Thai Bodywork with Olga

Thai BodyworkThai Bodywork is an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply.

Traditional Thai bodywork uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled,stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.

Thai Bodywork began to evolve in Thailand over 2,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those utilized in other non-western healing therapies, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. The major energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.

Identifying features of traditional Thai Bodywork are integrated yoga postures which are performed on the recipient. Through assisted yoga, the body is stretched in ways that are difficult to attain through individual exercise and yoga practice. The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.

For many, traditional Thai Bodywork is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.

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Is Thai or Reiki for you? Which one’s best?

Thai or Reiki

Thai or ReikiWhat do you think is more popular? Thai or Reiki? I don’t know for anyone else, but in my practice, it’s Reiki! Though Thai is a very, very close second. How close? Last year I had 99 Reiki appointments and 97 Thai bodywork appointments. That’s how close!

Even though both services work from the same principle, the approach is so different that people are usually drawn to one but not the other. The question of what is better for them, Thai or Reiki, comes up pretty often as people wonder if they are missing out on something. But what is the unifying principle that brings both services together? That we have energy running through us, and it needs to run unimpeded in order for the body, mind, and spirit to be healthy.

The difference in Thai or Reiki comes in how both services help that energy to move along. In Reiki, a light touch is used and more energy is poured into the body through the practitioner. You can think of it as having a super heavy rain that fills the river that then overflows a dam, sweeping it away. The energy channels in your body are the river, the dam are areas of injury, emotional discord, surgery, painful memory, and so on. That extra heavy rain is the extra energy provided through the practitioner (me, in this case). Even though it sounds somewhat tumultuous, the process is actually gentle.

Thai or ReikiIn Thai Bodywork, the aim is also to move the energy through the body and remove the dam. But here, we use pressure and stretches to get into the nooks and crannies of the body and remove the dams. There is no rain, just the internal force of the river that is now allowed to flow unimpeded, with dams loosened up. As this is a much more physical practice, the body feels differently immediately, with lasting health benefits to follow.

Which one is right for you? It depends! While everyone can benefit from both services, we have our goals and inclinations to keep in mind.

Thai bodywork hopes to achieve wellness through working on the body. The effects are physical to start with. It is a great service if there is tightness in the body or you are losing your range of motion. Sciatica, lower back pain, general tension in the body can all be helped by regular Thai sessions. It also teaches you trust. Didn’t expect that, right? It takes complete trust that I won’t hurt you to be able to relax fully, with body and limbs limp. That trust on the mat can then creep into the rest of your life where you just might be able to stay more in a relaxed state versus the high alert ‘fight or flight’ mode.

Reiki, on the other hand, hopes to achieve wellness by working on the spiritual and emotional level. While I might use a bit of pressure on certain points in the body, this is not exactly significant for the overall session. The extra energy being provided to you does create a sense of peace and relaxation, but how fast would depend on how used you are to relaxing. In other words, if you are typically very stressed, it will take longer and several session for you to come close to what I would consider relaxed. On the other hand, if you are only occasionally stressed and your body has at least a vague memory of being relaxed, you will get to that total body rest much faster.

What is more important to you at this time? What would you like to experience? That’s for you to know and for me to find out when you schedule 🙂

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Yoga of Energy Flow Series

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yoga of energy flowI am very excited to be bringing this style of yoga to the North Shore! I really loved my teacher training and enjoyed practicing this style. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Drawing from several yoga styles, such as Kundalini, Meridian, and Kali Ray TriYoga, Yoga of Energy Flow is a unique and transformative method that integrates strength and flexibility training, energy cultivation, and open awareness.

Kundalini Yoga activates prana/chi energy, and strengthens the nervous system. Meridian Yoga opens and balances the internal energy flow. TriYoga, a vinyasa style, cultivates the flow of internal energy into a beautiful flow of postures; it is the art of meditation in action. Yoga of Energy Flow integrates these three styles into one unified, transformational practice.

By paying close attention to the movement of the spine in transition between poses and uniting that movement with breath, a unique appreciation for the movement of energy is developed. Your awareness expands and meditative states become easier to achieve.

Olga Kaminsky is a certified yoga teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, and an herbalist. She has graduated Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training in 2010 and has been helping her clients and students find peace and mindfulness amidst the chaos of life. Her wellness studio, Eternal Balance, is located at Cummings Center in Beverly.

This class is appropriate for all levels and beginners are welcome.

These classes will be held at Susan MacFarlane’s Wellness Studio at 186 Cabot St., Lower Level, Beverly, MA.

We are building interest to make this a regular offering!

Our next class is on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm!

$18

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LifeBreath

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lifebreathYou know that it is important to breathe deeply at least once in while. You might have heard that advice of “just breathe!” as a remedy to stress and anxiety. But do you know how to actually do it? The LifeBreath is close to my heart as taking a deep breath was something I struggled with growing up. I always felt like there was something preventing me from filling my lungs with air all the way, and my lung capacity test results were abysmal. As a result, I was excused from aerobic activities in physical education classes, and feeling short of breath was a normal occurrence for me. It was not until I started to take yoga classes that I learned to breathe better and feel better as a result. I want to pass that information to you in a form of LifeBreath class.

It is without fail that my clients with anxiety are unable to take a deep breath when instructed. They are usually also breathe incorrectly – their abdomen pulls in when they inhale and extends when they exhale.

Give this a try yourself… take a deep breath into your abdomen, with your abdomen extending out as a balloon. Now, exhale all the way and squeeze the belly button towards your spine. Did this work for you? You are in good shape! You would still benefit from LifeBreath, but just remember to actually breathe with a long, slow exhale and your stress levels will go down.

Now, what if this was difficult and it’s just not clicking for you? Come to this class! We’ll run through a few exercises that will help you tune into your diaphragm and practice controlled breathing. When you do that, your parasympathetic system is activated and you feel relaxed.

Controlled breathing gets easier with time and practice and it’s a great tool to have to help you calm down and feel great.

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

$20

Distance Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing Session

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Distance Reiki sessions are a unique and powerful way to clear your energy, balance your chakras, gain clarity, and promote well-being on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

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With Reiki, it is possible to send the healing energy at a distance, without a client being physically present. These distance Reiki sessions can be extremely useful when you just can’t get to the office, but would still like all the benefits of a hands-on session. There are special Reiki techniques for doing this and it works by establishing an energetic connection between the healer and a recipient.

Using your photograph, I am able to tune into your energy field and correct imbalances, clear blocks, and emphasize strong and healthy energy flow. The distance Reiki session promotes peace of mind, clear vision, and enhanced physical well-being.

Reiki can also be sent to the past to heal emotional traumas that are still affecting you today. While you will still have the memory of the event, its emotional effects on your present behavior will be lessened. In the same way, Reiki can be sent to a future event in your life. If you know that a stressful event is coming up, Reiki can be sent to that event so that you will have more composure and peace when the event happens.

What to Expect?

I use a photograph of you to help me establish a connection. You can email it to me here. If there is a question you’d like guidance on, make sure to include it with your photo.

I will email you with a date/time of when I am able to do your session. You do not need to do anything at that specific time, but I highly recommend that you sit down in a contemplative space in the following 48 hours. This is especially important if you were hoping to connect to your intuition and gain clarity. In any case, you will receive the energy whether you sit down or not.

After I am done with your session, I will email you my notes on your energy field, your chakras, and any other intuitive insight.

Cost

$55 (includes 30 minutes of energy healing and a report)

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