When thinking of a subject for the first blog for RANA Health, I had many different things in mind, but it has eventually kept coming back to the question, who and what is RANA health, so with this in mind I have started RANA health’s blog site with an introduction. An introduction that includes a little about what we offer; what you can expect from an appointment and who is the person behind the name.
Rana Health was originally known as Hibiscus Health Massage. I, Rebecca Wood, the owner/operator of Rana health, began my clinical practice as a new graduate of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy in late 2004. I grew up a bright, knowledge hungry child, who then became a flighty, troubled teen who consequently did not complete the fourth form of my college years. Instead I dived head first into the school of life and hard knocks. I had my fair share of trials, tribulations and traumas and became a young mother at 18 years old; in many people’s eyes I was destined for a life of strife, heartache, and well trouble! What many people did not account for though, was my overwhelming drive to give my children a good life, my thirst for knowledge and my passion for helping others. What I didn’t realize during those difficult years was that they were preparing me for the work I am doing now. This overwhelming drive led to me to eventually take on formal training through night school and become a qualified Massage Therapist with a keen interest in Aromatherapy. I absolutely love Massage therapy, over the years I have developed my own style of massage, for me it is like a dance with my hands, I get great satisfaction from being able to relieve my client’s aches and pains and bring about a state of deep relaxation where the mind can rest awhile and the body can heal. After a year of working full time as a massage therapist I quickly realized that in order to be able to continue massaging for many years to come I would need to add other therapies to my skill set, I also felt limited by what I could offer, I wanted to be able help my client’s with a broader range of health concerns. Being a strongly spiritual person I didn’t even question it when I was guided to undertake further study in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although, once I was in the thick of my studies I most definitely questioned my own sanity for following unseen guidance to throw myself into many years of intense study! And so in 2011 Hibiscus Health Massage became Hibiscus Health Massage and Acupuncture. I took me some time to really integrate Acupuncture into my clinic, having such an affinity for massage I found I was often deferring back to manual therapies time and again. Again, over time I found my own preferred style of Acupuncture and this has led me to the Japanese style of Acupuncture which I have found resonates very well with me, it is a lot more hands on, a lot gentler, is also very spiritually energetic and incorporates many of the components of TCM that I love just beautifully, it is, of course, also extremely powerful and effective. During this time of integration I then realized that I wanted to get back to complete the healing modality that I began before I trained as a Massage therapist- Naturopathy. When I began training as a Naturopath I had just had my 3rd child and was still quite young and felt that I lacked the confidence to be able to lend myself to helping people with complex health concerns. But by 2012 I had grown exponentially as a person, had done immense amounts of healing work on myself and felt ready to complete this training which would enable me to provide a comprehensive, integrated health service to my client’s and the wider community. WELL, little did I know what I was undertaking, without doubt my training as a Naturopath has been the most enlightening so far, it has shifted my perception of the world we live in and the part we play in it to a whole new level. Eventually I reached the end of my marathon time of studying (at times thinking if I’d just stayed in high school I could have been done with it many years ago!) and graduated as a qualified Naturopath and RANA Health was born. The name Rana is a play on words, the R is for Rebecca and ANA is the Celtic goddess of health, creativity, abundance and transformation. Having already changed the business name several times I felt it was time to find something that could embody all the therapies that I offer and also something that was representative of my strongly spiritual nature. And also something that I would not need to change again!
When you book an appointment with me here at Rana Health you will most often find yourself coming to Orewa House, this is a beautiful historic building that houses many health and wellness practitioners, as well as an organic goods store. It is a peaceful setting and lends itself to the healing nature of the businesses that reside here. Generally most people begin with an appointment for either Massage therapy or Acupuncture, this often then gives rise to questions about particular health concerns and Naturopathy comes to the fore. The beauty of having a broader range of modalities at hand is that there is always something to suit everyone. Not everyone likes the idea of needles, and not everyone is comfortable with massage, but through talking about what is the best approach for your particular health concern we can find the modality that best suits you.
For a Massage session we may fill out a brief health information form, or we may just clarify there are no contraindications and get you straight on the massage bed and into relax mode. If there are areas of tension we will address these as well as relaxing all the related muscles, if it is just relaxation that is needed then we work in a rhythmic style to send you off to a place of rest and restore.
Acupuncture requires a lot more questioning, we may ask questions about the nature of your health concern, questions can include information about your environment, sleep patterns, diet preferences, the onset and progression and your emotional health. By feeling your pulse and looking at your tongue we also get clues as to your health picture. We look for the core constitutional patterns as well as what may be occurring in local area of the body or what may present in different meridians. Generally most people find the Acupuncture sessions to be very relaxing and revitalizing.
Naturopathy requires an in depth enquiry in to all facets of life. This includes the physical, emotional, environmental and lifestyle areas that may be contributing to your health concern. We include tongue, nail and often hair analysis in the picture and observe your body signs including blood pressure, pulse and abdominal health where applicable. We look for the root cause of the imbalance and work together to restore balance to the body and to support your ongoing good health.
At Rana Health you are unlikely to hear dolphin or spa music, I prefer to play relaxing classical or world music, music that sings to soul and invokes emotion and promotes relaxation of the mind so that the body can rest and heal. The massage bed is mechanically adjustable so this makes it easier to get on and off, and it is large to accommodate all bodies. If you are uncomfortable with lying face down we can prepare a seat for you to be sitting up for your massage or Acupuncture treatment. I always ensure that each person gets the full amount of time on the table that has been requested for Massage; therefore the form filling time is over and above the Massage therapy time.
In future blogs I will discuss the various topics that often come up in clinic, including common health complaints, I’ll go into the various modalities in more detail and discuss general topics such as the nature of vitality and the body’s ability to heal itself. I look forward to sharing my observations and perceptions with you all.
For further information or inquiry please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.ranahealth.co.nz to make a booking.