The Sinus Session
The Pollen count has been very high this season, and we’ve noticed that many of you are suffering with sinus headaches and upper respiratory issues that just won’t resolve. Although we don’t have a magic wand that can clear Cumberland Valley of its particulate matter, we do have a massage treatment that gives lots of relief, and maybe even a boost in the direction of healing chronic sinus conditions. We call this session… of course… “The Sinus Session”. It’s one hour and is the same cost as our other one-hour sessions. The beauty of this session is that it combines 5 different massage protocols to open pathways for sinuses to drain, warm and cool the tissues to encourage lymph flow and lastly, release fascial tissue deep relaxation in the neck shoulders and face.
We begin the session face up with a lymphatic drainage of the neck, which allows sinus a place to drain. This is a very light touch and is deeply relaxing. Some folks draining begins 10 minutes after these channels are open. Next, we apply warm steam towels with the chance to breath in deeply, essential oils of eucalyptus and then peppermint. This is both warming and cooling at the same time. While the muscles of the face are relaxing under the warm steam towels, the therapist is lightly holding pressure points on your face for further releasing.
To encourage lymph and sinus to continue to drain, the next application is cooling. A very smooth cool quartz crystal smooths out any last remaining muscular tension. As your facial tissues are cooling back to room temperature, we apply a very emollient coconut oil to your chest and neck and begin a warm stone massage – retracing the same pathways we used to open draining at the beginning. This is usually the point when everyone begins to melt into the massage table and just let go. Chest, upper arms and shoulders, neck and finally face are massaged with warm stones, finished off with the therapists hand massaging out any last lingering knots and clearing it all away with a lovely ear and head massage.
The final phase comes as more cool stones are placed on face and eyelids, while the therapist applies and holds Jin Shin Do acupressure points to your upper back, shoulders, face and head. Most everyone is snoring at this point!
The combination of massage and acupressure, warm and cold, moist and dry coaxes all the tension away, allowing space for stuck sinuses to clear. Sometimes, a good clearing and deep relaxation is the perfect combo for the body’s own healing mechanisms to kick in. We know that there are many ways to treat sinus issues but we at CBA wanted you to know that there is one more option you may want to try with our Sinus Session.