The Radiant Health Center offers therapeutic massage therapy that begins with Hawaiian hot stones, to loosen fascia and muscular tissue, and continues with deep and specific touch that addresses chronic patterns of tension and stress. We offer appointments for one hour, an hour and fifteen minutes and an hour and a half. We also recommend following your massage treatment with an Infra-red sauna session for complete detoxification and restructuring of balance and muscular ease.
Hawaiian Hot Stone
Hawaiian hot stone therapy, or Lomi 'Ili'ili, which literally means "flat pebbles in motion" in Hawaiian, refers to a powerful and deeply relaxing treatment of warm oiled stones. These stones are used as tools to gently release fascia and muscular tissues and are applied with broad pressure and long strokes. This therapy restores balance to the mind, body and spirit while relaxing and releasing tense areas, tonifying muscles and improving overall circulation of blood and lymph.
PNF, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, is a system of resisted stretching that
works with neuromuscular mechanisms to reset normal muscle length and tone. This
technique is especially good for muscles that have shortened and no longer maintain a
full range of motion.
The Radiant Health Center has a very special table that is designed just for pregnant and nursing mothers with retractable breast and belly areas. This allows mother and mothers- to-be to lie on their bellies comfortably and without undue pressure. During pregnancy, muscles are constantly flexing to balance ever-changing centers of gravity. Massage can help your body adjust to your new state. All the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy can be eased or alleviated with quality bodywork. Benefits of pregnancy massage include:
- Easing of stress on ankles, lower back, hips, and joints that bear the pressure of the baby's weight and increased blood volume.
- Easing of stress on neck and upper back; the muscles balancing new abdomen and breast size.
- Increased relaxation and peace during a significant life transition.
- Improvement of posture, preventing greater discomfort later in pregnancy.
- Reduction of any pregnancy-related headaches, sciatic pain, or carpal tunnel symptoms.
- Reduction of swelling (edema) in your arms and legs.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph.
In the postpartum period, nature sets about undoing in eight weeks what it took nine months to create. Although it may be difficult, it is as important to care for oneself now as it was during pregnancy. The demands of a newborn can take its toll on your physical well-being by adding stress, sleep deprivation and hormonal fluctuations to your life. Breastfeeding positions can add significant pain and tension to neck and shoulder areas. Relaxing massage can help! Postpartum blues may also be softened by having some nurturing touch.
When should you receive your first postpartum massage? It will depend on how your delivery went, how your current health is, and when your doctor advises. For some, it is within the first week, for others it takes a few months. Please check with your primary health care provider if you plan to receive massage within the first six weeks of the postpartum period. Benefits of postpartum massage:
- Nurture and provide emotional support.
- Facilitate restoration of pre-pregnancy physiology.
- Alleviate muscle strain/fatigue of labor and birth.
- Prevent and reduce back and neck pain caused by newborn care and breastfeeding.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Whether you have a specific concern or just want to improve your overall health, acupuncture is a safe, relaxing and effective method for facilitating healing, restoring balance and improving vitality. We gladly accept insurance for your acupuncture appointment!
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for addressing a wide variety of health issues. The traditional theory of acupuncture involves the study of patterns that happen across body systems, and it describes pathways of energy flow that can be used to create predictable effects in the body, mind and emotions. Modern research shows that acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation locally and also along neuromuscular pathways (i.e., not locally, but in an area that is connected through the fascia). It stimulates immune response, vasodilation and blood circulation in targeted areas. It can be used to release tight muscles and reduce stress. And, studies show that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to send signals to the brain, leading to the release of endorphins, stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system ("rest and digest"), changes in perception of pain, and more. Acupuncture is a gentle yet powerful medicine and can be used successfully for many different conditions, such as pain, inflammation, injury, allergies and other immune issues, digestive issues, reproductive issues, nervous system issues.
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their Analysis of Acupuncture*, including a list of disorders for which acupuncture, through controlled trials, has been shown to be an effective treatment. A partial list includes:
- Allergic rhinitis / hay fever
- Dysmenorrhea/painful periods
- Facial pain
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus/breech
- Morning sickness
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Acupuncture is beneficial as a stand-alone therapy, or in combination with other modalities, such as herbal medicine or bodywork.
Our Infra-red Sauna is an excellent way to relax and detoxify your body. These saunas are unique and may be different than others you have experienced in the past. Infra-red heat works much like the sun, heating objects or bodies in its direct path and has a lesser effect on surrounding air. So the air inside will not feel stifling, but your core will heat up and your skin will still sweat. Infra-red heat is not Ultra-violet radiation but a narrow band of energy between 5.6 to 15 microns, which is the most therapeutic to the human body. It mimics the spectrum of sunlight, but without harmful solar radiation. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping more blood, achieving the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. By widening your blood vessels and enriching your blood with oxygen you feel more energetic and your skin gets a beautiful, youthful glow. We also have provided a cold outdoor shower, to rinse toxins and sweat from your skin and send all the warmth deeper into your core.