Academy for the Healing Arts
Massage School and Day Spa


Beaumont Studio:

7102 Phelan Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77706

Studio Hours:

Monday-Friday:
8:00am -5:00pm

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Texas:
Licensed Massage Therapist # MT023126
Continuing Education Provider # CE 1759
Massage Therapy Instructor # MI 01141

National Certification:

Board Certified Massage Therapist # 419601-00
Continuing Education Provider # 451789-11

Florida:
Licensed Massage Therapist # MA80382
Florida Continuing Education Provider # 50-14426

Louisiana:
Licensed Massage Therapist # LA4843
Instructor Certificate # LACI0146-01
LA Continuing Education Provider # LAP0136

 

 

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Which Service is right for me?

Massage Services

massage Relaxation/ Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common form of soft tissue manipulation is the United States. For most of us, when we think of massage, this is what we envision. The typical goals for relaxation massage are to relieve minor aches and pains, reduce tension and rejuvenate the body. Swedish Massage is a lighter touch therapy. Consider Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy or Myofascial Release if you need deeper or corrective work. All of these therapies can be applied gently if you prefer a lighter touch but typically have a firmer touch as they work deeper into the body. Communicate your preferences to your therapist.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is recommended to release tension of the deeper muscle tissues and for heavy pressure massage preferences. Please let your therapist know if you need this deeper work but prefer a gentler touch. Frequently thought of as “rub me harder”, Deep Tissue Massage is a skilled approach to addressing the deeper tissues of the body. Properly applied, this does not mean “hard” and should never hurt. Deep Tissue is firmer than relaxation massage but still embraces the soothing experience.
CAUTIONS:
Many deeper structures can be addressed with light techniques, a way of finessing the tissues. The therapist is attempting to gain depth into the tissues and this has little to do with the actual pressure applied. If you have experienced a deep tissue massage in the past that left you bruised or in pain (more than minor “work-out” feeling sore), it was improperly applied. Pushing too hard, too fast through the tissues will be counter-productive breaking blood vessels and tearing the tissues being massaged. This microscopic damage leaves deeper rooted problems. If firm is what you want, be sure to tell your therapist and keep him or her posted if the pressure is too much or not enough as the session progresses. Your body feels pain as a warning that damage is happening or is about to happen. Listen to your body and remember that “No Pain, No Gain” does not apply to bodywork.

Sacred Lomi Hawaiian Massage               

"Rhythm of the Heart", Sacred Lomi is unique in its ability to massage the whole person; body, mind and spirit. Long full-body strokes glide across the body from head to toe. Both the front and back of the body are massaged at the same time with occasional lifting and rocking of the body. LomiLomi is a surprisingly structurally-corrective work without the discomfort of other more aggressive therapies. Emotional and physical pain patterns are addressed in LomiLomi Massage. This may be the most amazing massage you'll ever experience and will leave you in an altered state. Dynamic and a "must try"!

Hot Bamboo MuXing Therapy Massage         

Bamboo tools are heated and used to deeply massage the fascia and muscles through rolling, gliding and fanning of the bamboo. Layers of hot towels are compressed in to your muscles releasing knots, tension and fatigue. Oil blends are selected to offer you a maximum muscle release experience. Truly yummy and deeply releasing.

stone massageHot Stone Massage

Indulgence! This deluxe massage treatment is sure to top your list of favorites. We use hand selected, naturally smooth basalt stones (volcanic stones known for their propensity to hold heat). The stones are heated and applied to the body in a smooth relaxation massage. After massaging each area, the stones are placed along the spine to transfer their heat into the tissues. The stones are tapped to transfer energy as they are being removed. While lying on your back, stones are placed along the chakras (concentrated energy points) to balance the body, mind and spirit. The stones can be used as deep tissue tools throughout the massage. Please let your therapist know your goals for the session.

Prenatal Massage

prenatalMassage during pregnancy can relieve stress associated with a changing body and center of gravity, muscles aches, mental fatigue and tension. Increased circulation improves overall health, detoxification, blood pressure and swelling. Prenatal massage can be provided safely from 10 weeks through delivery at or around 40 weeks. All massage tables at The Barbara White Massage Studio are prenatal tables so the mother-to-be can comfortably lie face down on her belly for the massage.

Foot Reflexology

Commonly thought of as a foot massage, Reflexology is a much more specific practice than that. This ancient art of applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and ears uses the body’s energy meridians to help the body heal itself. Reflexology does not "massage" the foot. Rather, it applies pressure to specific points and work is done typically in tender areas. This therapy should not "hurt” but may be slightly uncomfortable in areas of stagnant or excessive energy/nerve activity. Try this meditative treatment and enjoy an ancient healing art.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure”, is a Japanese form of finger pressure massage applied to balance energy pathways of the body and restore proper flow to the body’s organs and tissues. The session is typically conducted with the client fully clothed. Stretches and Range of Motion are utilized along with pressure techniques (fingers, fists, palms, elbows and knees) to release tension patterns along 12 traditional energy meridians and access Qi (energy) in those meridians. During a session, Qi stagnation and deficiency are balanced to reduce musculoskeletal dysfunctions that are rooted deeper than overuse strain patterns and tend to result from anger, grief, joy, fear and sympathy imbalances. The functioning of organ systems and absence of disease depend on proper balance of Qi. Body, Mind and Spirit are all three addressed. There are 12 primary meridians and 2 extraordinary meridians that are characteristic of TCM and Shiatsu sessions.

Thai Massage  

Nicknamed “lazy man’s yoga”, this dynamic bodyworking system comes from Thailand and is typically provided fully clothed. The body’s energy channels are compressed, rocked and stretched to balance energies and increase range of motion. The stretches provided throughout this session open the body’s joints, reduces stress and tension patterns, lengthens muscles and improves the range of motion across the whole body. The body’s ability to move is important in regaining and maintaining health. Enjoy this incredible Massage.

Barefoot Sole Massage

Utilizing ceiling bars, deep massage is applied using feet, hands and knees to compress and glide across the muscles. This deeply penetrating massage removes the tension of the body and opens the vertebral joints. Additional Range of Motion is provided through the hips and shoulders to open joints and releive tension. This therapy is designed for thick muscled clients but may be adaptable to other populations depending on goals, body-type and health.


Therapeutic Services

Myofascial Release

Fascial tissue surrounds every cell and connects the body’s tissues continuously from head to toe. This fascia holds us together and is our primary connective tissue. Fascial restrictions frequently cause postural distortions and pain patterns. Restrictions can occur for many reasons including physical and mental trauma. Myofascial Release (MFR) is a method of relieving long term pain patterns that tended to invade surrounding and far reaching regions of the body. MFR techniques usually begin with light compression, followed by decompression and gentle elongation of the tissues. The therapist sustains pressure and follows any motion that occurs three-dimensionally as the surrounding myofascial environment releases and eliminates or reduces the bracing or holding patterns in the subconscious tissue memory. MFR techniques are safe and highly effective in reducing pain, restoring motion and optimal function on a long-term basis treating the entire Myofascial complex. This is a gentle technique in most cases including compression, tissue and limb pulls, rocking, body lifts, spinal extension, range of motion and stretching but can be more aggressive when indicated. MFR can allow for emotional releases during treatment and is an important component to health and well-being. Please communicate goals with your therapist.

Neuromuscular Therapy

pnfNeuromuscular Therapy is an educated approach to addressing compromised tissues. NMT employs a wide array of techniques aimed at helping the body to realign and heal itself. NMT techniques involve activating weak muscle groups and sedating over-powering muscle groups. The client is responsible for active and resistive exercises during and after the sessions. This service is therapeutic in nature and is for the individual with injuries, chronic pain patterns, structural imbalances or neuromuscular pathologies. It is recommended that the client appoints for a consultation prior to the first treatment or when a commitment is made to any therapy and wellness sessions. During this consultation short term and long term goals will be set and postural analysis may be made. Frequency and duration of sessions, home care and financial obligations will be discussed.
Recommended for muscle firing imbalances, "Charlie-horses", postural shifts and structural balancing, chronic pain patterns including sciatic nerve pain, Carpal Tunnel pain, TMJ disorders, Whiplash, Thoracic Inlet-Outlet disorders, "frozen shoulder", Scoliosis, sub-occipital pain and headaches.

Lymphatic Drainage

Nicknamed the “Silent System”, our Lymphatics in short are our immune and “sewage” system. Most of us are familiar with the nodes around our neck. These nodes crush up large debris and are connected by vessels from our toes to our heads. They run the same path as the veins of the cardiovascular system but they only go one way, toward the heart. That means, the lymphatic system does not have the benefit of the heart’s pumping action to move lymph and pathogens through the tubes. The vessels rely on the body’s natural rhythms and movements to propel the lymph upward. The lymphatic system can bog down if a person is sedentary for too long or if it is overwhelmed by pathogens, lipids or large proteins.
This light touch modality is recommended for full body detoxification, frequent illness, immune system boost, drug detox, depression, minor edemas and surgical recovery especially the removal of lymph nodes, "tummy-tucks" and liposuction. Some cancer recovery programs benefit from Lymphatic Drainage sessions; ask your treating physician.


Spa Services

What is a Spa?

The term spa was derived from the name of a small village near Liege, Belgium called SPAU. This was a mineral hot springs area and people would visit the area and take advantage of the waters to cure various ailments and disorders.
“Taking the water” as it was called was the fashion with the elite classes of the Roman Empire. As we know, massage therapy can reduce stress, but when combined with spa treatments, clients can achieve a greater degree of stress relief and wellness. Today is Your day!

Face Rejuvenation Treatment

Release tension and enjoy a bright fresh face with a hot towel compress, cleanse, exfoliation, moisturizing massage and toning serum, followed by a firming masque and aromatherapy.

Paraffin Treatments

Sooth tired aching joints and dry chapped skin with this warm wax dip. Apply to hands, feet, elbows…where ever you need the relief.
Full Body Paraffin Treatments are also available to warm and moisturize the whole body. You will be painted with paraffin and wrapped in a cocoon to relax while the warm wax sooths achy joints and smooths your skin. The paraffin is massaged off the body and followed by warm towel compresses. Maximum benefit is achieved if a body scrub is applied before this treatment.

Ear Candling

The candles are long linen and paraffin cylinders with a tapered end. The tapered end is placed gently in the ear canal opening and the opposite end is lit. The warm smoke softens the wax while the flame draws the oxygen out. The mild vacuum created helps equalize the pressure in your ears and sinuses. This soothing treatment takes about 20 minutes. Careful: don’t fall asleep.

This service cannot be provided if there is an active ear infection or perforation of the eardrum.


Essential Oil Treatments

Raindrop Technique

Raindrop Technique is an Essential Oil massage treatment developed by Dr. Gary Young that utilizes the highly concentrated and pure oils rendered from plants for their natural tendencies toward defending against pathogens. Essential oils are highly anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-mucotic, anti-inflammatory and much, much more. This technique is recommended for anyone needing to boost immune response, or detoxify. Dr. Gary Young professes to minimize scoliotic curves with this technique by the reduction of viruses that accumulate along the spine and cause uneven spasms in the musculature. No claims or promises are made by Barbara White Studio or Seminars to cure or eliminate any disease process.
This essential oil application is sure to relax and unwind you. The oils are dropped along the spine and vita flex points on the feet, massaged in and finished with a hot compress. The typical session is designed for detoxification, emotional balancing, muscular balancing or relaxation and stress relief. The options are endless so discuss your goals with your Therapist.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils have long since been known for the many benefits they offer the body. Complement any massage or spa treatment with a customized blend of essential oils to evoke a mood, relaxation, stimulation of mental activity, emotional balancing; the list is endless. Visit with your therapist to build the perfect response. All of our oils are therapeutic grade oils (GRAS) and are of the highest quality on the market. We do not use the popular store shelf brands. All of the blends we use have been made from lab tested recipes to avoid toxic combinations and to offer the best results. Please note that our licensure does not permit diagnosis or treatment of disease.


Exfoliation Treatmentsvichy shower

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Indulge as warm brown sugar, coconut oil and essential oils are poured across your body and gently massaged in. Your senses will be stimulated as the dry outer layers are removed to reveal beautifully moisturized skin. This service is a must for your routine body care.

 

 

 


Muds, Masques, and Wrapscaribbean wrap

Depending on the properties of the clays or herbs used for the treatment, benefits from can range from detoxifying, re-mineralizing, toning and smoothing, rejuvenation, relaxation and pain relief. The benefits are many and varied. Masques are massaged or painted on to the body and left for a period of time to do their job. Wraps can include a multitude of different products from oils to clays to herbs and more. The imagination is the limit on types of products that offer benefit. Discuss your goals with your therapist and the wrap/masques can be made to order. All wraps/masques should be preceded with an exfoliation to open pores and allow for maximum benefit. If this step is by-passed benefits are reduced.

Herbal Rejuvenation Wrap

Lay back and relax while your therapist massages away your stress with an invigorating herbal poultice. You will be cocooned for 30 minutes, unwrapped, rinsed and ready to take on the world.

mud massage Chocolate Body Masque

Women know that chocolate is the great emotional soother. It is known for its skin moisturizing and toning properties as well as its indulgent flavors. Enhance your overall attitude and have fun with this Chocolate Body Masque. The masque is massaged off with hot towels leaving you feeling pampered and refreshed. Your skin will love you for it. Consider a Brown Sugar Body Scrub before this treatment for maximum benefit. Add a Face Rejuvenation Treatment or a Coconut Scalp massage while you relax in the Chocolate Body Masque.coconut almond scalp

Coconut-Oil Scalp Massage

This exotic treatment will leave you with a feeling of WOW! Melt away the stress. There’s nothing g like a 20 minute scalp massage. Add a face Rejuvenation Treatment to this service for the ultimate indulgence.

 


Ayurvedic Massage & Bodywork 

This Middle Eastern therapy system balances the energies of the subtle body system leaving the recipient feeling energized and rejuvenated. Specific therapies are selected by constitutional analysis of the recipient. Consult with your therapist for proper therapeutic selection. Eat light before the session and plan plenty of relaxation/reintegration time afterward. Ayurvedic bodywork will get oil in the hair; allow time to shower before joining the real world.

Shirodhara

The name comes from the Sanskrit words shira "head" and dhara "flow or stream". This deeply relaxing treatment using warm herbal oils, milk, buttermilk, wine, or coconut water are poured in a gentle stream over the forehead with energy meridian therapy. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly calms the mind, body, and spirit. Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, and generally aids in the release of stress and tension. Its benefits are greatly enhanced after a massage when the body is already in a very receptive state.

Garshana

This is a dry mitt exfoliation preceding a massage, and is designed to move lymph and prepare the body for maximum benefit of the herbal oils and movement of energies through the nadis (energy channels). The blood is alkalinized during this treatment improving immune and digestive responses.

Abhayanga

Rejuvenating body massage with herbal oils. The strokes and techniques employed for this massage are light to medium pressure and are quick. Abhayanga is an ancient therapy designed to realign the physical, emotional and mental balances. Experience “being present in the moment”. This treatment can be provided with one or two therapists.


Disclaimer:

Where all of these modalities offer a great number of health benefits, they are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease unless prescribed by a physician. Furthermore, we make no claims of healing. Individual results will vary. God is the great physician and our hands are but the tools He may chose to use.


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