Massage Modalities

In order for our body to run at optimum performance, we need to take good care of it. This includes, but is not limited to, getting regular massage.  This”stuff” that accumulates in our muscles is a natural byproduct of muscle exertion. So if you’re moving around at all, and maybe more so if you’re sedentary, then you’ve got knots. This lactic acid and other metabolic waste latch on to your muscles and rob them of the oxygen and blood flow they need to survive causing them to hurt. Massage literally “pushes” this stuff out of your muscles allowing fresh oxygen and blood flow for nourishment.

General Wellness:

General Wellness massages are usually result driven and applied with an appropriate amount of pressure for an individual.  “Deep” and “firm” are relative to an individual.  We are looking for a productive massage at a comfortable level of pressure, that the recipient is going to feel, and feel better for receiving it.

This is not a luxury. We need this. Take time to take care of yourself regularly.  You will be better for it.

Therapeutic Deep tissue with myofascial release:

My “specialty” massage tailored every time to an individuals needs. At the beginning of treatment, a quick postural assessment will show the body in relation to itself and its postural imbalances. This can give an idea of where pain is coming from and a blueprint to go about correcting it.  This is a therapeutic massage and may include techniques ranging from myofascial release, trigger point therapy, positional release, some Thai stretches accompanied with compression, cupping, and deep tissue massage.

Prenatal massage:

For the Mother-to-be, this is a massage intended for nurturing yourself and appreciating this most incredible period of your life. Usually done in a side-lying position, much like when asleep, and using gentle techniques, such as effleurage and gentle petrissage.  Prenatal massage can not only produce a sense of well being and security that is good for both you and your baby, but also help to prepare for labor by alleviating tensions.  This is goodness.  Take some time to honor yourself…. while you still can.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD):

This technique is actually not considered massage. It is manual lymphatic drainage, which is exactly what the name implies. Sometimes the body’s immune system can be sluggish and need an extra push to get going. MLD uses very light pressure (about 5 ounces) to contact the lymph system which lies largely directly underneath the skin.  This helps encourage the flow of lymph towards the closest set of lymph nodes where lymphatic fluid is cleaned then released again for circulation. This technique is wonderful for people suffering from lyphodema, some auto immune disorders, or those who wish to “jump start” the immune response and cleanse waste from the body.