All sessions incorporate all the knowledge and training I have at my disposal from years of study and practice. I never stop continuing to expand my toolbox of massage techniques and deepen my understanding of the profound effects of massage. Each session is tailored specifically for you. In our intake we will discuss what techniques might best be applied for your session. Here are some of the modalities I can incorporate into your personalized therapeutic session.
Swedish/Deep Tissue- now known as "traditional" massage. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction. It is effective for most ailments because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscle glands and circulation promoting health and well being.
Deep Tissue- designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle, connective tissue and fascia. This massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles.
Shiatsu- translated as "finger pressure" is a manipulative Eastern medicine massage . Shiatsu is a holistic therapy and treats the whole person. Compression and stimulation of accupressure points along meridian pathways works to maintain physical and mental well being, alleviate pain and discomfort and treat disease. Shiastu has been descriped as "needle free" accupressure. Traditional Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on the floor involving body mobilization and stretching techniques.
Reflexology- An acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the whole body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits or tenderness indicate a dysfunction and pressure is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health.
Thai- Thai massage is an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy lines. This ancient form of massage dates back to the time of Buddha and looks like a cross between shiatsu, acupressure and yoga. Practitioners apply pressure along meridian lines with their thumbs, hands and feet to stimulate the movement of energy in the body and in addition move and stretch their clients in yoga- like poses to free muscular and joint tension. Designed to be both relaxing and stimulating, thai massage improves flexibility, reduces tension, stimulates internal organs and balances the body's energy system.
Craniosacral- Within the Cranio-sacral system is the cerebrospinal fluid that moves in a slight but perceptible tide-like manner. Therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of restriction, where the tide-like motion is limited, confined or immobile. By using a gentle, light touch this fluid becomes more rhythmic and balanced, and the central nervous system is restored. Craniosacral therapy is helpful to those with nervous disorders, motor-coordination impairments, attention deficit disorders, insomnia and other problems.
Reiki- means 'universal life energy.' It is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently over the chakras of the body. This 'laying-on' of hands is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality, heal illness and aid spiritual growth.
Sports- This special form of massage is typically used before during and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Prenatal- Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue and enhances energy.
Myofascial Release Therapy- All muscles, arteries, bones and organs are held together by a saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release adverse effects of inflammation, tension and trauma.