Our Therapeutic Techniques
Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue beneath the skin that attaches, stabilises, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. This massage technique involves slow, steady, passive movements to guide the limbs and joints along the path of least resistance until they unwind, or superficial strokes, applying direct pressure to gently stretch and elongate the fascia.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a form of direct Myofascial Release. Firm pressure is applied using the forearms, knuckles or elbows to slowly sink through the surface layers of muscle and work directly on the restricted connective tissues.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are hypersensitive spots (often mistakenly referred to as ‘knots’) found within the muscles and fascia. A key characteristic of trigger points is pain that refers to areas of the body unrelated to the location of the trigger point itself. Trigger Point Therapy utilises firm static pressure to compress and ‘unwind’ these hypersensitive points within the muscle.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system, it is a network of tissues and organs that transport fluid to and from the tissues and helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. MLD focuses on assisting the lymphatic system in transporting fluid and removing waste products from the body. This style of massage does not require any oil, and utilises gentle superficial stroking movements, applying no more than 8 grams of pressure.
Drawing from both Swedish and KaHuna massage styles, Relaxation Massage aims to reduce stress and tension, and promote an overall feeling of relaxation and relief. Medium to light pressure, and slow, flowing movements are used to facilitate relaxation of the mind, body and spirit, the warming and gentle releasing and relaxing of the muscles, the flushing of metabolic waste from the tissues, and the stimulation and improvement of circulation and immune function. Consider including Relaxation Massage techniques in your healing session if your goal is simply to rest, relax, and restore, it will have you floating home.
Pregnancy massage involves the use of Relaxation Massage techniques performed under set up and draping conditions that have been designed specifically for the care, comfort, safety, relaxation and relief of pregnant women. Extra towels are used for draping the body, and pillows will support the head, tummy, and legs, as you lay on your side. Light to medium pressure is used to provide a relaxing, relieving, and restorative massage experience, although deeper, more specific massage techniques can be used where persistent pain and discomfort is felt. Pregnancy massage has similar benefits to Remedial and Relaxation massage and should be considered if you are pregnant and experiencing neck or back pain, poor circulation, fluid retention, muscle cramps or spasms, sciatic pain, constipation, fatigue, stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, or high blood pressure.
KaHuna bodywork, also known as Lomilomi or Hawaiian Temple Style Massage, is an ancient traditional practice that originated in the South Pacific. It was reserved for royalty, and used during Rites of Passage and times of great change to support transformation and healing processes.
KaHuna uses long, flowing, dynamic Hula and Tai Chi style movements to massage the recipients’ body. Often music accompanies the practice, and the flow of the massage is attuned to the rhythms of the music, thereby harmonising the various rhythms within your Mind, Body and Spirit
The primary goal of KaHuna Bodywork is to support you through change, restoring and maintaining balance and harmony within you, thereby making transitions more graceful. Consider incorporating KaHuna elements into your healing session if you are feeling drained or fatigued, to ease tired, aching, or stiff muscles, during times of change or transition in your life, if you are feeling stuck or unsure of your path or direction, if you are ready to move on from something that has ended or no longer serves you, if you are feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted and need to feel nurtured, or if you are suffering from excess fluid retention.
Polynesian Floorwork is similar to Shiatzu, Swedish, and Thai massage. Typically conducted on a mat, futon or low bodywork table, the recipients’ body is guided through a series of movements and manual manipulations to stretch, release and relax the muscles. When incorporated into a healing session, this modality can be applied at the beginning or end of the session when the recipient is clothed, or throughout the treatment session to support other techniques, or in place of direct pressure.
Stretching is our main recommendation when it comes to aftercare advice for our clients, it is vital to maintaining healthy, strong and fluid muscles, joints and connective tissues. This therapeutic practice encompasses the benefits of both massage and stretching, helping you cultivate more openness, freedom of movement, and range of motion. Connective tissue requires the muscles to relax in order to achieve an effective stretch. Polynesian Floorwork allows us to access the connective tissues with each stretch, as the recipient remains passive and relaxed while the practitioner guides the body through each movement, creating a deeper stretch than can be achieved alone. This style of bodywork increases flexibility, restores range of motion, eases tension and discomfort, gently releases muscular restrictions, stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage, and improves overall well-being.
Reflexology is a combination Bodywork and Energywork, founded on the belief that the body and all its systems are energetically linked to, and reflected on, the feet, hands, and ears, like anatomical mirror images, and that the entire body can be treated by massaging one or more of these areas (referred to as microsystems). For example, if we manipulate where the lung is reflected on the foot (referred to as the lung reflex), we then affect the organ itself. Various issues present throughout the body can be felt, assessed, and treated, through the reflex points on the hands, feet and ears. Zone Theory sparked the development of the Western map of reflexes, and the Meridians and Acupoints of Traditional Chinese Medicine are what lead to the development of the Eastern map. Both can be used as references for a Reflexology treatment.
Reflexology stimulates a reaction in the body, encouraging its natural healing processes and releasing blockages in the body’s energy network. It also restores balance to the nervous system, relieves stress, brings about relaxation, boosts lymphatic function, improves sleep quality, detoxifies the body, increases vitality, and provides relief from pain and discomfort. This holistic healing therapy can be used to aid in the management of conditions such as constipation, indigestion, headaches, sinusitis, allergies, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue.
Acupressure is another subtle, yet extremely powerful form of touch-based Energywork. It involves the application of gentle finger pressure at various points on the body to stimulate energy flow, remove blockages, and balance the Being. These points are located along energy channels, known as Meridians, and are the same as those used in Acupuncture (known as acupoints). The gentle pressure releases blocked and stagnant energy in the Meridians that run throughout the body, stimulating our natural healing processes, allowing the energy to flow freely, and harmony to return to our entire energy system.
While you may or may not feel the actual energy flow, you will usually feel refreshed and deeply relaxed both during and following the treatment. Acupressure does not just treat our energetic imbalances. It helps us uncover and understand the underlying patterns that are causing our ill health. Self-Awareness and understanding are the keys to long lasting change, and Acupressure is a powerful support for the journey of inner exploration, understanding, and ultimate healing. Acupressure can be seamlessly incorporated into a healing session to support other therapeutic practices, or as the main focus of the session.
Reiki is understood as “universal life force energy”. This energy is everywhere, residing in all things, animating all life. Life force energy nourishes the organs and cells of our bodies, supporting them in their vital functions. This energy also supports our connection to the rest of existence. When the flow of energy throughout the body is blocked or disrupted, it can affect the overall function of our bodies and minds, and disrupt our connection with Self, community, the Earth, and the Cosmos.
As a healing technique, Reiki operates on the belief that a practitioner may channel this life force energy into a recipient by means of touch, or by working in the energy field surrounding the body. Reiki then flows through the affected parts of the Body, Mind and Spirit, charging them with positive energy and causing any blockages, disruptions or negative energy to dissipate. This re-establishes the free flow of energy throughout the Being, stimulating the natural healing processes, clearing, purifying, rejuvenating and re-energising the recipient.
Reiki has a similar effect on the Body-Mind as meditation, acting on the physical, mental-emotional and spiritual levels to relax, calm and clear. Studies have also shown Reiki is effective as part of a pain management regime, speeding up wound healing and recovery time, lowering blood pressure, and reducing stress.
Seek the inclusion of Reiki in your healing session if you are feeling scattered, unbalanced, stressed, emotional, blocked, low in energy or fatigued, if you experience difficulty sleeping, are experiencing great change or upheaval, or if you simply wish to relax, clear your mind, raise your vibration, receive Intuitive Guidance, and connect to your Being.
Everything in life is vibration. Every aspect of the human body, and the rest of our natural reality, vibrates at an atomic level. Sound Healing is a therapeutic practice that involves the use of sound waves from various therapeutic instruments, such as Singing Bowls, to facilitate healing by effecting the cellular vibrations within the brain and physical body, and the subtle vibrations of the energy body. The sound waves work to clear, tune, balance and harmonise the physical body, the mind and emotions, and the subtle energy field.
Stress reduction is one of the most notable healing benefits of Sound Therapy. Stress is the underlying cause of many physical and mental-emotional conditions, and has the power to hinder our spiritual awareness and development, however, it melts away with ease when you are bathed in a sea of healing sounds and vibrations from therapeutic instruments. Along with stress disorders, this therapeutic modality has also been purported to support the management of conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches and migraines, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, and mental, emotional and physical pain.
Hand-beaten Himalayan Singing Bowls are our main Sound Healing offering, and can be easily incorporated into a healing session to supplement other therapeutic practices, or as the main component. These instruments are a type of bell that produce a rich, deep resonance, and gentle, soothing sound frequency that lasts for around 2 to 3 minutes at a time. We may also incorporate drums, Koshi chimes, bells, rattles and rain sticks into a session, depending on your preferences and presenting condition.
Like Reiki, and every other energy-based practice, Crystal Healing operates under the premise that everything is made up of the same base energy, and that this base or essential energy present at the core of all existence is capable of interacting with, and influencing, itself, regardless of the perceived limitations of our physical reality. The basis of Crystal Healing is the belief that crystals can absorb, repel and transmit energy, serving as both containers and conduits for universal energy, and that they can interact with and influence, the energy present in us, and our environment, on a physical, mental-emotional and spiritual level. Crystal Healing works with universal life force energy (known as Qi, Ki, or Prana), the energy channels within the body that hold and transport this energy (known as Meridians or Nadis), the energy centres known as Chakras, and the balance of Yin and Yang energies.
There are three primary healing benefits of incorporating Crystal Healing into a healing session. Clearing through the absorption and removal of certain types of energy from your body, energizing by harnessing, conducting and transferring energy from the quantum field into your own energy field, and balancing areas of energetic disharmony.
If you choose to include Crystal Healing in your session, they may be given to you to hold, or may be placed on your body, around the room, or under the treatment table. The crystals used, and their placement, are intuitively chosen to bolster or amplify your healing experience, shifting your subtle energies in accordance with the healing properties of each crystal, assisting in the alleviation of dis-ease within Mind, Body and Spirit, and the cultivation of higher vibrational energy. You may also be given advice on which crystals to wear, place on or move over the body, meditate with, place throughout your home and or car, sleep near, or use to create healing grids, in order to support the healing and integration process post-treatment.
At Sacred Hearth, Meditation is the act of softening and relaxing into your experience, allowing everything to be as it is. Meditative practices help you cultivate intimacy and connection with the naturalness of your Being, allowing you to move more easefully and gracefully through life, and respond to life’s challenges with clarity and perspective, rather than reacting from a mindset of scarcity, Doership, force and control. Meditation can be included in a healing session to help reduce stress, assist in relaxing the Mind and Body, facilitate spiritual awakening, regulate the nervous system, help form new and healthier neural pathways, or to gently guide your awareness towards something specific during the session (such as a body part, a value, belief or idea, a theme or intention).
Hatha can be understood as Yoga of the body. It is a branch of Yoga that involves the practice of physical postures in conjunction with breath awareness to help develop mental clarity and focus, and unify Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Hatha Yoga is a low-intensity and restorative approach to dynamic Yoga that involves slow, functional movements and gentle static holds. This beginner-friendly practice seamlessly blends various standing, sitting, and flowing postures, into a moving meditation designed to align and calm Body, Mind, and Spirit, balance Yin (passive) and Yang (active) energies, and reconnect you with your Being. Often a variety of concentration, contemplation, and Self-Enquiry techniques are employed throughout the session to gently guide awareness back to its source. Hatha practices often predominantly target the muscles, joints and organs of the physical body, using postures and movements to heal, strengthen and energise.
Benefits of a Hatha Yoga practice include increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping the lymphatic system fight infection, relaxation of the nervous system thereby reducing stress and stress-related issues, quieting and relaxing the mind, release of mental-emotional and physical tension, toning, strengthening and lubricating the muscles and joints, particularly the hips and spine, and supporting, improving and maintaining overall functional fitness.
Yin evolved out of a deep and profound need for more slow, passive, gentle practices to support and balance us in this highly active, fast-paced, Yang world.
This style of Yoga is beginner friendly, slow, passive, meditative and floor-based, incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with Yogic asana (posture) practice. Yin Yoga is designed to relax and release the deep network of connective tissues (a network of fibres, energy and water that pervades the entire body, giving it shape and stability) throughout the physical body, and stimulate the energy channels woven throughout the subtle body, by applying gentle mechanical stress in a series of poses, held for around 3 to 5 minutes each. Connective tissues require the muscles to relax around them in order to stretch effectively, and they respond best to the application of a slow, steady load, which is why Yin poses are held for so long. By gently stretching connective tissue in this way, the body responds by making it a little longer and stronger each time. A wide variety of props (bolsters, blankets, cushions etc.) are used throughout the practice to hold and support the body, and assist in gently opening and releasing the connective tissues.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, connective tissue is closely linked to the Meridians (energy channels), Chi (energy) flow, and organ function within the body. The health and quality of our connective tissues has the capacity to determine the health and quality of our thoughts, emotions, physical body, and overall wellbeing. Yin poses stimulate and remove blockages in the connective tissue and related Meridians, thereby improving energy flow, particularly through the internal organs, and balancing the various systems of the body. These poses often focus on the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine – as these areas are especially rich in connective tissues and can hold many energetic blockages.
Yin Yoga encourages us to switch off and rest in Being, calming the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for fight-flight-freeze response), activating the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for rest, repair and digestion) leading to the reduction of stress and anxiety, improved circulation and lymphatic drainage, supporting immune function and the flushing of toxins, lubrication of joints and the release of tension and restrictions in the fascia, improving overall mobility, flexibility and tissue function, and enhanced energy flow throughout the body, balancing the internal organs and supporting overall function of the body. Yin Yoga is ideal for those who are tired and craving energy, or over-stimulated and have too much energy.
Intuition is your internal guidance system, or inner tuition. In a philosophical sense, it is pure, untaught, non-inferential knowledge. Intuitive Guidance arises from within the Being, the unconditioned inner space of pure existence, and can only be truly heard when one has emptied themselves of all external conditionings and 'noise', coming to rest in a state of equilibrium within the Being. When the mind and spirit are clear, balanced and at peace, your intuition will have the freedom and space to flow and be heard by the heart, without being confused for impulse, or second guessed and questioned by the mind.
Intuition can be difficult for many people to understand and connect with as it is more of a feeling and an experience than an intellectual concept. As Humans, we often struggle to accept things we cannot understand with the intellect, as the mind and its perceptions are the primary way in which we learn to understand, relate to, and interact with our external reality. As this intellectual, thoughtful, mental approach to life is so ingrained in our very way of being, it can be one of the most difficult conditionings to overcome. Intuition offers something deeper than intellectual and conceptual understanding. Intuition is a heart based knowing of the truth. Chloe always uses intuitive guidance to inform her healing sessions, however, she can also offer assist you in connecting to your own intuition as part fo your healing session.