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The modalities I use in my sessions are described below. If you have any preferences or dislikes, please let me know during the intake process prior to the massage, I will be happy to accommodate.
Description of Specific Techniques
Swedish massage is a general full body relaxation massage. Pressure is mild to moderate and should never be painful. The client is unclothed and draped with a sheet (and blanket if requested) to provide the utmost privacy. To provide the most comprehensive and complete massage, I prefer for my clients to be fully unclothed, however, a client is always welcome to remain clothed to their comfort level. This type of massage utilizes an oil or creme based lotion of the client's preference. Other modalities, such as acupressure, deep tissue are easily incorporated in to a Swedish massage routine.
Cupping therapy utilizes suction cups and negative pressure to pull up on tissues, giving space for muscle and fascia tension relief. This therapy can be used as a stand alone or in conjunction with a hands on massage. I typically like to warm up the body with a hands on massage, then incorporate the cups on specific areas of tension or issues. Cupping is great for addressing a wide variety of conditions beyond muscle tension, such as edema, cellulite, fibromyalgia, PMS, poor circulation, and digestive disorders. Often clients claim cupping provides more noticeable, immediate results.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue targets tense or tight muscles. This technique is typically integrated with lighter Swedish-type bodywork to warm up the muscles and then, as particular areas of tension are found, will progress to deeper, more focused pressure. Contrary to belief, deep tissue bodywork does NOT have to be painful to be effective. Often, applying pressure to the point of pain causes the body to tense up further to protect itself, hindering progress. My theory of practice involves applying pressure to the point just before the pain threshold, but will work with each of my clients on an individual basis to find the right pressure for them. Deep tissue is often incorporated into Swedish massage routines.
Myofacial release bodywork addresses the connective tissue that surrounds our muscles and organs. This tissue can often tighten up or get kinks in it leading to stiff bodies, restricted blood flow to the affected area, restricted motion, and even pulling the body out of alignment. Techniques for this type of bodywork include warming with slow motions rolling, kneading and stretching of the tissue. Myofascial work is easily integrated with unclothed bodywork such as Swedish massage, and is often paired with it as Swedish massage helps to warm the tissue to prepare it for deeper work.
Cranio Sacral Energy Work
Cranio Sacral energy work focuses on healing areas of tension in the spine and skull as well as imbalances in the nervous system. The bones of the cranium and spine are surrounded by a connective tissue which holds the cerebrospinal fluid. It has been found that this fluid has a rhythmic pulse to it that bathes the nerves in nutrients. When there is a disruption in the flow of this fluid it can result in dysfunction in the body via the central nervous system. Cranio Sacral work is designed to detect this disruption and help guide the body to repair through very light touch as the practitioner holds certain areas of the body, as opposed to an active rubbing or kneading. The practitioner helps to bring intention and awareness to that particular area for the body to heal. As the client relaxes, and the practitioner focuses, the practitioner performs very gentle corrective techniques to help reinstate balance in the body. This massage is often underestimated and can be quite powerful. Cranio Sacral, as an independent massage, is typically performed on clothed clients but can be incorporated into an unclothed massage such as Swedish.
Normal responses to relaxation and/or touch that sometimes occur during sessions include tears, laughter, emotional responses, deep sighs, gas, yawning, swallowing, memories, etc. They are completely normal and do not need to be suppressed. In my practice, human bodily functions are accepted and welcome. I also find it a huge compliment if my clients fall asleep on my table so please feel free to allow yourself to relax to the deepest degree.