Integrative bodywork means that based on your issues, preferences, and goals for your session, drawing from the modalities I’m familiar with, your session is customized to best meet your needs.
Goals might include more mobility, pain relief, better posture, greater vitality, balanced energy, relaxation, better sleep, detoxification, relief from old injuries, release of strain patterns, more coherence/congruence/harmony, expansion.
Modalities used include creative combinations of Swedish massage, Deep Massage*, reflexology**, orthopedic massage***, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cupping, acupressure, stretching, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, biodynamics, and Zero Balancing.
For example, a Back Shoulders Neck Head session 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 back, middle back, upper back, shoulders, neck, and/or head.
Sessions that focus on injury recovery usually start with Zero Balancing (to align your structure) and focused attention on damaged or imbalanced tissues, using myofascial release, trigger point release, other massage techniques, perhaps some cupping, and ending with lymphatic drainage.
A low-key session, during or after a sensitive or weakened state, might consist of reflexology, craniosacral therapy, and/or biodynamics.
New research shows that the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is a combination of craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. Cupping — a form of myofascial release — may also offer relief from 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 and relieve symptoms.
***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 my reference books or watching you make specific movements) and offer treatment focused on returning injured or impaired tissues to a healthy, functional state.
When you are pregnant, a prenatal massage helps your body adjust to the changes 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 and deliver a session that eases the strains and anxiety of pregnancy.
My experience giving post-natal massages to new moms in hospital beds helped me learn to address women’s needs in the days after giving birth, relieving pain and tension from labor and delivery and accelerating recovery.