Modalities

Types of bodywork that I offer, or am influenced by

 

Therapeutic Massage

I believe all massage is therapeutic, but this modality is focused on relieving a specific problem in a specific area. It relies much more in a therapist’s knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology than a typical relaxation massage, and may or may not require deep pressure.

 

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

This is the kind of massage that people associate with hard, painful pressure, or that ‘hurts so good’ feeling. I completely disagree that deep tissue needs to hurt! There are many techniques that I implement to get to the secondary and tertiary muscle layers, with minimal discomfort. Deep tissue is a necessary modality for any neuromuscular or fascial restriction that lies deep to a superficial layer. Pressure/depth of massage is discussed during our consultation prior to the session, and can be modified at any point in treatment.

 

Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage

For relief of pregnancy discomfort, stress reduction for the mother, and promotion of general wellbeing. Side-lying position is offered once the expectant mother is no longer able to lie on her belly. Certain aromatherapy, hot stones, and deep pressure on legs are all contraindicated.

 

THAI yoga MASSAGE (Nuat Boran)

Traditionally done on a mat, with the client fully clothed. The client is moved by therapist into passive yoga stretches, incorporating compressions, kneading, joint mobilization, and acupressure.

While I am a trained practitioner of this modality, I do not currently offer it, but do incorporate the stretches and compressions on the table, which I believe gives clients the best of both worlds.

 

Fascial Release for Structural Balance

I am highly influenced by the work of Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Robert Schleip, and James Earls. Fascia, once overlooked in anatomical models, is gaining attention as a key player in the structure and function of our bodies. Intentionally working fascia, rather than focusing on muscle alone, has made an enormous difference in how I work and the results my clients receive.

 

Esalen

Developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, Esalen massage promotes deep relaxation in a client through full body, connected, and breath-centered rhythmic strokes with occasional still pauses. Intended to help the client achieve more bodily awareness and connection, the rhythm mimics the waves of the ocean. I am influenced by this modality only; I have taken classes but am not a certified Esalen practitioner.

 

Reiki

A Japanese energy healing technique, where the therapist channels healing energy through touch, or hovering hands over the client’s energy field. Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful, modality to restore wellbeing for both physical and emotional health. I have thus far received the Advanced reiki attunement from Karuna master level practicioner Kara Emmy'.

 

MEDICUPPING™

This modality uses a machine in an updated version of the ancient technique of cupping (or vacuum) therapy. The suction and pumping/release of tissues allows for space to be created in dehydrated and restricted areas, renewing circulation, bringing in hydration, encouraging lymph flow, and clearing the body of stagnant cellular debris. This is a great treatment for areas with scar tissue, edema, or stubborn fascial adhesions and trigger points. I am a certified MediCupping™ practitioner through ACE.

 

Hot Stones

Hot Stone therapy utilizes heated basalt stones as placement heat therapy, or an extension of the therapist’s hands to deliver deep heat to the body in addition to the pressure of a massage stroke. I use hot stones along with my standard massage, rather than a standalone service, as a tool to assist in relaxing tight muscles and stressed minds. I have found that, for those who like heat therapy, it helps a client achieve the deep relaxation state a massage can give in a shorter amount of time.