Our SPA is by appointment only. No drop-ins

Our Philosophy

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Praxis is from a Greek word meaning "the conduct of an art and science" or alternately “to perform with precision.” This is the focus of Praxis College. Praxis College emphasizes that both art and science are important to developing a successful massage practitioner. As the College logo states, Praxis aspires to be "a bridge between two worlds," the Western and the Eastern disciplines. The program has been designed to incorporate opposing theories of massage. The education provided is focused on principles and theories, and the universal truths of the healing Arts. The intent of the Praxis College experience is to give you a well rounded, liberal art education in massage. Therapists certified by Praxis have a medical and scientific base interwoven with a strong sense of “the Art” and possesses the talent needed for effective, therapeutic massage. This education leads to the development of a massage therapist rather than a technician, whose focus is narrowed to learning a limited number of styles of massage. Those less or minimally educated in massage have a trade, Praxis graduates have a community. 


Library & mentoring room

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Just off of the main lobby (pictured above) is the library.  Many of the mentoring sessions are conducted here or in the director's office across the hall. Skills transmittals have a separate space. We never work with more than one student for mentoring  and no more than three students for transmitting skills at one time. 

1 of four treatment halls, 11 service rooms

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Students learn their Art in a realistic health SPA. The hydrotherapy hallway is one of four treatment halls. It contains: a 4 person dry sauna, steam, two whirlpool rooms, wet table, Client dressing room with lockers.  Students are paid $10 to $15 for each hour of service they provide.


Massage Price List


Most massages can be done “lavender neat” at an additional $20 charge. With the “lavender neat” option the Praxis massage oil is replaced with undiluted essential oil of lavender. It improves skin integrity, enhances sensitivity and body awarness. The skin feels clean and less oily. The word lavender comes from the Latin Lavandula “to wash.”

SPA Services Price List




Chinese Medicine Price List



ABOUT DESIREE DECHANT: She has studied Chinese and Asian arts & sciences since 1980. During three years of study with Dr. Cheung, she assisted in the translation of three Chinese texts to English. She did her clinical internship in Chinese medicine in China at Chang Sha, Hunan Hospital, Tian Jin Hospital and People’s Hospital at Jing Hong. Her experiences in Guyana with its varied cultural backgrounds have given her a strong heritage from which to appreciate a variety of cultures and approaches. Her Western education includes Medical Laboratory Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies from the University of Oklahoma. She currently holds the position of lead Oriental bodywork instructor for Praxis College and maintains an active acupuncture and massage practice in her private clinic. Prior to teaching for Praxis College she was an educator in British Guyana.

CORPORATE SERVICES

ON-SITE CHAIR MASSAGE

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We Have been providing on-site chair massage at many of the largest corporations and businesses in the State for over  25 years. The financial support of these companies to our scholarship fund allows our students to obtain a superior education debt free with no financial obligation.

CORPORATE EVENTS

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In addition to daily or weekly services inside of the corporations and businesses under contract with us, we give massage and SPA services at their yearly National conferences, Lead meetings and company social functions. 

PERKS AND PRIVILEGES

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Those companies that utilize us for their in house services receive discounts, priority booking and special days/times for services.


We can provide in SPA parties, social gatherings and other group activities of groups from 5 to 25.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MASSAGE FOR YOU


ABOUT MASSAGE MODALITIES

A little about massage Styles: There is a great deal of confusion in the mind of the public about the different styles of massage. There are only four major modalities of massage and hundreds of styles that fall under each of the four. Think of it in terms of recipes. There are a limited number of categories of food, i.e. Italian, French, Chinese, etc. but there are hundreds of different dishes under each category. Each dish can have an almost infinite number of different recipes. But even when a recipe is followed exactly, no two meals are exactly the same. Each cook brings something special to the preparation and a number of things change each time it is made. In addition, the recipe can vary in the amount of spice or focus on a particular ingredient, more vegetables or meat. The same is true of massage. ALL massage is “therapeutic” and MOST massage can be “deep tissue.” Just like any food dish can be healthy and most can be made blazing hot. Healthy or hot is not a category of food, it is how it is prepared. So Therapeutic and Deep Tissue and a multitude of other terms are not modalities of massage, they are how the massage is prepared. So lets look at these four modalities.


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Mind-Body Modalities:

 It is the most popular form of massage in Oklahoma and probably in America. You have probably had it. Most massage therapists do not know that they are doing this modality, believing that it is “Swedish.” (A Federal research study states that “Swedish  massage” does not exist.) Mind-Body does not involve telling the therapist about your childhood or anything of that nature, in fact, a qualified practitioner will never allow talking during the massage. These styles are the most profoundly relaxing, while also being the most penetrating, yet painless, pressure into muscles. The focus is on mental functioning and reducing muscle stress by getting the mind to relax and let go of unneeded coping patterns, in the process you become as limp as possible. This allows the therapist to work deeper, with no discomfort. We are not attempting to change your mind, we are observing your body for insights into your functioning and assisting you in coping with the normal emotions of life. A few of the styles would be; Skilled Touch, Esalen, Hakomi, body centered psychotherapy, neo-riechian, psychoanalytic massage, among others. This type of work starts with you laying face down and the back worked first, then arms and legs, chest & abdomen, ending with the face.



 Mind-Body Modalities: This method of bodywork starts with the client laying face down with the back worked first, then arms and legs, chest & abdomen, ending with the face. Lymphatic manipulation is considered by most to be included here.    

Athletic Modalities:

 This is the massage best known by Americans, but frequently is completely misunderstood. It was called “Anatripsis” (meaning: “to rub upwards”) by the Hippocratic physicians. The major precept in these “Western” athletic styles is to increase performance and stamina. They are all about muscle, bone and blood flow. Traditionally these styles are combined with hot baths, steam or sauna or sports activities, causing the client to sweat, so the massage begins with the client face up, starting at the head, so the head is cooled and sweat flows away from the eyes and mouth. Neuromuscular is a common style here.


Some other athletic styles include; Beard’s, Kilburg open hand, Ostrom, Metzger, Kellogg, Ling Swedish Movement and a hundred others. “Swedish massage” is not a massage technique. “Swedish” was originally coined in order to indicate that the massage was legitimate or non-sexual. If you study massage, the proof becomes overwhelming that “Swedish,” outside of the Ling movement system, doesn’t exist. But the most obvious support is that those who claim to do “Swedish” use French words (Effleurage, Petrissage, etc.) not Swedish to describe it. These French words came from two European doctors named Metzger and John Luc Champiorre. The major concept in these “Western” athletic styles is to increase performance and stamina. They are all about muscle, bone and blood flow. While the entire body is impacted, the focus is on improving muscle function. It is done on a table, but the client may receive part of the session sitting upright. Because traditionally these styles are combined with hot baths, steam or sauna and are conducted during or after sports activities, causing the client to sweat, the massage normally begins with the client face up, starting at the head, so the head is cooled and sweat flows away from the eyes and mouth. 

Asian Modalities:

 The major precept in Asian massage is to improve the flow of the life force or Qi. Traditionally they are all performed on the floor or a mat. They focus on lines of “points” called meridians. One of the earmarks of Asian bodywork is that you start face down and the therapist begins at your feet. All scientific massage probably began in Asia, and was brought to the West over time.  Ayurvedic Medicine comes under this modality.



Some of the Styles (or recipes) would include; Tuina, Shiatsu, Thai, even acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology could be considered to be under this modality. The major concept of each of these is to improve the flow of the life force or Qi. Traditionally they are all performed on the floor or a mat. They focus on lines of “points” called meridians. But just like Asian food, it can be as mild and relaxing as Japanese Shiatsu or as rigorous as the stretches of Thai massage. Remember that putting oregano into a Chinese dish does not make it Italian, so adding “acu-points” or stretches to a table massage does not make it an Asian modality. One of the earmarks of Asian bodywork is that you start face down and the therapist begins at your feet. All scientific massage probably began in Asia, and was brought to the West over time. 

Energy Modalities:

 Some practitioners of these styles and many legal entities do not consider them to be massage, since they frequently do not involve touching the body and they are not concerned with muscle function. The precept is to enhance or modify the body’s electromagnetic field or “aura.” While the method of operation is not understood, research exists indicating effectiveness.   


 The goal is to enhance or modify the bodies electromagnetic field or “aura.” The styles include; Deloris Kreiger, Rieki, Polarity, Healing Touch, to name a limited few. While the method of operation is not understood, there is research indicating effectiveness. The work can be done in a number of positions and can start at any point on the body that is in need of balancing, so there is no particular order or sequence. The pressure may range from the lightest of touch to no touching at all. 


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HOW TO TAKE A SAUNA or STEAM

FROM HISTORY to DAILY PRACTICE

Sauna History and Facts

Sauna (Pronounced “Sow nah”) is the only Finnish word used in English, it means “bath” or “bathhouse.” The “dry” sauna, is over 2,000 years old. Finn’s build a sauna before building their house. The first U.S. sauna is believed have been erected in Delaware in 1638. The 1952 Olympic games brought the sauna to the world.


A true sauna is always dry. Anything else is a steam bath or an improperly used sauna room. A true sauna bath is a process, a sensual pleasure. It is not a steam bath or “Russian bath (Banya).” While a true sauna has almost zero humidity small amounts of water can be added to the hot rocks. The vapor or steam coming off the rocks is called “loyly.” Since low humidity is essential for the sauna experience, the steam is minimal and controlled. 


Most Americans have never had a true Sauna bath. They may have been in the sauna, but that hot chamber is only part of the experience of a true sauna bath. A sauna should be a leisurely, relaxed process. Do not rush it. Plan for at least 1 ½ hours. 3 hours is best. You will not be in the heat more than 20 minutes at a time, but you will go into the sauna more than once. Between time you can choose a variety of healthy options, from massage, salt glow, herbal wrap among other options.


IT IS NOT TAKEN IN THE NUDE.

Your modesty is protected at all times.Your attendant will assist you in wrapping in a sheet. You will need to remove all clothing, and all metal as it my became to hot against your skin. 


So What is the issue with Steam?

A steam, vapor or Russian bath actually decreases sweating. You feel wetter due to vapor collection. This hydrostatic pressure pushes the vessels and pores closed. This puts considerable strain on the heart and vessels in the brain which risks heart attack and stroke. Head-out steam is safer, but still does not give the benefits of a sauna.


Aren’t Infrared hot boxes the same as a true sauna?

While there are many benefits of infrared heat, it also does not have the same effects of a hot rock sauna. It doesn’t have the low O2 level of the sauna among other things. It relaxes the muscles at a different wave length and method. Consider the difference of warmth experience with a gas, electric or wood burning fireplace, each produce different wave lengths of heat and penetrate differently.


So How Hot Is It?

A Temperature is 160 degrees to 190 degrees. 

BUT it is only 10% to 30% humidity.

SO  REMEMBER: 

“it’s not the heat, it is the humidity.”


ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

Unlike steam cabinets and hot tubs that add atmospheric pressure to your heated body, the dry low pressure allows your vessels to expand. So saunas are safe for anyone from pregnant women, infants and frail elderly. 


German Physicians & Hydrotherapists say:

“If you can go (travel) to the sauna, you can go (tolerate) the sauna.” 


 

Analysis of Sauna Sweat shows removal of:

Lead = 84μg   

Nickel = 1.2μg  

Copper = 0.11mg  

Zinc = 1.3mg   

Iron = 0.2mg   

Calcium = 22mg

Sodium = 0.84g    

Cadmium = 6.2μg

Manganese = 0.019mg 


Even without any of these benefits it is just a wonderful, distraction free escape into total relaxation. 


Pictured above is the wrong way to take a sauna.

SO HOW DO YOU TAKE A SAUNA PROPERLY?

  If It Is Just a Single Sauna Trip

Change into a sheet drape. Your therapist will assist you in entering the sauna. Do not sit upright on the bench. Pull your feet up onto the bench, and lay flat on the lower bench for 10 minutes. Your will be signaled to go to the higher bench for an additional 10 minutes after which you will be signaled to sit upright for a minute before exiting the sauna.

Your sauna treatment is over. While not a true full sauna bath your body has experienced many of the benefits. 


 Taking A Full Sauna Bath

  • Shower, you may wash your hair. If you do please thoroughly dry and wrap it in a towel before entering the sauna.
  • A foot bath. Will be given by your attendant. You may wish to add a foot scrub to this.
  • Enter the sauna with your attendants assistance. 
  • Do not sit upright on the bench. Pull your feet up onto the bench, and lay flat on the lower bench for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes move to the higher bench. Your attendant will signal for you to move for an additional 10 minutes after which you will be signaled you to sit upright on the upper bench for a minute before exiting the sauna.
  • Leave the sauna for a second shower. Using the coolest water you can tolerate is best. Your therapist may suggest other methods of "cool down" each time you leave sauna.
  • Cool down for 20 to 40 minutes until perspiration has stopped. There are a variety of ways to cool down. Recline and relax with a face pack, Lay down for a salt glow. Get a massage or the ultimate a banana leaf wrap.
  • Repeat the steps as determined with the assistance of your hydrotherapist. You will also be offered juice, sweets or light pastries between heating in the sauna.


IS ONE TRIP ENOUGH?

Studies have shown that just a single trip once or twice a week decreases your chances of colds or flu. It increases red blood cell count, improves heart and lung function, aids in digestion, improves sleep, increases metabolism, releases oxytocin and increases endorphins.


What Are the Benefits of a Single Sauna Trip? Nothing deep cleanses the skin like a sauna, because it opens pores and flushes impurities from both the skin and the internal body as well. The dry heat breaks down impurities and metabolites making excretion more efficient. Research studies in JAMA have shown a single sauna is the equivalent to a 2 mile run or 30 minutes of jogging or a rowing machine. It improves circulation, cardiovascular functioning, rising heart rate from 65 to 81 bpm, BP lowers 7 points, heals heart tissue, supports weight loss by increasing caloric burn, relieves joint pain, produces an artificial fever which “burns off” viruses and bacteria and muscle fibers lengthen. It even  removes nicotine from smoking. 


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