Services I Provide
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ~ to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and ease many of the other discomforts associated with pregnancy such as edema and leg cramps. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant woman and their changing bodies. Massage during pregnancy is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. The table is designed to hold the belly safely as it expands later in the pregnancy allowing women to enjoy a massage face down.
Therapeutic massage provides relaxation and is used to treat body pain and discomfort through physical touch and moving a client's muscles. Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or enhance wellness. It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Some of the modalities used include deep-tissue, Swedish, shiatsu, acupressure, cranial sacral, manual lymph drainage, tapotement and cupping. Each modality accomplishes specific goals from releasing muscle spasms, pain relief, relieving pressure on joints reducing edema in the body, relieving headaches and migraines to inducing the body for better sleep. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is used for chronically or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. The techniques that are used work on the deeper layers of the muscle fibers promoting healthier tissue alignment which helps to increase muscle function, movement and/or joint range of motion.
Acupressure (Shiatsu) Massage
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture and involves the use of finger pressure (without the needles) on specific points along the body. It is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers in the body. The purpose of acupressure is to stimulate the body's own recuperative powers. The stimulation removes energy blockages by diffusing the toxic build up that accumulates in the muscle tissue. Acupressure can help alleviate ailments such as tension, stress aches and pains, arthritis or menstrual cramps. The therapy stimulates and activates the body's own energies to fight illness. Acupressure can also be used for general preventative health care. Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical devices.
Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing towards the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational percussive and tapping movements, with the application of oils or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesion, and improved circulation which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
MLD - Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a form of very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. A gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body's system of blood circulation. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body's immune system, helps the body heal from surgery, and aids the body's natural waste removal or detoxification. The lymphatic system is located directly beneath the skin, so pumping and circular movements are very light. It can be used as a whole-body treatment or used for the head, neck and face.
Health & Wellness
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. “ Mahatma Gandhi. As a healthcare professional, I try to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle. If you are in search of healthy, natural or holistic solutions, you will find them here. These are the products I recommend to my clients and that I use myself.
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What are essential oils? Essential oils are the volatile liquids distilled from the plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit. As the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream their active constituents trigger certain pharmacological effects, for instance pain relief, muscle relaxation, and reduced inflammation. I select each therapeutic-grade essential oil carefully depending on its medicinal properties. These are integrated into your massage through topical application. Essential oils can inspire a positive emotional state, enhance your physical wellness and create deep spiritual awareness.
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Energy Medicine is a practice that works with energy as a vital, living, moving force that is at the foundation of our well being. In energy medicine, the body is healed by activating its own natural energies and by restoring energies that have become weakened or out of balance. I am a Reiki Master and a practitioner of the Eden Method of Energy Medicine