Retreat programs at Song of the Morning allot ample space in the schedule for free-time. A few ways to spend some of your free time here is to relax with a massage, recharge with Reiki therapy, or discover how to feel your best with a customized yoga therapy session. Work exchange team member, Shannon, brings extensive knowledge, sensitivity, and training to offer this variety of healing and relaxation modalities for our guests. Whether you visit for a personal retreat, or participate in a retreat program, you can book yourself an appointment at check-in!
This massage guides your being to release any physical, mental or emotional tension. It soothes the nervous system and increases the body's rest and digest state. This ensures a deep state of relaxation, promotes digestion, deepens the breath, slows the release of stress hormones, boosts the immune system and calms the mind.
Deep Tissue Massage
This massage uses the same approach as the Swedish massage but may have more pressure applied, accessing deeper layers of bodily tissue. This type of massage may also incorporate various therapeutic techniques such as: neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, active muscle release, stretching, and myofascial release. These techniques help to increase flexibility, release tension, decrease pain and improve range of motion.
Cupping Therapy Massage
Cupping Therapy is an old healing technique that dates back to ancient Egypt. It's used to promote circulation, relieve inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis, release tough tissue constrictions and improve mobility. It's also known to enhance athletic performance, accelerate muscle recovery time, treat skin conditions such as eczema, detox, and to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Reiki is a non-invasive approach in assisting the healing process of any physical or mental disease, illness or trauma. It may also be used for assisting with relieving pain or stress. Reiki is designed to heal and balance your being via the subtle energy centers within the bodies energy field. During Reiki, energy (ki, chi or prana) is guided in a way that frees up emotional energetic blockages and stagnate energy which allows for healing to occur physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Outcomes of a Reiki treatment may very significantly from session to session. The more a person receives Reiki, the more effective the outcomes.
Yoga Therapy is a dynamic approach to health care that will empower and enlighten you to become united in body, mind and spirit. The quality of movement within the body, the quality of thoughts within the mind and the quality of inspiration and expiration within the breath are addressed to bring you into a deeper state of comfort and wholeness. The yoga therapist will guide you through gentle movements, breathing exercises, visualizations, mindfulness and meditation techniques that may be used to manage pain, anxiety and stress and to improve restfulness, stability, strength, balance, composure, focus and mental clarity.
Yoga Therapy is available for anyone with any type of limitation. The practice may be done sitting in a chair, against a wall or on a yoga mat. Props such as chairs, bolsters, blocks, blankets and pillows may be used to help you to be comfortable while you practice. You will be shown how to practice safely, effectively and with confidence. A personalized set of techniques will be assembled for you to take home so that you may incorporate them into your own daily self-care routine where you'll be empowered to take control of your own state of well-being, further enhancing your quality of life.
Shannon was exposed to eastern healing modalities as a young child. Her father is an instructor in Eastern esoteric arts and she started practicing under his guidance when she was five years old. Her training included the styles of Chuan Fa, Yue Chia, Shaolin T'ai Chi, Vajra Mukti Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
Since then Shannon has continued to follow her passion in holistic health through undergoing a variety of accredited training programs. She graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute where she received her massage therapy license in 2011. She received her registered 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015 from LifePower Yoga. Through the Beaumont School of Integrative Medicine in Royal Oak, MI, she received her certification in clinical oncology massage therapy in 2016, and her Reiki master certification in 2018. In 2018, she became certified in a 500 hour yoga teacher training program followed by a certification in clinical yoga therapy in 2019. Shannon is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and a member of the Associated Body Work and Massage Professionals.
Shannon’s yoga therapy training consisted of over 1,000 hours of mentor-ship where she offered instruction in the clinical applications of yoga therapy to patients within a hospital environment. She acquired extensive exposure in teaching yoga therapy to out-patients who were diagnosed with cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, orthopedic surgery and chronic pain. She also worked with in-patient's in the palliative care unit. Shannon gave a variety of presentations as a teaching assistant within the hospital which included yoga therapy and the endocrine/immune system and ayurvedic dosha balancing, yoga therapy and cancer and yoga therapy and heart health. She also presented her own independent research study on How the Applications of Yoga Therapy Influence Pain and Stress for the Post-Operative Orthopedic Patient.
Shannon treats yoga as a way of life and actively pursues intertwining her hatha yoga and meditation practices into daily living as a means to develop a spiritual awareness of her Self. She will help to guide you into your own depths of spiritual awareness by emphasizing a sense of empowerment through showing you how to understand and take control of your own health and well-being; guiding you into your Self through the practice of yoga, meditation, massage and Reiki therapy.