Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical postures (asanas) designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana.
A powerful tool for self-transformation, Hatha yoga requires special attention to the breath and longer holds in each posture which helps to calm fluctuations of the mind. This allows the practitioner to become more present in the unfolding of each moment, resulting in greater awareness and relaxation.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa Flow Yoga links the postures (asanas) practiced in a regular Hatha class into sequences of movements that "flow" with the breath and progress with an inherent harmony and intelligence. During a Vinyasa Flow class, the practitioner connects each movement with the associated inhalation or exhalation with very little rest between postures. Connecting the breath with movement increases focus, strength, balance and flexibility.
Restorative Yoga poses are designed to open the body in a gentle and comfortable way. There is no forcing oneself into uncomfortable positions in this style of practice. Many props are used in order to ensure comfort and support while holding each pose 5-20 minutes. In Restorative Yoga, it is the body, not the focused mind, which determines the pace of the unwinding and opening of tight muscles. A restorative class will deeply relax the central nervous system.
Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these practices to the health needs of the individual not usually addressed in a group class.
Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition that persists despite conventional medical treatment. Therapeutic Yoga views the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning cosmic or universal life force. By using gentle touch, the energy in your body will become balanced. Energy will flow to the areas of need and support the body's natural ability to heal itself.
This non-invasive treatment can help to reduce high blood pressure, relieve asthma and migraines, support the endocrine system to balance hormones, prevent development of disease, accelerate healing of injuries and infections, and promote restful sleep. A session of Reiki will elevate your energy level and restore harmony to mind, body and spirit.
Thai Massage (Thai Yoga Massage)
Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and guided yoga postures. This dynamic bodywork therapy uses sequenced rhythmic pressure along the body’s energy lines and pressure points, along with assisted yoga stretches. Joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, and internal organs are toned. The result is a comprehensive full-body treatment that relieves muscular tension, stimulates the body’s natural healing ability, and balances the body energetically.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve chronic pain and muscle tension throughout the body. This type of massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles, tendons, and fascia (connective tissue surrounding the joints). The goal is to breakdown adhesions (tense areas within the muscle) which cause pain, inflammation and limit the motion of the muscles and joints. Using deep muscle compression along the grain of the muscle, muscle fibers are loosened, toxins are released, and blood and oxygen circulation improves. A deep tissue massage is both corrective and therapeutic.
A soothing Swedish massage calms the body, mind, and emotions. This technique uses long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Beyond relaxation, a Swedish massage improves circulation, increases the oxygen level in the blood, boosts immunity, enhances flexibility while easing tension, and decreases muscle toxins.
Reflexology has been in use for thousands of years as an alternative treatment for a wide variety of conditions. The benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate the central nervous system, boost circulation, eliminate toxins, clean up urinary tract conditions, prevent migraines, relieve pain, and speed recovery after injury or surgery. The reflexologist applies pressure to areas in the hands or feet which represent specific areas of your body that can be adjusted or managed through these zones. A treatment of reflexology induces a deep state of relaxation and can result in increased energy levels, relief of sleep disorders and depression.