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, some Zero Balancing, and/or craniosacral therapy.

Unless you choose my Back Shoulders Neck Head massage or reflexology, integrative massages are full-body massages.

Cupping the back

Releasing tensions in the upper body, the focus in a Back Shoulders Neck Head session is just where you want it: low, middle, or upper back, shoulders, neck, head, scalp, and/or face. This session is effective for tension and for those with forward head posture as well as knots and trigger points in neck muscles.

A hot stones session is just that: In addition to integrative massage, I slide soothing, warming hot stones over your muscles to deepen your relaxation. (Because it takes time to heat the stones, please schedule online or tell me in advance.)

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 through Kate Jordan’s Bodywork for the Childbearing Year course helps me avoid the places and techniques that are contraindicated during pregnancy.

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.

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