Originally known as "Neo-Reichan Massage" developed by Wilhelm Reich in the early 1900's, this modality seeks to mindfully, gently dissolve negative body armoring that the client is carrying. The therapist works from the center of the body outward to the periphery, head to toe, general to specific, overlapping joints and corresponding body parts to create a feeling of integration of the body as a whole. Excellent for clients suffering from trauma and repetitive injuries that layer up and harden tissue.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Also known as Comfort Touch (R), this modality is based on Japanese Shiatsu, but modified to meet the special needs of the elderly and the ill using balanced pressure moving into the center of the limb or tissue belly. This triggers an oxytocin response within the brain, leading to feelings of calmness, bonding, and deep relaxation. Especially effective with populations given to agitation behaviors.
I have a special certification (CMLDT) in Vodder Technique Manual Lymph Drainage which is designed to increase the movement of lymph and interstitial fluid back to the cardiovascular system. It's a gentle modality focusing on the superficial lymph vessels. Clinically proven successful for the treatment of post-surgical, post-traumatic/injury edema, primary and secondary lymphedema, lipodema, fibromyalgia, Meniere's disease, tinnitus, migraine, whiplash, hematoma (bruising), fibrocystic breast disease, Lyme disease, post cosmetic surgery, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, scleroderma, complex regional pain syndrome, and calms the sympathetic nervous system for the treatment of anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress, releasing tension, and quickly targeting problem areas particularly in the neck, back, and shoulders right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
Incomparable! Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage using water-heated stones as massage tools constantly moving on the body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in the muscles. Often described as a "liquid heat" massage. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is deeply relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Polarity therapy is a type of bodywork which is focused on the energy fields of the body, rather than the physical body itself. This type of body work is also called energy work, because the practitioner attempts to adjust the skewed energy fields of the body and bring them into balance. During a polarity therapy session, the therapist and client usually work together in a very calm, relaxed environment.
Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
A modern heatless form of ancient vacuum therapy used to soften tight muscles, tone attachments, loosen adhesions, and lift connective tissue, bringing hydration and blood flow to tissue. Also used in conjunction with Manual Lymph Drainage and body contouring for reduction of cellulite, spider veins, and wrinkles. Done correctly, cupping should leave no discernible marks on the skin.
Based upon the work of Robert E. McAtee of Boulder, CO, Facilitated Stretching lengthens muscle tissue by involving the participation of the client in active resistance. Far more effective than passive or solo stretching, this technique uses isometric theory and data driven timed technique, to give the client a deeper lengthening of the muscle attentiveness to the connective tissue. Clients who are unsure or unable to stretch their muscles themselves properly are guided to safely stretch at their own pace and limit. Excellent for all ages, but especially important as we age!