Massage with Stephanie

Indra’s Grace is very happy to welcome Stephanie Hinkel to one of our Healing Rooms! 

Stephanie has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003. Her background working directly with Chiropractors, Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapists has given her a uniquely compassionate approach to clients needs. She understands that every person has unique preferences and prides herself in being able to go hone into the needs of each individual. Stephanie’s style is a blend of therapeutic touch and relaxing bodywork customized for each client.

She specializes in Swedish Massage, Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Prenatal Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, AromaTouch Technique and various other modalities.

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Swedish Massage:

The most common type of massage requested to reduce stress and increase relaxation is Swedish Massage, in which the therapist uses oil or lotion with several basic strokes that are applied with light to medium pressure, depending on the client’s preference. The therapist determines the sequence of strokes that will best work for each client according to their needs, typically beginning with broad general strokes, transitioning to more detail specific strokes to address problem areas, and finishing with broad connecting strokes.

Swedish Massage is characterized by the use of five basic stroke techniques: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration.

Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy:

Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapists’ feet. It is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

In an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support, using their feet to deliver the massage. The advantage of this massage — both for the client and the therapist — is that Ashiatsu allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapists’ body weight to provide a depth unmatched by other techniques. Ashiatsu offers deep, broad compression without sharp discomfort. Feel an awakening of your natural healing potential through true relaxation.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a light, gentle, orderly pumping technique that does not use oil or lotion, though essential oils that stimulate lymphatic flow may be used at therapist’s discretion. The contact with the skin stretches the initial lymph capillaries to pull open the “doors” with one hand, and push fluid and metabolic waste with the other hand. MLD detoxifies the body of chemicals and natural metabolic waste. The gentle technique opens the endothelial cells of the lymph capillary allowing large macro-molecules (proteins, cellular debris, denatured cells, water, fats, hormones, and more) pushing extra-cellular fluids through to become lymph. MLD increases the production of lymph 10- to 30-fold. Repetitive pumping of the lymph nodes (15 pumps) sufficiently empties the nodes and increases the production of lymphocytes 30%, which boosts the immune function.

Prenatal Massage:

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.

Reiki:

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.  Energy work through the hands.

Reflexology:

Reflexology, also known as reflex therapy is a natural therapy based on an ancient technique that treats different parts of the body through certain points located on the feet.Reflexology is not only a technique of foot massage and it can also be done in other parts of the body such as hands or ears (called reflex zones). This therapy gets relieve chronic diseases and substantially improves the condition of the body.

AromaTouch Technique:

Each essential oil in the AromaTouch Technique was selected for its individual aromatic properties, and for their powerful aromatic properties when combined.

The AromaTouch Technique uses specific guidelines and instructions for both dosage and application that make it a safe and effective way to receive the full benefits of essential oils. The AromaTouch Technique is gentle and can be adapted to accommodate young or sensitive skin so that anyone can benefit without the worry of overwhelming the body.

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