Massage Therapy



Head MassageMASSAGE THERAPY

The impact of human touch is irreplaceable.  Human touch can do wonders for our overall sense of well being. A healing massage can calm our nervous system and help us experience a deep state of relaxation.  
 
If we can experience this state on a regular basis our immune system has an opportunity to resolve a variety of symptoms such as: aches, pains and inflammations that keep us from feeling optimally healthy.

 
MY PHILOSOPHY ON MASSAGE

I believe the primary element for a deeply satisfying massage is the connection between the therapist and the client. The effectiveness of the massage is dependent on the therapist’s ability to listen with their touch, and the client’s response to that style touch.
 
 
REASONS TO MAKE MASSAGE A MORE REGULAR EXPERIENCE

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Relieve low-grade anxiety or depression: Massages not only feels good for your body, but can help your brain feel good too by increasing production of serotonin, a hormone that aids in relaxation. 
 
Lower your blood pressure: Massage reduces blood pressure immediately afterwards—these effects can continue in the days and weeks to follow!
 
Sleep better: The relaxation hormones released through massage help you spend more time in deep sleep--which is the most restorative stage of the sleep cycle.
 
Fight off colds: Thanks to less stress and higher white blood cell counts--both a result of massage--clients may find themselves calling in for sick days less often.
 
Stop headaches: If you suffer from regular tension headaches, regular massages have been shown to decrease them in both frequency and severity, even with just one session a month.
 
 
StudioWhat can you expect when you come to me for a massage?

After the interview I leave the room to give you time to undress and lie down on the table.  A large bath towel is provided to cover yourself. Staying warm and cozy is part of the experience so I uncover the areas that will be massaged while keeping the rest of you covered.
 
What massage techniques do I use?

I use a combination of touch styles and techniques based on what the individual client needs. Some people respond to broad light and gentle strokes that invite them to relax, others to a more direct steady touch with pin point pressure that convince them to let go while others prefer energetic strong contact that can shake them into relaxation.
 
The techniques I employ are:
Swedish, pressure point, deep tissue, Reiki.
 
 
What kind of oils do I use?

Primarily organic pure jojoba oil non-scented with vitamin E. This is light oil that penetrates easily and feels good to leave on the skin for extra moisturizing. It’s nutritious for the skin without being too greasy. Depending on your preference I’ll end with an Ayurvedic scented oil blend around your neck and shoulder area so you can take a pleasurable scent with you.
 
Fee:  $80 for one hour
$115 for an hour and a half.

 
WELL KNOWN BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY– particularly oil based techniques such as Swedish Massage.  Please keep in mind that the following benefits are best maintained by receiving massage on a regular basis.

  • Improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.
  • Helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
  • Diminishes chronic pain
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Relaxes the whole body
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Improves concentration
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • Enhances skin tone
  • Increases flexibility and mobility


SWEDISH MASSAGE

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. A combination of strokes can be used: kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.


DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.

 
PRESSUREPOINT for Trigger Points and General muscle tension

Trigger points are believed to be localized spasms or knots in the muscle fiber that may cause pain to be referred to other, more distant parts of the body. These knots can also contribute to restricted movement or pain in a joint.
 
I use my fingers to press specific areas in a muscle where I sense concentrated pockets of tightness and tension.  Often these areas are painful but the pain can quickly subside.  When these points are pressed for 30 to 90 seconds they release muscular tension and promote blood flow and circulation. I’ve found this technique really helpful in melting away tension.

 
REIKI

Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. It was originated in Japan in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, who had a life-changing experience of light and energy that he recognized as reiki--sacred life force--and that awakened his innate healing abilities.
 
 He developed a system of practices that enabled others to become effective healers. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body.
 
The practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.