Maintaining Your Health

August Point Wellness offers therapeutic massage as a way to help facilitate the body’s healing processes.

You use your body every day. Your muscles and bones work together to help you sit, walk, comb your hair, and participate in the activities of daily life.

Your muscles get stressed too much, or overworked, and they tighten up. This is a protection mechanism of the body to keep you from further injury. The aches and pains that result are your body’s way of telling you that something is amiss.Our therapeutic massage will help you get your muscles back to 100%. We will work with you to determine what area or areas need the most focus and attention.

We use a therapeutic massage that is a combination of deep-tissue, soft-tissue release, lymphatic drainage, and pressure point therapy. We will adapt the type and intensity of the massage to address with what is going on in your body.

Please note that our therapeutic massage can also be considered a medical massage. The therapeutic/medical massage we offer treats many conditions and disorders that modern Western medicine still refuses to acknowledge.

Ancient Chinese Massage

Tui Na is an ancient form of therapeutic massage consisting of many different hand techniques applied to the body. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and philosophy, Tui Na views the body in a similar way to acupuncture. Using the hands as tools, a practitioner diagnoses and treats the patient’s disharmonies through his/her tactile senses.

Each Tui Na technique has a specific function and theory behind its use. Tui Na helps free the flow of the body’s qi and blood. By moving the qi and blood, pain is reduced. Tui Na’s techniques also have a vibrational rhythm to them which carries throughout the entire body. It is believed that the rocking motions of the techniques help to relax the muscles of the body and calm the mind. (The concept is somewhat akin to rocking a baby to sleep.)

Tui Na treats many, many problems associated with health. It has a rich history of practical use and application. There are countless Chinese texts that exhibit the benefits of Tui Na.

Tui Na is usually performed with the patient fully clothed. Also, in most cases, this type of massage uses no oils or lotions. Tui Na is an issue-specific style of massage that can be used alone or with acupuncture for greater effect.

Some of the things that Tui Na can treat:

Piriformis Syndrome
Low Back Pain
Frozen Shoulder
Tennis/Golfer Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Low Back Pain
Poor Circulation

Harmonizing the Center

Hara. The word translated means the abdomen, or belly area of the torso. There is a deeper spiritual meaning, though. It refers to the vital strength and energy center of the entire body.

At times, negative emotions and thoughts get trapped within our bodies. They impede the energetic flow of the body. If these feelings linger too long in one place, they become physical obstructions. These physical obstructions can be felt on palpation, i.e. muscle tension, knots, distension, etc.

Eastern philosophy believes that all energy of the body must flow through the hara before it flows outward towards the extremities. When there are blockages in the abdomen, the effects are local, but are also felt elsewhere in the body.

Hara massage is a healing modality that focuses on the abdomen. Hara massage is a diagnostic tool as well as a treatment tool. Understanding that the abdomen contains many immune system cells, problems here can produce many other issues in the body. Therefore, hara massage can treat impaired immune system function, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disorders, and many others.

Hara massage is a very powerful treatment modality. It can uncover physical and emotional trauma that has been buried for years. Contact us to help you center your hara.

Grounding the Body Through the Feet

Reflexology is a form of therapeutic touch that is usually practiced on the feet. Its origins are still unknown, as artifacts have surfaced from areas around the globe such as India, Egypt, China, and Peru.

Dr. William Fitzgerald is credited with reviving the study and application of reflexology. He noticed that pressing various locations on the feet alleviated pain in certain areas of the body. He then mapped the zones to the body. Further refinement of these zones were done by later researchers. One researcher in particular, Eunice Ingham, created an anatomical correlation of the body to the different points on the feet that we use today.

The areas on the feet, or reflexes, are stimulated by using hands or tools that apply pressure to the soles. The stimulation affects the brain on multiple levels, consciously and subconsciously. It also stimulates the body’s more primitive reflexive responses as well as the higher conscious responses.

Sometimes slightly painful, reflexology can stimulate nervous function and help restore balance to one’s body and mind. Reflexology sessions are a great way to draw energy downward through the body and towards the feet. Most clients feel refreshed, calm, and grounded after a treatment.

Massage for Moms

During pregnancy, a mother-to-be is trying to nurture the growth of a fetus. Her body is being stretched, pushed, and altered to accept and fit the budding baby inside her.

Sometimes, the pregnancy can cause conditions such as varicose veins, sciatica, nausea, leg cramps, and edema. As the fetus grows, the pain can worsen. Many of these conditions can be alleviated through pregnancy massage.

Unlike regular massage, pregnancy massage is essentially working on two clients instead of one. The practitioner’s awareness must be shared between both mother and unborn child on the table. The mother’s body must be supported properly for her and fetus to relax. There are also specific techniques and positions that are utilized to make mother and fetus as comfortable as possible.

Pregnancy massage can treat:

Low Back Pain
Leg Cramps
Shortness of Breath

Cupping: A Lost Technique

Cupping is an ancient therapeutic technique with history of practice in Africa, Europe, and of course the Far East.

Cupping uses a suction effect to create a vacuum which pulls up the skin under the cup. This vacuum effect forces blood and lymph to circulate underneath the area in which the cup is applied. Cupping practitioners previously used tools made from animal horns and bamboo as the instrument for creating the suction, but today plastic and glass are the preferred material for cups.

Cupping has been traditionally used to relieve cold and flu symptoms. It is also used heavily for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Cupping has also been used to treat serious acute, chronic and degenerative diseases such as trauma, stroke, and cancer.

There are multiple techniques and styles to cupping. The standard technique is to apply a few cups on the body and leave them in place for a few minutes. This is the stationary cups technique. Other techniques are walking cups (or sliding cups), fire cups, bleeding cups.

Does Cupping hurt?
For the most part, cupping should not hurt. Although, if you have a low pain threshold and/or high sensitivity, cupping could lead to some discomfort.

Will Cupping leave marks?
Usually cupping will leave marks similar to a bruise. It may take up to a week before the cupping marks will disappear, depending on each individual’s ability to heal. The area under the cups may also be sensitive to touch for a few days after treatment.

Why isn’t Cupping more popular?
Cupping has fallen out of favor as a viable form of treatment. It seems to be considered more of a folk medicine in the United States, as more interest is placed on newer, more technological therapies. Yet, other countries in the world continue to use cupping as a valid, effective form of medical treatment.

Is Cupping safe?
Cupping is a relatively safe treatment. But, please avoid cupping if one of the following conditions are present: high fever, hemophilia, open wounds, pregnancy, generalized edema.