Maria Rosário Pereira
For the last 12 years, she as been studying and practicing Traditional Oriental Medicine, including Chinese, Japanese and Indian modalities. She is also a Hatha Yoga teacher and a experienced bodywork practitioner focusing on manual based therapies, from the subtlest touch of Craniosacral Therapy to the more earthy touch of Deep Tissue and Myofascial release. Today, Maria continues my quest for ways that we as humans can connect more deeply with our inner self whilst respecting body, mind & soul. She believes this can be achieved through healthy and conscious nutrition and taking responsibility for our own health, thoughts and actions.
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Traditional Japanese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Through the application of gentle stimulation to specific acupuncture points we will be able to balance your meridians, induce a deep relaxation mode, calm your nervous system, and allow the whole body to rejuvenate. Through meridian & abdominal palpation, pulse reading and questionnaire, i will be able to find a syndrome diagnosis, and the applied treatment is through refined needling techniques and Traditional Japanese Moxibustion techniques, heat therapy method through the medium of mugwort, "Artemisia vulgaris".
Traditional Japanese Moxibustion & Shiatsu
Moxibustion is one type of hyperthermia therapy method that was brought to Japan along with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine around the 6th century. The Japanese word for moxibustion is ‘okyu’ (お灸) and the definition is ‘putting fire with the help of incense to ‘mogusa’ (艾=mugwort). It is used to stimulate acupuncture points on the body with a small amount of heat directly applied to the body. Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. Shiatsu originated in Japan from Traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. The practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow.
Chi Nei Tsang - Abdominal Taoist Massage
Chi Nei Tsang, or Abdominal Taoist Massage is an ancient form of detoxifying, energizing abdominal massage. It blends Chinese and Thai massage and meditation techniques, making it truly different from any other healing modality. The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen.
Alchemy of Touch Massage
Alchemy of Touch is a method of bodywork designed to elevate massage and bodywork to a new level. One of the most important aspects of Alchemy of Touch is the holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of the body, mind and soul. Releasing tension will open subtle energy channels or meridians through which the Qi or life force flows—restoring the body and mind to a state of balance, harmony and relaxation. Alchemy of Touch Massage is the profound fusion off: Rebalancing, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Chi-Release, Joint Mobilization (Trigger Technique), Yoga Thai Stretches, Digital Pressure Massage, Holistic Massage, Visceral Work, Meditation and Energy Work. These techniques will be integrated in the innovative method; ‘Fluid Touch’. This technique uses wavelike movements, which allows energy to vibrate through the body improving fluidity and oxygen flow.
Working with the Body’s Self-Correcting Mechanisms
The body’s craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the cranium (skull, face and mouth) down to the sacrum (tailbone area). Any restrictions in the membranes of this vital system can directly affect all aspects of central nervous system performance.The therapist evaluates the craniosacral rhythm, which leads to restrictions in the body. Then it stimulates the body’s innate healing mechanisms, using the craniosacral rhythm and system as the guide, to correct the restrictions.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Lomi lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses a combination of massage techniques, nut oils, and sometimes elements of prayer, breathing and dance to restore energy and soothe the body. It is also known as the 'loving hands' massage. This name helps to explain its principles - the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch.The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.