Allied Therapies are an integral component to bodywork at Opal. Each of these therapies alone has healing potential. When added to massage, they help facilitate a deeply therapeutic, effective massage session. We combine the following therapies according to your needs and preferences. Please feel free to let us know before your session if you want one to be specifically highlighted. (Not every therapist performs Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, and Thai Yoga massage; if you want one that does, please tell us when you book your appointment so we may place you with the appropriate therapist.)

AROMATHERAPY uses essential oils from plants and flowers for various therapeutic benefits. At Opal, we incorporate aromatherapy through our specially blended oils (see “products” for more information), compresses, floral waters, creams and gels.

HEAT THERAPY uses direct application of heat to increase circulation, soften tissues, and provide an additional aid to coaxing the release of especially contracted areas. At Opal, we use heat in the form of clay packs, our signature grain pillows (see “products”), compresses, and the liberal use of smooth, heated basalt stones (i.e. “hot stone massage”).

COLD THERAPY uses direct application of cold to decrease inflammation, force the flow of blood out of an area, and provide relief from systemic overheating. At Opal, we use cold in the form of gel packs, compresses, and smooth, cooled basalt stones (i.e. “cold stone massage”). Cold is especially helpful in the treatment of tendonitis and injuries.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY consists of the application of gentle touch to balance and decompress the craniosacral system. Working with the premise that spinal fluid is in constant motion, the practitioner tunes into the rhythm of its flow and applies slow gentle holds and subtle, precise movements to the skull, pelvis, and major joints of the body. This facilitates the release of energetic blockages and a meditative, deeply restful state. CST is particularly helpful for head and neck pain, sinus issues, and jaw tension (including TMJ). The calming nature of this technique also makes it useful for those with suffering immune systems.

REIKI (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Reiki is administered by “laying on of hands” and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years….The word Rei as it is used in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. Ki is life energy, also known as the vital life force or universal life force…Rei…guides the life energy called Ki in the practice we call Reiki. Therefore, Reiki can be defined as spiritually guided life energy. This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki. It more closely describes the experience most people have of it; Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, rather than requiring the direction of the practitioner.”

From Reiki: The Healing Touch, First and Second Degree Manual by William Lee Rand

(Note: some practitioners do not always place or “lay” the hands on the body, but rather allow the hands to hover closely above the body, in the aural field.)

A THAI YOGA MASSAGE session is a series of compressions to the body, stretches, and opening of the sen lines (energy meridians) of the body. The client wears loose, comfortable clothing. The benefits are similar to a Swedish massage (soothing, relaxing, boosting the immune and circulatory systems, tension relieving), with more of an emphasis on opening up the joints, stretching the muscles, and affecting/toning the organs through energy line work. This work is very good for stiff muscles and aching joints.

As a recipient, you are generally not active—you relax and enjoy as you are moved from one pose to the next. On the soft mat on the ground of the studio, you body will be moved from sitting to lying down, into twists, and back to restful poses. You will be feeling massage pressure from the therapist’s hands, elbows, knees and feet. The rhythmic flow of Thai Yoga Massage will bring you into a deeply calming, restful and relaxed state