Body Work & Massage
In our world, the terms “Massage Therapy” and “Bodywork” (two interchangeable terms) can refer to many modalities and different types of work. Often, it refers to the receiver being on a comfy table, under a sheet while the therapist uncovers one part of the body at a time and uses oil or lotion to perform manual therapy.
Each therapist offers a different set of techniques, often blending them together to create something unique to themselves. The techniques used and areas worked also depend on the client and the areas to be worked, so sessions also vary client to client.
During your initial session, your wellness history is reviewed and bodywork performed based on your needs. Additionally, any supporting therapies, herbs, nutritional supplements, or referrals may be discussed.
Here at Thrive for Life, Anthony and Lindsey bring their wealth of massage and bodywork experiences to the table. They both draw from over 18 years of experience and education in massage and bodywork, meditation, herbal medicine, nutrition, and spiritual healing.
Lindsey and Anthony are both Certified Arvigo Therapists® (please see the modality section below for more information on The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy®) and have studied a variety of techniques that make up their practices. At this time, Lindsey offers only The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy® to women. Anthony offers the same techniques to women and men and also incorporates cupping, cranio-sacral therapy, and a variety of other techniques listed below in the modalities section.
Some of the major modalities offered at Thrive for Life:
- Also known as Arvigo Therapy® or Mayan Abdominal Massage, these sessions focus on the abdomen, sacrum, tail-bone and pelvis. The massage performed over the abdomen helps restore proper blood flow to the area and massage along the low back, sacrum and spine helps restore proper nerve function so that the brain can communicate with the organs. The core of this work is a self massage that is typically taught during your first session and is often practiced daily. Along with the massage, several supporting therapies go hand in hand with this work, including castor oil packs, herbal tinctures, pelvic steams, and/or guided meditations.
- These techniques support families who want to get pregnant, women with painful or irregular menstrual cycles, men with erectile dysfunction, and individuals with troubled digestion.
Cupping draws fresh blood to the area where they are placed and also helps release muscles and fascia in a unique way. Once the cups are placed, they maintain a steady traction that will break apart adhesions under the skin releasing what might have been stuck. Cups can be left stationary, used to massage, or percussively (quickly placed on and pulled off repeatedly). We use both silicone cups and glass cups for fire cupping. Fire cupping is a much stronger treatment and can release tension quite quickly. Cupping should feel good and can help calm the nervous system.
Anthony has studied and used herbal remedies from the Rainforest since 2014. He tinctures dried herbs from the rainforests of Belize, some of which include Strong Back, Male Tonic, and Female Tonic. Additionally, he has spent countless hours studying with herbalists using MediHerb and Standard Process products, which we have available here at Thrive for Life.
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