Sharon Farber graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in April, 1989, having studied Swedish massage, sports massage, Trigger Point therapy, Shiatsu and Jin Shin Do. She has taken additional classes including Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Pregnancy massage, Reflexology, Myo Fascial Release, and Donna Eden Energy Medicine. Sharon completed a three year program at the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in 2001, and is a Reiki Master and Reconnective Healing Practitioner. She is a CT licensed massage therapist (License # 000068) and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Sharon has been practicing massage and healing for 25 years. Sharon opened Dragonfly Healing Arts, in New Hartford, CT in September 2013.
Types of Massage and Healing
Swedish Massage is relaxing and therapeutic. It combines oils or lotion with strokes such as effleurage, kneading, and cross fiber. The benefits include relief from aches and pains, increased circulation, deep relaxation, stress relief and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Communication during the session is important to determine the appropriate level of pressure for each individual. You determine how deep you want the massage to be.
Reflexology involves applying specific techniques to the feet, and can be done on hands as well. It relieves tension in the feet themselves, but also aims to harmonize the entire body. According to reflexology there are points on the feet that correspond to every organ and system of the body. Working these points can bring balance and healing to the corresponding areas in the body.
Sports Massage is designed for active people who engage in athletics. Sports Massage enhances performance and may prolong a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pain and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and improve recovery rates.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health. Reiki helps remove energetic blockages and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki is done fully clothed with gentle hand positions on or over the body. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Reconnective Healing is a form of healing with the potential for subtle and powerful results. Reconnective Healing is done fully clothed with hand positions and movements over and around the body. The intent is essentially that of healing, be it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or on any other level. According to Eric Pearl, who is teaching this healing process across the planet, “Healing is a return to balance. Every health challenge is a combination of the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional … Reconnective Healing doesn’t specifically “treat” anything. If in its presence you allow yourself to come back into balance, as many people do, then you do.” Go to http://www.thereconnection.com/ for extensive information on reconnective healing.
Medical Massage is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. A variety of modalities or techniques may be used during the treatment, but the focus is on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points.
Pregnancy Massage is designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques, pregnancy massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues.
Couple’s Massage allows two people to enjoy getting simultaneous massages in the same room, with two massage therapists. Great for friends, parent with child, or “couples”. Sessions must be at least one hour.
**Massage tables have heated pads. Scented oils, (from pure essential oils) are available.**
You do not need to choose a type of massage or energy healing ahead of time, although you may. You can discuss your interests and concerns with Sharon before starting the session and determine the best modalities for your situation. You may choose to experience a combination of healing techniques.