Integrative massage has its roots in Swedish massage — the gliding, squeezing, wringing, and kneading strokes that push your blood and lymph through your soft tissues toward your heart. To these basic strokes, depending on what your body needs, your preferences, and how much time we have, I may add myofascial release, trigger point release, Deep Massage*, rocking, reflexology**, acupressure, cupping, stretching, orthopedic work, lymphatic drainage, Zero Balancing, and/or craniosacral therapy.
Back Shoulders Neck Head lets you receive focused attention to any or all of these areas. Releasing tensions in your upper body, the focus is just where you want it: low, middle, and/or upper back, shoulders, neck, and/or head.
New research shows that the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is a combination of craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. I combine these modalities to help your nervous system move into deeper relaxation and to release tension from your most painful areas, offering a gentle, soothing session on a heated table, if desired. Cupping — a form of myofascial release — may offer relief for fibromyalgia pain.
*Deep Massage works deeply on your muscles and fascia but without the pain usually associated with deep tissue massage. Using lengthening myofascial release strokes and targeted energetic compressions, a Deep Massage is a full-body treatment that results in better alignment and balance, less tension, and enhanced energy.
**Reflexology (aka Zone Therapy) focuses on the feet, which map to the rest of the body. By locating tender spots on the feet, we can identify areas in the body needing attention (including internal organs) and relieve symptoms.
When you are pregnant, a prenatal massage helps your body adjust to the changes of carrying a baby and is calming during what can be an apprehensive time for many. Typically done in a side-lying position after the first trimester, my training and certification helps me avoid the places and techniques that are contraindicated during pregnancy.
My experience giving post-natal massages to new moms in hospital beds helped me learn to address their needs in the days after giving birth, relieving pain and tension from labor and delivery and accelerating their recovery.
Orthopedic massage (aka clinical massage) helps with soft tissue pains, strains, sprains, tendonitis, fasciitis, posture imbalance, injuries, scar tissue, and more. I identify tissues involved (sometimes hauling out the reference books) and offer treatment focused on returning injured tissue to a healthy, functional state.