Acupuncture is done by inserting fine stainless steel needles into points at various locations on the body. We use disposable, pre-sterilized, stainless steel needles. Acupuncture is generally painless; most our clients relax or fall asleep during treatments.
Guided Imagery aids each individual in accessing her own power, wisdom, and healing potential. It works through and enhances the mind-body connection. Guided Imagery often begins with deep relaxation that is facilitated by attention to breath and visual or other sensory experiences.
Chinese Herbs are often prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture to strengthen the body and maintain and support the flow of Qi. Chinese herbs are available in powders or tablets.
Western herbs are ingested as tinctures, teas or flower essences. They can also be used topically in the form of a salve, oil, or liniment. CMC offers its clients both Chinese and Western herbal formulas and uses organically grown or wildcrafted herbs whenever possible. We do not use plants that are endangered or threatened.
Homeopathy is a natural pharmaceutical science dating back to the 1800s that uses various plants, minerals, or animals in very small doses to stimulate the sick person’s natural defenses. Because the body is not always successful in dealing with every stress or infection, it is important to find a substance in nature that has the capacity to mimic the symptoms the person is experiencing in order to aid the body in its efforts to defend and ultimately heal itself. Homeopathic medicine stimulates a person’s own healing processes.
Acupressure and Shiatsu are ancient healing arts known to relieve stress and pain. Practitioners of this art use their fingers and sometimes knuckles to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. The long strokes used in Swedish massage are not used in these styles of bodywork. Often the points that are stimulated are the same points that are used in acupuncture although no needles are used. Acupressure can help to release muscular tension, reduce pain and promote circulation.
Biodynamic Massage works with bodily tensions and restrictions, using special massage techniques to melt the blocks inhibiting the flow of energy. It addresses all aspects of the individual, including the physical, emotional, and spiritual self. Each treatment is unique and adapted to the needs of the client. Depending on the condition, the practitioner may address the muscles, connective tissue, and bones while maintaining awareness of the client’s energy field. According to specialized needs, guided imagery, breath work, and a stethoscope to may be used in this treatment.
Feldenkrais is a mind-body method to healing that combines movement and awareness to help clients move more comfortably and productively in their bodies. Through this therapy clients achieve greater coordination, agility, balance and performance while moving. The practitioner uses touch and tissue manipulation to encouraging a reconnection to the body’s natural ability to move. Women receiving this therapy feel better in their bodies and an improved sense of well-being.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient healing practice that uses acupressure within a set of 26 points on the body. This simple yet gentle technique removes blockages along energetic pathways in order to bring balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit. Jin Shin Jyutsu is often used as a complementary therapy to conventional medical practices since it helps to restore vitality by activating the body’s own healing mechanisms. It is common to feel deeply relaxed and in a meditative state after receiving this therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle rebalancing technique. Its premise is that just as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems have recognizable rhythms like the pulse and breath, so does the craniosacral system. What makes up the craniosacral system are the bones of the skull, the fluid and membranes running along the spinal column, and the bone at the base of the spine, the sacrum. The practitioner uses a gentle non-manipulative touch to tap into the craniosacral rhythms and help the body make its own adjustments. Some women find it helps a great deal with chronic back pain, headaches and muscular tension.
Lymphatic Drainage promotes a healthy lymphatic system through massaging the lymph nodes and pressure points, while honoring the natural flow of fluid in the body. By circulating this valuable fluid, the lymphatic system removes waste and flushes out toxins. This therapy is ideal for clients with Lymphedema helping to reduce swelling and boost the immune system. Lymphatic drainage can also reduce aches, pains, and soreness caused by congestion in lymph pathways.
Orthopedic massage is performed by an extensively trained practitioner through integrating sports and medical massage styles. An assessment is made of the injury or pain area in order to match a complementary technique that will help heal the body while leaving room for modification during the session. This therapy treats the body’s soft tissue and the entire musculoskeletal system, including the tendons, joints, and cartilage. Orthopedic massage is beneficial for increasing blood circulation as well as rejuvenating and strengthening the body, helping to enhance movement and improve well-being.
Reflexology is a very effective form of therapeutic foot massage that uses specific pressure techniques, which work on precise reflex points on the feet. Practitioners use thumbs, fingers and hands to apply the precise amount of pressure. With the feet as the primary focus, some practitioners may address the hands and ears in the treatment. Reflexology works on the premise that areas on the feet, hands, and ears correspond with all of the bodily systems.
One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Reiki is a healing energy that is focused by a trained practitioner. The practitioner will place their hands in specific positions on the body. Sometimes the practitioner will hold her hands over your skin without touching. The healing touch is non-invasive and the focus is on freeing up energy blocks in the body. Reiki Therapy can be very subtle, but a deep sense of well-being and relaxation can be achieved. We have several practitioners at CMC who use Reiki in combination with Swedish massage. Each form enhances the other.
Healing Touch is an energetic therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands to facilitate and support physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Described as a heart-centered approach to healing, this technique can feel very nurturing. This therapy restores balance in the energy system allowing the client the strength for self-healing.
Rosen Energy Work practitioners use a safe and non-intrusive touch that listens, questions and responds to the muscular tension that does not relax with the breath. The focus is on releasing patterns of holding. Holding occurs when a muscle that is contracted has forgotten to release. As patterns of holding are released, pain and tension are released, muscles relax, breath deepens, and movement into a process of self-healing can start to happen.
Qigong is a form of Chinese energetic medicine that enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and release deep-seated emotions and stress. Applied Qigong includes light touch and guided exercises that involve sounds, breath, and meditation. Clients report feeling more relaxed, grounded, and more connected to their bodies and positive about life.
Support staff duties are varied and continual throughout the shift. They include clerical work, prepping treatment rooms, organizing the waiting room and the donated food we serve every shift, and visiting with clients while they wait for their treatments. Support staff participates in the group case management as well at the end of each shift.
Drivers bring clients to and from their appointments at the clinic. They also spend time visiting with clients while driving, which serves as a great support to many clients who may be isolated or just needing someone to listen.
Interpreters provide limited English proficiency clients with in-person interpretation during initial intakes, clinic orientations, as well as during the first 5-10 minutes of treatments with practitioners.