East Sacramento Reflexology

Chuente Castaneda - Reflexology, Theraputic MassageAbout Chuente

HEALING HANDS:

In pain? Seeking relief? You'll feel better fast with this specialized form of massage therapy: Acupressure / Reflexology.

Chuente Castaneda is a certified massage practitioner (California Massage Therapy Council Certified Cert #31036) specializing in acupressure / reflexology.

Trained under Tao Center for Healing co-founders, John Lee and Stan Yee and a proud affiliate of East Sacramento Physical Therapy, Chuente helps balance body and mind by blending Eastern healing practices with Western massage technique. Her goal is to connect with and cultivate genuine compassion for each client she meets.

If you or someone you know is experiencing pain, Chuente can help. Whether seeking relief from:

  • pelvic floor dysfunction pain / discomfort
  • back pain
  • headache
  • neck tension
  • accident/auto related injury
  • cancer treatment
  • fatigue
  • or looking for relaxation

Acupressure / reflexology / therapeutic massage helps you regain vital energy and restore balance in all aspects of life. Call to schedule today! 916-479-0561

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Did you know there are nearly 45 miles of nerves that run throughout our bodies? Over 7,000 of those nerve endings are found in our feet alone!

Through continual sessions in acupressure / reflexology therapy, clients can reduce everyday muscle tension, improve blood circulation and stimulate endorphins, which are our natural pain relievers that help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

Unlike acupuncture, which uses needles in its therapy, acupressure / reflexology practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet and sometimes devices as an alternative to needles in order to apply pressure to several points along the body’s meridians. This technique not only treats the energy fields of the body, but also the mind. Acupressure / Reflexology further helps those who live with:

  • Back pains, including slipped or herniated disks
  • Headaches and muscle spasms
  • Accident–related injuries like whiplash, spine, or sciatic nerve pains
  • Plantar fasciitis or heel pain
  • Postoperative discomforts
  • For cancer patients and chemotherapy relief
  • Curves nausea
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sports–related injuries and sprains

Besides its focus on areas of pain and discomfort, acupressure / reflexology is known to also help with preparation steps for many forms of competitive training athletes.

Whether if it’s a triathlon, Jiu Jitsu match, mixed martial arts fight, cross fit or body builder competition, this longtime traditional Chinese practice will improve your health, and increase vitality in all areas of your life.

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With deep roots in traditional Chinese medicine acupressure/reflexology is an ancient healing art that targets energy channels in the body known as meridians.

Unlike acupuncture, which uses needles in its therapy, acupressure/reflexology practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet and sometimes devices, as an alternative to needles in order to apply pressure to several points along the body’s meridians.

This therapy and its over 5,000-year-old history, is heavily based on the concept of Qi, also pronounced Chi or Ki. Chinese culture defines Qi as “life force energy”. When there is an imbalance of Qi, health is compromised, so balance must be achieved. In order to restore balance, the skill of acupressure/reflexology focuses on the body’s 10 major meridians, or energy channels, linked to specific organs inside the body and act as a superhighway for the flow of Qi energy (figure 1.0). Each zone on the foot represents a correlating area on the body where energy flows (figure 1.0).

An energy block found in any one of these key meridians throws your Qi out of balance where illness can occur. During her acupressure/reflexology sessions, Chuente helps restore balance by gently pressing on points of the body, typically lasting about one hour. Balance is achieved by clearing each meridian to make way for vital life energy to flow through and revitalize health.

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Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. 

Acupressure/Reflexology sessions are performed with client fully clothed beginning with precise pressure on reflexology points at the feet and ending with acupressure points on neck, shoulder and back.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.  Spot therapy is a popular form of treatment where you decide on a focus area for the session time.    

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish or Deep Tissue massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. In deep tissue massage practitioners may use elbows to help relax and relieve muscular tension.  A light, all-natural and organic oil is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

A revitalizing Acupressure/Reflexology treatment may present some therapuetic discomfort.  However, as the body regains balance, discomfort gradually reduces during treatment.  While everyond responds differently, most important is to communicate with your practitioner if you feel too much therapeutic discomfort.  Open communication leads to more effective treatment and less resistance in the body.  

After this type of session many feel "light" and "recharged."   The process is similar to unkinking a hose to a garden bed.  The meridians, or, lines of energy in the body is the hose and your "chi," or, vital energy, is the water.  Once meridians are open, your chi can flow freely and your body will restore health naturally.  Please see History and How it Works for more on guiding Eastern principles.


Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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"Great Service! Chuente is awesome!"

- James Merts, A1 Heating and Air

"Chuente is amazing! She has changed the quality of my life and enable me to sit for three days to take the bar exam. Before seeing her I had difficulty sitting for a two hour exam. I can't recommend her enough."

- Denny, Chief Inmate Medi-Cal Claiming Unit & Lincoln Law School Graduate 

"I've had the great opportunity to work with Chuente. It'a a great addition to any strength or fitness program. I beat my body up pretty well, and She helps me increase my mobility, minimize my problem areas and keeps my body tuned up for my next workout or race!"

- Greg Johnson, MS, CSCS, Coach, Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch 

"Hits the point.  That's all I can say."

- Chan, Mommy and Me 3  Younique Makeup & Jamberry Nails

“After 8 weeks of pain the doctors were going to give [my 10 year old daughter] Kaya ibuprofen. After 2 treatments with Chuente she felt totally better, no pain at all and is back to normal activities!”

Sara, Mother

"Chuente is magic! I had the worst sinus headache and in about 10 minutes it subsided to a dull pain to nonexistent as time passed. Highly recommended."

- John, Personal Trainer

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Cancellation Policy
We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:

24 hour advance notice is required when cancelling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give us 24 hours advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your appointment. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment.

No-shows: Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their appointment for whatever reason will be considered a “no-show.” They will be charged for their “missed” appointment.

Late Arrivals: If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the “full” session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.

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3400 Elvas Avenue Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-479-0561