Integrative Massage

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 some myofascial release, trigger point release, rocking, reflexology, acupressure, cupping, stretching, lymphatic drainage, Zero Balancing, and/or craniosacral therapy. Integrative massages are full-body massages.

Neck and Head sessions are recommended when neck pain is your primary complaint. If you are suffering from neck pain or stiffness, knots, limited range of motion, forward head posture, whiplash, etc., imagine an hour of soothing neck massage softening those tight muscles, returning circulation and lymph flow to detoxify the tissues, releasing trigger points, lengthening tissues and increasing range of motion, ending with decompressing your cranial bones for a sense of deep ease and expansion. Afterwards, you might feel like you have a new neck. I have undertaken special studies on working with the neck to better understand its anatomy and relieve forward head posture and other neck issues.

Back Shoulders Neck Head sessions are recommended when back and/or shoulder pain is your primary complaint. Releasing tensions in the upper body, the focus is just where you want it: low, middle, and/or upper back, shoulders, neck, and head. Using a variety of skills, including myofascial release, Swedish massage, compressions, rocking, cupping, Zero Balancing, and more, and checking in frequently with you to get the treatment just right, I may add a little work on the neck and head, if desired, to more deeply integrate this back-of-body treatment.

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Cupping the upper back and shoulders

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. Compressions covering the sole help the body move into better health. By itself, it’s a 30-minute session that you can also add to any other session.

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 through Kate Jordan’s Bodywork for the Childbearing Year class helps me avoid the places and techniques that are contraindicated during pregnancy. (Also, being a grandmother myself gives me some empathy.)

My experience giving post-natal massage 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. This initial session includes taking a history, observation, palpation, and testing to identify tissues involved, followed by treatment focused on returning tissue to a balanced and functional state. For the best results, come back every 1-2 weeks until symptoms abate, or when you need an occasional maintenance session.

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Me, experiencing side-lying bolstering at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School