Services & Rates
Bliss Body Integrated
The client's needs will dictate the modality and choice of pressure combined with soothing ayurvedic oils and the intention to create a *Bliss Body experience. Worries disappear. Clients often experience resonant waves of wellness, being relaxed during and energized following a Bliss Body experience.
An Integrated massage can often address the various needs of the body in one session. Though it is important to know that long-held tension and stressors may take multiple or many sessions to release, balance and reintegrate your body's neural re-education, communication and systems. From light to medium to deeper pressure, massage can address many imbalances in the body. Lymphatic Massage lightly brushes the skin surface and moves the lymph to improve your Immune System. Swedish Massage warms, softens and prepares the tissues to relax, release, and rejuvenate. Neuromuscular Technique invites nervous system(s) reintegration, postural realignment, and deep, conscious relaxation. Sports massage or Trigger Point techniques benefit specific overworked muscles, hypertonic muscle pain, points of tension or pressure, pain referrals or injury relief, as well as pre- or post-performance adjustments. An Abundant Wellness Integrated massage incorporates yet is not limited to: Swedish, NMT, Sports, Trigger Point, Lymphatic, joint-freeing range of motion, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, breathwork and structural yoga, as needed, for an individualized massage.
*Bliss Body can be a place of calm serenity and tranquility or an intense connection with joy, or release of sadness/grief via Body<>Mind<>Emotions<>Spirit<>Unity.
An Infinity Massage integrates a Bliss Body with a thorough 20-minute complete Range of Motion of each of the body's joints or a focused 20-minute client's choice area and modality. The intention is for the client to have an extended and deeply relaxing session of massage therapy. A warm foot soak and tea are provided for the first and following sessions, if desired.
Clients frequently report feeling both relaxed and energized following a Swedish Massage, which is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with a warming, energizing and soothing array of strokes such as effleurage, rolling, kneading, friction and percussion to help the body improve its circulation, oxygenation, muscle and joint work, mental relaxation and "rest and digest" benefits. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. NMT uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. NMT enhances the function of neural pathways from the central to the peripheral nervous systems and supports postural realignment. NMT enhances communication between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pain and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective for pre- or post- event bodywork, and in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy gently and rhythmically moves the lymph through the body, especially relieving pressure in swollen areas of the body, and enhancing the lymph flow and functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury or illness, reduction of swelling and discomfort from lymphedema, and strengthened resistance to illness. The treatment is a 50 minute light manual brushing technique followed by 15 minutes of quiet, deep relaxation on the table.
Trigger Point Therapy
Integrated Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on finding, stimulating and releasing "trigger points" that cause reflexive referrals of pain or movements in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These nodules or "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. At Abundant Wellness Trigger Point Therapy is integrated with specific range of motion movements for assessing the musculo-skeletal systems, Swedish for warming the muscles, NMT for neuro-muscular release and reintegration, and Sports techniques, as needed. One session can provide structural, postural and functional improvements, yet it will likely require more than one session if tension and stressors have been long held.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Aha! One area Relax & Release
One area of specific release work, such as:
Upper back, neck and cranial therapeutic massage;
Feet, ankles, lower legs and knees integrated massage.
Yoga Nidra - Deep relaxation
Yoga Nidra is an orderly system of guided, deep, conscious relaxation. One or two guided sessions for $50 per session will leave a client with an experience and a system to train oneself for a lifelong deep relaxation practice that will guide the body, mind, emotions and spirit to let go, to relax, maybe even to float. With the practice of Yoga Nidra, one can experience deep, conscious relaxation, engage the parasympathetic response, and thus enhance the body's innate capacity for healing and well-being. Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Meditation & Hatha classes (all 4 practices in one Integral class): $70 per hour for up to 7 people + $10/person additional practitioners. A travel cost will apply if further than 10 miles from Bethel, Maine or Islesboro, Maine, seasonally.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair, which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule. Chair massage is perfect for a weekly or monthly corporate wellness day, quarterly retreat, birthday, wedding party, anniversary or retirement party! Please contact Kara if your company would like to discuss a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly corporate wellness day or for a one-time event. Minimum of 6 clients plus travel and set up costs.
Geriatric or compassionate massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the physically challenged or elderly population. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, increase range of motion, and provides a positive social connection. If you are elderly or physically challenged, compassionate massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to physical limitations or aging. In addition, since the elderly or physically challenged may not typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness, anxiety, or depression.
Pregnancy Massage is a supportive style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women to have a luxurious time of deep relaxation, breathing and gentle therapeutic massage with soothing oils. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. It is a time when women and their bodies need extra conscious and caring focus on wellness. Using various gentle techniques and soothing warmth and therapeutic oils, Pregnancy Massage helps release the discomfort that may be experienced during some or all of pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and emotional support. Bliss Body Hour (65 minutes) or Infinity Massage (88 minutes) are available to custom design with extra pampering for Mamas after the first trimester.
Health History & Treatment Plan
FREE and accompanied by a warm foot soak for first-time clients. The first session has 30 minutes planned in addition to the treatment time to fill out a Health History form and have a thoughtful discussion of client needs and preferences, the therapeutic modalities, and the benefits. There will be time for questions and a discussion, indications and contra-indications, and client goals for the initial session.
Infinity Tennis for Youth and Adults is a fun way to warm up the body and the brain and to allow youth, teen and adult players to begin or continue a game that brings lifelong joy and uplifted social exchange. Proper warm-up, body mechanics, ready position, tennis technique, technical skills and drills, games, focus, balance, looking ahead and siting further out, movement on the court, keeping score of games, sets and matches, and game-changing tennis etiquette and exquisite communication skills are in balance with fun and fitness activities.
Massage in the Schools Program
Massage in the Schools Program (MISP) : learn in your home or at school. This is a family class and is available for $70 for 65 minutes or $88 for 88 minutes (Infinite giving to one another). This is a gentle practice with consent, with simple yet effective massage movements that may enhance your family's closeness and bring hands on connection to your daily lives.