Restorative yoga is all about slowing down and opening your body through gentle, passive poses supported by props like bolsters, blankets, sandbags, and blocks.
During the long-held poses of restorative yoga, not only are your muscles and spine allowed to decompress, but the nervous system begins to relax deeply. Through diaphragmatic breathing and supported poses, the habitual stress-cycle we get into in our daily lives is interrupted, the relaxation response in the body is turned on, and the result is one of relaxation, soothing, calm, and deep rest.
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Reiki is a therapy often described as gentle, hands-on healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or just over your body to facilitate physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese words of “rei” (spiritual) and “ki” (vital energy). One of the basic ideas is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. People most often find that they feel relaxed, rested, and “lighter” after a session while others report they feel energized and “grounded.” Above all, Reiki promotes relaxation which lowers your body’s stress-response.
*Please note that the ethical guidelines of my clinical license do not allow for me to offer Reiki services to psychotherapy clients.
“Elana’s Restorative class left me feeling blissed out and deeply relaxed. She’s a phenomenal instructor with a vast knowledge of the body and a soothing, warm presence. Thank you!”
– Jordanna G.
“Elana has wonderful, peaceful energy and was a joy to work with. I found my one-to-one session very healing for me. I went in with some family turmoil and came out feeling very calm about everything.
– David H.