massage therapy for everyone
Feeling tired, worn out, in pain, and overwhelmed by life? No worries! you’ve come to the right place!
Not sure exactly what you are looking for in a massage? Each massage session is completely tailored to your needs, so I typically do a combination of the modalities listed below.
Swedish massage is the most traditional form of massage in the U.S. It is typically what you think of when you think about massage therapy. Deeply meditative, the Swedish style uses broad strokes with either light, medium, or deep pressure. A Swedish massage is performed with the client undressed to their comfort level and they are under a sheet and blanket. As each body part is worked it is undraped with complete modesty. You should always feel totally comfortable and at-ease during your session. I use a blend of coconut oil and sunflower oil but can always alter this if you have allergies to either oil. Each session is customized to your specific needs and can include massage for the whole body, or we can just focus on certain areas (head, neck, shoulders; back; feet; etc.).
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is performed with the client undressed to their comfort level and they are under a sheet and blanket. As each body part is worked it is undraped with complete modesty. You should always feel totally comfortable and at-ease during your session. A deep tissue massage uses deep, focused pressure to target injuries and pain deep in the muscles. It can be a some-what painful experience as this form of massage works to engage the body’s own healing response to release long-held issues, injuries, and scar tissue. Studies have shown that deep tissue massage can reduce chronic issues such as low-back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, etc. and likened receiving massage to the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. Deep tissue massage is typically incorporated into a Swedish massage as it would really be too much to do a full deep tissue massage on the whole body. This form of massage is really best for your particularly troublesome areas.
Thai Massage is done on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed. You will need to wear something that you can stretch in. My style of Thai massage incorporates stretching along with more traditional Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques. It is also referred to as a Thai Yoga Massage and the aim is not just to relax your muscles, but to treat your whole body, mind, and spirit. This is done through stretching, compression, and massage to restore balance and correct the flow of energy throughout the body. Thai massage is a healing journey designed to rid the body of pain, increase flexibility to decrease the risk of injury, improve mobility so you move better and your joints work properly, decrease anxiety, and calm the mind so you can think more clearly and sleep better.
Pregnancy is a magical time as you are literally creating new life. It can, however, be stressful, painful, and emotionally and physically exhausting. Enter massage therapy. The benefits of massage during pregnancy are too numerous to list here but suffice it to say it can help with almost every single aspect of each trimester plus everything that comes after labor. These benefits include pain-relief, hormone regulation, reduction in swelling, and so much more. There have been studies upon studies on the benefits of prenatal massage and how it improves the health and wellness of both the mom-to-be and the baby. It also helps make the actual delivery of the baby less painful and has been shown to reduce the duration of labor. Prenatal massage is done in a side-lying position once you can no longer lie on your stomach. Techniques are similar to Swedish massage and pressure is completely customizable. Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes.
Dynamic cupping is an ancient form of bodywork that uses small suction cups for myofascial release. Fascia is like the white pith of an orange. It is found everywhere in your body and is a band or sheet of connective tissue that attaches to, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia is meant to act separately from other tissue but can often get bound up with muscle tissue. This causes soreness, tightness, and often pain. Dynamic cupping is one form of myofascial release that helps break up these adhesions. Contrary to what you see on the internet, dynamic cupping will leave no bruising or awful red marks that make you look like you lost a fight to an octopus. Those images are from static cupping where the cups are placed and then left for a period of time. In dynamic cupping, the cups are always moving to allow the release of the fascia without leaving the horrible marks. This is a deeply effective technique and is typically not painful. Cupping can be included in any Swedish or deep tissue massage.