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A place to rediscover what it means to be you.

At RIP LLC we want you to feel safe to be exactly who you are. Here we set aside time to support you in your journey of self care, self discovery and self expression.  In a world where no one escapes the  pain of feeling like they need to change, suppress or hide aspects of themselves to be accepted its no wonder that as adults we now have to undo this work to find our core self. For some this work comes with physical and emotional manifestations of pain. Or life long chronic issues . For others this means battling the demons of PTSD or mental health. For some this is the work of balancing the work of being a mother, a wife a partner, a friend a problem solver an employee or provider all while also trying to be a person and care for themselves. 

At the end of the day RIP LLC is where you leave your pain stress and demands to rest in peace at the door and begin to reawaken inner pieces of yourself again. 

So when you look in the mirror after leaving our doors you see reflected back at you a vision of who you want to be.

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Reiki and energy work

Reiki is an energy healing technique in which a Reiki master (who has undergone formal training in this healing art) uses gentle hand movements with the intention to guide the flow of healthy energy (what's known in Reiki as life force energy) through the client's body to reduce stress and promote healing.


Deep tissue Massage therapy 

Kjersten offers customized massage therapy sessions that cater to the individual needs of each client on that particular day. No two days or people are alike and likewise no two sessions will be 100% identical. Each session includes the optional use of hot stones, hot towels, aromatherapy, gua sha and cupping. She specializes in trigger point therapy, deep tissue and therapeutic massage but is trained in a variety of other sub specialties such as lymphatic massage, lomi lomi Hawaiian massage and massage for mental health. 

In massage therapy, a massage therapist rubs and kneads the soft tissues of your body. The soft tissues include muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin. The massage therapist varies the amount of pressure and movement.

Massage is part of integrative medicine. Medical centers often offer it with standard treatment. It can be used for a wide range of medical conditions.

Studies of massage benefits have found massage can:

  • Help reduce stress.

  • Lessen pain and muscle tightness.

  • Increase relaxation.

  • Improve the work of the immune system.


Cupping and Gua Sha massage 

Cupping is an extraordinary technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and continues to be widely used among professionals and lay people across many cultures today.
The healing process can be shortened by weeks, even months, by using this method that manually removes the blockage in ways that acupuncture needles, massage and other forms of treatment cannot.
Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build up and muscle waste from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin.
The cells of the body use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide; when the tissue is blocked, the cell waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked. This is called acid or toxin build up.
Physical pain implies a blockage in the flow of Blood and other vital substances through a particular area. When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, it can be very difficult for the body to get rid of this waste, causing further blockage and discomfort. 
By utilizing cupping techniques we are able, by vacuum or suction, to pull the blockage out of the deeper tissue and move it to the skin’s surface. Once on the surface, it is much easier for the body to eliminate toxins through the superficial blood supply or capillary system.
In only ten minutes of cupping, not only can we pull toxin build up out of specific areas, but we can also pull the fresh new blood into those areas, which will vitalize and restore proper blood flow.
Gua sha is a treatment very similar to cupping and works on the same basis.
A flat smooth tool is used to gently scrape the tissues and muscles to break down Muscle adhesions and help fresh blood flow. 
Gua Sha does not break the skin and is usually not painful to receive. The marks that form on the skin are called therapeutic petechiae , they are part of the healing mechanism of the treatment. 
Take a look at this article the summarises the Science of Gua Sha ! -


Myofacial release massage. 

Myofasical massage works in conjuction with your nervous system's fight flight and freeze (sympathetic) system to ensure that you are able to remain completely in line with your own healing energies. The therapist will use pressure only to the limit of the fascias responses and observe the breathing patterns of the client to know the pressure limits. This massage is not deep tissue but rather works in harmony with the nervous system. 


Injury rehabilitation and scar tissue massage 

Massage helps by decreasing pain. Massage has a pain relieving effect by desensitising an area of pain and restoring normal sensation. Massage can change the way the brain senses pain. Repetitive movement across an area of pain can interrupt signals from the brain and distract the feeling of pain.
Massage can also help my restoring range of movement. After injury adhesions or scar tissue is formed within muscles or connective tissues. Stiffness is a common symptom around an area when recovering from injury. Stiffness to soft tissues can be the result of lack of movement during injury and tension build up to muscles surrounding affected areas. Adhesions restrict movement and can cause pain to specific areas. Massage breaks down adhesions allowing an increase of flexibility.
Massage is an effective treatment used post injury to speed up the recovery. Massage increases blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to promote healing to tissues and helps relieve stiffness. Massage helps improve recovery after injury by increasing circulation to an affected area and stimulating the lymphatic system in the body. The lymphatic system work to drain out waste products and toxins out the body. The increase of blood to an area helps increase more oxygen and nutrients to assist in its healing process.
How does post injury massage help?
Massage therapy plays important role to the healing and rehabilitation of soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) after injury. Massage helps by after injury by speeding up the healing of damaged tissues, decreases tension and breaks down scar tissue.
Massage helps recovery after injury by stimulating the healing process.
Massage encourages circulatory movement and helps more oxygen and nutrients transport into tissues. This allows injured areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate. The body's initial reaction to an injury is an inflammatory response. The inflammatory response works to defend an affected area against harmful substances, removes dying tissues and promotes tissue repair. Massage can help flush out swelling aiding quicker healing. Massage stimulates the blood circulation increasing white blood cells to an affected area. White blood cells can fight an injured area and assist the healing process to quicken the recovery time.
Massage is an effective treatment used post injury to reduce muscular tension. When injury occurs muscle tighten around an area in protection. Tight muscles produce an increase of muscle tone and increased tension. Massage helps by increasing temperature and promoting muscles to relax.
Massage also helps post injury by breaking down scar tissue. Scar tissue restricts range of movement which can occur post injury due to the healing process of soft tissues. Soft tissue can become tight and inflexible causing lack of movement and pain. Massage applies direct pressure to an area which increases temperature and improves blood flow. When muscles increase in temperature it allows them to relax and reduce tension. Massage also stretches and loosens tight tissues allowing movement to be restored and pain to be reduced.


Prenatal massage 

Prenatal massage is a specific type of massage tailored to help relieve the strains and pains caused by pregnancy. Usually, the massage focuses on the areas of the body that are most affected by pregnancy. This includes the lower back, the mid-back, the calves, the feet, and even the stomach. However, while prenatal massage can help you to feel a little more like your old self, it does come with a few risks – especially if you don't visit a trained professional. A prenatal massage, also known as a pregnancy massage, is a massage designed to relieve the pain and discomfort that can occur in various areas of the body during pregnancy. Women are able to receive regular massages during their first trimester. In the second and third trimester, pregnant women should receive special prenatal massages. The therapist should use a special table designed to accommodate the woman's changing body shape. Sometimes, prenatal massages are conducted with the woman lying on her side.Prenatal massage has several potential benefits in addition to pain relief. Studies and anecdotal evidence show that other benefits include reduced stress, better sleep, and even a better bond with your child.
Pain and discomfort reliefAccording to the Office on Women's Health (OASH), pregnancy causes pain primarily in the back, abdomen, groin area, and thighs. It can also occur in the legs. One 2014 study found that massage could significantly improve pain in the legs and back.
"It can help to relax the muscles involved in sciatic pain, relieving the discomfort caused by the pinched nerve – as little as 20 minutes of massage per week results in significantly reduced leg and back pain," says Gilchrist. "Also, massage of the face, neck and shoulders can help to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches caused by tension."
Reduced swellingSwelling of the legs and feet is another common symptom of pregnancy. A 2020 study found that massage can reduce the fluid build-up that causes this type of swelling. A 2010 study also found that a daily 20 minute foot massage could improve ankle and foot swelling during pregnancyImprove symptoms of anxiety, depression and postpartum depression"Women who enjoyed regular massage sessions during their pregnancy not only reported reduced depression and anxiety in the prenatal period, but also had reduced rates of postpartum depression," Gilchrist says.
Several studies back this up. A 2004 study found that receiving two 20 minute sessions a week beginning in their second trimester reduced depression. A 2020 study found that massage may be more effective than other forms of therapy for pregnant women with depression.
Improved sleep"Massage releases endorphins, which are naturally-occurring hormones that provide feelings of wellbeing and pain-relief,” Gilchrist says. “Endorphins soothe your nervous system, helping you to feel more relaxed and improving your sleep.”
Sleep disruption is a common complaint in the second trimester of pregnancy. A 2019 study found that massage could improve sleep patterns and sleep quality. 
Things to avoid with prenatal massage Avoid deep abdominal massage, especially in the first trimester.
Don't lie on your back after 16 weeks, Instead, the massage should be performed on your side or lying at a 45 degree incline.
Prenatal massage may not be appropriate for everyone. Check with your doctor about whether it's safe for you.
Massage isn't always the best solution for sudden swelling, which may be a sign of preeclampsia. 
Avoid deep tissue massage in the legs and upper arms.This is because pregnancy increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which, sometimes, may not be easily recognized.
Avoid the use of certain essential oils, which are not safe to use during pregnancy. Here are some oils that are safe: lavender, geranium, bergamot, frankincense, grapefruit, peppermint and neroli.

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Movement re- education with Nik 

What is Movement Reeducation?It's a revolutionary self awareness communication tool! I'll help coach you through movements designed to help you learn how to decipher your nervous system's language. Together we learn what inputs your nervous system may be craving, in order to understand your body as it moves through space & engages with your environment. These inputs will be unique unto you & your nervous system's current state.
Together we discover inputs your nervous system may be missing, or not be very clear about. These inputs (movements, sensations, smells, sights, coordination skills & balance engagements) are all utilized to help your nervous system improve. We call these inputs "drills." Drills are mini exercises, meant to give your nervous system the upgrade it's seeking & it's unique to your nervous system's current needs. You'll go home with homework of 3-5 drills meant to be repeated, to help you improve between sessions! I'll brainstorm ways you can add these drills into your daily life, so it can be integrated seamlessly into your movement map!
How do we know where to start?Before we begin, I need a detailed injury history. Knowing what your nervous system's been through, I can deduce what it may be missing the clarity of in your sensory & movement maps. We will assess & reassess movements, gait, posture, balance, coordination, & visual clarity to determine whether your nervous system is seeking each input, or if it feels threatened by the input. If we're not assessing, we're guessing! Your nervous system is the true boss of the whole session. 
What is meant by "sensory & movement maps"? Our brains hold redundant maps of all our sensations & movements. Those maps aren't inherently known though & are written through engaging with our environments. They're written through repetition! I will help you learn how to improve the clarity of your sensory & movement maps during each session. 
Why do you want to clarify your sensory & movement maps?Our nervous systems rely completely on the clarity of our maps, in order to navigate through space & interact with our environment. To our nervous system, clarity = safety. If there have been injuries, surgeries, & scars, that means the clarity of the map is poor. The nervous system will reduce how fast & how far you can move using poorly clarified maps!  
How can your nervous system reduce your ability to move?Our nervous system's primary objective is safety. Even if it means it has to flare up: pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, vertigo, chronic illness etc. Whatever it has to do to limit your ability to move within the parameters it feels it can fully protect you. 
Good news!!! Our maps can be recalibrated! Our nervous systems can be reeducated! Our new movements can be integrated! Hooray for Neuroplasticity! Once we improve our maps, we improve every system that accesses our maps (which is every system of the body!) 
Click the link below to learn how you can hit *Cntrl Z* on your pain & movement dysfunction. Schedule your Movement Reeducation session today..


Trigger point therapy massage 

If you’re experiencing muscle pain, you may benefit from trigger point therapy. 
What Is A Trigger PointA trigger point is a pressure-sensitive area in the muscle that is frequently linked with pain and stiffness. Trigger points can be extremely painful, limiting your range of motion and making it difficult to do your daily activities.
Dr. Janet G. Travell conducted the first modern scientific study of trigger points in the early 1900s by Dr. Janet G. Travell. She’s an American physician considered the pioneer of this field. In her studies, Dr. Travell observed that trigger points were a major source of pain in many of her patients. She went on to develop a system for identifying and treating these points, which is still used today.
Different Types Of Trigger PointsThere are three types of trigger points: active, passive, and satellite. Active trigger points are painful when touched and can cause pain in other areas of the body. Passive trigger points are not always painful when touched but may cause pain in other areas of the body. Satellite trigger points are similar to active ones but are not as painful.
Trigger points can occur anywhere in the body but are most common in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Everyone may get them, although some individuals get a greater amount or have more discomfort from them. Moreover, no one is sure what causes them.
What Makes Trigger Point PainfulTheoretically, trigger points are taut bands of muscle and fascia tissue that become rigid. Hence, they restrict blood flow to muscle tissue. When this happens, muscle tissue is put into a state of metabolic crisis.
The muscle needs oxygen and other nutrients to heal. However, due to the tightness, oxygen and nutrients can’t reach the muscle. The cycle of pain, less blood flow, and pain start and can be hard to break.
However, the pain from a trigger point can vary depending on the individual. For some people, it may feel like a dull ache, while for others, it may be more of sharp pain. The pain may also radiate from the trigger point to other areas of the body. For example, a trigger point in the shoulder may cause pain to radiate down the arm.
Moreover, there are a few things that can increase your risk of developing trigger points, including:
Tight musclesPoor postureInactivity or too much activityMuscle overuse or injuryStressful lifestyleHow To Check If You Have Trigger PointsIf you’re unsure whether or not you have a trigger point, there are some tell-tale signs and symptoms. Here’s a quick checklist:
Do you have localized pain in your muscles?Is the pain worse when pressure is applied to the muscle?Do you experience referring pain, meaning that the pain radiates from the trigger point to another area of your body?Is the pain worse at certain times of the day or after certain activities?Do you have a reduced range of motion in the affected muscle?Do you feel fatigued in the affected muscle?Does the muscle feel tight or knotted?If you answered yes to most of these questions, you might have a trigger point. Trigger points can be painful and frustrating, but there are treatments available.

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