Services & Offerings

Massage Therapy

My approach with massage therapy is using specific types of touch to encourage the body’s natural ability to heal itself. I choose not to force an outcome or follow a rigid agenda. Instead, I follow the cues of the body by meeting the tension held in the tissue right where it is, without trying to push beyond it. It is this reflection in the system that shows the body where and how strongly it is holding on. From there, it can reorganize and recalibrate. I have a variety of styles that I am versed in, and I will customize a session to suit your needs and intentions.

Sports Massage

Specific muscle groups are stretched here to help condition the client in training, or for  pre/post competition.

Swedish Massage

The classic. Long, broad strokes on the body for the main purpose of relaxation and integration.

Deep Tissue and MyoFascial Release

For chronic pain and holding patterns, working on the fascial adhesions and muscle insertions can provide pain relief and increased range of motion.

Reflexology

A good reflexology session is like getting a full body massage! All of our systems are located in points on the feet. Perfect for those where circulatory massage may be contraindicated.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Working with the fluid dynamics in the body requires a gentler hand and more subtle forms of movement. However, the subtle can be extremely profound. The superficial flow of lymph lies just under the skin and drains to the nodes in the cervical, axillary, and inguinal areas. There is also a deeper flow that innervates the organ systems. Lymphatic drainage is excellent for detoxification, immune system support, and is also helpful before and after any surgery. You can often remained clothed during the session, and most find the lightly pressured technique to be extremely relaxing.

Detoxification

Draining the lymph to the nodes assists the body in filtering toxins. Since lymph capillaries do not have valves like veins, manual lymph drainage can help move congested lymph to the nodes where it can be properly filtered.

Immune System Support

Working with the sinuses and lymphatics around the face and neck can support the body with seasonal or environmental allergies.

Pre and Post Surgery

Lymphatic work can be very helpful to prepare the body for surgery when done a few days prior. If the filtration is strong going into surgery, the body will be more efficient in it’s capacity to recover. Likewise, the lymph can be addressed after surgery when there is residual swelling. It’s also excellent before or after dental procedures.

Visceral Work

I can work with some of the major organs, such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, and colon. In traditional chinese medicine, these organs also have an emotional correspondant. Tonifying the organs also works with freeing stuck or shut down emotions, leading to greater overall wellness.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is based on the work of Dr. Randolph Stone, who was an osteopath, chiropractor, and naturopath. By working with the three principles (yin, yang, and neutral) and the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether), areas of blocked energy can be freed from restriction using gentle hand placements. Stone’s theory was that movement of energy was essential for health; when energy is fixed or stagnated in an area, discomfort and disease could occur. It utilizes foot reflexology and elemental points on the feet and hands, hand holds on the sacred geometric points of the body, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Clients can remain clothed during their session. It is a holistic approach to address all layers of the system: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not sure which modality is right for me. Do I have to decide before I make my appointment?

No you do not. It is perfectly acceptable to change the focus and intention of the session based on what you need that day.  You and I collaborate together to make sure your session corresponds to your intention and need when you arrive.

Can I experience multiple modalities in a single session?

Yes, absolutely! In fact, some of the best sessions are when these modalities are woven together.  For example, muscle and fascial tissue adhesions can impact the flow of lymph, In that kind of case, having a little massage in an affected area can prime it for more effective lymphatic drainage.  There are many techniques available within each modality so we will find a sequence that optimizes the efficacy of your time on the table.

What can I expect during the session time?

We will start with a dialogue, discussing what’s going on for you physically, mentally, and/or emotionally and what you would like to focus on that day. I will listen and offer any guidance as necessary.

Next, I will step out of the room while you get comfortable on the table. At the end of the session, I will step out again and give you time to get up from the table, and we will finish with any ideas or recommendation to further integrate your session after you leave.

I'm used to getting deep tissue massages. Will the lighter touch modalities be effective for me?

Over the years and in my career, I have really embraced the power of subtle therapies. However, if your body is not used to receiving them, subtler touch can feel a little strange, almost like nothing is happening.  This is where combining modalities can be beneficial.  We can start out with deep compression, rocking, or massage to settle the system and then use gentler techniques when your body is more open to receive them.

Your massage-table is equipped with a Biomat™? What does a Biomat™ do?

The Biomat™ is an FDA approved class II medical device that uses far infrared rays, negative ion therapy, and the superconducting powers of amethyst. NASA has determined that far infrared rays are the most beneficial forms of light. When the rays enter the body, they become heat which can relieve stress and fatigue, inflammation, joint pain, and chronic or acute pain. Some of the other benefits of the Biomat™ include detoxification, increased circulation and metabolism, improved sleep, and improved energy levels.

What if I fall asleep?

Falling asleep or being on the edge of sleep during a session is quite common. It is a very restorative place for you to be, and often we do not realize how fatigued our systems are until we take that time to slow down. When we move from the sympathetic nervous system operation or ” fight or flight” into parasympathetic nervous system mode or “rest and digest” we are are more readily able to repair and rejuvinate our bodies. Our bodies go to work for us during this deeply meditative state!

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