People want massages for a variety of reasons, but the bottom line remains the same: everyone wants to feel better as soon as possible! I have studied a wide range of techniques to help reduce stress, relieve soreness, rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, flush toxins, clean the lymphatic system, and increase a sense of well being. There is a general misconception that the deeper the pressure applied, the faster you will feel relief - NOT SO! Pressure needs to be applied at a therapeutic depth with specific techniques that encourage healing in the soft tissue. My ability to be sensitive to your muscles' needs and my advanced training in healing is why I have such fantastic success with speeding recovery and getting my clients out of pain faster. If you take slow deep breaths during your massage, the benefits will be even greater!
For the ultimate massage experience, I am famous for my THREE HOUR MASSAGE! Combine your favorite techniques for the most incredible customized massage of your life.
Swedish Massage: All western Massage Therapy is based on five main strokes which create the foundation of what we most commonly consider massage: kneading, long smooth strokes, vibration, tapping, & friction. The speed & depth with which they are applied depends on two things: what you prefer and what is healthiest for the current condition of the muscle. This treatment is relaxing as well as having therapeutic benefits that reduce soreness and clean the muscle.
Neuromuscular Therapy: Also called Muscle Therapy is a specific and scientific approach to muscle pain relief and brings a balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. With regular treatments, joints, muscles, and movement are all enhanced while endorphins are released that decrease pain. The six physiological factors that intensify pain patterns in the body are: ischemia (lack of blood flow), Trigger Points, nerve entrapment, postural distortions, nutrition, & emotional wellbeing. In a session, we can address all of these issues to improve your health and get you feeling better fast.
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points are usually what most people refer to as "a knot" in the muscle. This tight band of muscle tissue is painful to the touch and can also have a "ghost pain" that appears in another area of the body. For example, that chronic pain in your low back could actually be a trigger point in your abdomen! Trigger points appear in specific patterns and I treat them with precise sustained pressure and release at certain intervals, which while uncomfortable, provides great relief.
Pregnancy Massage: Yes! You can receive massage throughout your entire pregnancy. I use special cushions to ensure your comfort, and carefully massage away all of the new aches and pains that come with pregnancy. This makes a great gift for the "mom to be" in your life.
Myofascial release: Fascia is the connective tissue in the body that covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of your internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater. I use specific techniques to stretch this fascia and help get it back to a healthy state, improving your range of motion and posture, and decreasing pain and cellulite.
Healing/Massage Combo: I am happy to offer a unique massage that combines healing techniques with massage therapy. This massage is an intuitive free form session in which I trust your body to reveal to me the needs of your nerves and soft tissue and I treat them with the most appropriate technique in the moment. It is always different, spontaneous, and effective. Trapped emotions can be released, old traumas healed, and the nervous system calmed, leaving you feeling centered and clean inside.
Abdominal Massage: This can be added to any massage, or can be a treatment all on its own ranging from 5 minutes to an hour. The abdomen can hold tension which negatively affects your digestion, breathing capacity, emotions, mental clarity, posture, and organ function. By massaging this vulnerable area with tender care and expertise, great healing can occur. If you have never tried abdominal massage, I strongly encourage you to see how it feels for you. The relief can be tremendous.
Foot Reflex Massage: This can be added to any massage, or can be a treatment all on its own ranging from 15 minutes to an hour. Feet take a lot of abuse and foot muscles, tendons, fascia & ligaments can get very sore affecting the way our whole body looks & feels. The feet have thousands of nerve endings that connect to the spinal cord, organs, and every part of the body. Relaxing the muscles and stimulating these nerve endings promotes relaxation, improves circulation, stimulates vital organs, and encourages the body's natural healing processes.
Lymph drainage: Gentle wave like and circular movements along lymphatic paths stimulate lymph flow & production which aids your body in detoxification and reduces swelling. This technique feels subtle and gentle, but is effective in helping to heal sickness and post operative swelling.
On Site On Set: Imagine, instead of a cigarette break, a massage break! I bring the benefits of massage and healing to your job site, movie, or television set. 15 minute tune up sessions can keep your employees happy during long days and marathon shoots. Scientific research shows that a relaxed brain is more productive, accurate, and kind than a stressed out one. Be a hero, show your staff you care, and get a morale booster that will keep them smiling and productivity humming along.
Sports Massage: Sports massage can be used to wake up the muscles before a major sporting event, and to calm down the muscles and drain them of cellular waste after exertion. This can include stretching techniques designed to trick the muscle into lengthening increasing its elasticity. These techniques can be incorporated into other massage therapy sessions as well. Pre-event: 20 minute session. Post event 40 minute session. Special arrangements must be made in advance to receive this treatment at a sporting event.