Massage Courses

Ulrike offers a variety of massage courses for lay persons:

 

Partner Massage

This course covers the basics of Swedish Massage combined with some lymphatic drainage techniques and basic foot reflexology. We will talk about contraindications and discuss the use of essential oils. In this comprehensive 18-hour course you will learn a complete full-body massage that provides total relaxation to the body and mind while at the same time detoxifying the body. What a wonderful gift to share with loved ones and friends...

It is taught either in six three-hour sessions once a week, allowing you to practice what you learned before moving on to the next part, or as a 3-day intensive. This is not a regular offering. Course dates and times are scheduled by demand.

The Importance of Touch

Physical contact improves our health as well as our relationships. Touch is as important as sunlight - without it, we become depressed, our immune system is compromised, and emotional pain and physical damage get worse. Why? When we're touched our bodies release oxytocin, one of those "happy hormones" that affect everything from how fast wounds heal to how much we trust other people and it increases the level of endorphins, leaving us with a greater sense of well-being.

Massage is known to relieve muscle tension and stiffness, increase circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage, but it does so much more. Massage:

 

Abhyanga Self-Massage

Abhyanga is a full-body massage with warm oil that acts as a powerful recharger and rejuvenator of mind and body. It is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by the ayurvedic healing system for overall health and well-being. Although it takes only a few minutes, when it is performed regularly the results are multi-dimensional:

Ulrike was instructed in this ancient Ayurvedic healing ritual by Maa Parvathi Nath Saraswati, a Yogini of the Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta traditions and heir to three ancient lineages, and she feels called to share this tremendous gift with others.

Abhyanga demonstration and practice is approximately one hour.

For all-women groups Ulrike can offer to include a thorough breast massage, which is very important not only for the health of the breasts but also for hormonal and emotional balance. For more details, please read the article "The Benefits of Breast Massage" under Breast Self-Massage below.

 

Lymphatic Breast Self-Massage

Breast massage is the most loving and nurturing thing you can do for yourself. Regular breast massage will not only improve lymphatic flow, balance hormones, and firm your breasts but it will also decrease or eliminate PMS, depressed mood, and SAD. It opens the heart chakra, circulates prana (or chi), and nurtures your Inner Child. (For more details, please, read the article below "The Benefits of Breast Massage", which has been adapted from the information provided on the Women's Health Network www.womans-health.net.)

Note: Although breast massage helps prevent breast cancer, if you currently have cancer, please, consult your oncologist first. After mastectomy, breast massage is again highly recommended to speed healing and send loving energy to your breasts. Remember: even though the tissues have been removed, energetically your breasts are still there and whole!

This is not a regular offering. Course dates and times are scheduled by demand. Ulrike also teaches breast massage as a part of the Abhyanga course for women and the healing program for women survivors of childhood abuse and sexual assault.

The Benefits of Breast Massage

Breasts are body tissues made up of blood vessels, fat glands, milk ducts, connective tissue, and lymphatic vessels. The job of the lymphatic system is to remove viruses, bacteria, toxins, debris, cancer cells, and other unwanted material from the body. The lymphatic fluid leaves the breast tissue through a network of tiny lymphatic vessels that empty into a system of glands called lymph nodes, which filter the lymphatic fluid.

These lymph nodes are linked throughout the body and act as a major line of defense against the spread of disease in the body. When lymphatic vessels and nodes become restricted through lack of physical movement or tight clothing, the body's defense system begins to break down and disease can set in.

Breast tissue is very sensitive to toxins and pollutants in the environment. Additionally, they tend to absorb and store chemicals from our environment. Different studies of human breast milk indicate alarming traces of household cleaning products in the breasts. It is, therefore, believed that there could be a connection with the onset of breast disease from these toxins.

The purpose of self breast massage is to help flush toxins from the lymphatic system that may be stored in the breast tissue and to bring nutrients to the tissues. Self massage is an effective wellness technique for breasts that women can practice to increase circulation and movement of the lymphatic fluid in the breast to help promote breast health. Some believe there may be a correlation between chronic poor breast drainage and susceptibility to malignant diseases of the breasts and that massage may be one of the most effective ways for women to maintain and promote breast health.