I offer intuitively detailed advanced massage therapies, drawing from over 20 years of clinical experience and ongoing professional training. I specialize in therapies that serve women of all ages.
My mission with my work is to help women achieve more ease and comfort in their bodies through massage, increased body awareness, and learning easy self care skills to do at home to support their wellbeing goals.
What my massage can assist you with:
– muscle pain and tension, fascial restrictions, soft tissue injury recovery from falls, whiplash accidents as well as neck pain. I also support rebalancing TMJ, sciatica, hip, knee, low back and foot pain, carpal tunnel pain, and ‘frozen’ shoulder muscle restrictions.
– nerve pain due to soft tissue constriction, as well as nervous system tension, headaches, migraines
– scar tissue from injuries or surgeries (including mastectomies, biopsies, hysterectomies, cesarean birth scars)
– women’s pelvic organ challenges such as painful menses or ovulation or sex, as well as building vitality for preconception, relieving the aches and pains and structural changes in pregnancy and postpartum, and supporting a gentle transition in perimenopause and menopause. I work gently and externally on the body and belly to support these. How can a gentle, external massage support these things? Brilliantly! Look up the ‘Maya Abdominal Massage‘, as well as Pregnancy Massage Therapy. The benefits of receiving these therapies are numerous. Perinatal massage has even been scientifically studied …. click here to go to a study.
Modalities I use include:
intelligent deep tissue massage
trigger point therapy
massage cupping and A.C.E. VacutherapyTM
Zen shiatsu acupressure and foot reflexology
pregnancy and postpartum massage
Upledger CranioSacralTM therapy and Somatoemotional ReleaseTM
Barral Visceral ManipulationTM therapy
Maya abdominal massage as learned from Dr. Rosita Arvigo DN
The Spurgeon MethodTM of medical breast massage
Gentling Ways from Heather Bruce
About your session:
Our time together is a safe and professional space to let down tension, relax, receive massage, and be nurtured.
You may choose the modality you would like, and we can do that for the whole session.
Or I can customize your massage therapy according to your needs that day, drawing from all my skills as needed, so no two sessions are the same.
I offer massage therapy that is both results oriented and wholistic.
Sessions are intended to help you not only feel better, but function better over time. Please have an intention for what you’d like to focus on. I find my work is most beneficial for those who are willing to take an active role in cultivating their own health, or are interested to learn.
A word about massage and emotions…
We don’t often think of massage as being emotional. However, on occasion it can be.
I mention this because in doing massage for over 20 years I’ve come to appreciate the following concept: your body has been with you your entire life, and if there’s been emotionally charged life challenges or physical traumas in your life that have not been integrated and cleared yet, the body can literally ‘hold onto it’ for you, and this can contribute to creating chronic tension and pain in your fascia, muscles, and posture. And every once and a while, in the process of releasing deep tension, the emotions stored in there can come out too. This is not only normal, it can be beneficial.
A common example would be memories/emotions of a surgery surfacing in your mind as a result of massaging the scar from that surgery. When this happens it can be your deeper potential for self-healing being activated. (Our bodies are designed to move through difficulty, not stay stuck in them!) Should this happen, I will be present with you, and if you like, I can support you with breath and visualization guidance to help the energy move through. If you want additional support after the session, I can share ideas for self care, resources and/or referrals.
Appointments average 75 minutes, which includes 5-10 minutes to discuss your needs that day, 60 minutes of therapy, and 5 minutes of follow up.
Sessions by appointment only. I do not accept walk in requests. For more information, or to see if you are a good candidate for my work, please call or email to set up a complimentary 10 minute consultation by phone.
I offer strictly non-sexual, therapeutic, clinical massage. I am compliant with state and national guidelines for professionalism.
Please contact me for current rates and availability.
I use handcrafted organic herbal massage creams and oils in our session.
Why does this matter?
Simply put, our skin absorbs what we put on it; within a short amount of time, it’s gone into our bloodstream. This is why if you rub the bottoms of your feet with fresh crushed garlic, you’ll taste it 20 minutes later on your tongue without having eaten it! If we make choices to eat good food and care for what goes IN our body, why not consider what goes ON our body… because it’s like ‘eating’ it anyway.
This is especially relevant because women are exposed to several hundred man made chemicals every day… whether topically from their cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, or through outside exposures such as air deodorizers and home cleaning supplies. All this can add up and burden a person’s body. It’s simply unnecessary when there are healthier alternatives.
For the time we work together, I want to know that I am using life affirming, organic, nutrient dense creams and natural oils with you… so that I am not adding to the body’s toxic chemical load. Folks consistently mention how they love the way these handcrafted creams and oils feel on their skin.
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