WELCOME TO METTABODYWELLNESS
A Gateway to Health
Charles Napolitano LMT
A graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage, I also have advanced training in Shiatsu studying with Master Wataru Ohashi, at the Ohashi Institute in NYC, Advance Certification in Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm School, Certified practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang and have a Master-Instructor level in Integrated Energy Therapy.
As a Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong practitioner, my interest in cultivating the Chi energy has led me to a deeper study of energy/body work and holistic health in eastern modalities. I am an Instructor of Shiatsu at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and an Instructor of Sheng Zhen and Healing Tao Qigong.
In addition to Thai Yoga Massage and Shiatsu, I also practice Swedish Massage, Connective Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger point) , and Integrative Energy Therapy Massage.
I feel that each step in massage therapy brings profound understanding and appreciation of human individual and community. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to practice meditation and Metta (loving kindness) in my professional work.
MY HOLISTIC SERVICES
Complementary Health Treatments
Balance Your Chi
Shiatsu (‘shi’ meaning finger and ‘atsu’ meaning pressure) is a Japanese born modality that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure, which incorporates the philosophy of the five elements in order to achieve optimum health.
A Shiatsu session is as deep or as gentle as you need or want. Using palms, thumbs, forearms, elbows and/or knees, the practitioner will move around your body, applying the appropriate pressure for the type of energy in the targeted meridians. Applying stretches and rotating the limbs open the meridians, releasing blocked or stagnant energy, and give the therapist additional assessment information throughout the session. The continuous rhythmic movement is often compared to the flowing movement of Qigong or Tai Chi.
Open Your Body
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a floor mat in loose and comfortable clothing.
In receiving Thai Yoga Massage one is also receiving the benefits of the practice of yoga.
This technique has been described as assisted Hatha yoga. A Thai Yoga Massage also incorporates martial arts moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along energy lines, gentle stretching, and breath work, creating a slow, flowing "dance" around and with the recipient's body.
In Addition to stretching and tonifying the muscles, Thai Yoga Massage improves circulation, relives muscular tension and spasm, helps expedite metabolism, boost the immune system, balances the body energetically, inducing a calm mental state. This practice provides the recipient with both a physical and energetic massage.
CHI NEI TSANG
An Ancient Science
Taoist 5 Element Massage is based upon the ancient Taoist five elementtheory that is the heart of Asian traditional medicine. By freeing the abdomen of tension,constriction and congestion of fluids and gas, the qi (bioenergy) moves properly in the organ system. Chi Nei Tsang releases core level stress from the abdomen first and thenassists the qi to move through the body to help it self-heal. It utilizes highly effective techniques to help:
transform stress into vitality
stimulate abdominal lymph circulation
calm the spirit and the mind for better sleep
relieve digestive and elimination problems
release the diaphragm so the breath can be free
Group and Private Instruction
Sheng Zhen Meditation/Qigong is a method of self-healing, often referred to as "practices of Unconditional Love." It involves a series of moving and non-moving forms, all designed to remove negative energy or "qi" and gather positive healing energy. The movements and contemplations of Sheng Zhen Meditation help re-create that deep sense of inner peace we experienced as small children. As the body softens, and negative emotions are released, one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the universe.
Sheng Zhen Meditation has three functions. It strengthens the body, calms the mind by removing negative emotions, and opens the heart. With regular practice, one experiences a renewed sense of joy and purpose, a deeper understanding of life, and more compassion for oneself and others.