How does it feel
We took the best from well-known massage methods and combined them to create Equipoint: a new sort of treatment that focuses on the head and is both effective and pleasurable.
Touching the head is the fastest and most efficient way to relax the entire body, and with it the mind. It lowers stress, decreases tension and produces pleasure. By having these effects, Equipoint brings about a meditative state that is very difficult to bring about through merely touching other parts of the body.
Stress has a wide range of unpleasant physical symptoms which can be treated by simply lowering stress. The treatment is performed in a private booth while the client is fully clothed. All of our therapists have received extensive Equipoint training and are graduates of reputable holistic medicine institutions.
Physiological Background and Treatment Experience
The head is a sensitive organ. Touching it stimulates the parasympathetic system, which is responsible for calming and relaxing the body.
How does this happen and what does it mean? The human body’s autonomic nervous system acts largely unconsciously to regulate bodily functions such as heart rate, digestions, respiratory rate, urination, etc. Its role is to help us survive in a changing environment: on the one to maintain the body’s long-term health and balance and conserve its energy and on the other hand to ready the body in cases of emergency. The autonomic nervous system serves these functions through two opposing divisions: the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
The sympathetic nervous system is the division that control reactions to stress, emergency and tension. It stimulates the body’s “fight-or-flight” response. When we are in a dangerous situation, if a lion is about to attack us, or if we’re about to take an important exam that we fear we might fail, or if we’re just in the midst of a fight with our partner, the sympathetic system raises our heart rate, blood rate and blood sugar level, constricts our blood vessels to prevent bleeding, relaxes our respiratory muscles and secretes adrenalin. The system invests all of its resources in preparing the body’s systems and organs for surviving the dangerous situation.
The sympathetic system takes only short-term survival into account without consideration of the physiological problems that may arise as a result of its activity or the conservation of energy required for them. That role is reserved for the parasympathetic system – the division responsible for conserving energy and regulating bodily functions while the body is at rest, bodily functions which include sexual arousal, salivation, urination, digestion, etc.
The two division – the sympathetic and the parasympathetic – are supposed to be at an equilibrium most of the time. But our lives are filled with stress. In today’s world, our brains are constantly bombarded with so many stimulants that it is in a constant state of “fight or flight” – an overstimulation of the sympathetic system. The causes are endless: competitive job markets, constant technological advances that increase the amount of information we’re exposed to, the high cost of living, national security, traffic, the plethora and choices with which we’re confronted at every juncture throughout the day, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The upshot is that our sympathetic system is constantly stimulated, which leads to anxiety, tension and emotional stress.
Stimulation of the parasympathetic system has the opposite effects, and that’s precisely what the Equipoint treatment does and is designed to do. The head is the most sensitive organ and touching it in a focused and deep way stimulates the parasympathetic system. Treating and touching the different pressure points on the head and neck calms and relaxed the head, and with it the entire body. Music (chosen by you) accompanies the treatment and contributes to the feeling calm and tranquility. The result is a pleasurable experience on the one hand and clear head on the other. The treatment lets you take a break and rest, relax, “shut down” for a moment. Stimulation of the parasympathetic system reestablishes the balance necessary for both body and mind
and leaves you focused, relaxed and with a clear mind.