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Massage Services

Medical Massage

Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor.  I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis.  This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.

Sports 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 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.

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. I use various techniques with my hands, knuckles, and elbows and apply focused pressure on “problem areas” or “trigger points” 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.

Pregnancy/Pospartum Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound. Throughout pregnancy, massage helps to provide emotional support and a calming atmosphere where a mom and baby can deepen their connection. It helps to reduce joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, reduce muscle pain through the neck shoulders and back, improve breathing and relaxation, calms the nervous system, and provides relief from uncomfortable digestive issues. It also increases blood and lymph circulation which brings nutrients to all parts of the mother's body including the placenta, reduces swelling and cramping in legs, and educates a mom on how to improve her posture and exercise.
Massage is also helpful in preparation for labor and helps to develop sensory awareness that is necessary in allowing for an easier birthing process. It may help to reduce labor pain and discomfort and the need for medications and episiotomies.

Pospartum Massage is essential in helping women recover fully from her pregnancy and labor. It promotes the restoration of abdominal muscles and helps to educate the mother on specific abdominal exercises that will aid in reducing diastasis recti (a condition where the band of connective tissue between the two halves of the rectus abdominus spreads excessively during pregnancy). Postpartum massage also aids in maintaining proper posture, relieves neck shoulder and back pain due to nursing, and reduces stress levels that are a result of the new responsibilities of motherhood.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a gentle style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of pain and tension that occur in the belly of the muscle tissue. They build up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, a variety of techniques are used, including applied focused pressure and joint positioning, in order to release your trigger points. The effects of this process are lasting and profoundly transformative. Trigger Point Therapy can be integrated into massages of different modalities.

Swedish Massage

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.

Acupressure

Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow.  Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality I use my hands to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:


  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia

Cerebrospinal fluid delivers nutrients and removes waste products from the brain and spinal cord into our blood stream.  A lack of mobility in the CNS will lead to dysfunctional cerebrospinal fluid and thus dysfunction in our whole bodies!

Craniosacral Therapy allows a practitioner to help guide a clients body into releasing any restrictions in the CNS.  This way, the cerebrospinal fluid can flow easily resulting in a healthy brain and spinal cord that leads to a more healthy person overall.

Reflexology

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, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet. Treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression. Reflexology can be integrated into a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage or focused on solely for an entire session.
$45/Half Hour

Stone Therapy

HotStone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms.This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
$140/Hour and a Half

Cupping

Cupping is a powerful, manual technique for breaking up localized congestion and is used to:
· Drain excess fluids and toxins
· Loosen adhesions
· Lift connective tissue
· Enhance circulation in stagnant musculature and fascia
· Stimulate the peripheral nervous system

It refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.  In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5–15 minutes).  The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow.  The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it.  Some bruising along the site of the rim of the cup is expected.

Today, cupping is used to increase circulation for:
· Tightened or painful muscles
· Sprains or strains
· Pinched nerves
· Lung congestion
· Menstrual irregularities
· Inflamed breasts
· Lactation dysfunction
· Gastrointestinal disorders
· Cough
· Asthma

Click Here for an informative article on Cupping from the Institute For Integrative Healthcare Studies
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Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy 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, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.