Massage & Bodywork

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I am trained in several different modalities.

I begin each session with an individual assessment and tailor the massage by selecting, combining and integrating the most effective techniques to provide a customized approach.  This is essential, since no two people are alike, and even the same person will vary in their needs from day to day.

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Swedish

Swedish massage is a gentle yet effective modality that affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation by gently warming, stretching and manipulating the soft tissues of the body. It is characterized by long, gliding strokes and rhythmic stretching, lifting, kneading and rolling motions. This style of massage is primarily used to promote overall relaxation, improve circulation, relieve muscular tension, and flush out toxins stored in the tissues. Other benefits can include improved peristalsis, faster healing and reduced swelling from injury, increased flexibility, and endorphin release.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue massage emphasizes a therapeutic goal over pure relaxation, although it can be experienced as pleasantly relaxing. The word “deep” refers to working with deeper layers of the body’s tissues and does not necessarily equate to a painful increase in pressure. Generally, this modality is characterized by the therapist slowing down her strokes in order to sink to a deeper layer of tissue where she can help release adhesions, free areas that are locked up, and realign muscles and connective tissues. Benefits can include the alleviation of chronic pain, better posture, increased flexibility and more fluid movement.

Trigger Point Release

Trigger Point Release therapy is an approach for working with deep and often unconsciously-held pain and tension patterns in the body. Trigger points are areas of muscle fiber that have contracted into a knot and are unable to release. In effect, the muscle fibers are stuck in “on” mode and don’t know how to “switch off.” Trigger points are contraction knots and are different from knots created by scar tissue, adhesion or fibrotic and shortened fascia. Any type of physical, emotional or chemical stress (eg., medications) may predispose, cause and then perpetuate the formation of trigger points. These points can often involve symptoms like referred pain, which is experienced at a distance from the point itself. Other symptoms may include tenderness, numbness, tingling, burning, aching and fatigue. To deactivate a point, a therapist can apply sustained pressure to the contracted area until the muscle responds by softening. Benefits include relief from chronic pain, increased flexibility, improved circulation, an increased range of motion and reduced stiffness and muscle tension.

Ortho-Bionomy ®

Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathic-based form of body therapy that is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. The practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the individual, no forceful manipulations are used. Ortho-Bionomy® is very effective in helping alleviate both acute and chronic pain and stress patterns by reducing chronic muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility, improving circulation, and relaxing the entire body.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a form of bodywork that grew out of osteopathy in the early part of the 20th century and was then further developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger in the 1970s. Using a soft touch, usually no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), the therapist gently assists the body to unwind tension patterns that can distort the bones, membranes and fluid surrounding the central nervous system. Craniosacral Therapy can benefit people suffering from migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ and other stress- and tension-related disorders.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that is conceptually based on traditional Chinese medicine. The Japanese word shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” and involves the application of pressure (via fingers, thumbs, palms and arms) and stretching to direct life energy (qi) along energy channels (meridians). Shiatsu releases blocked energy flow, brings support to areas where energy is lacking, and activates the body’s own self-healing abilities. Benefits include relaxation, improved digestion and peristalsis, improved circulation and relief of PMS symptoms.

Reiki

I am a Reiki Master Practitioner. Depending on the situation, I can either integrate Reiki into massage and bodywork sessions, or provide a “Reiki-only” session upon request. I am also trained to teach Reiki so that people can learn to perform it on themselves or others.

Reiki is a healing system with roots in Tibetan Buddhism. It is a powerful, non-invasive technique for restoring and balancing the body’s natural energy flow. Reiki treatments consist of a laying-on of hands in order to conduct universal life force (qi) to the person receiving treatment. A Reiki treatment can focus briefly on a specific area of the body that is experiencing stress or pain, or may be applied in a longer session throughout the full body. Reiki can be performed effectively on its own, but also works synergistically with other types of healing modalities like massage and is an excellent compliment to them. Benefits can include relief from pain, stress and anxiety, promotion of deep relaxation, and an acceleration of the body’s own healing process.