Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest healthcare practices known. References to massage are found in ancient Chinese medical texts written more than 4,000 years ago. Massage has been advocated in Western healthcare practices since the time of Hippocrates, the "father of medicine."
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement to parts of the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis Medicatrix naturae , which means "aiding the ability of the body to heal itself."
Touch is the fundamental medium of massage therapy. While massage can be described in terms of the type of techniques performed, touch is not used solely in a mechanistic way in massage therapy. Because massage usually involves applying touch with some degree of pressure and movement, the massage therapist must use touch with sensitivity in order to determine the optimal amount of pressure to use for each person. For example, using too much pressure may cause the body to tense up, while using too little may not have enough effect. Touch used with sensitivity also allows the massage therapist to receive useful information via his or her hands about the individual's body, such as locating areas of muscle tension and other soft tissue problems. Because touch is also a form of communication, sensitive touch can convey a sense of caring to the person receiving massage, enhancing the individual's sense of self and well being.
The Discipline of Behavioural Health, originally FHBHRU, at Flinders University has developed a generic set of tools known as The Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program (Flinders Program).
The Flinders Program provides a framework for chronic condition management which includes:
The Flinders Program enables clinicians and clients to undertake a structured process that allows for assessment of self-management behaviour, collaborative identification of problems and goal-setting, leading to the development of individualised self-management Care Plans. These Care Plans are important cornerstones in enhancing self-management and in providing self-management support for people with chronic conditions.
As a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Holistic Life Coach and RN, I have a passion for assisting my clients in their whole-person wellness journeys. Through the use of massage, reiki and self-reflection tools, I help my clients discover how to become empowered in all aspects of their lives including self-management of chronic conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. My varied and skilled background offers a unique perspective that I am honored to share with clients. I understand traditional medicine, as well as spiritual practice, and offer a nonjudgmental, holistic approach to well-being that works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Everyone needs not only to listen to their own wisdom but also have active Life Listening where they feel heard and seen in all aspects of their being as a whole person. It is the vision of this holistic health practice to integrate modalities that address the needs of the individual that are often not met within the traditional medical model. As a nurse of over 25 years, I have seen how this is often overlooked causing pain and suffering. It was my personal experience with massage and other complementary therapies after injury rather than medical treatment alone that restored me. Over that long journey, the vision of Life Listening was born to blend Eastern and Western approaches to health and well-being utilizing massage for the body, Holistic Life Coaching using the Flinders Chronic Condition Management Interview Process and Tools for the mind, and Reiki for the spirit.
I have worked successfully in the healthcare field in multiple roles as a nurse, hospital supervisor, and practice coach for over 25 years. I earned my BSN from Cedar Crest College and received my Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Additionally, I am a Master Trainer for the Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program. Areas of special interest are spirituality, resiliency, mentoring, and holistic self-care. I recently am certified in Bamboo Fusion ® It is a massage technique using warm, smooth bamboo.
My mission is to restore, renew and rejuvenate the whole person - mind, body and spirit.
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30 min: $40.00
Scalp, Hand, and Foot Massage
45 min: $60.00
Scalp, Hand, and Foot Massage with Reiki
45 min: $60.00
60 min: $75.00
75 min: $90.00
90 min: $110.00
Reiki Fusion Massage:
60 min: $75.00
75 min: $90.00
90 min: $110.00
Flinders Coaching Process:
120 min: $150.00
Follow-up Holistic Life Coaching Session:
45 min: $60.00
Gift cards will be sold for a 60 min or 90 min service
Denise is a reiki master in the Usui System of Natural Healing in accordance with the Shiki Ryoho tradition.
Denise has had a life-long interest in health and wellness and was a former student-athlete and aerobic instructor. Today, her love of the outdoors draws her frequently, where she finds joys in connecting with nature hiking or riding trails on her mountain bike. She grew up in South Whitehall Township in the suburbs of Allentown and enjoyed the Jordan Creek in her backyard. While her long-term career has been in healthcare communications and marketing, twelve years ago she began studying reiki and developed a deep love of the healing modality.
'I very much want to share the mindfulness that I have developed as a result of the healing I have received through reiki and meditation,' she said. 'Living aligned and in tune with your values has been life-altering for me - and I love to guide others on their very own personalized healing journey!'
Hour Session: $85.00
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