Vita-Flex Treatment

Vita-Flex is a safe, non-invasive, pressure-point reflexive massage technique. It uses rolling and releasing motions to activate reflex points on the feet, hands, and various areas throughout the entire body. It is particularity effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body. Vita-Flex Benefits: By using the...

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Experiencing positive results from reflexology almost 10 years ago, Katie became passionate about the therapy, believing that the deep relaxation that reflexology initiates, truly helps the body’s healing process.

Katie completed extensive training with The Center for Universal Reflexology in Wolcott, CT in 2011. Followed by her initial training to become nationally certified with the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB).

vitalitybutton-reserveappointmentnowShe studied and completed additional training with Laura Norman Hand Reflexology. Part of the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) and also studied with Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen of the Danish Reflexologists Association (FDZ), certified tutors of Nerve Reflexology through MNT-NR International.

Katie is now a full time practicing therapist in RI and CT; providing reflexology with the Center for Healthcare Integration (CHI) at Backus Hospital and the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich CT.

Katie is currently continuing her education for massage therapy at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Ayurvedic Wellness Consultations

Vitality offers a range of Holistic Health Coaching including practitioners trained with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and those who specialize in Ayeurvedic Health Counseling. Do you want to increase your vitality? Expand your happiness? Cultivate inner peace? Decrease symptoms of chronic/acute illness? Up-level your overall health? Have you...

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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life-force.” It is the Japanese word for the energy that is in all living things and all around us. Reiki therapy is a powerful, but gentle, form of energy medicine. It is a hands-on, spiritually-guided healing art believed to have originated many thousands of years ago and rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800s following his study of ancient Tibetan texts.

This therapy energetically aids the body in balancing its vital energy, removing energetic blocks, detoxifying systems and encouraging renewed vitality. Through this energetic balancing, it promotes an increase in the body’s ability to heal itself by helping to create an environment where the body’s innate healing wisdom is supported in a deeply relaxed state. Just as our body is able to heal better and rejuvenate while we are sleeping.

Is Reiki treatment for you?

This treatment is for any one of any age and there are no contraindications to receiving the therapy. It is compatible with western medicine and all other alternative holistic therapies. Reiki treatment is a comprehensive healing system that works to bring the body into balance on all levels–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is a tool for stress reduction, pain relief and to encourage relaxation and overall wellbeing. Reiki also is helpful for healthy individuals seeking to maintain balance, health and well-being. It is also highly recommended and suitable for our beloved companion animals.

How people are using this treatment?

Reiki therapy supports and encourages the body’s ability to heal itself from illness and injury. It works well with traditional medicine & can even enhance its efficacy. Reiki treatment is now regularly offered in many hospitals and hospices.  Clients often report treatment is followed by a reduction in pain, stress or anxiety and deeper, more restful sleep. With ongoing treatment, individuals often report feeling better, more “centered” and better able to cope with the daily stress in their lives.

Preliminary research data suggest that regular reiki treatment can help improve:

  •   Heart rate and blood pressure
  •   Immunity
  •   Pain relief
  •   Anxiety and depression
  •   Perceived stress levels

Many use regular reiki therapy to:

  •   Promote deep relaxation
  •   Relieve stress
  •   Relieve pain
  •   Relieve insomnia and fatigue
  •   Detoxify the body
  •   Relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  •   Stimulate faster healing after injury or surgery
  •   Shorten hospital stays and require less anesthesia
  •   Treat PTSD
  •   Support pregnancy and overcome infertility issues
  •   Process grief and support transition
  •   Release outdated emotional patterns
  •   Support increased overall well-being
  •   Access inner wisdom and creativity
  •   Increase spiritual awareness

What should I expect during my treatment session?

During a reiki session, the client is seated or relaxes on a massage table, fully-clothed, except for shoes. Comfortable clothing is suggested for treatment sessions. The practitioner channels energy to the client through a gentle, light touch in a series of hand placements along the body starting at the head.  Sessions also can be performed non-touch with hands about an inch or so from the body. Clients may feel a sense of warmth or tingling in the area being treated even during non-touch sessions, but there is no massaging or manipulation of muscles.

Each hand position is held still for three to five minutes or slightly longer as needed to encourage healing and promote wellness by balancing of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the client. This effect can create a deep sense of relaxation during a session and feelings of peace, calm and generally increased well-being after treatment. Approximately five minutes at the beginning and end of each session is for check-in and debrief (and slightly longer for a new client’s first session).

Because most experience such profound relaxation during treatment, we suggest when scheduling your appointment, please plan to allow a few extra minutes after your session to enjoy some tea and become fully alert before resuming regular activities.

Are follow-up treatments recommended?

Highly. Benefits from reiki treatment tend to be cumulative so a weekly one hour session for at least three weeks is highly recommended when beginning treatment. A series of treatments allows us to gauge how your body-mind-spirit respond. It also is reasonable to expect that additional treatments may be necessary to achieve longer lasting results. This is just as we don’t achieve physical fitness after one trip to the gym.

You and your practitioner will work together to determine need and frequency of ongoing treatments based on your goals and your response to treatment.

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Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Counseling at Vitality Spa & Wellness in Old Lyme 860.434.1792

Vitality offers a range of Holistic Health Coaching including practitioners trained with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and those who specialize in Ayurvedic Health Counseling.

Have you ever received good advice that you were unable to follow?

Has your doctor ever recommended a lifestyle change that you found to be unsustainable?

Have you ever wanted something in your life, but found you couldn’t achieve it alone?

So what is Health Coaching?

Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, we will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you.

Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.

As a client of our health coaching program, you will

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
  • improve your personal relationships
  • discover the confidence to create the life you want

Your program includes…

  • vitalitybutton-reserveappointmentnowan initial session to evaluate your current health and to establish realistic health and wellness goals
  • e-mail support between sessions
  • recipes that are healthy and simple to prepare
  • coaching and support to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you want
  • simple but informative handouts that will increase your nutrition knowledge
  • access to health tips and recipes
  • our team’s commitment to your health and success

To decide if health coaching is right for you, we invite you to schedule an initial consultation with vitality.  During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how we can best support you in achieving your goals.

Contact Vitality today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves stimulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function.

This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate. Reflexology is an opportunity to work your whole body and mind, through accessing pressure points on the feet and lower legs.

This process activates nerve pathways, affecting mind/brain and body, massages organs’ reflexes, facilitates circulation, supports the lymphatic system, releases blocks, helps regulate internal rhythms and reduces pain, all creating pathways for healing to take place. These pressure points are like portals to the whole body’s internal “workings”, allowing access for supporting and encouraging optimum health and wellness.

Our bodies have amazing sustainable and recuperative powers. In Reflexology, as with other healing modalities, there is an understanding that given time and encouragement, the body and mind, will have the opportunity to work together, to improve, rejuvenate, restore and heal.

Sessions with our reflexologists, are a holistic experience, utilizing aroma therapeutic formulas, filled with healing essential oils, that support the delivery of the reflexology work.

If you are unable to tolerate essential oils, our therapists will provide a healing alternative.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

Studies suggest that some examples of reflexology’s influence are:

  • pain management
  • improves balance & energy
  • flexibility
  • improves circulation
  • supports heightened relaxation and sleep
  • mental focus and clarity
  • helps reduce migraine
  • allergy and bronchitis symptoms
  • supports intestinal movement

Clients have also expressed diminished restless leg syndrome as well as more control over their bodily movement.

What will happen at my appointment?

Clients remain fully clothed for the session, with the exception of having bare feet and the area of the leg below the knee, free of clothing so the reflexologist, can work those areas. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. We ask that you arrive a few minutes early, so that you can unwind, use the bathroom and to ensure that you receive the benefit of the full session you have booked.

Support yourself by drinking a glass of water, a good hour before your session and to also drink water after your session. Keeping hydrated is general good health. Of course if for some reason you have restrictions, talk with your doctor.

We recommend that you start reflexology with a 75 minute consultation and treatment, followed with treatments of 55 minutes, 75 minutes or 90 minutes, which will be discussed.

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What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda is a fully functioning medical system in India with specialties such as oncology, gerontology, and gynecology. Here in the United States, holistic health care professionals practice Ayurveda as a complimentary or alternative medicine utilizing nutrition, lifestyle, yoga, meditation, and therapeutic massage as treatments. Because Ayurveda acknowledges that a human...