Massage Modalities

     *I offer a variety of modalities to assure that each session is well-rounded, and tailored to the client’s individual needs for that particular day.  Modalities currently offered are as follows:

  • Deep Tissue Massage–  This is for anyone who has need for focused therapeutic work, and is especially beneficial for injury recovery, addressing muscular imbalances due to excessive tension/weakness, increasing range of motion, working on the deeper muscular structures of the body, and for regions where deeper pressure is beneficial.  Please note that the term ‘deep’ is not intended to imply ‘painful’.  I always work within the client’s comfort level as it is communicated to me.
  • Myofascial Release–  This is a broad term used to describe a variety of techniques dealing with the many layers of fascia or ‘connective tissue’ in the body.  As with deep tissue massage, myofasical release is especially beneficial for focused therapeutic work and injury recovery, as well as addressing long-held movement and postural patterns and tendencies, breaking up adhesions in the tissues, scar release, ‘unwinding’ restricted movement to increase range of motion, and to free up any tissues that may feel bound or ‘glued’ together.
  • Traditional Thai Massage-  Thai massage has ancient origins, and is ever-increasing in popularity among Westerners.  After just one session you will know why!  This modality is practiced on a supportive foam mat on the floor with the client fully-clothed in comfortable, moveable clothing.  It combines deep tissue/myofascial massage techniques, with passive movement, stretching, and energy work.  It is truly a massage for your entire being.  You will leave feeling grounded, yet clear, and with greater ease of movement.  Traditionally sessions can go anywhere from 2-4 hours, but I will accommodate time needs as is best for each client.  However, for a full-body experience I do recommend 90 minutes at the very least if possible.
  • Swedish/Relaxation Massage-  This is generally the most widely-known massage modality, and elements of it exist within most bodywork techniques.  This is a great massage for anyone who needs to rest and relax, would like a full-body massage, suffers from chronic fatigue or many other sleep disorders, is feeling disconnected from their body and could use a more gentle approach to therapeutic touch, or simply feels as though they need to be ‘wrung out’.

Yoga and Movement

*One of the most effective ways to assure that your bodywork session results last, is by engaging in a healthy movement practice.  This can be accomplished in a number of ways, and I am happy to speak with each client individually to see what feels the most appropriate for them.

*Please note that there is no experience required for private classes*

  • Private Movement Classes–  This would involve a one-on-one session in which we would discuss the client’s movement aspirations and challenges, and I would create a movement plan intended to help regain balance and efficiency in the body.  This may include yoga postures, stretching and strengthening techniques, and certain movement techniques that I have gleaned over the years in my study of dance and movement therapy.
  • Private Yoga Classes–  This would involve a one-on-one, or small group (2-3) session, in which we can take close look at some of the yogic practices (mainly postures and breathwork) that may be suitable for the client(s).  We can compose a series of yoga postures for the client to take home and practice, meeting every couple of months or so, or we can meet as often as once per week depending on the client’s goals.
  • Tidbits–  I like to offer a few basic suggestions at the end of each bodywork session that can serve as very simple maintenance techniques for each client depending on their particular needs.  Things such as stretching, breathing, hydration, etc., but under no circumstances would I ever force information upon anyone who was uninterested, so please take my suggestions as you will, but listen to your own body first and foremost.