Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

A professional massage is something that I encourage everyone to experience on a regular basis. Massage can be applied with many different techniques and they all have their various benefits and outcomes. Swedish massage is typically the type of massage most people think of when theymassage2 think of massage. It involves using an oil to apply kneading, and long strokes with hands, forearms or elbows in a calm rhythmical manner with the goal of soothing the nervous system, relaxing tense muscles and increasing circulation of blood and lymph. Usually, most of the body is massaged within a time frame of an hour or 90 minutes. The health benefits are numerous and research continues to reveal the therapeutic effects of skillfully applied massage therapy.

My massage training began with Swedish massage and evolved as I continued my training. Since I am now a certified Rolfer® and have many years of experience, my massages are tailored to the needs of the client based on the structural imbalances that I find as I work. Massage is not the same as Rolfing, but my hands are always informed due to my training as a Rolfer, craniosacral therapist and practitioner of visceral manipulation. I work at a depth and speed where the tissue is most likely to respond to the pressure and direction of the strokes. My goal is to create positive change in the body and not merely a relaxation response, though that will occur when the body finds balance. I may combine techniques from my various continuing education classes to help to enhance the benefits from the massage. My training has been extensive over the years and includes: Swedish massage, deep tissues massage, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, aromatherapy, Reiki, Thai massage, visionary craniosacral therapy, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Rolfing Structural Integration® and visceral manipulation.

You can find more information about some of these that I highlight on the tabs above and you can find prices under the “services” tab.