Enjoy the season and be symptom free with natural allergy relief


causes_of_rhinitisSpring has sprung but along with the beautiful blossoms and flowers come the not so great allergies! Congestion, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing & coughing – If you have gone through it then you know that it really is not pleasant.
You could reach for the typical over the counter allergy relief products but if you would rather avoid antihistamines & corticosteroids then the more natural approach might appeal.
If you want a medication & symptom free Spring and Summer why not relieve your allergies with Acupuncture?

Treatments can focus on alleviating the symptoms experienced and often yield a very quick response. Patients will notice a decrease in their nose stuffiness, sneezes, and number of itching episodes around the eyes, as well as an increase in overall energy levels. Book an appointment now!

Some natural tips for easing any symptoms in the meantime are –

Drink plenty of water – When you are well hydrated the mucous membranes of essential oilsyour nose remain moist to expel allergens more easily.

Eat local raw honey – Eating a couple of tablespoons of local raw honey every day (which contains traces of pollen) desensitizes the body to local pollen, so that the pollen floating about in the air does not trigger allergic reactions in the body.


essential_oils2Eat pineapple –  Pineapple is a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.

Add turmeric to rice dishes, curries, soups etc – Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that are hay fevercomparable to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs.

Essential oils can also be very helpful –

Peppermint – Dilute with a carrier oil and rub one drop onto your temples, lemon oilforehead or over the sinuses. You can also try a drop on the tip of your tongue, closing your mouth and then breathing it in to effectively open up the sinus cavity.

Lavender – Acts as an adaptogen and can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It can also help if you have difficulty sleeping due to congestion. Add a few drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and spritz your pillow to help rosemary oilyou drift off to sleep more easily.

Eucalyptus – Can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing.

Rosemary – Has a similar effect to Eucalyptus but is slightly milder so better for use by children.

eucalyptus oilLemon– Improves immunity, relieves respiratory issues, is antibacterial and relieves respiratory inflammation.

All the essential oils listed above (and more!) are available from the ViVi Therapy Massage Supply Store at 1976 Oak Bay Ave.



Looking for ways to use your empty essential oil bottles?

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If like me you have loads of empty essential oil containers lying around and are wondering what to do with them then I just might have the answer!

However, remember that essential oils are just like any other oil and cling to the sides of the bottle they are in. This means that there is always a little bit left in there even when you think the bottle looks empty.

So as not to waste the residual oil clinging to the inside of the bottle check out the followings tips –

Run yourself a lovely relaxing warm bath and leave your empty uncapped bottles in the bottom while the water runs. The remnants of oil will get washed out with the warm water and fragrance it leaving you with a deliciously scented soak.

Keep the empty bottles somewhere safe and use them as aromatherapy tools. If you are having a bad day, have a headache or are feeling particularly emotional or stressed out, take one of your bottles, remove the top and breathe in the fragrance (for headaches eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender or spearmint work well).

Use carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to fill up your empty bottles. This gently fragranced oil can then be used to moisturize dry hands, feet, elbows etc. The small size is great for throwing in your purse for moisturizing on the go! Alternatively tie some pretty twine or ribbon around the neck of the bottle, attach a tag and you have a great little gift. I know Christmas is a long way off yet but they can even be hung on the tree (remember this idea for the next one!)

Use good quality vodka or distilled water to fill your empty bottles. Shake well to incorporate then pour into a spray bottle. Use the finished product as an air freshener or linen spray.

ViVi Therapy stocks a large selection of organic essential oils. Check them out online or in our store

Benefits Of Massage

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Benefits of Massage

 More people are realizing that massage therapy is one of the best therapeutic options to maintaining mobility and overall health throughout our lifetime. Whether you challenge yourself physically through training or you lack daily movement or fitness activities you need massage therapy to maintain your ability to function and perform optimally. At ViVi Therapy we provide preventative and therapeutic treatments for the following:


Your well being and long term mobility is dependent upon the function of your musculoskeletal system and the central nervous system that governs your movement, posture and physical activities. Regular Massage Therapy has been scientifically proven to increase oxygenated blood supply to muscles, tendons, ligaments and indirectly the skeleton. Supple neck muscles for example do not inhibit the flow of circulation to your brain and eyes but tight muscles in the neck and cranium region can cause nausea and reduce your ability to think and function optimally and with a clear head. This can lead to chronic headache and even numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.


Erosion in nature from wind and water is not dissimilar to what our bodies experience over years of poor body mechanics, postural and work related stress and sluggish circulation. Degeneration in the joints often occurs slowly over time. Overly tight muscles compressing joint surfaces and discs and limiting blood flow to tendons and ligaments will create poor range of motion (decreased movement), stiffness and eventually loss of mobility.


Chronically tight muscles are no longer able to function optimally. Once your muscles are over contracted you lose your ability to fully contract them from their resting state and therefore you lose strength. When your bones are aligned and function in a symmetrical pattern supporting your weight and locomotion, your muscles work with minimal effort required to perform and function during your daily activities. You require less effort to move and consequently have more energy for other things.


People function on different levels at different times and stages of their lives. One needs regular maintenance to function optimally especially when facing challenges to any of the bodies systems. Your Registered Massage Therapist knows many techniques to keep your musculoskeletal, arterial, venous, lymphatic, respiratory, craniosacral, nervous and digestive systems functioning optimally.


Massage Therapy assists circulation on all levels; arterial blood flow from the heart to your soft tissues, bones and organs, venous return to the lungs and heart, lymphatic flow to cleanse your body tissues and organs and enhance your immunity, and the circulation of your cerebral spinal fluid protecting your central nervous system (craniosacral system).


The History Of Massage Therapy & Acupuncture

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There is a history of massage linked to almost every civilization known to man.  Human touch is key to survival for our species and over the last two decades the evolution of massage therapy and the wellness industry globally has grown to include every generation and demographic. Discerning individuals have come to rely on the high quality and diverse care a Registered Massage Therapist can provide.

From conception, babies are massaged through their pregnant mother’s bellies. Pregnant mothers receive the therapeutic benefits of massage and they in turn pass on the benefits of touch to their little ones through infant massage. Children of all ages receive massage and care for their growing pains, postural and breathing problems to name a few. High School and University students under physical stress from studies and mental stress of exams find relief from regular back, neck and shoulder massage. Working parents and people suffering from headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain seek relief from a Registered Massage Therapist. Aging individuals with chronic symptoms of joint stiffness, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis and disc degeneration very commonly seek the services of a Registered Massage Therapist.

Baby boomers striving for better health and higher performance levels at work and at play need support and education to keep the well oiled machine running efficiently and optimally. Disease, injury, trauma and rehabilitation are many reasons why people of all ages seek the therapeutic results and support of a Registered Massage Therapist. As the population grows older palliative care and persons with mobility issues are being added to the list of individuals that benefit. Reliable professional care at home from a ViVi Therapist can extend quality of life and provide physical comfort unavailable elsewhere.

ViVi Therapy combines education and knowledge with therapeutic services for your benefit. We are the health care practitioners of the future.  Health maintenance, balanced lifestyles, wellness education and mobility are key components of what we offer our clients.  Every generation has specific needs that can be supported by the services of a Registered Massage Therapist.  You can now learn to massage your family and loved ones by taking one of our popular learn to massage lessons.  Book an appointment here today or contact us.

History of Acupuncture

acupunctureThe history of Acupuncture is a tough one to cover.  We like this source from a fellow named Jon Fishman.  Not the whole article but the highlights we hope will inform you in an unbiased way. The Chinese healing art of acupuncture is one that can be dated back at least two thousand years. Some authorities maintain that acupuncture has been practiced in China for even four thousand years. Though its exact age is vague, what is certain is that up until the recent twentieth century, much of the population of the world was uninformed about acupuncture, its origins, and its capacity to promote and maintain good health. Even today in relatively “advanced” nations such as ours there are many who hold acupuncture under the stereotype of a new or radical medicine, one which would almost always be a second choice after more familiar Western approaches to handling illness. Following a brief synopsis of the theory of acupuncture, the following text will, to a limited extent, highlight the vast history of this ancient medicine and assert that it is neither new nor radical.


One of the most important concepts of Chinese medicine is that of natural balance. From this idea of balance arises the fundamental theory of yin and yang. According to this theory, life takes place in the alternating rhythm of yin and yang.

Day gives way to night, night to day; a time of light and activity (Yang) is followed by darkness and rest (Yin). Flowers open and close, the moon waxes and wanes, the tides come in and go out; we wake and sleep, breathe in, breathe out. Yin/Yang is a constant, continual flow through which everything is expressed on the one hand and recharged on the other. They are an inseparable couple. Their proper relationship is health; a disturbance in this relationship is disease.

The paradoxical nature of yin and yang is further illustrated in an excerpt from the Huang Di Nei Jing, or “The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine,” which is considered to be the best known and earliest of Chinese medical texts:

Yang has its root in Yin
Yin has its root in Yang.
Without Yin, Yang cannot arise.
Without Yang, Yin cannot be born.
Yin alone cannot arise; Yang alone cannot grow.
Yin and Yang are divisible but inseparable. (Acupuncture, p. 58)

The well-known symbol of the yin-yang further demonstrates that nothing is pure Yin or pure Yang; black and white embrace and intertwine in perfect symmetry, each side containing a small seed of its opposite. The conclusion drawn from this theory is that good health entails the balance and harmony of all that is yin and all that is yang within the body.

When such a proper balance of forces exists, the body has achieved a healthy circulation of the life force qi (“chee”). In Chinese medicine it is theorized that the human body, as well as every other living thing, has a natural flow of qi throughout it. Qi is said to travel the body along channels called “meridians,” of which there are mainly fourteen. Qi flows constantly up and down these pathways, and when the flow of qi is insufficient, unbalanced, or interrupted, yin and yang become unbalanced, and illness may occur. An understanding of the relationship between the body, yin and yang, and qi is necessary to understand the utility of acupuncture.

On the most basic of levels, acupuncture can be described as the insertion of very fine needles (sometimes in combination with electrical stimulus or with heat produced by burning specific herbs, called Moxibustion) into the skin at specific acupuncture points in order to influence the functioning of the body. Traditionally, there are 365 acupoints on the body, most of which have a specific energetic function. Some are the meeting of meridian pathways while others are junctions with an internal pathway of the meridian. Some points tend to move qi towards the interior of the body while others bring energy to the surface. The choice of acupuncture points varies from patient to patient and from treatment to treatment and relies on very careful diagnoses of different kinds. Diagnosis entails the observation of the body through looking, touching, smelling and listening. One of the primary and fundamental diagnostic methods of traditional Chinese medicine is pulse taking, which is far more intricate than pulse taking in the West. It has been said to take upwards of fifteen years to master this diagnostic art.

Acupuncture helps to balance the body’s energy, control pain and prevent disease. The basis of an acupuncture treatment is to balance “Qi” or Chi it is sometimes called.  Qi is the energy that flows in and around the body through the channels called meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that acupuncture can help Qi flow smoothly through the meridians and effects changes in the internal organs and musculoskeletal system to improve the quality of health. It can even relieve allergies as well as pain.

Acupuncture at ViVi Therapy is performed by a Registered Acupuncturist. Book today and enjoy the benefits of a balanced Qi!

Moshe Feldenkrais – Inventor of the Feldenkrais Method

Moshe Feldenkrais was born on May 6, 1904, in Slavuta, in the present-day Ukrainian Republic. When he was a small boy his family moved to the nearby town of Korets. By 1912 his family moved to Baranovich, in what is today, Belarus. While Baranovich endured many World War I battles, Feldenkrais received his Bar Mitzvah, completed two years of high school, and received an education in the Hebrew language and Zionist philosophy. In 1918 Feldenkrais left by himself on a six-month journey to Palestine.

After arriving in 1919, Feldenkrais worked as a laborer until 1923 when he returned to high school to earn a diploma. While attending school he made a living by tutoring. After graduating in 1925, he worked for the British survey office as a cartographer. Feldenkrais was involved in Jewish self-defense groups, and after learning Jujitsu he devised his own self-defense techniques. He hurt his left knee in a soccer match in 1929. While convalescing he wrote Autosuggestion (1930), a translation from English to Hebrew of Charles Brooks’ work on Coué‘s system of autosuggestion, together with two chapters that he wrote himself. He next published Jujitsu (1931), a book on self-defense.

In 1930 Feldenkrais went to Paris and enrolled in an engineering college, the Ecole des Travaux Publics des Paris. He graduated in 1933 with specialties in mechanical and electrical engineering. In 1933 after meeting Jigaro Kano, Judo’s founder, Feldenkrais began teaching Jujitsu again, and started his training in Judo. In 1933 he began working as a research assistant under Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Radium Institute, while studying for his Ingeniur-Docteur degree at the Sorbonne. From 1935-1937 he worked at the Arcueil-Cachan laboratories building a Van de Graaf generator, which was used for atomic fission experiments. In 1935 he published a revised, French edition of his Hebrew jujitsu book called, La Défense du Faible Contre L’Agresseur, and in 1938 published ABC du Judo. He received his Judo black belt in 1936, and 2nd degree rank in 1938. Feldenkrais married Yona Rubenstein in 1938. From 1939-1940 he worked under Paul Langevin doing research on magnetics and ultra-sound.

Feldenkrais escaped to England in 1940, just as the Germans arrived in Paris. As a scientific officer in the British Admiralty, he conducted anti-submarine research in Scotland from 1940-1945. While there he taught Judo and self-defense classes. In 1942 he published a self-defense manual, Practical Unarmed Combat, and Judo. Feldenkrais began working with himself to deal with knee troubles that had recurred during his escape from France, and while walking on submarine decks. Feldenkrais gave a series of lectures about his new ideas, began to teach experimental classes, and work privately with some colleagues.

In 1946 Feldenkrais left the Admiralty, moved to London, and worked as an inventor and consultant in private industry. He took Judo classes at the London Budokwai, sat on the international Judo committee, and scientifically analyzed Judo principles. He published his first book on his method, Body and Mature Behavior, in 1949, and his last book on Judo, Higher Judo, in 1952. During his London period he studied the work of George Gurdjieff, F. M. Alexander, and William Bates, and went to Switzerland to study with Heinrich Jacoby.

Feldenkrais returned to Israel to direct the Israeli Army Department of Electronics, 1951-1953. Around 1954 he moved permanently to Tel Aviv and, for the first time, made his living solely by teaching his method. He worked sporadically on the manuscript of The Potent Self, which he had begun in London. Around 1955 he permanently located his Awareness through Movement® classes to a studio on Alexander Yanai Street. He gave Functional Integration lessons in the apartment where his mother and brother lived. In early 1957 Feldenkrais began giving lessons to Israeli Prime Minister, David ben Gurion.

In the late 1950’s Feldenkrais presented his work in Europe and the United States. In the mid 1960s he published Mind and Body and Bodily Expression. In 1967, he published Improving the Ability to Perform (titled Awareness Through Movement in its 1972 English language edition). In 1968, near his family’s apartment, he made a studio at 49 Nachmani Street as the permanent site for his Functional Integration practice, and location for his first teacher-training program, 1969-1971, given to 12 students.

After giving month-long courses internationally, he taught a 65-student, teacher-training program in San Francisco over four summers, 1975-1978. He published The Case of Nora in 1977, and The Elusive Obvious in 1981. He began the 235-student Amherst training in 1980, but was only able to teach the first two summers of the four-year program. After becoming ill in the fall 1981, he stopped teaching publicly. He died on July 1, 1984, but continues to inspire generations to seek health through Feldenkrais today.

Are you practicing safe text?

text-neck.jpg.662x0_q100_crop-scale Practicing safe text for the hours you spend in front of a hand held device?

Do you know which parts of your body you need to be aware of to change your posture and move more easily.  Millennials, according to recent surveys could be setting themselves up for long term spinal damage experts say.  A new poll reveals just how different Gen Y workers are from their Baby Boomer forefathers. Among other characteristics that stand out, millennials, who have come of age with the text message and social media, are an impatient bunch: They’re hyper-connected, tech savvy, entrepreneurial, and collaborative. It is turning out that staying connected has a physical downside when it comes to the body.

Gone are the days when pain in the neck was simply a figure of speech and an occasional reality.  These days one of the largest daily threats to our necks and cervical spines is the head forward posture that chronically plagues us through the use of our hand held devices.  Steve Dorfman, contributed to the Globe and Mail in December 2014 the following argument that colloquially termed “text neck,” the condition which is both caused, and exacerbated, by the undue stress we place on our necks while looking down at mobile devices… is no joke.  Smart phones, tablets, e readers- they should all be embossed with warnings about the dangers of maintaining proper head posture.

In a neutral posture the head places around 12 lbs or 5 kilos of manageable stress on the cervical (neck) spine and gravity is not working against you.   The curves found naturally in our vertebrae support the weight of your head when the body is doing a good job of being upright.  However, according to a study by New York Orthopedic surgeon and author Dr. Kenneth Hansraj published in December 2014 issue of Surgical Technology International, tilting your neck just 15 degrees downward (about 2-3 inches or 5-7 centimeters) adds an additional 27 pounds of stress to your cervical spine.  At 45 degrees, its 49 pounds; at 60 degrees 60 pounds. actor Dr. Dean Fishman, who created the Text Neck Institute to combat the problem, deems the condition “a global epidemic” and worldwide health concern.”   Another Florida chiropractor Dr. David Rudnick says, “the extra stress created by suboptimal “anterior head carriage” creates a shearing of the vertebrae that leads to inflammation in the ligaments, soft tissue (muscle and tendon) and facet joints of the neck.”

“Overtime, he warns, the damage can progress from simple muscular pain and headaches to extensive osteoarthritis and/or herniated discs.  The longer an individual is fixed in a forward head posture, the more complicated the syndrome becomes.”  This condition has been found across the board from Boomers to elementary school kids but the highest risk demographic is the millenials.

Among other things, millennials (those in their 20’s and early 30’s) want flexible work schedules, more “me time” on the job, and nearly nonstop feedback and career advice from managers.  Gen Y will also reshape the workplace—sooner than later, if they have their way.

Well, that means business for a Feldenkrais practitioner.  Education is key here and understanding how the body works and is supported by the skeletal structure is matter of awareness and putting some new habits into place at home and at work.  Join us for the first in a series of 3 Feldenkrais workshops developed by Roxanne Derkson Registered Massage Therapist and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.  The first in the series will address neck and shoulder pain, headaches and forward head posture.  What you can do about them on a daily basis. Learn about yourself and your movements so you are not at the mercy of weekly therapy to keep you pain free. Avoid the long term effects of text neck now.  Check out our class schedule here.



How you walk is a sign of intelligence!

200102-omag-goddess-300x205I am writing about functional movement, cognitive brain function and the Feldenkrais Method.

I want to explain to you that it is easier than you might think to learn about your movement and how you can improve your performance on a day to day basis and by doing so you insure your mental functioning will serve you well during your lifetime.

Concepts of learning, mental cognition and body function discussed here are derived from my knowledge base of the Feldenkrais Method.  The Feldenkrais Method is a unique model and teaching theory of body centered learning.

If you receive body work and or experience pain or discomfort from any kind of habitual performance, meaning work, posture, injury or athletic related… then please read on:

I will be teaching a series of Feldenkrais workshops this spring that will teach you how to pay attention to your movements and improve both your body and brain function.  These workshops will include two dedicated lessons each called Awareness Through Movement along with tips and information to help you take control of your bodies functionality while enjoying better movement and know how to get yourself out of painful, unstable, inflexible and habitually inefficient movement.  These workshops do not require that you are super fit but require that you are open to learn something new about how you move.

It is generally accepted that regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging.  Most often, however, the benefit of exercise has been linked only with physiological improvement, such as increased strength, flexibility and endurance.  Recent discoveries are beginning to document that an active lifestyle may play an important role not only in improving the body, but also in making the mind function better.  In referring to some peer reviewed studies comparing sedentary individuals with those who exercise support the claim that aerobic exercise reduces the risk of dementia.  Results of one such study states “aerobic exercise just twice a week halves your risk of general dementia and it cuts your risk of Alzheimer’s by 60%.  Another study observed in a group of 27-year-olds during a 12-week exercise regime found that when participants exercised, their brain function rose and when the program stopped their prefrontal brain function fell.

Moshe Feldenkrais, Mind and Body, 1964  wrote  “I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think…the muscles themselves are part and parcel of our higher functions.”

Some of the statements in this article were taken from an article written by Marek Wyszynski in the Feldenkrais Journal No. 26 called Science 2013 if you would like to read the entire article which has more technical Feldenkrais practitioner-oriented jargon contained in it please contact Roxanne Derkson GCFP at info@vivitherapy.com

I want to refer to gait (the term for walking) and how the unity of your thinking brain and your body are co-dependent in the healthy developing and in particular here to the ageing individual. Speaking of research studies and relating them to our Feldenkrais work a Swiss scientist named Stephanie Bridenbaugh studied over 1100 participants with some level of challenged cognition.  The New York Times in its online edition did an article called “Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait” they included facts and video found in the Bridenbaugh study:

” One 72-year-old woman’s first walking test betrayed no problems.  But when she walked while counting backward from 50, her gait worsened dramatically,” said Dr. Bridenbaugh, head of the Basel Mobility Center.  The subject walked much more slowly and more awkwardly, and her balance was markedly compromised when she was asked to perform the dual mental tasking. “She almost tipped to the one side and she didn’t even notice any of it,” Bridenbaugh added.  “She was mad that she didn’t remember more numbers.”  Cognitive testing that followed the gait analysis showed the woman had mild cognitive impairment.

Conclusions and facts are that changes in walking often occur long before observable cognitive changes.  Gait analysis, Wyszynski suggests, could become a valuable tool in the early detection of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  And who could be better at observing changes in gait than we Feldenkrais practitioners who spend years of our professional lives studying and making sense of the most subtle changes in our clients’ movements?  This is especially true because most Doctors and specialists who focus on cognitive impairments do not examine their patients’ everyday movements like, walking or getting up from the floor, the bed, or a chair.  The simple test of comparing a client’s “normal” gait with his or her walking pattern while counting backwards by twos could become a standard component of an initial assessment of older clients for many hands-on practitioners including of course Feldenkrais practitioners.  The obvious deduction here is what the New York times article writer Pam Belluck said: ” The more trouble people have moving and walking, the more trouble they have thinking.”

So that is it in a nutshell.  If you are thinking you might want to assess your own cognitive decline relative to your knowledge of how well you move for your age, do it.  Walk backwards for a few minutes on an unobstructed route outside or in a large or hallway.  Then repeat the performance while you count backwards by two.  Have a friend or family member observe both activities and give you feedback.  If you are curious about what the Feldenkrais Method can do for you and would like to try a private lesson or a group one as mentioned above please contact the writer Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1996 Roxanne Derkson.

Feldenkrais Practitioners are trained to detect subtleties of change in movement and gait.  The repertoire of lessons we teach private or public are constructed to bring improvement and reversal to functional deterioration. Practically every Feldenkrais lesson can be considered a form of training to shift attention and improve spatial orientation (how you respond to your external environment), proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness, and coordination and balance.

ViVi Therapy Massage Supply Store’s Grand Opening!


ViVi Therapy Massage Store Launch News


Blending oils for Full bodied massage

Blending oils for Full bodied massage

Join us on October 18th for Our Home Style Grand Opening Event!

Cup •

Blend •

Knead •

Connect •

Learn •


Where: 1271 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC V8V 3R4

When: 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

 We are delighted to share with you that ViVi Therapy has launched a welcoming new store on Pandora Ave where we will be hosting a series of exciting bodywork classes along with supplying you with all the tools and goodies you need for your very own Bodyworker’s Pantry!

Discover and learn how to massage another person and make their day. You will learn techniques, strokes and a routine (recipe) that will set you up to develop your own personal massage style and intuition. Massage has a language and culture of its own…learn to communicate with those around you through touch.

We all share the exceptional gift for giving and ViVi therapy has created a place to share and connect with like minded folks who love bodywork as much as we do!

Join us at our grand opening for engaging live demos, tasty harvest treats, and live cupping sessions.

You’ll also have the chance to win an exciting prize package from ViVi Therapy.  Check out our face book posts for a sneak previews of our in store deals and selection of bodywork giveaways.

Home Style Event Features:

 A La Carte Bodywork Demos –With Roxanne Derkson, RMT

Enjoy a warm cup of pumpkin coconut soup with homemade bread while learning a few bodywork takeaways!

Interactive blending bar •  Electric massage table demos past to present • Hand massage techniques • What is Feldenkrais & Cupping demos • Meridian Balancing for your organs & vitality

 Cupping Bar Happy Hours – With Victor Chiu RAc, TCM and BodyTender Tammy   Discover the therapeutic art of cupping! Offering trials and demos at our cupping bar, a minutes walk from our new store. Served with salted caramel chocolates and tea! 

 Test your Bodywork acumen after the demos and enter a draw to win a prize package from Vivi Therapy! See you at the Blending Bar…next to the soup station!

The Cupping Bar is Open Quench your Tension

ViVi Therapy is sooooo excited to announce the opening of “The Worlds First Cupping Bar”  Come to ViVi Therapy in Victoria and Experience Cupping at reasonable prices, with amazing Therapists.  We prefer to call them “BodyTenders”so stay tuned for more on them.

Introduction to Cupping

Cupping is the ancient Chinese practice in which a glass cupping jar is applied to the skin to create a vacuum which stimulates blood flow to help relieve stress, aches and pains. While the treatment does leave noticeable marks or bruises, cupping is not a painful therapy either before of after the treatment. The marks will disappear within a 2-3 days.  Just like Jennifer Aniston here.

What is cupping?

Cupping is the ancient Chinese form of acupuncture, which is concerned with the movement of blood, body energy (Qi), and body fluids. Oriental medicine considers pain to be a result of the stagnation of these systems due to injury, stress or illness. The treatment of cupping is believed to stimulate blood flow and help ease stress, aches and pains.

Cupping received lots of attention and came to public prominence when film star Gwyneth Paltrow turned out at a major film premiere in a dress that revealed her back, which was covered in large circular marks caused by cupping.

What is the purpose of cupping?
Cupping therapy aims to open the ‘meridians’ of the body. Meridians are seen as the means by which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. The back is where cupping treatment is most commonly applied, and there are considered to be five meridians on the back which, when ‘opened’, allow invigorating energy to travel all over the body.

To carry out the treatment, a therapist takes a number of glass cups and heats them with a flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin, creating a vacuum which draws up the underlying tissues. The suction acts like a reverse massage pulling the myofascial tissue away from the underlying bone rather than compressing or gliding against it like other massage and rolfing techniques.  At the same time the tissue is engorged with blood which feeds the area vital oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and skin. Sliding cupping can release myofascial tension in a short treatment by sliding the cups over the tight muscles and leaving them to rest on key meridian points. Leaving the cups on the body for a few minutes will promote blood flow and healing to underlying structures and related organs. Cupping can be used as a treatment on its own or it can be combined with other therapies such as Acupuncture and Asian Massage techniques…check out our Cupping Bar Menu for all of these treatments.

What are the benefits of cupping?

Cupping is frequently used as an alternative to acupuncture or massage, and can help the tissues to release toxins, stimulate the lymphatic system, activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries and rejuvenate the skin (particularly flash cupping which is great for regenerating facial muscle tone and colour)
The treatment is particularly useful for relieving pain in the muscles, especially back & shoulder pain from stiffness or injury and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur during colds and flu. It has also been used to treat a number of other conditions, including bowel problems, headaches, arthritis, period pain, asthma, cellulite, anemia, depression, sciatica, skin problems, blood pressure and in Jennifer’s case fertility.  Some suggest that another benefit of cupping is for the therapists themselves, since just a few minutes of cupping is considered to be worth around 30 minutes of general massage – thus saving wear and tear on the masseur’s joints! It also means that cupping is a good option to take if you don’t have time for a long massage session.

Come down to ViVi Therapy Head Quarters in Fernwood starting the week of Dec 9, 2013 and experience cupping at “The Cupping Bar”  our menu and pricing will be posted very soon.Meanwhile enjoy this video from ViVi Therapy and subscribe to our Channel for more to come!

Thanks for reading this and if you have a Company or Business and you would like to take a trip to “The Cupping Bar” for some stress relief for you and your employees or colleagues call us on 250 298 4484.