SERVICES & MODALITIES
Services are based on time and are the same price regardless of what modality or treatment is performed. (The addition of specialized products like CBD may incur an extra charge.) For example, I do not charge extra for deep tissue or cupping or any other specialty. Also, you are not stuck with one modality for your treatment. Each session is a unique blend of skills that are best suited for the individual at the time of service. Not all treatments are full body. Many treatments are specifically focused on troubled areas. If you are looking for specific work AND full body relaxation it is recommended to book more time to allow for both. Here are descriptions of specialties I use in my practice to give you an idea of what I offer.
Negative Pressure Therapy
Cupping is at the forefront of my services for several reasons. #1 is that it provides great results. Cupping allows me to address the body deeply without having to drive in a lot of force using elbows and forearms which can be effective but can also be uncomfortable. Cupping, when applied with the right pressure is not only deeply effective but feels very good and is relaxing. Usually, after a few minutes of the cups being on, it's easy to forget that they are even there. Another great benefit of cupping is that the client is able to receive more work during the session. For example, after placing the cups in one area of the body, I can leave them there and continue working on other areas of the body with other techniques. It's like getting twice the amount of work done in the same amount of time.
Marks. Cupping can leave marks on your body. One thing people want to know more about is how long do they last and do they hurt? First, cupping should not hurt. The cups I use are all adjustable in pressure. If for any reason they feel too tight or not right, I can either readjust the pressure to a more therapeutic level or I can take them off all together if it just doesn't feel right for you.
The marks typically last about a week. They start off at their darkest and gradually disperse over the next few days. For more serious issues, the marks can last a little longer The more cupping you experience, the lighter they are and the more quickly they disperse as your body adjusts with the treatments.
Recommendations for cupping include drinking plenty of water both before and after your treatment and allowing your body to rest afterwards. If you plan on working out or doing heavy physical activity, do that BEFORE your treatment or wait til the next day. Cupping, like deep tissue work takes more out of you and your tissues need time to recover. Light gentle movements and rest are recommended after cupping along with plenty of water. Did I say water? :)
Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Injury/Sports Massage/Myofacial Release
These treatments all have different names but they have a common theme; they all aim to produce a physical difference you can feel and are generally thought of as using deep pressure. This work may include stretching to assist the process. They all aim to reduce fascial (tissue) restrictions, pain and inflammation while also increasing range of motion (ROM), performance and function.
A few examples of what I have experience working with are: frozen shoulder, sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, scoliosis, plantar fasciatis, TMJ/TMJD, low back pain, neck and shoulder issues, hip replacements, mastectomies, knee replacements, headaches, triathletes, runners, cyclists, swimmers, yogis, bodybuilders and more.
Stress is one of those elusive things that can be hard to define because we cannot physically hold it in our hands. Stress itself is invisible but it is certainly palpable and we can feel it build up in our bodies. Stress contributes to an endless amount of health issues and can be debilitating to our lifestyles. Luckily, massage and bodywork has long been known to help mange stress.
Using quality intentions and gentle flowing approaches to the body support a healthy recovery from stress. Deep pressure can be relaxing but I find that sometimes it is the lightest of work that can end up affecting the body most deeply.
I am a trauma informed massage therapist. I have every intention to provide a safe space for you to receive bodywork. It is not important for you to disclose whether or not you have experienced trauma. You may, only if you wish. I am not a psychotherapist or counselor. I cannot advise you or treat you in any way other than the scope of massage therapy allows which is through bodywork. I can however provide you with a safe space to receive the work. If you have any concerns or sensitivities with areas of your body, certain movements or sounds, I want to work with you to provide the most therapeutic healing environment possible. Trauma is a stress that can live buried in the body. When the time and conditions are right for you, massage can help you reclaim your body. Sometimes feelings and emotions can surface while receiving the work as the body opens up and that is okay. There is space for that here. No judgements and the session can stop at any time if needed.
All bodies are deserving of health, care, respect; a safe place to exist. Massage is body affirming and reinforces body positivity along with all the other known health benefits. I support the LGBTQIA+ community. All skin colors, body types, cultural backgrounds, religious associations, abilities and disabilities are welcome.