Integrative Therapies

 

OjaiCARES is so blessed to be able to offer Oncology Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and Oncology Facial appointments free of charge, to our clients during their cancer journeys. Our compassionate, skilled therapists are specially trained to understand and address the unique physical, psycho-social and emotional needs of people in various stages of cancer and cancer treatment. Each session is individualized to provide comfort, nurture, and support. Learn more about our therapists here.

Oncology Massage

If you have had cancer, your massage appointment will be with an oncology-trained massage therapist, and will be modified taking into account your unique health circumstances.   Oncology massages are focused on comfort and nurturance, and therapists work safely within a framework of clinical considerations. If you are a cancer caregiver, we have certified massages therapists at OjaiCARES just for you. Massage, Reiki, and Reflexology appointments can be booked by calling or visiting the OjaiCARES office.

Reiki

Reiki, a stress reduction and relaxation technique, has become a subject of curiosity for cancer patients everywhere. Studies and anecdotal evidence has shown that, in addition to promoting relaxation among patients, Reiki can also be used to encourage healing and provide other benefits. In fact, some studies have even explored the effect of Reiki on patients who are undergoing cancer treatment concurrently. These studies have found that, although Reiki is not a substitute for other cancer treatments, it may enhance these treatments and offer a number of benefits to patients as they deal with the symptoms and stresses of cancer.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of massage where pressure is applied to your feet and hands. When cancer patients face stress, fatigue, or nausea, they may turn to integrative therapies such as reflexology to help ease symptoms. Although each patient responds individually, reflexology can support relaxation and comfort during cancer treatment and offers an alternative to traditional massage.

Oncology Skincare

Oncology Skincare provided by an esthetician who has been trained and certified and has a clear understanding of the information and a solid education foundation. Everything is individual-specific, as it depends on type of cancer, type of medical treatments, time out of treatment, and the client’s experience of side effects. Safety first is the first rule.

Restorative Yoga

Many of us have worked with Ingrid Boulting during our cancer journey, appreciating her sensitivity and awareness of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.  A Registered Yoga Teacher and lifelong student of Healing Arts, Ingrid creates a powerful space for OjaiCARES clients to be welcomed, nurtured and to activate their innate healing capacities.

The following classes are donation-based for OjaiCARES clients (no one turned away).

Mondays – 6-7:30 PM Restorative Yoga / Wednesdays – 10-11:30 AM Restore & Renew Yoga / Classes held at Sacred Space – 805.646.6761 – 307 Matilija Street, Suite H (upstairs, above Trend Consignment shop), Ojai

Vitality Method – Medical Qigong for Health and Wellness

Qigong (pronounced Chee- Gong) are exercises that developed in ancient China as early as 3,000 B.C.  Qi, meaning vital life force or energy, and Gong, meaning skill or work, are exercises that improve our energy and affect both our mental, emotional, and physical body.  The Vitality Method, also called Bu Zheng Qigong, is a medical qigong practice suitable for people at all stages of life.  As taught by Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD (IIQTC.org), we learn that in Chinese Medicine there is an understanding that the best medicine we can find, is created by “The Healer Within.”  Practiced standing, sitting, or lying down, we use Qigong movements, breathe practice, self-applied massage/reflexology, and meditation to help the body to shift from a fight-or-flight stressful Sympathetic state, to a relaxed Parasympathetic state.

In this class, we learn how to practice these techniques, some of the supporting information, and most of all, we get to experience how our body responds to these exercises.    Some of the benefits that people often experience (even with one session) are a reduction of pain, increased energy, improved detoxification, reduced stress, reduced inflammation, increased oxygen levels, improved circulation, and many more.

Instructor Andrew Ogden, a native of Ojai, is a Reiki Master, Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor, and is training to be a Certified Massage Therapist. In each session Andrew seamlessly communicates his understanding of teachings from many traditions, blending Western knowledge with Eastern wisdom into a dynamic practice.

Every Second Monday from 6-7 pm