During a therapeutic massage session any combination of the following descriptions can be used to create the right therapy for you. During your intake, before the treatment begins, is the perfect time to discuss any questions you might have or interests in specific services.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic tension in specific areas due to misalignment, repetitive activities and old injuries. This massage can utilize myofascial, deep friction and neuromuscular techniques. Due to the intensive nature of deep tissue work, open communication before, during and after treatment is crucial to ensure comfort and effectiveness.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing style of bodywork. It combines oils with an array of flowing strokes such as rolling, kneading, and compression to help the body improve its circulation. This type of massage is focused on rest and relaxation. Its benefits are wide-ranging and include relief from general aches, pains and stiffness, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity and greater flexibility.
Cupping massage is an ancient technique in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Instead of the normal direct pressure to the tissues, the suction acts to lift and separate the layers. There are many benefits to this modality including improvement of flexibility and range of motion, pain reduction, increased circulation and quicker healing time. It is important to be aware that this technique can leave marks on your skin, which is called ecchymosis- though they may look similar, this is not bruising, and the marks are painless. Color and length of time before fading vary greatly from person to person as well as location. This treatment can be complimentary to another type of service or enjoyed on its own.
Clinical visceral massage:
Visceral massage is a type of massage that uses gentle, manual techniques to enhance normal mobility, motion and function in the body's digestive and reproductive systems. Dysfunction can stem from many different contributing factors and can be as unique as you. That being said some of the common culprits include surgeries, stress, trauma and postural habits. Clinical visceral massage can encourage the release of restrictions and appropriate nutrient delivery through stretching, kneading and manipulation of the viscera and surrounding tissues. Vital systems and their functions are enhanced and optimized as the internal environment becomes more fluid and unbound.
Indications for this type of therapy:
-digestive complications including;
constipation, gas/bloating, bowel obstruction, indigestion, acid reflux, SIBO, inflammatory bowel conditions
-reproductive complications including;
difficult or painful cycles, fertility, urinary incontinence, uterine or bladder prolapse, erectile dysfunction, endometriosis,
-other conditions addressed by visceral massage;
hip, back, sacrum, pelvic pain, anxiety, surgical rehabilitation, scar tissue, whiplash and shortness of breath
Utilizing special skills and positioning that are catered for mothers-to-be, this type of massage is a great way to reduce mental and physical stress on the body during a time of significant change. This can help to prepare the body for giving birth by releasing tension held deep in the tissues. As a bonus, this also acts as baby's first massage experience! Try prenatal massage to reduce swelling, ease aches and pains, connect to your body and baby.
The time period after a woman creates life is a very vulnerable and delicate time. In our culture the importance of caring for and supporting the mother during this time is often overlooked. Many other, older traditions honor it by utilizing the benefits of massage, plant medicine, food medicine, rest, and warmth, just to name a few. How well she is taken care of and the amount of rest and nourishment received will directly impact her reproductive and pelvic health for the rest of her life. Postpartum bodywork is one of the great ways to provide a new mama with all the support and nourishment she needs during this incredible transitional period of life. The benefits of receiving massage at this time are many and include hormonal production and balance, mental well-being, deep replenishing rest, vital organ motility and function, and more!
In addition to normal bookings, I offer this type of therapy as a 90 minute in-home treatment for mothers up to 6 months postpartum at no additional cost. (within a 30 minute radius by car) This time can be split between partners as well.Please be in contact if this is something you are interested in.
Both prenatal and postpartum massage therapy are wonderful choices if you are looking to give a gift for that mother-to-be or know a new mother who you'd like to support. Inquire about gift certificates.
The art of herbal medicine is a life long practice, but it is the medicine of the people. I have spent many years on this path and love to share the knowledge and skills I gain to connect people to that medicine and guide them to build their own healing relationships. It is empowering to incorporate plants into your daily life for vitality and replenishing your body with important nutrients to keep it functioning optimally.
During a consultation, we will meet, initially, for 1 - 1.5 hours. Before this visit, I encourage a client to think about in what ways they want the plants to help them.
After our meeting, I will make some suggestions for herbal tea and/or tincture blends as well as any lifestyle adjustments that could help. These herbal preparations do not have to be purchased from me, though I do have small apothecary and keep many remedies on hand for purchase.
Follow up sessions are available and are usually 30 minutes or so.
Notice: Please be aware that herbs are not drugs and do not work in the body the same way. Consultations do not diagnose and herbs are not treatment for disease and pathologies.