At Body Wisdom Wellness, Kim Patulak incorporates modalities that you need during your wellness session. Prices are not determined by the modality, but instead length of time, with no add-ons for services such as aroma therapy or cupping. Sessions are for full stated duration. Please allot for an extra 15 minutes for intake and follow up discussion/exercises suggestions after. Wellness is a two way street – the exercises or stretches suggested can help extend the effects of your session!
Kim offers distance Reiki healing as well as Reiki attunemnts and training; one-on-one or in a group setting - message for more details!
Movement Integration (MI)
The human body is meant to move with ease. When we are injured, perform repetitive motion, undergo surgeries or experience emotional traumas, the body’s ability to move freely is diminished. We automatically protect the affected area by keeping it still to avoid further injury or trauma. While this may be advisable in some cases, if we don’t start moving again, eventually we get stuck.
MI uses gentle wavelike movements of the client’s body in coordination with compression and stretching to invoke a state of increased relaxation and freedom of movement. This method is different than other modalities as it assists in releasing chronic states of tension and increases flexibility and mobility without painful application. All movement should be pain free, reminding the mind and body that ease of movement is possible. Transformation is allowed to happen, not forced.
Off the table, clients receive movement education so they can learn to release tension at any time.
In her work, Kim uses this modality either on it’s own or in conjunction with other modalities such as Reiki and Neuromuscular work. The result is an experience where the mind and body can find ease, comfort and possibility!
This massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish but the pressure is generally more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots also known as “adhesions.” These methods help increase muscle tone, flexibility and range of motion.
A Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It is based on the idea that the practitioner allows the life force energy that is all around us to flow into them and through their hands - allowing the energy to be directed to the client. The practitioner will either hover their hands above or lay them on the client. Kim is a Reiki Master in the Traditional Reiki Method of Natural healing and offers healing sessions, training and certification programs.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University (where he served as professor of biomechanics), CST is used to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system using pressure which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants to promote relaxation, invigoration or alleviate pain. Oils are custom blended for your needs. For example, ylang ylang, jasmine and geranium offer anxiety and stress reduction, while yellow birch, marjoram and corn mint help relieve muscle soreness.
The Chakras are 7 energetic centers of the body located along the spine. As we interact in our daily lives, our Chakra systems can become out of balance and when they do, our physical bodies can be affected. Balancing this system includes the use of Reiki, Crystal Healing and Essential Oils.
Swedish massage involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration. This modality can provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
The application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems and that pressure on these areas creates real benefits for the client.
Lymphatic drainage is a very gentle, manual technique used to stimulate the flow of lymph, moving it towards the larger node bundles. Our lymphatic system plays a central role in the body's immune system by transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins and flushing them out via the lymph fluid through the lymph nodes. Blockages in the system can occur creating swelling (edema) in different areas of the body. This technique can help relieve swelling, improve health and is especially helpful before and after surgeries.
Qigong is a mind-body exercise form that uses meditation, breathing and movement to increase energy and blood flow (Qi) to help the body heal itself. Developed in ancient China and Tibet thousands of years ago, this healing art is based on the principles used in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine. It uses slow, repeated movements and breath control to bring about a deeper sense of grounding, peace and overall well-being. Kim is certified as a Level 1 instructor with Supreme Science Center.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine method of creating a vacuum on the clients skin to dispel stagnation (stagnat blood and lymph) thereby improving qi (energy) flow. Can be used to help alleviate pain, increase flexibility and detoxify areas.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine technique in which the skin is scraped with a special tool to produce light bruising. It is believed gua sha stimulates blood flow to the area being addressed therefore promotes healing. Especially helpful in working with adhesions or scar tissue.
Sports Massage focuses on preventing injury, relieving soreness and helping speed up muscle recovery by flushing out toxins and waste products by transporting oxygen-rich blood into muscles and tissue. Active-isolated stretches increase flexibility and range of motion. Sports massage supports training and conditioning and enhances athletic performance. Massage is specifically tailored to each sport.
Practitioner aids client on table with stretches of joints to increase muscle tone and range of motion.
Pregnancy Massage (After 1st trimester only)
Designed to meet the special needs of the expectant mother. During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and discomforting. Massage can safely, comfortably and effectively relieve stress, pain, backaches, control varicose veins, relieve leg cramps and help reduce edema (swelling) of the extremities. Massage helps increase red blood cell count, particularly important to those with anemia, helping to eliminate fatigue.
More than just a “head rub,” the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, face and ears are massaged, along with Marma Points (energy points – similar to Chinese Acupuncture points). There are 107 marma points on the body (37 on the head, face and neck and 14 on the back alone). Traditional Indian massage has been used for centuries to relieve tension, stress, and muscular aches, alleviate nervousness and anxiety and to restore energy. Benefits also include, improved circulation to the head, face and neck, promote hair growth, improve lymphatic drainage of head, face and neck. Indian Head massage relieves headaches, eye strain, sinusitis, congestion and insomnia.
Specific techniques are used to address chronic pain and injuries of all types. Assessment, muscular re-education, postural release and proprioception are used to treat many ailments, conditions and diseases.
TMJ Relief Masssage
Temporomandibular Joint disorders, commonly known as TMJ, can be extremely painful, with many symptoms including difficulty chewing, headaches, ear aches and clicking or popping in the jaw. This massage targets the muscles of the scalp, face, neck and shoulders using a combination of ischemic pressure on trigger points as well as more traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue movements. The muscles in and around the jaw are relaxed and softened, creating more space in the joint and reducing or eliminating pain.