MASSAGE     The Power of Bodywork is profound. We often call massage pampering, rejuvenating, and therapeutic; it can be even more powerful than that.  It can be part of your preventative health plan. The work itself can be an important ally in improving our health and quality of life. Receiving massage can be crucial for stress relief, and pain management. It is therefore vital that we begin to condition our attitude and incorporate it regularly into a wellness plan and routine.  Eliminating anxiety and pressure is difficult in this fast paced world.  Massage can help us cope and manage that stress with ease.   Some people may need to receive one or even two treatments a week for several months to get through a trauma, injury or difficulty.  The good news is, it feels good and is good for you.  For maintenance massage, it is common to come once every 2-4 weeks.   Read more ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture is the use of super-fine, sterile needles, which are used to stimulate specific points along the body. Needles are inserted or used to stimulate the surface of the skin.  According to Chinese medicine, qi (“chee”) or energy, flows through the body on specific pathways. When the energy in these pathways is blocked, blood and fluids may become blocked as well.  There can be pain, discomfort, tissue and organ dysfunction.  Use of needles at specific “acu-points” along the body allow the body to unblock congestion and rebalances the flow of qi and fluids through the body.   Acupuncturists may use tools other than or in addition to needles to help balance the body’s qi and fluids, including acupressure, cupping (the creation of suction using glass or plastic cups to release adhesions and re-nourish tissues), moxibustion (the burning of moxa, or Chinese mugwort, near acupuncture points to increase circulation) and gua sha (the application of friction and pressure designed to increase blood flow and move stagnation in congested tissues). Read More. CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has been used for successfully for over 2,000 years to treat a wide array of  health conditions.  Chinese medicine includes five branches: acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, tui na massage therapy, and qi gong movement therapy. Your practitioners at Mizika draw all branches of this vast medical system to help you reach your health goals. Chinese herbal medicine is an important element of treatment for many internal conditions, and can also be helpful in cases of injury, muscle tension and stress. Chinese medicine uses over 350 plants, minerals and other organic materials to address the underlying causes of disease.  Herbs with different properties are combined into formulas specifically tailored to the unique condition and constitution of each patient.  Some of these herbs, such as cinnamon twig, licorice, and ginseng are familiar to many people already, while others are grown exclusively in China, and their medicinal qualities depend on the soil of the regions in which they are grown.   At Mizika, we use herbs only that have been certified by a third-party as heavy-metal and pesticide free.   Herbs can be taken as teas made from raw, powdered or granular herbs, or as teapills. AROMATHERAPY and BOTANICAL MEDICINE The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and help the healing of wounds. Aromatherapy diffusers are utilized to fill the massage room with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added to a carrier oil, such as almond oil, to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits. Read more. FELDENKRAIS-BASED THERAPEUTIC MOVEMENT  Feldenkrais®-based Therapeutic Movement is a means to reduce chronic pain, in movement or stillness, and a way of returning to pleasure and joy. Private, individualized sessions develop awareness of postural habits and movement patterns that are working against you, and teach you new, more efficient, options.  You will increase you grace and ease, while changing the way you feel, move, and age.  In a very real sense the lessons are designed to help your body work for you, not against you, and support you in living your life.  Read more

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