Massage involves numerous modalities (styles) designed to relax, heal, and contribute to overall wellness of the body. Below are brief descriptions of the modalities I am trained to practice. Feel free to discuss your particular needs or ask any questions you may have about my services.
Cupping has been and still is used in many healing traditions throughout the world. It can be used to soothe coughs, treat common colds, relieve tension and pain in the body, treat sports injuries, lower back pain, stress, assist in cellulite reduction and menstrual problems. Cupping encourages circulation of Qi and blood in the body and detoxifies the organs by drawing out the impurities through the pores. For plastic cups, the therapist places the cup on the body surface by using a simple vacuum to draw out the air from inside the cup. This pulls and raises the skin inside the cup.
This massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to loosen the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.
Medical massage is performed with the intent of improving conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician; a wide variety of modalities or procedures are utilized to focus the treatment based on the diagnosed condition.
This modality provides access to the superficial and deeper layers of fascia for the major areas of the body in order to relieve tension, speed up injury rehabilitation, and free up movement restrictions.
A pregnancy massage is performed with consideration for the special needs of a pregnant woman. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Thai Foot Reflexology
This massage involves the therapist massaging various areas of the feet to promote health in various areas of the body. In general, the big toe represents the top part of the body (the head), the bottom of the heel represents the lower part of the body and the middle part of the foot represents the middle parts of the body.
Trigger Point Therapy
A Trigger point is an area of muscle tissue that is hypercontracted (a knot). The therapist pushes on this point to relax the entire muscle. Trigger point therapy should never be done without massage.
In any job that involves holding a static position for a long time you build up stagnation in the blood flow which accumulates in muscle and causes pain. Through gua sha the body releases the stagnated tissue stored in the muscles. Gua sha helps
- women near menopause
- people with neck and shoulder pain from computer use
- weightlifters, to help with recovery after training
- older adults with back pain.