Therapies

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” -J.M. Barrie

I offer advanced therapeutic, medicinal massage-bodywork with the intention of relieving chronic pain and improving body posture/alignment.  Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of body muscles and tissues to alleviate pain, discomfort, and stress, usually addressing (touch to heal) the entire body.  Medicinal massage is therapeutic massage with the focus of touching to heal specific ailments/injuries/specific areas of the body and preventing re-occurrence in the future.  I do not conduct full sessions (60, 90, 120 minutes) of circulatory/Swedish massage.  These types of sessions will be referred.

Typically my sessions are up to 1.5 hours (time includes intake, dressing, payment) depending on the needs of the client and intention of the session, unless there are special requests for shorter or longer durations.  Review through Session Prices, Your Appointments, Massage Tips, and Massage Benefits web pages to prepare for your first/next massage appointment.

I design sessions with the best massage-bodywork treatment to fit the client’s requests.  I take great care and special attention to clients’ needs to see that they are cared for, safe, and comfortable.  Below is a list of the primary modalities I use in my healing sessions:

Structural Integration uses slow strokes and deep pressure on contracted muscles, while the client performs small muscle movement to optimally STRETCH the connective tissue/fascia.  Oils or lotions are sometimes used.  Clients may remain clothed or  unclothed (usually shorts/bra or 2-piece swimsuit) to their level of comfort.  In each of the sessions, connective tissue is released, realigned, and balanced throughout the whole body.  Normally, clients experience Structural Integration through a series of sessions, usually 10 sessions, but can be more depending on what is going on in their bodies.  This system of massage-bodywork enhances your posture and freedom of movement along with improving your emotional perspective, too.  Typically sessions are up to 1 hour to 1.5 hours in duration.

Structural Energetic Therapy® is developed by Don McCann and is the only therapy that releases the spiral twist in the body back into weight bearing support relieving the stresses on joints, spine, and discs that lead to pain and dysfunction. Clients receive specialized myofascial (muscles and connective tissue) protocols to release myofascial holding patterns that maintain the distortions. Clients also receive energetic healing techniques to release energetic and emotional blockages creating pain, distortions, and dysfunction.

Rossiter System “Workouts” techniques uses deep pressure (my body weight) on contracted muscles, while the client performs small and sometimes big muscle movements in unique “locked” positions to optimally STRETCH the connective tissue/fascia.  Sessions are very intense and are focused on specific areas of pain in the body.  These sessions are referred to Rossiter Workouts.  Many times these techniques are used in Structural Integration sessions.  Clients remain clothed and generally are on a floor mat.  Typically sessions are up to 1 hour to 1.5 hours in duration.  When clients are familiar with and understand how to do these techniques properly (form definitely counts!), we can do these sessions in less time with the same benefits.

Traditional Thailand (Thai) Massage (for both body and foot) combines point pressure work with a variety of stretching movements applied slowly in gentle rocking patterns and rhythmic compressions.  This experience is like having yoga done to you!  Clients remain clothed on a floor mat, occasionally I do some Thai massage techniques on the massage table.  Typically sessions are up to 1.5 hours in duration.

Neuromuscular Therapy (also know as Trigger Point Therapy) helps to break the pain cycle by releasing trigger points within muscle tissue, by applying concentrated pressure to irritated areas of tissue.  This therapy may be combined with circulatory massage to help calm the nervous system.  Oils or lotions are used.  Clients undressed to their level of comfort (usually shorts/bra or 2-piece swimsuit) but only for the areas that’s being addressed.  Typically sessions are up to 1.5 hours in duration, but normally I incorporate this modality into other modalities listed on this page.

Scar Tissue Massage uses touch that is light and casual and rarely feels painful (for both new and old scars).  Sometimes the first touch might be sensitive and maybe numb, but this sensitivity will go away usually within a few minutes of the scar tissue massage.  This type of massage will feel like the practitioner is using bread dough kneading techniques.  That is exactly the intention the practitioner is using while working with scars.  During the scar tissue massage, the scar progresses from lumpy, stringy, unevenly textured, and discolored into smooth even pink tissue with relatively little, time, or discomfort.  The work starts with the surface layers of the skin but eventually goes deep under the skin affecting the connective tissue.  Usually the nerve sensations are repaired, too.  Many times when the work is completed, the whole body will feel more integrated and the trauma associated with the scar is released.  However, each person will have their own experience.  For small scars, typically sessions are about 30 minutes in duration, while larger or multiple scars are typically 60 minutes in duration.

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Below is a list of secondary modalities I blend in with my primary therapies:

Circulatory Massage promotes general relaxation and improves circulation of the blood and lymph fluids in the body.  Swedish style is more invigorating, and Esalen is focused on relaxation.  Oils or lotions are used.  Clients are undressed to their level of comfort.  I do not conduct full sessions (60, 90, 120 minutes) of circulatory/Swedish massage.  These types of sessions will be referred.

Deep Tissue Sculpting can help release chronic pain and muscle tension by manipulating fascia encasing muscle tissue.  Sessions are focus on one or two body regions.  Generally, no oils or lotions are used.  Clients may remain clothed or unclothed to their level of comfort.

Passive Joint Movement uses the rhythm of the client and passive point movement to remind the body of its full potential range of motion.  No oils or lotions are used.  Clients may remain clothed or unclothed to their level of comfort.

With the exception of the Traditional Thai Massage and the Rossiter System “Workouts” (both modalities are mostly on the floor mat/pad, fully clothed), massage work will be done mostly on a massage table, chair, or bench.  If sessions required the client to be unclothed, proper draping techniques will be used while clients undress to their level of comfort.  Only the area to be addressed is exposed.  Genitals are covered at all times.  Women’s breasts are covered at all times except during Scar Tissue Massage when this part of the body is being addressed.