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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.
Myofascial Massage / Release
Myofascial release is my specialty. It is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and re-balance the entire body and its posture. I stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones, and even the nerves, arteries and veins. 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. This type of work has helped some of my clients realign their hips, improve posture, dramatically increase range of motion, and diminish and sometimes completely stop migraine headaches completely in their tracks. 90' or longer sessions are recommended due to the slower 'speed' of this type of work.
Deep Tissue Massage
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 may require icing, gentle stretching and increasing your water intake. Please note that deep tissue sessions are never quite as extreme as in the cartoon!
On-Site Chair Massage
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace, and is a great way to boost morale in the office! 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 any discomfort or 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.
Please note there is a minimum booking of 60' for residential on-site chair massage and 120' for commercial/office chair massage.
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 pain 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.
Cupping is a form of negative pressure treatment that may be applied statically or actively. Originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), cupping originally focused on the acupressure/acupuncture lines throughout the body. Western massage therapists have adopted this modality to help focus bodywork on specific muscles and their attachments and overly adhered joints. Circular marks of light red to purple may remain on the skin for a few days, or up to two weeks in rare cases. Note that cupping requires access to bare skin and may not be appropriate to combine with seated chair massage in a public or workplace setting.
Gua Sha aka Spooning or Coining
Like cupping, Gua Sha finds its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. By using a tool to repeatedly stroke across the skin, Qi, or 'stuck energy' can be freed from deep within the body and freeing up tension and pain. Also similar to cupping, Gua Sha can leave reddish marks on the skin that may cause alarm to look at, but provide tremendous relief to the recipient. First time recipients are recommended to not exceed 30 minutes. Note that Gua Sha requires access to bare skin and may not be appropriate to combine with seated chair massage in a public or workplace setting.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Add some extra time just for therapeutic attention to your feet... and your body and mind will surely thank you later!
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, nearly every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, insomnia and depression.
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 the extra weight gain and postural imbalances, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, also known as Lymphatic Facilitation, aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, lymphatic facilitation can be used for a wide range of purposes, including; faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling after an injury, diminishment in discomfort and swelling from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.