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HighVibe Living is a sweet little wellness clinic nestled in the St. Matthews area of Louisville, Kentucky. We operate within an energy field of loving kindness in all that we do, and are on a mission to encourage healing, relieve physical, emotional and mindset stress, strain, and pain, and to contribute to the learning, self-empowerment, and elevation of everyone we serve.
Our practitioners are highly skilled in combining different styles and collaborating with each client, and with each other, to co-create an unparalleled treatment experience.
ASHIATSU (BAREFOOT MASSAGE)
Ashiatsu ("ashi" means foot and "atsu" means pressure) is an ancient form of bodywork brought to us by Buddhist monks. It is an adaptation of an ancient form of barefoot massage using deep compression effleurage (gliding strokes) over the body.
In an Ashiatsu session, the treatment is administered with your therapist's expertly trained feet and gravitational force combined with centrifugal and centripetal movements to bring about a structural change, address chronic soft tissue damage, improve mobility, and relieve the stress, strain, pain, and discomforts associated with modern lifestyle choices.
Correct application also provides deep relaxation and stimulates the lymphatic system of the body. The practitioner uses lotion/oil and gliding motions to achieve a modified
myofascial release that results in structural alignment.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
While deep tissue massage uses a similar pattern as a Swedish massage, the work is slower, and stimulates the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia; stimulate blood flow, releases tension; and ultimately, helps the body heal and protect itself against future injuries. Deep tissue therapy can be slightly more uncomfortable than a Swedish massage, it should not be painful. It’s important to let your practitioner know how you're doing.
Additionally, you and your therapist should work together to soften the outer layer of muscles to access the deeper ones. You should still be able to breathe deeply into the pressure—it’s important to not hold your breath or contract your muscles to tolerate the deep work. A deep tissue massage also allows you to learn about pressure versus pain and your capacity to “handle” both, which translates into your capacity to “handle” life in general.
Now that we’ve discussed what a deep tissue massage is, here are some of the benefits you can look forward to reaping after beginning this type of massage therapy.
HighVibe Massage uses a focused underlying philosophy to address your expressed, assessed and discovered needs and care goals. Thus, your session may include one of the following techniques, or an integration of more than one technique: Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Therapy), Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki Therapy, Stretching, Thai Yoga Bodywork Techniques, Acupressure, . . .
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE CUPPING
Lymphatic Drainage is a bodywork technique designed to increase the immune system as a whole as well as detoxify and dispose of metabolic waste in the body. Using a gentle and specific pressure, lymphatic drainage stimulates the lymphatic system, improving the immune system and our overall health and well-being. HighVibe Living offers Lymphatic Drainage Cupping and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.
MODERN CUPPING THERAPY
Modern Cupping Therapy is a form of vacuum therapy wherein the practitioner utilizes various safe, therapeutic-grade cupping instruments to lift tissue with applied suction (aka negative pressure), offering the potential for relief from pain, inflammation, digestive challenges, circulation and stress relief. Note: Cupping massage may leave cupping marks.
"Myo" is muscle and ‘fascial’ refers to the fascia or connective tissue that surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body. Fascia is one continuous structure that runs around the whole body like a spider web, where movement or lack of movement in one area affects the movement or lack of movement of the whole system. Trauma (physical, mental and/or emotional), surgery, inflammation, posture and repetitive stress or activity create restriction and decrease in pliability of the fascia which impacts the comfort and function of our bodies. Myofascial Release is the hands-on technique, performed without oils or creams, to optimize overall form and function.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY (NMT)
NMT is a more specific massage technique that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. Trigger points are painful points located within tight bands of muscle that may refer pain to other parts of the body. Pressure, which can vary from light to heavy, is applied to these specific locations to create a specific release. Through the softening of these trigger points, there can be a reduction in pain and an increase in range of motion. It is critical that there is open and honest communication between the patient and the practitioner, as ‘deep’ pressure should be therapeutic and not further damaging to the tissue.
Swedish Massage is the foundation of traditional Western massage. The therapist applies firm pressure, using long, gliding strokes, kneading, friction and tapping to initiate relaxation, increase circulation and release connective tissue as well as muscle tension.
Depending on your expressed/assessed needs, this session may include one or more of the following techniques: Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Therapy), Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki Therapy, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), Acupressure, Reflexology, Pulse Balancing . . . Typically, when muscles are causing pain it’s due to one group of muscles being tight and contracted while an opposing group is weak and inhibited. When you need a massage for therapeutic reasons we take the time to find these muscle patterns and bring your body back into balance.
WHAT IS BODYWORK?
Bodywork is a broad term used to describe any therapeutic technique that involves manipulating the human body or subtle energy systems. Bodywork therapies may include touch-centered techniques as well as “no touch” (i.e. massage therapy, acupressure, yoga, Reiki energy healing, breath work and more).
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) involves using gentle, fluid movements of the bones and tissues of the head, thorax, and hips to enhance the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Imbalances are corrected in the central nervous system between the cranium and the sacrum, resetting the body’s natural healing potential, and encouraging the release of tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is rooted in the indigenous practices of Chinese Medicine's Five Elements Theory, and utilizes ear acu-points to spark deep relaxation, calmness, relief from stress and emotional trauma, improved sleep, and beyond. In a treatment session, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, the practitioner places 1-5 seeds on the appropriate points while the receiver lies on a massage table/Thai Yoga Bodywork mat, or sits in a chair. Thereafter, the recipient rests and allows the treatment to take effect.
Point 1: Sympathetic
Related to disruption in both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It has a strong analgesic and relaxant effect on internal organs as it dilates blood vessels.
Point 2: Shen Men
Regulates excitation and inhibition of the cerebral cortex and can produce sedation.
Point 3: Kidney
Strengthening point that can relieve mental weariness, fatigue, and headaches.
Point 4: Liver
Addresses symptoms associated with poor liver functioning and inflammation.
Point 5: Lung
Associated with analgesia, sweating, and various respiratory conditions.
At HighVibe Living, the NADA Protocol treatment can be administered as a singular 30-minute session, or as an add-on during the last 20 minutes of a massage or bodywork session.
“Rei” means ‘universal energy’ and “ki” means ‘life force.’ Reiki is a technique that involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This includes the practitioner both touching the patient as well as having their hands hovering over the patient’s body. Specific techniques are used to restore and balance a person’s life force – physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
In addition to serving individuals, we offer Reiki for Two, which is a dynamic healing experience designed to support a pair of friends, family members, lovers . . .
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A Ritual is simply action with intention. All ritual bodywork sessions have been crafted to integrate energetic and spiritual goals with the physical by way of blending massage therapy with ceremony and ritual. These sessions include an intake to explore intentions for releasing and cultivating, and may combine any of the following:
Shamanic Journeying . Energy Medicine . Myofascial Release . Chord Cutting . Craniosacral . Therapy . Elemental balancing . Cupping . Tuning forks . Acupressure . Divination . Smudging . Customized Spellwork . Lymphatic drainage . Herbal . Chanting
During a sound bath, singing bowls, chimes, voice, and other musical instruments nurture us with powerful, positive vibrations. The harmonic resonance created has a profound effect on the cells, organs, tissues, as well as the circulatory, metabolic and endocrine systems. Sound bathing vitalizes these systems with medicinal nutrients.
THAI YOGA BODYWORK
This sacred form of bodywork utilizes vital energy (life force), rhythmic compression with gentle rocking, deep therapeutic stretching, breath work, prayer and meditation. The practitioner may use their hands, feet, knees, elbows and forearms, and operate in a state of mindful awareness. In addition to deeply relaxing, many people report feeling energetic and light after a session.This work relaxes tight muscles, improves posture and alignment, promotes circulation and restores harmony to mind, body, and spirit. All of the work is done on a mat on the floor.
Tibetan Acupressure-Compassionate Touch (Tact) is a dynamic three-dimensional healing system that incites the body's natural self-healing abilities. The framework for the treatment is an energetic partnership between us. As I stimulate reflex points in your body (from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head) with a special twisting motion of my hands and fingers, while simultaneously engaging in a state of mindful meditation and compassionate breathing that radiates loving kindness, you sit comfortably, eyes closed, and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment. Distance Healing is an option for this form of energy healing.
Yoga is a system, not of beliefs, but of techniques and guidance for enriched living. Hatha Yoga is a well-known system of postures and breathing techniques known to improve strength, flexibility, balance and agility; relieve stress and anxiety; elevate stress resiliency; promote relaxation; reduce inflammation; improve heart health; cultivate communion with the higher dimensional aspect of self and the universe, . . . and so much more.
loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”