Bowen Therapy

Discover the Healing Touch of Bowen Therapy

In today’s fast-paced world, stress and tension have become common companions in our daily lives. As a result, many individuals are seeking holistic therapies to restore balance, alleviate pain, and promote overall well-being. A new treatment we are offering at The Elm is Bowen Therapy. This gentle, non-invasive treatment approach offers a myriad of benefits to patients seeking relief from various musculoskeletal issues. In this blog, we will explore the remarkable advantages of Bowen Therapy, in addition to massage, bodywork, chiropractic care, and many other wellness practices.

What is Bowen Therapy?

The Bowen Technique is a GENTLE hands-on therapy that targets specific points on the body to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The technique is said to improve circulation, ease muscle tension, and restore balance to the body’s nervous system. It is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Compared to other therapies, the Bowen Technique is considered relatively non-invasive and low-risk.

Bowen Therapy is known for its remarkable ability to relieve pain and discomfort in the body. By using gentle, precise movements over specific muscles and connective tissues, the therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing response. Patients suffering from chronic pain conditions such as backaches, joint pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia can find substantial relief through Bowen Therapy. The therapy helps release tension, reduce inflammation, and restore proper alignment, leading to improved mobility and reduced pain levels.

Modern lifestyles often lead to poor posture and misalignment, which can cause various musculoskeletal issues. Bowen Therapy addresses these concerns by targeting the underlying imbalances and realigning the body. By targeting specific muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the therapy encourages proper posture, alleviates strain on the spine, and promotes structural integrity. This can result in reduced muscle tension, improved joint mobility, and an overall sense of lightness and ease in movement.

For athletes and fitness enthusiasts, Bowen Therapy can be a game-changer. The therapy helps optimize athletic performance by promoting balance, flexibility, and improved muscle function. By targeting specific areas prone to strain or injury, Bowen Therapy can effectively prevent sports-related injuries, enhance muscle recovery, and improve overall athletic performance. It is an excellent complement to other treatments offered in our office like massage, chiropractic care, and even our Nordic Suite Experience. Bowen also pairs beautifully with physical therapy and as well.

One of the key benefits of Bowen Therapy lies in its ability to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress. The gentle touch and precise movements during a Bowen session activate the parasympathetic nervous system, triggering the body’s natural relaxation response. This can lead to reduced anxiety, improved sleep quality, and an overall sense of calm and well-being. Bowen Therapy offers patients a much-needed respite from the pressures of everyday life, allowing for a restorative experience.

Bowen Therapy embraces a holistic approach to well-being. Beyond physical benefits, the therapy can have a positive impact on emotional and mental well-being. Many patients report experiencing improved mental clarity, reduced emotional stress, and a heightened sense of self-awareness after Bowen sessions. This comprehensive approach to wellness aligns perfectly with the philosophy of massage, bodywork, chiropractic, and wellness practices used in our office, making it an ideal addition to your wellness based treatments.

In summary, Bowen Therapy offers a gentle and effective path to healing and wellness, making it an invaluable asset to your treatments at The Elm and Ignite Chiropractic. With its ability to relieve pain, improve posture, enhance sports performance, reduce stress, and promote holistic well-being, Bowen Therapy has gained recognition as a versatile and powerful treatment modality. By incorporating Bowen Therapy into our practices, Cherise can provide our clients and patients a comprehensive approach to healing and improve their overall quality of life.

Contrast Therapy

Contrast therapy is a well-known form of therapy that involves alternating between hot and cold temperatures to promote healing and recovery. It’s been used for centuries in many Nordic cultures. One of the most popular forms of contrast therapy is the use of a cold plunge tub and infrared sauna.This therapy has a variety of benefits for the body and mind, including improved circulation, decreased inflammation, and increased relaxation, and better mood. We are excited to now offer the Nordic Suite Experience, a private contrast therapy room tucked away inside The Elm Massage + Bodywork and Ignite Chiropractic & Wellness for clients, patients, and newcomers alike.

There’s been a lot of hype about cold plunging lately, but once you understand the benefits and take the plunge yourself you will soon understand the craze. Here are a few reasons you’d actually WANT to submerge yourself in 45 degree water and bask in a hot sauna.

One of the primary benefits of contrast therapy is the improvement of circulation. When the body is exposed to cold temperatures, blood vessels constrict, which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. When the body is then exposed to heat, blood vessels dilate, allowing for increased blood flow and oxygenation of the tissues. This increased circulation can help to speed up the healing process and reduce recovery time after intense physical activity. In addition to improving circulation, contrast therapy can also help to decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a natural response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can contribute to a variety of health issues, including arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. By exposing the body to cold temperatures, contrast therapy can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Contrast therapy can also have mental health benefits. The alternating temperatures can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can be particularly beneficial for those who experience anxiety or depression. The quiet, private setting of our Nordic Suite can also provide a calming and meditative space to escape from the stressors of everyday life.

Using a cold plunge and sauna in a private suite also offers the added benefit of privacy and convenience. Many people feel more comfortable using these therapies in a private setting, rather than a public spa or gym. The ability to control the temperature and duration of the therapy also allows for a customized experience tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences.

In conclusion, contrast therapy using a cold plunge and sauna has numerous benefits for both the body and mind. From improved circulation and decreased inflammation to increased relaxation and stress relief, this therapy offers a unique and effective way to promote healing and recovery. Whether you’re an athlete looking to speed up your recovery time or someone looking to reduce (parents and overworked professionals, we’re talking to you) stress and improve your overall health, contrast therapy can be a valuable addition to your wellness routine.

Peace And Love

Written by Nick Pastrana

When it comes to injury treatment and rehab, the acronym R.I.C.E is commonly known. This acronym was coined by Dr. Gabe Merkin and stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

What is not commonly known is that this is an outdated method. Give it a quick Google search, and you will see that in 2014, Dr. Merkin himself denounced it. 

While compression and elevation are effective ways to treat an acute injury, rest and ice can hinder your healing process. When the general public hears rest, they can sometimes fearfully and unknowingly take this to the extreme, thinking that the injured tissue should be placed on a pedestal and treated like a fine piece of art at a high-end museum. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

New research shows that introducing movement (within reason) to injured tissue as soon as possible is most beneficial for several reasons. Moving the injured tissue will contract muscles, promote lymph drainage, reduce fluid congestion, and help restore the range of motion.

The other problem with the RICE method is the ice. Ice is going to vasoconstrictor the area and inhibit inflammation. Your body is smart, and inflammation has a purpose and is needed. So you will see that those are two things we don’t want to do when rehabbing injured tissue. 

In 2019, Blaise Dubois coined a new acronym called PEACE & LOVE.

 PEACE stands for:

  • Protection 
  • Elevation
  • Avoid anti-inflammatories
  • Compression 
  • Education

LOVE stands for :

  • Load within pain-free limits
  • Optimism
  • Vascularization 
  • Exercise

A few things I love about this new acronym is how it shifts the mindset from fear-based thinking and gives the client power and hope for restoring their tissue to the way it was, with the option of making it even stronger than it was. Too often have I seen clients come in with an injury and feel absolutely hopeless.  

Protection simply means not doing anything that will put your injury at risk. For instance, I wouldn’t recommend playing a basketball game if you sprained your ankle. Be smart, methodical, and intentional with your rehabilitation to make sure that there aren’t any setbacks. We are familiar with elevation and compression from the outdated RICE method, but what about avoiding anti-inflammatories? Using ice as an anti-inflammatory is contraindicated for an acute injury. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process, and doing things to prevent inflammation can slow your healing process. This means no ice and no NSAIDs. If pain is that big of an obstacle, arnica could be a great alternative. 

My favorite part about the peace portion is education. I firmly believe that the reason why a lot of clients are in pain is that there’s such a strong disconnect between them and their bodies. The pain signal is simply the body’s way of asking you to pay attention and give it the respect it deserves.


L- Loading within pain-free limits is an extremely important part of the love portion. We know that because of Davis’ Law which states that tissue will heal in the way it is mechanically stressed. Loading the tissue is going to allow us to influence the way that our injured tissue heals. Doing this within pain-free limits is going to ensure that there are no setbacks. Once you’re back at your baseline, you can use this to get your tissue stronger than it was, to begin with. Mindset plays a huge role in injury and rehab, so staying optimistic is crucial. 

Some injuries are worse than others and, therefore, can take more of a mental toll than anything. However, staying dedicated to the process, learning about yourself along the way, and being confident in who you work with and the result you want to achieve are all part of being optimistic. Vascularization will get blood to the area and allow the processes that need to happen. Exercise will be a fantastic way to get that blood to the area. 

In short, injuries are not to be feared. Instead, they should be considered a challenge and an opportunity to grow and connect with the one body we were given for our lives. Stay up-to-date on research and working with professionals that choose to do so will be beneficial when rehabbing injuries. Injuries will happen; it’s how you face them that matters. Using PEACE & LOVE will help you get back to baseline and, if allowed, can intrigue you to look behind the door into the world of movement. 


Mindset Matters

When we think of the new year, many think of a fresh start, but our good intentions can quickly fall flat, leaving us feeling defeated. Here are a few tips and resources to help you achieve your goals and be your best self!

First and most important is how you speak to yourself. What does your internal dialogue sound like? For example, there is a big difference between “My body is tired; I’ll do it tomorrow” vs. “My body is strong, I CAN do this” or even “I may have limitations, but I will honor where my body is today and do my best.”

Implementing positive self-talk and believing in yourself is key! Try starting your day with a positive affirmation. There are endless quotes to be found on the internet. Pick one that speaks to you.

Click the video below to hear a motivational message on living a great, strong, happy and abundant life!

Once you have your head in the game, shift your mindset, and learn to speak kindly to yourself, you will be able to work daily at achieving a healthier and happier you. 

Massage While Sick? Yes or No?

You’re unsure but think you could possibly be coming down with something.
This can’t be happening right?
You’ve got things to do. There’s not time to be sick.
Then it dawns on you… I have a massage scheduled!!!
You start thinking…Do you go or cancel your appointment?
Massage will definitely make me feel better right?
Although, massage might seem comforting…

Here’s what you should know about massage while sick:

There is risk of infecting other clients. During those first days when you are trying to convince yourself you aren’t sick enough to stay home from work, you are actually quite contagious.
Spreading your virus with your therapist. We cannot work when we are sick and we may decline treatment if you show up expressing symptoms.
Can accelerate your symptoms, and ultimately make you feel worse. When you have an infection, your body is already working hard to fight it and recover. Massage has a direct impact on your lymphatic and circulation systems and can cause more stress on your weakened state.

It is our responsibility to keep you, your therapist, and our other clients safe and well. If you are showing signs of cold, flu, or other contagious symptoms we kindly ask you to reschedule. We will waive late cancellation fees under these circumstances.

Stay home, heal, and touch base with us when you are 100% again.

How often should I get a massage?

We are often asked this question, and we all know everyday is a good day for a massage…realistically, what is the ideal time between appointments?
There are many things to consider when scheduling a massage.
What are you goals for your massages?
Is Massage some thing that you enjoy doing just for relaxation?
Are you experiencing pain, injury, or discomfort and using massage to help eliminate or manage these symptoms?

Here’s what you should know about massage while sick:

At The Elm, we typically see clients with tissue issues, aches, pains, injuries, and ergonomical dysfunction. We see people that fall in this category more frequently in the beginning. Maybe weekly for four weeks and then reassess and drop down to twice a month and eventually to a once a month maintenance schedule.

Your body took months to years to create its dysfunction and it’s seldom a quick fix. Massage for pain is a partnership and we love working in tandem with our clients to get them out of pain patterns through consistent care.

A recent consumer study sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association indicates that 88 percent of individuals view massage therapy as beneficial to overall health and wellness. From relieving pain to increasing mobility, and as complementary therapy to mental health management.

Ultimately there is no right or absolute answer to how often you should get massage, we want you to understand that you should listen to your body, talk to your massage therapist about your goals, and formulate a plan that addresses your needs and suits your budget.

It is encouraged to switch up the frequency as needed to fully understand where that sweet time frame between appointments lies. As always, we are here to help you feel and live your best.

To tip or not to tip, that is the question 🧐

That awkward moment at the end of your massage as you sleepily take out your wallet, and think, “do I leave a tip, and if so, how much?”
This is a tricky question!
It is entirely up to you, but perhaps if you have a little insight we can help you make an informed decision.
Massage therapists working in a massage establishment, studio, or spa are working for an hourly wage, and if you enjoyed your service it is customary to leave a 15-20% tip…similar to any other service industry such as hospitality, hair, nails, skin care.
For massage therapists working independently and not for someone else, they may retain 100% of profit but there are taxes to be paid, card fees, and monthly business expenses tied in as well.
Most therapists work hard to provide you the best service possible. It’s never an expectation to tip your therapist, but it is a great way to show gratitude and appreciation for their great service. If the service does not reflect greatness it’s definitely acceptable to skip the tip.

This all being said most therapists don’t want the expense of a tip to stop you from getting regular massage therapy. If you do not leave gratuity, you can express your appreciation by:

  • Rescheduling before you leave
  • Leaving a positive review
  • Referring a friend or family member
  • Posting about us on social media

It brings us joy that you choose us for your care. We hope this cleared up one of our most asked questions.