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Can I get a massage during these days of Covoid-19?

[…this article has been modified as we are now in a time of self quarantine.  Please stay home and only go out for the essentials. I look forward to having you join my Facebook live videos and they will be re-posted to this link so be sure the ‘like’ this page: Healing River Massage and Counseling]

You may wonder is it safe or responsible to get a massage right now? NO it isn’t.

It’s true that the virus takes up to 14 days to show its presence so yes, folks can actually have it and not know. We need to make the right choices for ourselves and each other in moving forward to help stop the spread of this virus by staying home.

Yes, social distancing is important but what happens if your back or neck goes out or you’re nervous system is needing to calm. What happens if you’re pregnant, needing an induction massage to help support a natural childbirth hopeful to avoid a cesarean? In these cases, you probably will want to see me. So here’s what I’m doing to stay available to support you (and myself), beyond manual therapy. I will be putting self-care videos online here.

In my massage practice, I have always been proactive in keeping my office clean and sanitized and now, with Covid-19, I’m taking extra precautions of course. It’s my responsibility to be available for my clients while preventing the spread of this specific virus (and all viruses). I also have a responsibility to myself to stay healthy. [and so will not be massaging until the quarantine is over but will be offering healing sessions online]

[Once back to work] I am implementing the following cleaning and sanitizing methods:

Sick clients are (always) asked to stay home.

Clients leave shoes at door upon entry.

Clients are asked to wash hands (for at least 20 seconds) upon arrival.
I am washing my hands constantly.

In addition to standard between-client cleaning tasks such as providing fresh linens and blankets, wiping my table and tools, I am also sanitizing the following between clients:

Air: Although the coronavirus is rarely airborne and does not stay so for long, I am still running my air filter 3 hours between clients as a precautionary measure and because it feel right to do so at this time.

Bedding:
 As always, I wash my bedding on the highest temperature setting, use enzyme rich soaps rinse twice and dry them completely and thoroughly.
Surfaces: 
I’m cleaning the following surfaces with a solution recommended by the CDC of four teaspoons of bleach to one quart of water.

• Door handles inside and out; toilet handle; faucet
• Hot towel cabinet door
• Product containers
• Massage stool
• Light switches
• Cell phone/iPad/computer/
• Pens
• Counters/desk
• Clipboards
• Floors

I hope knowing how I’m handling this supports your decision to stay home and join me online for self massage should you need one. If you have any questions or concerns I’m here and happy to talk openly about them via a call (530) 798-9998

For private somatic NLP healing via zoom you can book here:

BOOK your phone or zoom apppointment here or Somatic NLP

Peace and good health to all,

Chula

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Happy Holidays!

Massage is a healing gift to give and receive. Feel free to gift a loved one, yourself or both! Happy holidays and may your hearts and toes be warm this winter season.

You can purchase your discounted gift certificate on sale at https://dynamicfascialresponse.com/gift-certificates/

You can also email me chulagem@gmail.com to purchase.

Thank you!

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Massage Coupon – $20 OFF

The blossoms are opening up and so are we as we’re getting outside more, taking in the color and smells of spring! We’re working out the kinks as we get wake up and move our hibernating winter bodies. I invite you to take advantage of my spring coupon. No need to print it out. Just mention it to me upon payment. Happy Spring everyone!

Book Online

Peace, Chula

Coupon will expire April 30, 2019

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Pregnancy Massage Certification Training in DFR™

Our next Pregnancy Massage Certification is coming up and here are what professional bodyworkers are saying about this dynamic, continued education training….

“Chula’s class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!”

“She was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious”

“I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided”

“I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized.”

“I have found this course invaluable, not just for being able to work with prenatal clients, but for returning to my bodywork roots and once more finding my voice with which to perform…”

“I feel much more confident and comfortable with the idea of working with prenatal clients”

“This course is amazing! It has made me more aware of my working posture and how to connect it”

“I feel confident and proud announcing that I do prenatal massage. The bonus is that a lot of what I learned can be used on my other clients”

“I like that Chula showed us the proper techniques and then allowed us to modify them to our specific style”


See dates and sign up for the next training by clicking this link. 
Class size is limited to 12.

Client Testimonials:
“Chula was such a helpful calming soothing presence during my pregnancy and at my birth! She worked with me prior to my birth multiple times, and her strong, skilled work helped my back stay out of pain, and my body adapt in a healthy way to the changes it was going through. At my birth, Chula’s talented touch and grounded nature helped me make it through the worst contractions and gave me rest and rejuvenation in between contractions. Her years of experience as a peri-natal therapist built trust, and her warmth and nurturing presence was a balm while I labored. She knew just where to apply pressure and how to work on my body to give the most support. Chula’s strength and stamina was amazing! In spite of a very long labor, Chula stayed by my side for several hours and continuously gave sustained deep work that made my experience easier. Chula’s presence provided more than massage therapy – she was counselor, unofficial doula, and even stayed after everyone else left to do the laundry and clean the house!
My husband also appreciated her calm, healing presence, and her respect of our space when we needed it. I highly recommend Chula as a perinatal and at birth therapist!”
“I was fortunate enough to find Chula as my prenatal massage therapist. I am also a bodyworker, and so appreciate a knowledgeable, effective bodyworker. Chula is not only both of those, but also very professional. Chula worked on me at the end of my first pregnancy, and so when i was pregnant again this last year, i couldn’t wait to call her again. I can’t begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for her! She helped me so much with extreme pains I experienced during my pregnancy. Her understanding of the body and her ability to apply that knowledge make her a wonderful therapist. Chula is also willing to unravel the layers that might be involved in the various discomforts of the physical body. She has listened to me share from my heart, and has offered empathetic and helpful reflections that enabled me to move through emotional blocks. Even now, after I’ve had my baby, I will use Chula to help me with an on-going hip injury. She provides thorough and effective bodywork, and is always willing to listen to my needs. She is an asset to our community!”

From an article published in the Nevada Union Newspaper 2017:
“I tried a few other massage therapists for prenatal massage, but Chula was above and beyond,” said Cameron McGowen of Nevada City, whose baby is due May 24. “Her table is set up in the most comfortable way and I always experience a lot of relief. It’s all in her training — a less experienced therapist would be a little nervous. She’s very adaptable. After all these years, she has so many tools on her belt.”

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See dates and sign up for the next training by clicking this link. 
Class size is limited to 12.

 

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Discounted Classes, Bodywork and Somatic Healing Sessions

Happy Holidays!

Hope you are staying warm and cozy!
Here are some coupons to help in gifting your family
or friends a healing massage, classes or somatic healing sessions. I look forward to it!
No need to print coupons, just mention them to me when purchasing.
 

Take $20 off your gift certificates this year!

$110 for 90 minutes
$80 for one hour

expires 12/31/17
Link To Website

May Peace be with you always,
Chula
(530) 798-9998
chulagem@gmail.com

 

Take $20 Off Any Massage Training Course When Paid in Full.

Education is a wonderful gift to give.  So many of us want to learn new skills but affording it can be a challenge. Gift a massage course to any bodyworker, doula or RN you know. These classes are approved by the National Therapeutic Board for Massage and Bodywork for continued education units.

Link to 2018 Course Schedule

Prepay before 12/31/17 for any class and get the earlybird discount PLUS $20 off!

Offer Expires 12/23/17

Somatic NLP Coupon

Here we are, complex beings navigating this wild ride called life. Parenthood, careers, responsibilities, decisions, choices…
Some days we catch the current, traveling merrily along and other times we struggle upriver in a vessel, heavy with it all. What we experience in life outside of ourselves shows itself in the mirror of our inner world. Polishing our self-relations from time to time helps our mental and physical health since so many emotions are stored in the body. In those tough times, having the support of someone who is trained to help you sort your strategies and inner reality is the key that may unlock resources already very alive in you. They may have been buried by the speed at with we live, by trauma or pain but they are there inside you, awaiting the reclaiming so you can live a fulfilling life.
As a Somatic NLP practitioner, your story or ‘what you do’ is important to me and yet what I am mostly interested in is ‘how’ you do life. To help you identify and sort your inner parts, I integrate the sensitivities and knowledge of bodywork with the rapport, respect, confidentiality and dynamic tools of Somatic NLP to create an effective healing session for you that can help replace inner conflict with inner peace, supporting positive change in your life. I love this fold of my work. It is truly the deepest form of compassion I have ever felt and I am so happy to share it with you.
https://healingrivermassage.com/somatic-nlp/
Coupon: 4 Sessions/$450 when paid in full.
Offer ends 12/23/17
 
 
 

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The Wide Range Benefits of Massage Therapy

Pain relief isn’t the only reason people seek regular bodywork.
For some clients, bodywork offers many other results that can help
improve their daily life experience.

For example, receiving regular bodywork can promote:

Body awareness. Lack of body awareness can be a major factor in the progression of physical conditions. Massage therapy helps you tune into your body and how you hold your body. It’s like the switch of awareness is switched from off to on after a massage. One of my clients with scoliosis says ” I love how I feel after one of your sessions! Its actually harder to stand slumped, in bad posture then to be in good posture!”.  An athlete and a farmer use their muscles to an extreme every day tho the point of pulling their fascia into restricted patterns of flexion and from them I often here this ” My body feels normal again”. A commuter behind a wheel for hours out of the week tells me they feel taller and on balance after bodywork.

Mobility and restoring range of motion. Fascial bodywork balances out the muscles in the entire body. When we suffer from chronic conditions we tend to stop using full-body muscle recruitment to move through the world. Yet, recruiting the full body is how we function best. Pin and stretch and resistance and release can really enliven our movement by restoring our brain / body connection while activating muscles that have stopped working while exploring a wider range of motion.

Health Maintenance. Bodywork improves circulation. Circulation has many components so how can we possibly simplify such a complex system to explain how regular bodywork improves it? Let’s make an attempt. We have an average of about 20 liters of blood that the heart pumps out into the body. 17 of those liters return back to the heart again. So what happens to the remaining 3 liters? Much of it gets filtered and reabsorbed into the body by the lymphatic system. If our lymphatic system is weak or compromised this will result in poor circulation and toxic build up. Massage helps move blood and lymph thus improving circulation and overall health! (NOTE: Circulation massage should never be performed when severe and uncontrolled circulation symptoms are present unless client presents practitioner with a medical release from their physician.)

Improves Gastric Motility The gut is the foundation for a healthy body. When it is moving and digesting properly (there is a healthy foundation for the body to function from. Gastric motility is stimulated by the parasympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system is taking over (flight/fight/adrenaline/stress) the gut response is blockage. Without proper motility the body suffers and is toxic. Because the parasympathetic nervous system is activated through bodywork, digestion is passively treated through a session. There are also more direct points that can be pressed to stimulate digestion. In Dynamic Fascial Response™ we incorporate a few gastric motility acupressure points in our sessions so that we are treating motility both passively and directly during a session.

Lifts the mood Stress kills. You have heard it again and again. But what do they mean exactly? Well, cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are stressed. Cortisol ignites the flight or fight response (the sympathetic nervous system) In turn, this compromises a few of our body’s main healing factors circulation oxygenation and hydration. Regular bodywork activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) and thus lowers cortisol, the stress hormone and thus improves mental health.

Alleviates Loneliness and Restores Clarity It has been proven that human touch improves brain development, increases mental clarity and alleviates feelings of isolation and loneliness.  I have had many clients without intimate partners who have sought out massage simply for human touch. Many widows have used massage for healing their hearts and coming back home to themselves after losing their beloved. And many seniors in non sexual relationships or in no relationships benefit from touch.

Sleep soundly. Clients with chronic conditions have a hard time sleeping and some suffer from insomnia. Massage has been shown to improved the client’s sleep. Many of my clients tell me when they leave the office “I’m going to sleep good tonight!”. Good for them! Sleep is a key to healing. Morihei Ueshiba, a martial arts master and founder of Aikido, believed that there was no other way besides through sleep that the body can restore it’s chi/ki/qi (inner power/energy).

Massage is not a replacement for medical care.

Yes, I’d love to Book a Massage!

 

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Did NLP ever change your life?

OK , I’m curious.  Have you ever had an NLP session with me or any other practitioner?  If so, think to before you had the session and where your life was at (in terms of relationship to self, to others, to your creative passions, your career, your family, your life goals, etc.) to where you are now, after the session.  Has there been significant change? After the session did your life start to unfold in ways that were different?  Less of you getting in your way and more of you becoming ? Are you experiencing less internal conflict and more of a healthy internal dialog?  Is there more flow in areas of the way you do this thing called life where previously there was blockage?  More inner peace/compassion?  I’m just thinking about the folks who have received NLP sessions from me and the sessions I have received.  When I look at their lives they all seem to have a forward momentum that was previously being hijacked by their old beliefs. When I look at my life, I see the same my essays help.  My life is rolling!  The results of an NLP session will trickle out through time.  Post session, you may or may not have that big AHA moment.  Either way, six months to a year later, because of  the subtle reprogramming that took place in your session(s),  you notice that your life has had a more then just an AHA moment, but rather a complete turn around and you are happier and healthier then you have ever been.  I’m going to post this to facebook and would love to read any comments on how NLP has worked for you. When I started my NLP training I knew that I never wanted to give up the healing bodywork I do. I did want to add a therapists’ element and have tools to hold space when my clients came to me with way more the just bodily needs. So, I created Somatic NLP.  Ultimately, I see that for me NLP is about spreading the love and a beautiful movement towards peace. You can read more about what NLP is and how I use it here: Somatic NLP

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