If you’ve never tried a session on a chi machine, I’m not sure I can explain just how it makes you feel, but amazing comes to mind! A passive aerobic experience with a myriad of benefits, the chi machine gently cradles your ankles and swings to and fro while you relax, lying on your back. This creates a side to side movement that travels up from your feet to your head. The results of this gentle wave like motion are felt in as little as 10-15 minutes. Loosening tight back muscles, alleviating constipation and menstrual pain, and stimulating metabolism are just a few of the reported benefits. In my practice I use it mostly to increase the lymphatic circulation as part of a protocol to reduce swelling in the legs and ankles. Great for pregnant mamas, and those with swelling issues. Also used in tandem with garshanna and far infrared sauna to encourage a detoxification. It can also be added to the end of any session. Although incredible effective it is also quite fun! As one of the the main benefits is increased energy and oxygenation to cells, when your session is over you are flooded with the sensation of this new influx, which feels quite like your whole body is made of stardust.
By now most people have heard about the amazing healing qualities of essential oils. They have been touted for relaxation, insomnia and headache relief to name a few. It seems like whatever your issue, there’s an oil for it. There has also been quite a lot of attention about CBD oil and the endocannabinoid system recently. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates how quickly neurotransmitters are released, slowing them down or speeding them up as necessary in order to maintain and return to homeostasis. With receptors embedded throughout your body tissues, organs, and brain, it supports all other systems. CBD oil from the hemp plant is widely used for pain, anxiety, cancer, depression, arthritis, and Fibromyalgia. Unfortunately many people don’t take advantage of the benefits of supporting the ECS with CBD oil because of the fear that it could test positive on a drug test. (my husband won’t even eat a poppy seed bagel!) Enter Copaiba essential oil! Copaiba is a bcp (Beta Caryophyllene) a potent terpene that locks directly with the CB2 receptor as opposed to hemp derived CBD that indirectly interacts with this receptor. This receptor is especially associated with pain receptors, immune function and the inflammatory response. Additionally Copaiba is indicated for oral and gum health, and while I don’t usually recommend taking EOs internally, try drop of Copaiba in your coconut oil mouth swish for antibacterial and anti inflammatory benefits. This is my go to for topical pain relief and anxiety, works like a charm.
There’s a saying in my house that you never walk in without turning on the lights. I love to switch things up, move things around, and create new experiences from the same place. Well, Windgate is certainly no exception! Things have been moving and changing around here a lot lately!
Firstly there’s some whole new human beings in here. Some of you have already met MacKenzie in the office. She’s not only helping me slay my personal dragon of technology, but is also offering peristeam hydrotherapy (yoni steam) and personal yoga therapy. Both of these can be found on our new website (thanks to kenzie!) under the goddess rituals tab. Yup I said goddess rituals! It occured to me that a lot of the treatments we offer support women to experience and nurture the divine within themselves, That’s some powerful goddess juju, and we all need more of that! So check out our new goddess sessions and programs. I’ve also crafted a new program tailored specifically for the childbearing year. As a prenatal therapist/doula and as a mother of 3 myself, I know the importance of feeling nurtured during this time of change. If you or someone you love are expecting, check out our Happy Momma prenatal programs and Mother Blessings (think alternative baby shower)
As always, I am still offering the SomaVeda Thai, Therapeutic 7 day protocol and Ayurvedic treatments. I am ready, however to pass along the torch of table massage to Nately Wilson. Nately will be starting here part time next month and taking new clients. I will still be seeing my established clients but encourage everyone to book a session with Nately. She’s an amazing therapist and I am thrilled to welcome her aboard!
Thai yoga massage/therapy has been practiced for over 2500 yrs throughout Thailand. As the customary therapy from the monarchy (the royal protocol) to the hill tribes, this is how the Thai people take care of one another. Known as Nuad Boran or “healing with the hands” It is part of the Traditional Thai medicine system that is steeped in Ayurveda.
Much different than the western idea of “massage” Thai therapy, sometimes called “Thai massage” or “Thai yoga massage” is a combination of assisted, passive yoga positions, gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compressions. It is considered a very physical form of energy work as Thais have an understanding of energy anatomy that includes “Sen” lines and secondary chakras or “windgates.” Using compression on these lines and windgates encourages energy flow and most feel an abundance of energy after a session.
Some people may feel intimidated because of the dramatic looking stretches and assisted positions shown in photos. thinking this therapy is only for the flexible but nothing could be further from the truth. Every session is customized to the individual, however mobile. Benefiting those with mobility issues and pain management immensely. Although this powerful therapy can create lasting improvements it can be gentle and just as effective. So I encourage you to try a session, start where you are, how you are. Thai sessions are considered the practical expression of loving kindness, and we all need more of that, wherever you are in your health journey.