In her private practice, Lyrea offers individual sessions for relaxation and therapeutic treatment of patterns that may be causing pain, discomfort or dis-ease. Sessions may include massage/bodywork, energy work, or instruction in therapeutic yoga and other methods of self care. Lyrea utilizes her multi-faceted background to tailor the time to whatever concerns the client may be presenting. All work is based on an understanding that health and deep healing is associated with harmony and wholeness, whereas dis-ease of any sort is the result of some type of restriction, deficiency, disruption or disharmony. The deepest healing, or return to wholeness, occurs when vital life force energy is allowed to flow easily through all (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic) aspects of one's being in an integrated fashion.
Lyrea has training in quite a few modalities which may be incorporated into sessions when appropriate. Modalities include: Traditional Thai Massage, Therapeutic Yoga, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy (gently works with the subtle fluid rhythms of the brain and spine), Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), Seitai Shiatsu (lymph drainage), Neuromuscular and Deep Tissue (trigger point therapy for pain relief), Connective Tissue Massage (addresses fascial restrictions), Sensory Repatterning (Kinesthetic Bodywork utilizing rocking motions), Reiki (energy healing), and more.
The fee for individual sessions (paid by check/cash at the time of the session) is $75/hour, or pay in advance using this link for Paypal. A typical session lasts 1.5 hours, but you may need to allow slightly longer for intake and closure. To schedule an individual session with Lyrea, please call (608) 549-2023 or click here to send an email.
Lyrea is certified/licensed in Therapeutic Massage/Bodywork at the National (NCBTMB) and State Levels. WI LMT #2584-146. She offers instruction in Traditional Thai Massage, Therapeutic Yoga, Wu Style T’ai Chi Ch'uan, Qi Gong, Usui Reiki, Coherency Training (a meditation method) and other methods of self-care. She is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. She is also recognized as an instructor by the Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), and as a E-RYT 500 instructor by the Yoga Alliance. Specifics of her on-going studies with the Barral and Upledger Institutes are available thru the "Search for a Practitioner" link at www.iahp.com
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Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is also known as Nuad Bo Rarn or Nuad Boran. It's a beautiful and elegant 2,500 year old healing modality consisting of slow rhythmic compressions on the muscles, gentle rocking, deep flowing stretches (similar to assisted yogic asanas) and thumb presses on specific energetic pathways. The basic theory of the work is to open and create space within the body, balancing it and allowing it the freedom to move and work harmoniously. Traditional Thai Massage is believed to have been developed by Dr. Shivago Komarpaj, also known as Jivaka Komarabhacca, who was from Northern India. He was the personal physician of the Buddha, and of the King of Siam. Known as the "Father Doctor," he is still revered today for his contributions to the healing arts. In his massage work, the Father Doctor combined yogic stretching principles from India and the fundamentals of acupressure from Chinese Medicine. He used "Sen" lines in his theoretical foundation, creating an energetic model of the body similar to other Eastern healing modalities.
A Traditional Thai Massage session bears little resemblance to Western massage work. Oil is not needed. The client is dressed in loose comfortable clothing. The session is performed in a quiet meditative atmosphere on a mat on the floor. This enables the practitioner to use graceful whole body movements and even pressure during the session. Lyrea works with her client using conscious awareness of the breath, and may utilize her thumbs, fingers, hands, elbows, knees and feet to manipulate and stimulate the body during a treatment.
Thai Massage has been found to oxygenate the blood which aids in good circulation, and it "creates space in the body." We are not used to thinking of the body as needing internal space, but this phrase describes the benefits of Thai Massage perfectly. It frees tightness and constriction, thus increasing the flexibility and range of motion of the joints. The internal organs are massaged and stagnant energy is released. The body is freed of neuromuscular tension, stress is reduced, fluids are moved, soft tissue is detoxified, and overall energy is increased. A more balanced state of mind, body and spirit is achieved.
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Visceral and Neural
Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Connective Tissue Massage
Lyrea draws upon a variety of modalities in her sessions that effectively address restrictive patterns that may be at the root of pain, dysfunction and a variety of health issues.
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that works with the organs and their connective tissue (ligaments and thin filamentous tissue called fascia). Organs are designed to move with every breath, and during walking, stretching and other normal movements. Optimum health relies on a harmonious relationship between the motion of the organs and other structures of the body. If an organ loses its mobility for any reason, this causes an abnormal point of tension and chronic irritation that is felt through out the body. For example, tension in the gall bladder area is often related to issues with the right shoulder. This gentle therapy re-establishes the body's ability to find its own natural rhythms and thus greater health. For more info visit www.iahe.com.
Neural Manipulation works in a similar gentle manner to Visceral Manipulation, but deals with the nervous system and the tissues that surround and protect it. The membranes in the skull, the dural tube, and nerve sheaths are often under tension as the result of trauma and injury such as whiplash. Even very old, seemingly minor injuries can continue to create tension in the body with far reaching effects on a variety of physical structures. Neural Manipulation follows and releases this type of tension patterns. For more info visit www.iahe.com.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is another approach to gently supporting the subtle fluid rhythms of the brain and spine that may have been altered through trauma, or long-held physical or emotional patterns. As with all these therapies, the idea is to allow the body to rediscover its own natural rhythm and healing process. For more info visit www.iahe.com.
Connective Tissue Massage is sometimes called structural integration, and deals with fascia, the thin filamentous web that all found throughout the muscles, organs and other structures of the body. Tensions in this web can cause pain and dysfunction in seemingly unrelated areas of the body. After receiving this work, clients are often pleased to discover greater ease in their breathing, digestion system and relief of chronic joint issues.
Therapeutic Yoga & Self Care Training
Lyrea offers individual therapeutic yoga sessions designed to help problem solve chronic pain situations. No medical advice is offered during these sessions. Instead Lyrea looks at existing patterns that have been built up due to traumatic or repetitive use injury, postural distortions, or for other reasons. Self care suggestions may be focused on enlivening the breath, grounding, or a variety of specific techniques for affected areas of the body. Often underlying core strength and flexibility issues are addressed in some way. In most cases there are simple non-medical self-care techniques that can be done to ease existing symptoms, prevent their reoccurrence, and live a more comfortable, vital and freer life.
Lyrea also offers support for individuals who are trying to structure a own home yoga or self-care practice. Lyrea's personal history has led her to a more than 35 year in-depth exploration of therapeutic benefits of massage, hatha yoga and other self-care techniques. She is certified with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and has completed a 500 hour specialized course and many additional hours of study focused on therapeutic "Alignment Yoga" with Scott Anderson of Blue Mounds & Madison, WI.
Lyrea is an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a Karuna Reiki Master and a Level II Tummo Reiki Practitioner. Reiki is a method of accessing and facilitating the flow of universal healing energy. During a Reiki session, Lyrea serves as a conduit for whatever energy may be needed for physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual healing. Since the energy is spiritually guided, it will work according to the highest wisdom, and will go to the greatest need. Reiki works to the degree that the recipient is willing and able to use the energy. The healing Reiki energy may be experienced as warmth, tingling, peacefulness, love, relaxation, or whatever is needed in the situation. Lyrea provides Reiki and intuitive healing sessions in person and at a distance, and teaches Usui Reiki.
To schedule a session with Lyrea, please call (608) 549-2023 or click here to send an email.
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