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Every body is different and needs different things! Sometimes that means a combination of relaxation techniques and deeper work. I customize each session to the needs of my clients for that day. If you don't know what you are looking for, I can help you develop a massage plan that will get you started and we can move from there. Don't be afraid to ask!
Most often, I combine the many techniques that I've learned throughout the years from the techniques described below. When you come in for your massage, we'll talk about what your goal for massage is (relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, etc...) and then decide what type of massage techniques most fit your needs.
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, and greater flexibility. This style of massage goes by many different names such as Relaxation massage, Contemporary Western Massage, Traditional Massage, and similar names.
(Also know as Ashiastu Oriental Bar Therapy®) The therapist performs a barefoot massage technique using deep compression and effleurage strokes that glide over the body. Bars are used above the head for balance and leverage. AOBT/DF combines flowing centrifugal and centripetal force and also incorporate push, pull, pumping effleurage movements. The results relieve symptoms of chronic soft tissue damage and in some cases when we're lucky, a structural change. It is not a reflexology or massage to the clients feet.
*DeepFeet Bar Therapy™ is not recommended for clients with heart conditions, loose joints, frail bones, recent implants or surgeries, or those who are pregnant. Please contact therapist if you have any questions about whether a DeepFeet massage is right for you.
Clients report that they are able to relax faster on the massage table and find the deep tissue work easier to manage when recieving DeepFeet Bar Therapy!
Steam Services are the option to enjoy a steam session either alone or combined with a massage. This is a deeply relaxing and gentle way to warm up your tissues to prep your muscles for deeper work without as much of the soreness of warming up your muscles by hand.
A steam canopy is placed on the massage table and is connected to a steam generator. The steam session reaches about 120℉ and close to 100% humidity. The steam includes your whole body, except your head; making it easier to breath and your hair stays dry.
In general, steams are not recommended for the following:
• Those with cardiovascular (heart) diseases
• Those with uncontrolled blood pressure
• Those with skin conditions/rashes/wounds that need to be kept dry
• Those who are pregnant
• Those with diabetes that experience difficulty sensing temperature
• Those with trouble regulating body temperature
• Those with kidney failure
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, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues. Please note: I am not certified in pregnancy massage which means if you have a high risk pregnancy, medical conditions which impact your pregnancy, or do not have Dr. permission for massage, I will not be able to work with you for the saftey of you and your child. I am trained for low risk, no complication pregnancies. If you are unsure, consult your Ob/Gyn.
Deep Tissue Massage is a goal in 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. Deep tissue massage does not refer to the amount of pressure or discomfort you prefer. All massages are monitored for appropriate comfort level. While it is more common to feel discomfort when targeting the deeper tissues, pain is not an indicator of effectivenss of the massage. Communication with the therapist is the key to making sure you recieve an effective, therapeutic massage within your comfort level.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite uncomfortable at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. Trigger Point work in this office is done within the comfort level of the client and relies on open communication between client and therapist.