A Bit About Cupping

What’s This ‘Cupping’ Thing

Cupping is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine in which glass cups are suctioned to the skin using heat to create a vacuum. This therapy helps to eliminate toxins, relieve congestion, improve circulation and relieve muscle tension. Cupping is generally painless and can be as effective as massage for muscle problems.

Cupping is a process in which suction is used to relieve local congestion.  Suction is created by various methods, using either heat or mechanical means to create partial vacuum.  Cupping methods create a negative pressure or suction, on the skin which pulls up tissue and actively draws blood and other fluids close to the surface.  This pulling action in the body engages the parasympathetic nervous system and induces a deep relaxation.

 

Who would benefit?

  1. Back Pain
  2. Musculoskeletal pain, Tightened or painful muscles, Pinched Nerves
  3. Headaches
  4. Respiratory Disorders
  5. Colds and Flu
  6. Asthma
  7. Arthritic conditions
  8. Edema
  9. Adhesions
  10. Intestinal Issues

Cupping is known for its ability to break up localized stagnation. Cupping is reputed to:

  1. Drain excess fluids and toxins
  2. Loosen adhesions
  3. Lift connective tissues
  4. Enhance circulation in stagnant musculature and fascia
  5. Stimulate the peripheral nervous system.  

Lung Issues :Cupping over the lungs helps to loosen phlegm, boost immunity and deepen breathing. It’s effective for common colds, asthma and allergies.

Detoxification:  When we talk about detoxifying, what we are really trying to do is to clear excess heat that burdens the liver. This accumulates from stress, eating processed foods, drinking alcohol and coffee, and taking pharmaceuticals. Cupping clears excess heat from the body, as evidenced by the red marks that can linger on the skin for several days after.

Musculoskeletal Pain: Cupping is like a reverse massage, using suction rather than pressure to relax the muscles. The heat and suction also work to bring fresh blood to a pain area and release blockages there. It is useful for back, neck and shoulder pain, and sciatica.

Digestive Problems: Cupping can help improve the digestive system when the cups are applied to the stomach area. By relaxing the stomach muscles and improving blood flow, it can increase nutrient absorption.  

Know-Before-You-Go: Cupping Edition

Brave enough to get cupped? Here are a few things you should know:

  1. It’s not as painful as it looks. If you’re a glutton for deep-tissue massage, foam rolling or a firm elbow from time to time, you can rest assured you’ll have a pain-free experience. That said, “If you have any really stagnant tissue, you might experience more soreness — but not usually lasting more than 24 hours.
  2. Those marks don’t lie (for the most part). Darker marks can denote one of two things: Poorer circulation to that part of the body or higher levels of toxicity being brought up to the skin.

 

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Have you ever tried to change a habit or behavior just to have it resurface? This happens because our conscious willpower, typically, can’t compete with the power of our subconscious mind, which is known to be where many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes, and motivations are rooted. Every trauma, emotion, and feeling we experience from birth until this current moment is stored in our subconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy allows us to access our subconscious mind and can be a very effective tool to help one resolve or release inner conflicts that may be getting in the way of their success, health, and happiness. However, it is not magic. Serious participation and the want and willingness to change must be present from the one who is seeking to resolve an issue or unwanted habit. Four keys to maximizing one’s own success, as a hypnotherapy client, are:

  1. Firmly believe that the issue or habit can be resolved or released.
  2. Being able to imagine one’s self as living successfully with the resolution or free from the current issue or habit.
  3. Participate for you, because you want to change.
  4. Expect one’s own success.

As a hypnotherapy client, one is allowing the hypnotherapist to use techniques to guide and help them to go into a deep state of relaxation, so that inner conflicts related to an issue or habit can be resolved, between the conscious and subconscious minds, by positive suggestions being given to the client by the hypnotherapist, which helps bring about the desired change.

 

 

Appointments

If you are interested in seeing Nicole for hypnotherapy she is available at our Colby location no and also at our Wausau location on Friday’s starting mid October. Please call 715.316.0040 to begin.

 

Confessions of a Curly Hair Girl

For as long as I can remember I was never content with my natural thick and wavy hair. Straightening my hair was always a hassle, so when I was younger I would get a perm here and there just because it was easier to manage. I was always indecisive,  if I’d cut my hair short, I’d grow it long, and I always, ALWAYS had the stylist thin it out because it was just too much. I was never content with the locks that I had on my own head. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to embrace it! My hair always felt dry, and frizzy, and it had to be cut a certain way or it looked ridiculous! It would look like I had choppy layers or just a straight blunt cut.. I was never taught how to wear it natural or how to maintain my curls.

The next logical step of course was the internet, and I would YouTube ridiculous videos that didn’t work for my type of hair. During my experiments, I did find some tips and tricks that worked for me. Us curly hair girls have some secrets (at least I do) that might surprise some of you. Here are some confessions that I think most curly hair girls can relate to.  

I rarely wash my hair!

Most people can get away with every other day or every other-other day, but people with curly hair like me, we could get away with washing it maybe once or twice a week, that may sound gross to some of you but the longer I go without washing my hair the curlier my hair gets. Dry shampoo, is a very good friend of mine. It allows me to extend the length of time i can wear my hair down by another full day. This also means I get one more day of being able to wear it up! To be honest, the more days I wear my hair down, the more oily it gets.

Brushing

We don’t do it: like ever! More than likely we don’t even own one. At least I don’t! I either run my fingers through my hair in the shower or I use a wide tooth comb. If I comb my hair after the shower, once it starts to dry, it looks like a hot frizzled mess!

 

Cock-tailing

No, I am not talking about the drinking kind, I LOOVVEE to cocktail my products. I HAVE to use products, and if I don’t, my curls are frizzy or dull. I personally like to use a mouse or gel for a good hold. My absolute favorite product to use for my curls is a sea salt spray! I especially use it on day two or three depending on how my curls look the next morning.  My routine consists of a leave in conditioner, gel or mouse, and a hair oil or serum. The next/last day I may mist my hair with some water and then spritz in some sea salt spray and I’m good to go.

Blow-drying

It doesn’t happen for me, like ever! First of all, my hair takes forever to dry. Secondly, my hair would look like I stuck my finger in a socket; big and all over the place. If we do decide to blow dry our hair we always use a diffuser.

As you can see, my hair care routine is a tad bit different than how you might style or care for your hair. Like I said earlier, it took me a few trial and errors to find out what works for me, so my best advice for anyone would be to find what works for you. Everyone’s hair is different, and different tricks work on different hair types. So what works for me may not work for you. I have grown to love the hair I have, and my passion for curly hair has also grown as well! 

 

~Kylie

A curly haired girl

 

Marshfield Welcomes A New Therapist: Caroline Miller

New Marshfield Team Member

Caroline Miller has joined our team and we couldn’t be more excited. She brings a wide range of talents and skills to our downtown Marshfield location and we know you will be happy with her great massage skills.

Caroline has worked as a hair stylist in Milwaukee for over a decade, and she brings her deep background in customer service with her as she begins her new journey in massage therapy. As an Associate Level therapist, she looks forward to growing her skills in relaxation, energetics, and therapy. Caroline will be training this September and will be able to provide waxing, facial, and body wrap services as well as massage later this fall.

She has already won over several clients. In the last week alone here is some of the feedback we have heard from her clients.

“She’s my new favorite!” 

“I will be back!”

“What a wonderful addition. You guys always find the best massage therapists around.”

“Her massage reminds me a lot of Joan Weber’s.”

 

 

Caroline is available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments in our Marshfield location only.  To Learn more about her, check her bio on our Meet Our Team Page.

 

Associate Level

We haven’t had a new Associate Level therapist at Back To Bliss in a couple of years, so take advantage of her great prices to get to know her. Associate Level is an experience designation at Back To Bliss and we have set our Associate Level as our lowest price.  For more information on our price levels see the following link to a video on the topic:

 

 

Considering A Career In Massage Therapy?

A Local Opportunity

Back To Bliss is offering a class that was developed by a massage therapy school as a ‘first look’ into the career. When potential students would question whether or not they were ready to commit to a full year long massage therapy program, the school would steer them towards a version of the 15-hour course we are offering. Let’s face it, the commitment of time and money is often scary. Many potential students know they like to give back rubs to family and friends, but they have very little real experience or knowledge about professional massage. This course is the answer to these questions. It was designed to teach a full body oil massage in a group setting.

Students expressing any interest in Massage Therapy as a career can get an authentic experience of what it would be like to give massages as a professional. Taking this course will give enough experience to confirm or remove any doubts about massage as a career before students take the large step of committing to a full program.

Course Details

The course material covers a full body oil massage on professional tables. It is a public class for all ages. Minors under the age of 18 can attend with parental consent. We actually encourage parents to take the class with their child so they can talk about the career choice together. You can also find an online link to information regarding this massage course below:

Several people have expressed interest in this course already, but the dates we have scheduled for our first run don’t work for them. If you also interested but looking for other times that work for your schedule, please contact us with what does work for you so we can set up a second course time that does work for you.

Currently Scheduled

Choose from any of the following three six week sessions.

Session 1: 3/22 – 4/7 – Wed and Fri nights from 6:30-9 @ YRC

Session 2: 4/25 – 5/30  –  Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 @ YRC

Session 3: 7/2 – 8/6  –  Sundays from 3 – 6:30 @ Colby

 

6 classes. 2.5-3 hours each.

Fee: $125 / person or $200 / couple if signing up together.

Now Hiring Therapists For New Wausau Location

A New Facility

Monica and Josiah Have been looking for new opportunities to grow over the last several months. Finding all the right pieces to grow has and continues to be the dictating factor for opening our next facility. Enough pieces have fallen into place that we can announce our intention to open in Wausau.

The facility we have in mind would duplicate the size and tone of our Marshfield Satellite. To begin, we would develop it as a wellness spa; with yoga, salon, skin, and nails all as future options. The facility lies on 17th right across from Marathon Park. Everything is set for us to sign a lease except for new staff. If we can find two full-time massage therapists or the equivalent to join our Wausau Team, we will open later this spring.

Massage Therapists Needed

Who would fit in well with our Team? Back To Bliss is a facility that honors the individual strengths of our team members. We offer a wide array of massage techniques from deeply technical therapy to blissful relaxation. As a facility we allow you to focus on your strengths. Our team will help direct clients to you that best fit your strengths. We create a team environment that is client service oriented, not competitive amongst therapists.

Through cooperation and professional teamwork, we build a much more powerful experience for our clients. This means we are looking for long term career minded therapists as well as team oriented ones. Our system of pricing on a leveled bases helps therapists receive timely raises. It also provides information on the experience level clients should expect when they choose a provider. This clarity honors both our team member’s growth in their careers as well as client preferences on price and experience.

We look to attract long-term relationships with clients. We are not a resort spa or a medical clinic, but a facility focused on balanced wellness; providing great clinical massage therapy in a spa-like atmosphere. Our multiple facilities, with their different departments, offer options for our clients to pursue wellness on their own terms as part of a lifestyle focused on health and happiness. To this end, therapists that can build positive therapeutic relationships with their clients find our philosophy and tone a good match. If you are solely focused on specialty populations or have no interest in building longer term clients, then you will find a better home elsewhere.

 

Training & Perks

While still a small business, Back To Bliss offers support that many employers do not for massage therapists. We have regular team meetings with in-house education. We encourage you to trade and learn from other therapists during your down time. Public classes taught by in-house teachers all have discounts or are free to team members. This summer we are offering yoga, Bach Flower, Your First Meditation, and Reiki Certification classes to name a few of the options for staff. As a whole, the potential for your personal growth in our team atmosphere is a real part of why people stay with us.

Our philosophy is based in holistic wellness and the atmosphere we create for our team members is as relaxed as we can make it while still holding accountability for success and professionalism. Our focus on your personal growth is great for self-motivated people who want to learn their craft and then learn how to help more and more people. We offer flexible schedules, phone app based schedule and online booking system, significant levels of autonomy/respect/responsibility, and support. In short, you need to have a relatively stress-free work environment to grow and provide stress relief to our clients.

We offer commission based pay for both retail and services. All new team members have an hourly minimum wage as they build their clientele and will receive whichever is greater, their commission amount or their hourly. This supportive structure eases the transition into any new facility while client relationships are built.

We are a profit share based model. Everyone earns their regular wage for work, and as each facility reaches higher levels of success, larger and larger portions of profit will be returned to the team members. We all share in the success of positive work habits. Profit sharing is available after 2 years of employment.

To Learn More

Contact our front desk at 715.316.0040. Our receptionists will provide you with an email to send resumes and give your contact information to our Owners, Josiah & Monica. Training begins asap at our Colby location.

My Hairdressing Journey

My Journey ~ By Kylie

We all have a background to how we got where we are today and along that journey we all experience bumps in the road, like clients that make you want to rip your own hair out, or at times even questioning, “Is this something I really want to do with the rest of my life?” Like so many others, I’ve also experienced those same hurdles, but throughout my journey this far, I’ve found a passion for this career. One that I knew was there all along.

When I was a little girl I was passionate about dance and I stuck with it for 10 years. Now, I loved dance in general, but my favorite thing was the recitals! I loved getting into costume, having my hair and makeup done, and just feeling fabulous! From little on I had loved getting my hair or makeup done, so when it was time to start thinking about college and my life after high school, the only thing I knew that I was passionate about was the cosmetology field.

You can ask anyone that really knows me and they will agree that I am a city girl at heart, so when it came down to looking at cosmetology schools, there was no question that the bigger city was calling my name. People assumed I would go to Wausau, or Eau Claire, simply because it was closer to home, but I wanted adventure! I had a desire to meet new people and to see and experience new things. For me, that meant traveling to a different state, Minnesota. I came across Regency Beauty Institute in Blaine, Minnesota, and I instantly knew that this was the school for me! I was super excited to start my journey as a cosmetologist and start this new adventure.

As I walked into the lobby at beauty school on the first day, I remember that there were about 15 other girls also waiting to be told where to go and what to do next. I gained so many experiences through school, but some of my favorite things we did were avant-garde, fantasy makeup, and of course when we were able to work and practice our new skills on one another.  I ended up learning so much more than I ever could have imagined and I even met some pretty amazing friends along the way. Of course, I had my fair share of bumps in the road as I attended school and towards the end of my program, I even started to doubt and question my career path. Through it all, I successfully completed my program and became a licensed Minnesota Cosmetologist. Due to the self-doubt I struggled with about my path, I ended up moving back home to where it felt safe. There, I knew I could take the time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.

Before I moved home, I was told that there was a difference in hours of schooling between Minnesota and Wisconsin, but my school reassured me that they could help me obtain the hours necessary in order to receive a Wisconsin Cosmetologist License. The difference was 200 hours! I was given two options, to either go back to Regency for two months and spend roughly $2000, or I was told I could simply wait it out until Wisconsin changed their hours to match Minnesota’s. I decided to save money and wait it out. Well, I waited, and I waited, and I waited! Finally, I decided I would try to find a receptionist position at a salon somewhere around the area, as a way to get my foot in the door.

Long story short, that’s how I ended up here, at Back To Bliss! I was hired as a receptionist and shortly after, Monica asked if I wanted to do the apprenticeship program in order to make up the difference or hours. Of course I said yes!! Little did we know that instead of simply being able to make up the 200-hour difference I had to do an ENTIRE year of apprenticeship, but in the end, it was so worth it!

When leaving cosmetology school the educators said, “We just teach you the basics. You learn so much more when you go out into the real world and get experience.” They were so right! My educators at Regency were awesome and there’s no doubt that I learned a lot from them. They pushed me to never give up, and that practice always makes perfect, but I always felt as if I learned nothing other than “just the basics.”

At the salon, Monica and the other stylists taught and are continuing to teach me new tips, tricks, and techniques every day. Monica is an awesome mentor! Shortly after I started my apprenticeship she helped me realize how much I do love being a cosmetologist and how strong of a passion I have for the art of cosmetology. I can honestly say that I can’t picture myself doing anything else the rest of my life. I’m happy I report that in October, I had officially obtained my Wisconsin Cosmetology License!

Over the years I have come to realize, my likes and dislikes in this industry and what areas I am more passionate about than others. For instance, I always have been passionate about good skin care, and I thought that this was the area that I wanted to mainly focus on, however, this has started to shift. For example, I’ve gotten more into perms! I am all about curly hair! The curlier the better! I believe that at one point in our lives we have all envied the girl with the naturally curly hair. I am also known as the blowout queen around here, so give me a round brush and watch me do my magic!

I have had quite the adventure so far in this industry and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey as a stylist thus far. I hope you decide to follow along and join me as I continue to grow as a stylist!

 

Xoxo Kylie Gonnering

Associate Level Stylist

 

Waxing, It’s Not That Bad! Part 2

Welcome Back

In the first part of this waxing series, we took a look at the technical aspects of waxing. In this post I would like to tell you what to expect, and some tips to make it a bit easier for you to bare.

Pain?

So many people ask, does waxing hurt? Yes, waxing can be painful, after all you are getting hair ripped out of your skin. The pain is definitely tolerable, the initial sting only lasts a short time. Some people will choose to take some ibuprofen beforehand to help with the pain, however you do not want to take aspirin, because of it being a blood thinner. Yes, there can be blood, all that means is that we got the entire hair follicle out, which is attached to a blood vessel. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that your body is more sensitive around the time of your period, so it will hurt a little more. The more often you wax, the less painful it will be, due to the fact that your hair is growing back thinner and more sparse. Like many other things in life, it gets better with time!

Hair Length

Another thing you need to know is that you need to let your hair grow! It needs to be about 1/4″ long, which means you will need to grow it out for about 4 weeks. If your hair grows a little faster, it may be longer than a 1/4″ and that is ok. If your hair is longer than that I can trim it without a problem, but if the hair isnt long enough the wax wont adhear to the hair.

Bikini Waxing?

The last bit of information you should know about the waxing process itself is; don’t be embarrassed about how much hair you have, because we all have hair! Basically any part of the body can get waxed. When getting a bikini wax, it may be a little weird getting your lady business waxed, but after a couple minutes of talking the akwardness seems to go away. To me, there is hair attached to skin and I need to remove it, I dont think about anything else. It is not one bit awkward for me, so I hope you don’t feel that way either.

After Care

You should avoid hot baths or hot tubs after a wax for at least 24 hours. Your freshly waxed skin is susceptible to bacteria infections for the first 24 hours after. You should also avoid tight clothing to make sure your skin can breathe after the wax. Try to avoid any activities that could cause friction on your skin. After the first 24 hours, you can start using a mild antibacterial soap and exfoliating lightly to make sure you do not get any ingrown hairs. What are ingrown hairs you ask? Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways, or curls back into the skin. Sometimes the hair is not strong enough to push through the skin, so it curls back or grows sideways under the skin. These need to be taken care of, because they can become infected. The best way to remove them would be similar to how you would remove a sliver, with a tweezers to carefully pull it out.

I hope that after reading this you will give waxing a try, afterall, it’s not that bad!

~Jess M

~It is never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot~

Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan

Bodyworkers Share Begins

Hands & Hearts – Bodyworkers Share

Join us this fall for Back To Bliss’ Bodyworkers Share. This is an open group for any currently licensed Bodyworker, Massage Therapist, or Alternative Modality provider. During this share, we will begin with a small discussion to set our intention and talk shop. Once we divide ourselves up for the trade, we will each receive a 45 minute service from another participant. Unstructured time is allowed at the end of each share to drink tea while we socialize and process the experiences from the trade together.

What is a Bodyworkers Share?  

A Bodyworkers Share is a group that gathers to support, inspire, and build their local wellness community. In particular, the massage and bodywork profession often lacks community where we can set up a variety of 

As all groups, it is what the members make of it, so come with questions and help us build a wonderful space where massage, and all those who bring the healing power of touch, are celebrated.

What is Hands & Hearts?

Hands & Hearts is a program organized around the idea of increasing our local area’s touch literacy. Sponsored by Back To Bliss, it has various facets including teaching friends and family how to give each other massages, supporting  local professional bodyworkers and a charitable program aimed at helping to provide bodywork to underpriviledged community members. Follow this link to see our complete program options and get involved.

When and Where

This share is 100% free, and will happen every four weeks on Sunday nights from 7:15-9pm. Each Share is hosted at Back To Bliss where we can enjoy the professional setting. We are hosting this event at both the Colby and Marshfield locations to make it easily accessible to a larger area. Tables and linens are provided by Back To Bliss. You may bring your personal oils and accessories as desired.

2016 Colby Dates:

  • Sunday October 23rd @ 7:15-9pm
  • Sunday December 18th @ 7:15-9pm

2016 Marshfield Dates:

  • Sunday September 25th @ 7:15-9pm
  • Sunday November 20th @ 7:15-9pm

Registration:

Please call or go online to reserve a spot for each month’s share. We are currently limited to 10 participants. Call 715.316.0040 to speak to a receptionist or go to http://www.secure-booker.com/division/Classes.aspx and search for the dates you are looking to register for. Feel free to send questions and comments to Monica at the bottom of the page.

Training Announcement – Craniosacral Class

Three Therapists Attended Training

This August, three massage therapists at Back To Bliss attended a weekend certification course in Craniosacral Therapy.

Sarah, Jodi, and Rachelle getting their CEU's.

Sarah, Jodi, and Rachelle getting their CEU’s.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Simply put, there is a deeper and more subtle pumping system in our body than the heart and cardiovascular system. That more subtle system surrounds the central nervous system and brain. Just like muscles all over the body tighten in response to stress, so too do the fascial linings of this deeper pumping system. When the pumping system that cleanses, nourishes and detoxifies our central nervous system starts getting wear and tear due to the accumulation of stress, all sorts of negative symptoms can spring up.  In many ways the fluid of this pumping system can be likened to the oil in our car. If it doesn’t get processed via a healthy pumping action it will stark to get gunky and then our entire central nervous system will run sluggishly. Since this system nourishes our nervous system directly the list of symptoms a good craniosacral treatment can help benefit is quite wide and profound.

What does it help?

According to Dr. John Upledger, a pioneer and leading american trainer, craniosacral therapy is ideally suited for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, pain, and general health maintenance.

It is recommended for autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, osteoarthritis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinus infections, and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine). It is also used with other therapies to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, and menstrual irregularity. In addition, other craniosacral practitioners have reported benefits for eye dysfunction, dyslexia, depression, motor coordination difficulties, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), hyperactivity, colic, asthma in babies, floppy baby syndrome, whiplash, cerebral palsy, certain birth defects, and other central nervous system disorders. 

Craniosacral Training Supplies

How does it differ from other massages?

As with most specialty massage techniques, the way that you are touched and what body parts the we focus on depends on the result we are looking for. With craniosacral therapy, there are several key notes that make it stand out.

  • The touch is feather light. This massage taps into a very subtle rhythm and facial system.  A very light touch is often best because it is enough to create a strong result, but also not so strong that we distort your natural rhythms through our work.
  • The service is most often done fully clothed. As a predominantly fascial massage we want our hands to be slightly tacky and to hold on the skin instead of to slide along it as we do with an oil massage.
    • We can access all of the body parts we need through the clothing. Without the concern of oil ruining your clothing, we can do everything we need without the need to remove clothing.
    • You certainly can remove belts, shoes, jeans and other obstructive clothes for comfort, but disrobing is not a necessary part of the service.
  • The service is aimed at opening the cerebrospinal fluid system. Most of the massage will be focused on the head, face, and spine because this is where we can most easily affect that system.
  • Part of the science of this modality is for us to use your body’s rhythms and pulses to help find obstructions in the cerebrospinal system. This means that we may move your limbs in repeating rhythms, circles, or other patterns to feel for asymmetry and other disturbances in your cerebrospinal rhythm. Very often we will work in repeating patterns of movement as well as long holds to bring awareness and healing to your cerebrospinal system.
  • These services can often be very long. A 90 minute session is very common. At Back To Bliss, our services only extend to 2 hours, but at many other facilities a 3 hour craniosacral therapy session is normal. We recommend testing this modality out for a 60 minute service first. If you like it, then you can extend the times to the recommended 90 minute session as desired.
  • The teatment is very blissful. The quiet, gentle and rhythmic nature of this massage combined with the genuinely amazing experience of feeling myofascial releases in your body is entrancing. Very often clients will become so absorbed in the internal experience that they will completely lose track of time.
    • As a side note, I have had many clients get mad because they think their massage was cut short when in fact it was extra long. This happens often due to the deep trance like focus experienced during this massage.
    • I have personally had this experience. My session felt like it was only ten minutes long when the therapist took her hands away and said thank you. Basically, the first ten minutes that I remember was how long it took to pull my mind in. The service kept my mind engaged fully until the very last touch and I completely lost connection with the passage of time. It was amazing.
  • As with most specialty massage types, these will have compounding effects when received in a series.

How to Get One?

At Back To Bliss we currently have five massage therapists that are now trained in this service.

  1. Josiah
  2. Carrie
  3. Jodi
  4. Rachelle

Please call our front desk line at 715.316.0040 or go to our online booking system to schedule today.