by the nurturing experience of compassionate touch is often missing in the care of the geriatric and frail, who are in much need of relief from isolation, loneliness, and medical interventions.
Patients are visited wherever they reside - home or facility. Facilities include Assisted Living, Nursing Home, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
Patients can remain in a bed, wheelchair, or other comfortable support. Modesty is always respected; no clothing needs to be removed, but it is best when the clothing is soft and the hems are wide and flexible.
AMTA evidence-based position statement of 2009:
"It is the position of the American Massage Therapy
Association that massage therapy can improve the
quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care."
Benefits to your loved one include the alleviation of aches and pains, resulting in the ability to participate in activities of daily living with more comfort and ease, along with the possibility of reducing need for pain medication. Massage increases circulation, which decreases the risk of skin ulcers and generally improves skin condition. Massage induces a relaxation response which can calm agitation, improve quality of sleep, and give greater ease in breathing. For burn victims, the increase of circulation heals and softens new or grafted tissue and aids in improving range of motion in nonflexible scar tissue; of special relief is a return of emotional well-being and self-acceptance.
Massage is wonderful supportive therapy for our caregivers.
It is often quite difficult to convince caregivers that they are important too. In fact, as stress increases, a caregiver's clarity, determination, and health becomes more vulnerable, and quality of lifestyle and caretaking abilities often become compromised.
Please take a few moments to read through the modalities below and take comfort in the fact that something there awaits to be of help to you too. Remember that you can reap all the benefits already listed above, and much much more.
Inner Arbor Healing Arts on behalf of :
Massage and self-cultivation practices are precious treasures
towards supporting women's wellness, for preventive intentions, and for addressing specific issues. Please see below for more information.
Amma Therapy is based on Eastern medical philosophy and energy treatment principles. Its purpose is to create changes that allow the body and mind to return to its self-healing ability. The technique method follows the traditional ancient Energy Channel (AKA Meridian) System. Generally no oils are used, but for specific reasons there may be applications used such as Tieh Ta Jow, moxibustion, Po Sum On, and Kwan Loong Oil.
My first Amma Therapist and primary teacher, Tina Sohn* from Korea, said to us, "My hands are my eyes and ears". It is upon this thought that I have always tried to practice. In Korean, amma literally means 'push-pull'. This refers to the almost constant action of circular motions that the hands or fingers make while in treatment. This kind of movement echoes the gentle techniques used by acupuncturists when they feel the need to attract more Qi into a point area before setting the needle. The times when the movement is interrupted may be when deeper palpation is needed, when a point is accessed, or when another modality is used briefly such as Still Point.
For those who need acupuncture but are afraid of needles, Amma Therapy is a wonderful way to start getting used to this system of point access. A patient is welcome to continue Amma with me, or, when ready for acupuncture I will be happy to refer to any of several skilled acupuncturists.
* BIOGRAPHY: TINA SOHN was a healing intuitive descended from a long lineage of healers lasting hundreds of years. This remarkable woman was the first to bring Amma to the West in the 1970's where it eventually became designated as a "Therapy"; it is now officially recognized by standard bodywork associations and organizations. To be Certified in Amma Therapy requires additional graduate work of a year or more.
Massage Therapy has been an integral part of healing arts systems throughout many civilizations for thousands of years. It is one of our earliest remedial practices and has always been one of the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort. It is fascinating to see, and experience, how different cultures developed their bodywork modalities. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, for example, has always been considered a sacred practice in its native land, with its fluid movements echoing the constant ebb and flow of the surrounding ocean waves.
The purpose of massage is to transform us, to alleviate discomfort and enhance wellness. Massage brings us relief from many conditions, the most well-known being muscle and joint stiffness or pain, tension, stress, anxiety, insomnia, poor circulation, headaches, shallow breathing, and fatigue.
Typically a light natural oil is used to reduce friction with the skin. I use organic sesame oil, which is the foundation oil used in Abhyanga, a bodywork therapy used in India's Ayurvedic medical tradition. Sesame oil's properties contribute to balance and serenity. I may use other applications according to need, some of which are the Chinese Kwan Loong Oil and Po Sum On, and Sri Amritanandamayai's Relief Balm. Patients may choose to include aromatherapy in the session as well; the essential oils I use are Young Living.
Complete modesty is honored; only the part being worked on is uncovered. Pressure is applied to the patient's comfort level. Either relaxing music or silence is encouraged - whichever the patient resonates best with.
Welcome. May your inner world become your outer world.
"The CranioSacral System may be defined as a recently recognized, functioning physiological system." CranioSacral Therapy, CH 1, PG5, by John E. Upledger, DO, FAAO.
This system's 5 anatomical parts includes the CranioSacral Fluid which ebbs and flows throughout the cranium, spinal column, and sacrum in a steady pattern. This pattern in turn creates a subtle but very powerful rhythm of motion throughout the entire body, thereby influencing all the other physiological systems. John Upledger's research, begun in the 1970's, established that this rhythm is disturbed by trauma either physical or emotional. It is the job of the CranioSacral Therapist to gently guide the rhythm back to normal. In turn the trauma stored in the cellular memory is gently released.
One of the ways that the CranioSacral Rhythm is normalized is by inducing Still Point. I cannot now imagine beginning any treatment without first inducing Still Point.
For more information on this magnificent modality, please go to www.upledger.com. For quick reference, see the CST brochure:
The Sanskrit word mudra literally means "to seal". We have all seen mudras as hand postures - on sculptures, in paintings, practiced in yoga poses, and introspectively used in houses of worship; probably the most well-known in the West is the prayer position with both palms together. We also are familiar with the Eastern meditation traditions of placing one hand on top of the other with thumb-tips touching, or when we place one hand on each knee with palms up and thumb/index tips touching.
There are hundreds of mudras. Each posturing of the fingers and hands in relation to one another has great meaning and wonderful healing influence. What is miraculous to me is the fact that the very same mudras were developed in ancient times throughout the world, within cultures unbeknownst to one another.
It is a wonderful thing when a patient is interested in practicing mudra. This is a simple non-strenuous method of self-healing, and supports the process of "tuning-in" to body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Patients with conditions such as MS, stroke, brain injury and so forth find these posturings fun and beneficial. Depending on your needs, we choose mudras that enhance your progress.
The knowledge of the ancients is here for us today. Learn it, take it home, it is yours forever.
MORE TO COME
THE BLESSINGS OF FENG SHUI
YOUNG LIVING OILS
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES & FORMULAS
to help us process gently through our emotional world.
We are set free if we set others free, for it is only by example we can teach.
- Dr Edward Bach, 1932
TAOIST QI GONG & NUI GONG
It is difficult for me to put into words the wonders of this very beneficial ancient self-healing system from the East. If you are looking for a daily self-healing practice and do not know quite where to start, you may want to start here.
There are many sets of QiGong and NuiGong, and as always with physical exercise it is good to start non-strenuously. I occasionally share the QiGong set "Harmonizing the 5 Elements" to those who would like to try - it is easy, fluid, and brief to learn. Its name reflects the universal 5 elements that exist in all of nature and so therefore in us since we also are part of nature.
The foundation of my daily practice is a NuiGong form known as Dao Ahn Pai, developed by one of the Taoist Eight Immortals, Lu Dong Bin of 700 CE, and transmitted to us originally by lineage descendant Sifu Share K. Lew until his passing in 2012. His wife Juanita Lew is now the Senior Instructor and continues to teach on Long Island once a year. Please let me know if you are interested. Its benefits are far-ranging and unique to each individual.
No matter what self-cultivation art you choose, may you be blessed in your endeavors.
Our deepest and most tender hope is that we learn to listen.
We do not ask for a perfect world, but we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.
~ Excerpt: Professor Jay B. McDaniel, Philosopher & Poet