Massage, Bodywork
& Somatic Therapies

BirthStar Holistic Massage

According to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), "Massage, or massage therapy, is a system of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body." For simplicity's sake, massage and massage therapy are often used interchangeably. Healing Touch is just one of more than two hundred fifty massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies.

The massage system may include, but is not limited to, such techniques as stroking, kneading, gliding, percussion, friction, vibration, compression, passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement; effleurage (either firm or light soothing, stroking movement, without dragging the skin, using either padded parts of fingertips or palms); petrissage (lifting or picking up muscles and rolling the folds of skin); or tapotement (striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, rhythmic movements with fingers or short rapid movements of sides of the hand). These techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, hydromassage, thermal massage or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands.

The purpose of the practice of massage is to enhance the general health and well-being of the recipient.

Massage does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances, spinal manipulation, or those acts of physical therapy that are outside the scope of massage therapy.

An outgrowth of massage and other systems is "bodywork," defined as various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic means of the body and is often used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach, as distinguished from a physiology-only perspective.

Holistic Massage

90 Minutes of your preferred ratio of Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Healing Touch Biofield Therapy, for a Mind-Body Connection that enhances the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It feels wonderfully nurturing and self-empowering. People have reported increased energy levels, sharpened mental processes; emotional healing, and renewal of spirit. These two modalities working in unison make for a subtle but powerful partnership towards the enhancement of your health and well-being.