Depending on your preference and needs, I incorporate many of the following techniques into your massage session.
Deep Tissue. Area-specific. Works deeper into muscles by methodically manipulating tendons, ligaments and the bellies of the muscles. Helps release chronic muscular tension. Alone or combined with myofascial release, deep tissue therapy is excellent for athletes in training, pre- or post-event, and as an aid in injury recovery.
Hot Stone Massage. Full-body. Deeply relaxing, Swedish-style, using heated smooth, basalt stones to massage portions of the body. Heated stones are placed also at various points of the body. Heavenly!
Meridian Balancing. Applies traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory and acupressure to channels, or meridians, of the body. Identifies, treats and helps resolve Qi (energy) deficiency or excess along 12 tendinomuscular meridians, leading to improved general health. A powerful aid in treating chronic issues such as headache, regional pain or weakness, poor posture, etc. Entails three sessions, no more than two or three weeks apart.
Myofascial Release. Regional. Removes distortions in the body by realigning fascia, allowing improved function & movement. Available as a series of four 90-minute sessions to identify and correct distortions that affect posture, range of motion and movement. Each session consists of pre- and post-session postural assessment and 60+ minutes of bodywork, for a total of 90 minutes per session. All four sessions must be completed within 60 days to achieve maximum benefit.
Neuromuscular Therapy. Area-specific. Addresses nerve/muscular problems by applying precise pressure to remove trigger points (problem areas that have developed in muscles and that cause pain locally and in other muscles or organs). Often integrated with deep-tissue massage.
RockTape® Kinesio Taping. Therapeutic kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions. RockTape® is a brand of kinesio tape made of cotton, nylon and acrylic adhesive that helps decrease pain, swelling and fatigue, and distributes physical stress and normalizes muscle tone. Can be added to a massage or scheduled as a separate taping session.
Student, Child and Youth Massage. Children and youths typically respond quickly and easily to bodywork, not having developed the long-term habits and movement patterns adults have acquired. Note: A parent or guardian must be present at all times. Adult students are welcome to this deeply discounted rate due to the high cost of education. Please be prepared to prove your status as a half- or full-time student.
Swedish. Full-body. Flowing, relaxing massage. Increases circulation, releases toxins and relieves stress. Full Swedish session (90 minutes) includes gentle range-of-motion moves to relax and improve functionality of most major body joints: ankles, hips, shoulders, neck, wrists, etc.
Structural Integration. A systematic treatment of the body's myofascial system to unwind regional and body-length strain patterns, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. This is accomplished by deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation, over a series of ten separate sessions.