Changes

After a challenging summer that included TWO household moves and a brief stay in the hospital, things are shifting here at Rewaken!  I am very excited to share what the late Summer breeze has blown in for us!

First, what the breeze is blowing out…Starting September 14th, 2013, I will NO LONGER be providing my Intuitive Massage Services at  NAMASTE HEALING ARTS CENTER.  This is a wonderful community full of many offerings for your spiritual needs and I highly recommend a visit to the Namaste Bookshop if you’ve never been! Visit www.namastebookshop.com for Bookshop, Healing Center AND Gift Shop locations, hours and offerings!

 
So, where can you find me in Manhattan, NY?
Manhattan seems to be where my volunteer services are needed at this time.  On Fridays, I can be found at GMHC providing Therapeutic Massage Sessions to their Clients. For more information on this amazing organization visit www.gmhc.org.   Starting alternating Wednesdays in October, I can be found in the Family Lounge at Morgan-Stanley Childrens Hospital providing Chair Massage to Parents and Patients. 
Now for what is blowing in… I am taking the plunge and securing extended time and space in this fabulous Prospect Heights, Brooklyn location!!       By advanced booking, I will be available for appointments on Thursdays & Saturdays from 11am to 9pm. For the possibility of other days/times, please contact me and I will see what we can work out! Here is the address with a link for directions AND a wonderful photo of the building so you will know you have found the right place. 
 
Thank you all for continuing to support my ReAwaken work!  I look forward to seeing you on my table soon!

What to Expect from a Massage Session

Here is a link to a great short video from ABMP giving information about what you should expect from a Massage Session.

http://www.abmp.com/abmptv/video/what-to-expect-from-a-massage-session

Intake procedures, health history, proper draping, and communication between client and therapist are all important elements of a massage session. Massage therapist Cindy lets clients know what to expect so that you always feel comfortable during a session.

 

 

Party Anyone?

How do you transform your next party from ordinary to unforgettable? Just add MASSAGE.  The party possibilities are ENDLESS! Not sure what I mean?  Here are some ideas:

 

 

Weddings

 Brides

     

  or Grooms  

   

 

* Girls Night In

   

* Birthdays

* Promotions

* Holidays

* or Just Because!  No one needs an excuse for a Massage Party!

 

And who are Therapeutic Massage Parties PERFECT for?  

                 Women…Men…Kids…Teens…Young…Old…EVERYONE!!

 

 

So how does a Massage Party work? You can chose from a few options that can then be Individualized for your specific group. These options are:

*Single service: You choose 1 service type for your entire group, such as foot massage, head/neck/shoulder massage or hand massage.

*Multi-Service Menu: A selection of services and lengths are available for your group to choose from, such as 60 minute table massage, 30 minute foot massage, or 15 minute hand massage.

*Instructional: Your group can be taught basic massage for sharing touch with friends and loved ones.

A Massage Party is the PERFECT way to spend time with friends and nurture yourself at the same time. What a fabulous combination!

Contact me today for Rates and to schedule your Party! Dawn Welburn LMT at ReAwakenThroughTouch@gmail.com or 347-522-3450. 

***Massage Parties are for the experience of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch and potentially the learning of basic massage techniques, in a safe, trusted environment. All services are for therapeutic purposes. All information and instruction is for Personal use only.

Exclusive Partner Massage Instruction

Do you have a loved one in chronic pain and wish you knew massage techniques to ease that pain?  Would you like to connect to your partner on a deeper level?

I also facilitate exclusive partner massage instruction. I feel that as a society we lack conscious meaningful touch in our lives and as a result we are disconnected from others and ourselves. Learning meaningful touch in a trusted relationship adds connection within that relationship. Many people have stored a heavy amount of pain within their bodies and cannot come to me every day for the necessary bodywork to help release this pain. By teaching partners and other loved ones how to provide meaningful touch, both giver and receiver are aided along their own paths of reawakening.

Instruction Rates:

1 Partner Instructed/ 1 Partner Receiving   $100                                                Both Partners Instructed/Receiving             $200

Contact me for more information and to book a session. **Partner can be family, close friends, same and opposite gender partners.

*Payment may be made by CASH or through the PayPal buttons found here: http://dawnwelburn.massagetherapy.com/   Please contact me to schedule PRIOR to making a payment through Paypal. 

***Instruction is for the experience of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch and the learning of basic massage techniques,  in a safe, trusted environment. The hands-on instruction is for therapeutic purposes. All information and instruction is for Personal use only.

 

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Here is another great article on the many benefits of Massage Therapy.  It is from the November 2012 issue of MORE Magazine. The author interviewed Tiffany Field PhD, founder of Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

http://www.more.com/health/wellness/health-benefits-massage-therapy

More than an indulgence, massage therapy can help you sleep better, boost your immune system and reduce aches and pains
by Judy Jones
unexpected medical benefits of massage
Photograph: Illustrated By Aad Goudappel

For the past few thousand years, the Western world has largely resisted the notion that a procedure as noninvasive and, yes, pleasurable as massage could have a significant healing effect. Finally, however, clinical centers throughout the U.S. are taking a closer look at massage’s medical benefits. One of the researchers most responsible for this change in attitude is Tiffany Field, PhD, who in 1992 founded the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the first major center devoted to studying the healing potential of touch. Over the past 30 years, Field has written 20 books and more than 450 journal articles on the subject, collecting the kind of hard evidence that makes the scientific and medical establishments pay attention.

As head of the Touch Research Institute, she has documented the effects of massage on a dizzying variety of disorders. We asked Field to tell us more about what she has learned in studying both healthy and unhealthy people.

Q: How does receiving a massage affect most people?
A: It’s like finishing a run: You have the same feeling of total relaxation. We know that even a 10-minute chair massage can lower your blood pressure and slow down your heart rate. And your mental performance is enhanced. When we gave people math problems to solve after a massage, they did them twice as fast with half the errors.

Q: Many people suffer from some kind of physical pain. How can massage therapy make them feel better?
A: Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which your body barely moves. In our studies of fibromyalgia, we monitored the sleep of subjects who received 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks. We found that the fibromyalgia sufferers slept nearly an hour longer at the end of the study period than they did at the beginning and that their sleep was deeper. We also found that by increasing sleep, we could reduce substance P, a neurotransmitter that’s closely associated with pain. Fibromyalgia is a vicious cycle: The less restful sleep you get, the more substance P is emitted and the more pain you have; the more pain you have, the more difficulty you have sleeping. We were trying to use massage to break that cycle, and it was very effective.

Q: How about reducing stress via massage? Does that have an effect on pain?
A: Yes. In a review of research on the topic, we determined that massage therapy lowers cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 31 percent. And when cortisol levels decline, serotonin, one of the body’s antipain mechanisms, increases. In our review, serotonin grew by an average of 28 percent after massage therapy. So by lowering cortisol, you boost your ability to fend off pain.

Q: How does massage affect the immune system? 
A: In studies of women with breast cancer, we found that when cortisol levels are up, natural killer (NK) cells are down. Natural killer cells are the front line of the immune system. They kill cancer cells, viral cells and bacterial cells, so you definitely want them up. In one of our studies, for instance, women with stages 1 and 2 breast cancer were given 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks. At the end of the study, the women had lower depression and hostility levels and increased urinary levels of serotonin, dopamine, NK cells and lymphocytes—all of which suggested their immune systems were stronger.

Q: You’ve also found some fascinating evidence that people benefit from giving massages. Can you talk about that? 
A: Yes, we did a study in which elderly volunteers massaged infants at a nursery school three times a week for three weeks. There were a lot of positive results for the volunteers. Immediately after the first-day and last-day sessions of giving massages, the volunteers had less anxiety and depression and lower cortisol levels. Over the three-week period, they showed reduced levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine, two neurotransmitters connected to feeling revved up. Giving a massage turned out to have some of the same benefits as getting one.

Q: There are many different types of massage. Which produce the good outcomes that your studies found?

A: We use Swedish massage in our studies. That’s the most common type, the one most people are familiar with. We typically develop a specific massage plan for each problem. In cases where pain is localized, we usually directly massage the site or an area near the site. For instance, in our migraine study, we focused on massaging the nape of the neck. It was very convenient because once the participants were on their own, they could massage themselves. When we studied lower-back pain, we focused on the lower-back region, and when we studied hand pain, we worked on the hand. When an issue is systemic, though, such as some cancers, HIV or fibromyalgia, we use whole-body massage.

Q: Does pressure matter?
A:
 Moderate pressure such as you would experience in any kind of Swedish massage is the key to all the effects we achieve. Moderate pressure reduces heart rate and encourages brain wave patterns of heightened alertness and relaxation. What’s most important is that you stimulate pressure receptors. Light touch—that is, a featherlike stroke that mimics tickling—won’t work. Nor will pressure that’s so heavy that it causes discomfort and makes you tense up.

Q: Ideally, how often should people get massages?
A:
 Everyone who can should get a daily 10-minute massage. That doesn’t mean you have to rely on a partner to give you one. In fact, any activity that stimulates pressure receptors—such as walking, which presses the soles of the feet; doing yoga; scrubbing yourself with a brush or loofah in the shower; rubbing a tennis ball along your limbs—should have an effect similar to that of moderate pressure massage

My Passion

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I was surprised and very excited to see my Bio highlighted in the latest issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine! Thank you, ABMP, for validating my passion. *DAWN

 

Massage Benefits for HIV+ Children

Here is another article from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website, specific to Children who are HIV positive.

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/777-massage-benefits-for-hiv-positive-children.html

By Alex A. Kecskes

Today, millions of children worldwide live with HIV. Regrettably, global access to antiretroviral drugs is not readily available. Massage therapy, which has been shown to improve immune function in HIV-positive adults and adolescents, may boost the immune systems of young children living with HIV.

A strong immune system allows the body to shore up its disease-fighting arsenal. In contrast, a weakened immune system is an open invitation for disease. For HIV patients, the immune system must be continuously built up to prevent the patient from succumbing to the disease. Research has proven the benefits of massage therapy among patients who were HIV positive. Massage boosts immune system function by reducing anxiety and stress, increasing white blood cell counts and decreasing the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which has been noted to destroy immune cells. Massage has also been shown to activate the body’s natural killer cells.

Although massage therapy, consisting of rubbing, kneading, squeezing and stretching of muscles, has not been regularly prescribed for HIV or AIDS, recent research suggest that properly administered massage therapy may help preserve the immune systems of HIV-positive children who lack access to antiretroviral medication.
Studies at the Mayo Clinic found that HIV patients who underwent massage therapy had increased levels of natural killer (NK) cells that fight viral cells. Measuring cellular levels of natural killer cells and other immune system helper cells has been the metric used by researchers to determine the efficacy of massage therapy.

In a recent study*, 54 HIV-positive children without antiretroviral medication were randomly assigned to either a massage group or a friendly visit control group. Those in the massage group received two 20-minute massage sessions per week for 12 weeks. Those in the friendly visit control group received two 20-minute friendly visits. Trained nurses administered moderate-pressure stroking and kneading massages. The study revealed that massage therapy appears to have a positive impact on immune function in HIV-positive children not receiving antiretroviral medications. Massaged children showed reduced lymphocyte loss (lymphocytes are the body’s primary means of immune function).

In evaluating massage therapy as beneficial for those suffering from HIV**, the factors that appeared to strengthen the immune system were pressure strokes, dosage and duration of massage therapy. The effect on the immune system was even more pronounced when pressure was applied with multiple-dose massages of longer duration. A full-body stress management approach was most beneficial. The most effective techniques were twice weekly, one-hour sessions of acupressure, trigger-point therapy and deep strokes extended over several months for best immune-enhancing results.

If a child is HIV-positive, first consult a primary care physician before attempting massage therapy. The doctor may recommend the appropriate treatment. If massage is suggested, find a licensed massage therapist who is nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (www.ncbtmb.org) or the American Massage Therapy Association (www.amtamassage.org). Note: Medicare and most private insurance do not cover massage.

*Preliminary Report on the Efficacy of Massage Therapy to Preserve the Immune System in Children without Antiretroviral Medication.” University of Miami School of Medicine, Division of Disease Prevention, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Medicine, and Touch Research Institutes; and staff at Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

** Diego MA, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Shaw K, Friedman L, Ironson G. HIV adolescents show improved immune function following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 2001;106:35-45.

Massage Therapy and its Benefits for Children

Here is a short article from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website, on the benefits of massage therapy for children:

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/acupuncture-massage-publications/massage-therapy-and-its-benefits-for-children.html

Massage is a form of touch therapy that has been prevalent for centuries. It is an ancient practice and conveys to the child a sense of security and trust that is very essential for the newcomer into the world. Touch is a sense that is one of the first to be developed in humans and probably all forms of life. It is said that a touch can convey more than a thousand words, and children are known to thrive with the right amount of physical contact. Children who grow up with healthy views of touch are known to grow up into adults with self-esteem and develop long standing relationships.

Massage as a Therapy
Customs in many countries include the use of massage therapy for children, especially infants, using oils and other herbs that further increase the benefits of the massage. Massage therapy can act as a stress buster for children, even when they have passed the stage of infancy. Children have their own exposure to stress, which can come from school going, family quarrels, or even playtime with their peers. This stress can cause imbalance in the immune system and hormonal imbalances as well. Massage practiced regularly can help a child reduce stress, which can in turn may help the child to sleep better.
Children and Their Response to Massage
Children respond very positively to any form of massage. It is probably the sense of touch and the bonding it brings that has such a therapeutic effect on the child being massaged. For infants, the gentle gliding stroke with some oils is the best form of massage therapy. As children grow older, massage can include separate work on hands and feet, concentrating on the fingers and toes. Sessions for massage therapy should not last for more than a quarter of an hour, as children’s attention spans are small, and they may find longer sessions irksome. One may also find that the child falls asleep while it is being massaged. This is a positive sign and points to the positive effects of the therapy.

Massage Therapy for Illnesses and Problems
Massage has been found to be very effective for children suffering from diabetes, asthma, and other skin or arthritic problems. It is now even being recommended for children with cancer, and it is felt that the reduction in stress of children boosts the immune system and its ability to resist diseases. Children have been known to benefit extensively from massage therapy if they suffer from hyperactivity disorders or other psychiatric problems as well. Autistic children also may benefit from massage. Children prone to bulimia find their depression and anxiety lessened by massage therapy and this helps them to counteract the disease. Massage as a therapy seems to work for children whether they be infants, preschoolers, teens or even young adults, and making a massage a routine in the child’s life can help it to grow into a balanced and mature adult.

Benefits of Massage for those living with Chronic or Terminal Illnesses

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by Dawn Welburn LMT

Many people are still under the misconception that massage is a luxury with purely superficial benefits. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Massage therapy has many health benefits on a mental and physical level. These  can be especially beneficial for those living with chronic or terminal illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, Cancer, PTSD, Depression, and many others.

An immediate benefit of massage can be a feeling of relaxation. Massage facilitates the release of endorphins and help reduce the levels of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol, creating a feeling of well-being. Stress is known to impair immune system function, so stress reduction is very beneficial for those with immune system related illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.  Working the soft tissues of the body can also greatly reduce pain levels, important for those living with all chronic or terminal illnesses.  Many of these illnesses also have stigmas and trust issues for the persons living with them. Massage provides a safe environment for receiving compassionate and meaningful touch in a therapeutic and healing way from a trusted health professional.

Those living with chronic or terminal illnesses face increased challenges and obstacles in the search for comfort and relief from their constant mental and physical pain. Massage can greatly improve the quality of life for these individuals and everyone who receives it.  Consult your healthcare provider to find out if massage is recommended  for your specific illness. Be sure to share your medical history with your Massage Therapist so that s/he can provide the best services and environment for you.

Dawn Welburn is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes  in services for everyone, with a focus on people living with mental illnesses, chronic pain, terminal illnesses, domestic violence, and chemical dependencies.  All massage therapy sessions are individually designed around the needs, goals and concerns of each client. Some of the services that may be integrated into a therapeutic massage session are: deep tissue massage, medical massage, chakra clearing, Swedish massage, stretching, focused breathing, aromatherapy, relaxation massage, acupressure, and reflexology.  

Integrative? Individualized? What does that mean?

When asked what services I provide in my massage therapy work, I often use the phrases, “Individualized sessions” or “Integrative Massage“. I feel that these most accurately express the services that I strive to provide for my clients. But what exactly do I mean by these terms?

First of all, by using these terms, I strive to start the stress relief before you even leave your computer screen. How? By simplifying the process of choosing the best service. Personally, I find the huge lists that many spas, clinics and private massage therapists have for services to be extremely overwhelming. Do I know if I need the DeStressor or the Pain in the Neck service? What is the difference between Swedish and Relaxation? Do I really need a Deep Tissue massage? The stress of making the wrong choice when booking…well I would end up forgetting about the whole massage and be more stressed than when I began the search.

By stating that your sessions with me will be Individualized, the stress of choosing a service is gone. You now know that you will speak to me via email or telephone to tell me the basics of why you are seeking a massage therapy session and to book an appointment that best fits your needs and schedule. When you arrive for your massage session, you will fill out a confidential health history so that I know the past and present state of your body. We will then talk again about what has brought you to seek massage. There is no right or wrong answer. If pure relaxation is what you seek, fabulous! If relief from pain is your dream, awesome! This is your massage session, created just for you and your body.

Now, what about this Integrative Massage Therapy? Many massage menus  have separate listings and prices for services such as: Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Post-Natal, Relaxation, Acupressure/Shiatsu, and many more. The ‘One’ you book is the one service you will receive. Again, Integrative takes away the stress of choosing the ‘Right’ service. What this means is that by talking to you, hearing your concerns, needs and health history, I create a massage plan of action just for you. If we decide that the best plan is 90 minutes of massage work on just your back, that is what you will receive. If you only want your feet and neck worked on, then so be it. Do you need some deep tissue on your upper back and some acupressure to arms and hands? That can easily be worked together. If you only have 30 minutes and need to destress big time, I will work in my scope of practice to the best of my abilities to make that happen.

Remember that Integrative and Individualized is also organic and fluid, meaning that as we get into the session, what you receive may change as I work the soft tissues of your body. I will always check with you to make sure that you are comfortable and the work is helping our joint purpose for the session. Even receiving deep, concentrated massage work should have you in a safe, relaxed and trusting space in your body and within.

So what does Integrative and Individualized mean? It means simple, easy and stress free massage therapy services created just for you. This is the way life should be.