Posted On June 27, 2019 By In Regulars With 308 Views

Inside Out: Alternative Health Choices

By Hilary Sparks, Stem to Stern Massage Clinic –

I come from a long line of healers who taught Traditional Medicine and Alternative Healthcare, and I’m further blessed that both my parents are Registered Massage Therapists and Craniosacral Therapists. I’d like to give you a deeper level of understanding on why alternative care can and does make such a difference to your whole body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a non-invasive calming session while staying clothed. It requires little movement with profound results. By working on mechanical issues on a visceral level and connecting to a deeper level of muscle memory (Somatic Response), it releases memory from previous trauma in a safe and comfortable way. It is known to be incredibly effective for migraines, headaches, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, alzheimer’s disease, orthopedic problems and colic. This is great as an add-on to a service or weekly treatment to maintain and strengthen the benefits and results.

Shiatsu is gentle pressure with hands and thumbs following along the meridians. Traditionally, pressure is used to balance the overall energy within the body, aligning what is known as Chi which means: balance of negative and positive forms in the body believed to be essential for good health. Shiatsu can help alleviate the symptoms of many ailments such as MS, Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. It works well for all ages. My experience and training with a Chi Kung Master also helps extend my client’s benefits by showing simple yet effective stretching techniques to use between treatments. Shiatsu treatments are recommended weekly for optimum health.

Lymphatic Massage is specifically beneficial for low immune systems. It removes the stress hormones that accumulate in our bodies by working with the lymphatic nodes to help them drain. Benefits include ridding the body of toxins and waste buildup. It helps alleviate symptoms due to autoimmune disorders, radiation, chemotherapy, medication, stress hormones and anxiety.

A calmer more relaxing massage technique is used that will leave you feeling balanced, less tired, healthier and happier. Many have found it very successful. Bi-weekly treatments are suggested to continue the balance from within.

Hot Stones Massage. What a beautiful treatment this is, inside and out. It’s a relaxing therapeutic way to have a mini mind and body vacation. This treatment lets you finally catch up to your busy self. Benefits include increasing white blood cell count, which strengthens low immune systems, helping with cancer pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, arthritis and so much more. Treatments are recommended to take place four times a year as the seasons change.

For more information about these and other alternative treatments or if you have any questions, visit



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