The mind and body tune-up center. Relax with massage therapy, ear candling, and stress management education services from Oakland, California.
Ear Candling is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques, such as barefoot Shiatsu massage, coupled with a Western manual medicine, encompassing deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, transverse friction, compression, tension, shear, PNF, stretching, as well as parasympathetic response, on clothed clients using no oil.
Stress Management is the amelioration of stress and especially chronic stress often for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
On Site/Off Site Chair Massage
Ergonomically designed chairs for positioning a person who will be receiving a massage, similar in function to a massage table.
Ion Cell Foot Cleanse Treatment
This device aids the body in cleaning itself (detoxification), easing the load on our immune system and helping the body maintain good health.
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Work-Site Chair Massage
Minimum of 8 People Required.
Travel Fee(per minute)$1.00
Ion Cell Foot Cleanse Treatment
First Session - 35 Minute Massage
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1 massage therapist per person.
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1 1/2 Hour Massage$85.00
I specialize in massage therapy as well as on-site stress management education in the workplace. My services are designed to help you release any stress or tension for a refreshing and relaxing experience. I offer ear candling as a method of reducing excess wax in your ears and preventing buildup. Doctor's prescriptions are accepted and you may be eligible for insurance coverage. Ask your insurance company if coverage applies. I work with high-quality products and massage lotions to enhance your session, and I work closely with Kaiser Permanent patients and Alameda County. My on-site massage program was the first one developed in San Mateo County back in 1989. Corporate accounts are welcome. Contact me for details.
I do a combination of many styles of massages therapy specializing in Swedish massage, which is currently the Western "standard" for massage. It is also commonly known as "therapeutic massage" and represents a general massage system that focuses on increasing circulation and promoting relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage consists of slower strokes and more pressure. I target deeper muscle groups after first warming up the soft tissues. Clients frequently find deep tissue massages less comfortable, and not necessarily more effective, unless used properly. Depending on the goals of the massage session, simply using more pressure will not improve the results.
Acupressure involves using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these acupressure points are pressed, they release muscular tension, promote the circulation of blood, and encourage the body's life force energy to aid healing.
Work Site Chair Massage
This is a simple massage done in a special chair, fully clothed. This can be performed in a work place setting. This can usually be done in 10-30 minute sessions. This is a great way to reward your employees, and reduce injury.
This massage is based on the premise that there are reflexes in our hands, feet, and ears that relate to every organ and part of our body. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve functions and blood supplies may be improved. This may help to alleviate stress and other health problems.
This is an area of massage therapy that is specifically designed to address the needs of athletes. For centuries, athletes have used massage to optimize their performance. The ancient Greeks and Romans combined massage and exercise in their training, as did many Asians who practiced the martial arts.
Trigger Point Work
This type of massage therapy examines and treats muscles and muscle attachments in layers. It addresses surface muscles, connective tissues, and deeper ligaments.
Investment for a Healthy Business
On-site massage is a convenient, safe and cost-effective addition to a workplace wellness plan. It helps boost employer morale, and provides valuable health benefits too. All sizes and kinds of businesses from small offices to large companies can benefit from on-site massage services.
A growing number of businesses are providing wellness programs for the workplace.
They believe that having healthy employees translates into increased competitiveness in the marketplace. Naturally, workers with high level wellness are more productive on the job.
Wellness goes beyond the old idea of health as the absence of illness.
It implies a proactive stance towards achieving optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
Prevention is an essential part of wellness - catching potential problems before they cause disease or disability.
Workplace wellness programs have been found to cut down on worker's compensation claims, and reduce time-off for employee illness and injury.
Workplace Health Problems
Some of the most pervasive and costly health problems in the workplace include the high level of stress experienced by employees
physical problems associated with sitting at workstations for long periods of time, and repetitive use syndrome. High stress is associated with many diseases and has been found to impair the immune system leaving workers more susceptive to colds and other illnesses.
The cost of these health problems to employers in lower productivity
lost work days, worker's compensation claims, and other health care expenses has become staggering.
Massage, a health practice long associated with reducing the effects of stress and relieving muscular aches and pains is now available in a more convenient form which can be brought right into the wor
On-site massage, once considered novel is fast becoming a popular addition to workplace wellness program.
On-site massage is a revolutionary way of offering the benefits of massage in public spaces like the workplace.
During on-site massage the recipient is seated and fully clothed. Massage techniques which can be given through clothing are used, and the session focuses on the upper body - head, neck, shoulders, back and arms. Sessions usually last 10-20 minutes - the length of a typical workbreak.
On-site massage does not require a private room, and can be given at the workstation, in an office or cubicle, or in any small space like the corner of a conference or workroom.
The massage practitioner may use either a special chair designed specifically for on-site massage, a table-top adaptation of the massage chair, or chairs available in the office.
Recipient is seated and fully clothed
No oil is used
Massage focuses on upper body - head, neck, shoulders, back, arms
Usually lasts 10-20 minutes
Addresses common problems of today's workers
Can be given at the workstation or in any available small space
Benefits of Massage
Massage as an age-old health practice which enhances general well being in many ways. It helps relieve the common aches, pains, and stresses that are part of daily living. On-site massage has been adapted to addresses conditions specific to the modern workplace.
Reduces the physical and mental effects of stress, thus helps to prevent stress-related diseases.
Reduces the adverse effects of sitting for long periods of time in the same position, such as at a desk or other workstation.
Relieves physical problems associated with repetitive tasks; for example, computer work, sorting, filing and assembly line tasks.
Improves alertness and ability to focus, an antidote for work slumps.
Helps relieve common problem conditions such as tension headaches, and stiff and sore muscles.
Improves immune system functioning for better general health and resistance to colds and other illnesses.
Increases good feelings about the workplace and loyalty to the company who cares.
The Beneficial Effect of Massage
Massage - dilates the blood vessels improving the circulation throughout the body.
Massage - increases the number of red blood cells especially in cases of anemia.
Massage - acts as a mechanical cleanser stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of waste and toxic debris.
Massage - relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
Massage - increases blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxiclastic acid, produced through voluntary muscle contracting. Massage thus helps to prevent buildup of harm
Massage - improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.
Massage - can compensate, in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who because of injury, illness or age are forced to remain inactive. In these cases, massage helps return ve
Massage - may have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of massage given.
According - to some authorities, massage may burst the fat capsule in subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed. In this way massage, combined with nutritious but calorie-deficie
Massage - by improving the general circulation, increases nutrition of the tissues. It is accompanied or following by an increased interchange of of substances between the blood and tissues cells heig
Massage - increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and waste products of protein metabolism, inorganic phosphorus and salt in normal individuals.
Massage - encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from fractures.
Massage - encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from fractures.
Massage - improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful deposits. It helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.
Massage - helps to reduce edema (or dropsy) of the extremeties.
Massage - disperses edema following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessens pain and facilitates movement.
Massage - makes you feel good.
The All Natural Process
EAR CANDLING is an age old "home remedy" used to soothe the ears and to help relieve pain and itching from infections and other conditions.
Many people believe the process helps soften earwax and helps the body excrete any excess wax. Other benefits may include helping dry out any fluids in the ear canal.
Ear candling involves the use of a hollow candle coated with wax.
The candle is placed gently into the opening of the ear and lit. Warm smoke travels through the candle and soothes the ear. Following the procedure, the ear continues to excrete earwax, pus and extra wax. There should be no discomfort during the procedure or afterward.
Today ear candling is practiced all over the world.
Candle makers now use modern manufacturing techniques, quality control and hygienically sound practices to produce better and more consistent products. As a result, the practice of ear candling is growing even more popular every year!
The process described is soothing, safe and natural if used wisely.
If you do not experience the desired effect from ear candling, you may need to consult a physician. Ear candling is a home remedy; it is not a medical procedure. The process may make you feel better and allow your body to heal naturally but please don't misuse it.
"Ear Cleansing" Variations
Today ear candles are a popular "home remedy" in Germany, India, Egypt, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.
People use ear candles to relieve many different types of symptoms of ear problems.
In typical use, the candle is gently placed in the outer ear canal and then the opposite end is ignited to produce smoke and warmth that enters the ear canal
bringing spiritual energy and soothing herbal essences into the ear. This process is also called "Ear Cleansing".
Even people who have never heard of ear candling often blow smoke into the ear canal to relieve symptoms of fever, flu, and "swimmer's ear" (where the smoke helps dry fluid in the ear).
Different materials are used for ear candling around the world.
Some Europeans use a pencil-thin cylinder of waxed cloth coated with beeswax.
In South America, both the Spanish and native Indian cultures perform ear coning as a modality for healing the sinuses by "cleansing" the ear canals.
They use candles made from rolled-up newspaper that has been waxed and scented with incense one-third of the way up from the narrow end of the cone. Mexican Indians also use waxed rolled-up newspaper with a plug of incense two-thirds down the roll.
Most candles used in North America are made of strips of unbleached 100% cotton or linen soaked in a mixture of hot paraffin and/or beeswax and herbs or herbal essential oils.
The strips are rolled onto a spiral cylinder, excess wax is removed, and then the candles are left to harden.
Ear Candling in America
Though ear candling may not be the answer to all ear, sinus, or throat problems people have used it to relieve symptoms of itching, congestion and discomfort associated with eye, ear, nose and throat ailments. With a long tradition around the world, ear candling should continue its popularity to help people in a natural and effective way.
Native American cultures have a long history of using ear candling techniques fro spiritual as well as therapeutic effects.
Some tribes use hollow twigs or a glazed clay cone, with a double helix carved inside, to create the spiral of smoke. They often use herbs and incense while performing the ritual.
Practitioners of the Choctaw tribe simply blow the smoke of various herbs into the ear canal as a medicinal application instead of candling the ear or using oils.
The Amish culture utilizes a style of ear candling derived from the Cherokee tribe, blowing the smoke of herbs into the ear, rather than burning an ear candle.
There is information available worldwide; over the internet that promotes ear candling as a method for cleansing the ear canal and sinuses.
This information is helpful and beneficial to those people considering ear candling, since in this country ear candling is considered an "alternative" procedure delegated mostly to individuals rather than trained medical practitioners.
Though in the past German medical students have been required to learn ear candling as part of their course of study.
In the United States, ear candling is practiced without the support of the medical establishment. In fact, physicians and medical organizations have sometimes tried to prevent people from experiencing the process. A few holistic doctors though have shifted to using ear candling instead of more invasive irrigation techniques.
The Ears May Hold More Mysteries Than We Imagine...
The ear is a 'royal road' not only for speech but also for all the processes of man's adaption to self and environment.
Modern research has determined that many of the supposed "scientific truths" accepted over the past century need to be examined carefully.
As we discover more about other cultures and their beliefs, we gain insight into a perspective that has begun to gain acceptance in mainstream scientific investigation.
In medicine, we are learning the value of ancient Chinese herbology and acupuncture.
Physicians are experimenting with "positive thinking" to influence the outcome of illnesses for which they have limited treatments available. Many people are consuming organic and natural foods, pure water and supplements that may enhance the immune system and slow the aging process. Spiritual values are having greater influence on many of us.
The future of these trends is unknown, but one conclusion is certain
people will continue to experiment with lifestyles and "therapies" that we can't even imagine today. Some will be useless; others may have some effect, though it may be hard to determine.
We suggest that ear candling, with its long history and tradition, has the potential to help and assist people suffering from itching, tinnitus, and impaired hearing.
Even more important, the practice can be relaxing and uplifting, leading to a sense of well-being and contentment. In the words of the French physician Alfred A. Tomatis, who dedicated his life to the study of sound and hearing
The Origins & Growth of Ear Candling
Spiritual Uses Came First
EAR CANDLING, sometimes known as "ear coning" was used by the Egyptians, Essenes, Chinese, East Indians and Tibetans over 3,000 years ago.
Ancient cultures of North and South America and Lemuria have also been associated with the technique.
Originally the process was described as "coning" because cone-shaped instruments made from pottery clay were used.
These glazed pottery cones had a double helix carved inside intended to create a downward spiral flow of smoke from burning herbs into the ear canal.
For centuries, people around the world practiced the art of candling as a form of spiritual healing, to clear the mind and senses.
They claimed a person could meditate more deeply and open up their sensitivity. Typically, the spiritual leader or shaman of the area would perform a ritual using reeds or clay pottery to heal or improve the person's spiritual condition. In the New World the Aztec, Mayan and Native North American culture all had important rituals involving "ear cones".
The procedure began with those of high social rank, like great warriors, royalty and spiritual leaders, and was used during special invitation rites.
Before long, ear candling as a cleansing procedure became common in many early cultures.
How Often Should You Candle?
Ear Candling is used for soothing the symptoms of ear problems and assisting the ear in its natural removal of unwanted
old wax and debris from the ear canal. Because the ear candling process may help the natural elimination of this old earwax, we suggest people allow a day or two between candling sessions.
Use two to four candles per ear during each session.
This allows the slow candling process to complete a cycle to benefit the ear, which then replenishes its normal protective earwax within a day or so. If you follow this cycle, you can experience candling along with the change of seasons, about four times a year (or as needed).
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At Dawson's Stress Reduction in Oakland, I specialize in providing on-site, and work site massage therapy. I utilize a variety of techniques to provide a soothing experience. I also provide deep tissue and sports massage for chronic and or acute pain issues. Contact me for more information.