My Approach to Massage
In my massage therapy practice, I focus on each individual, trying to discern what one needs from bodywork. My sessions include a mixture of techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, trigger point, myofascial, and stretching/range-of-motion techniques customized to the needs and goals of the client. While I can do relaxation massage and use a very light touch, one of the hallmarks of my work is firm to deep pressure, moving slowly and carefully to avoid causing pain. Deep tissue massage does not have to be agonizing!
My clients almost always report relief as soon as they get off the table, and it generally lasts for days. Most of my clients come back over and over because the benefits of therapeutic massage to their quality of life and sense of well-being make a big difference to them.
For pregnant people or people who have recently given birth, massage is also profoundly beneficial. Expecting women often experience a myriad of aches and pains caused by their changing weight, center of balance, and hormones. My prenatal massage helps ease the stress and aches, increases mobility (especially late in pregnancy), and helps create space for the baby to move into the best possible position for delivery by loosening muscles of the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. In the first months postpartum, as a birthing person’s body works to return to its pre-pregnancy state, massage eases the soreness of recovery, helps ward off postpartum depression or reduce its impact, and helps to realign internal organs as well as posture.
Healing through Massage
We give each other amazing gifts through the energy exchange that takes place when we come in direct contact with each other. It is a kind of magic that I partly understand from a clinical perspective, knowing as much as I do about physiology and kinesiology. But there is more to it. There is a critical element of the work that I do not think I will ever be able to explain: electrical, spiritual, or unconscious? (When I talk to my mentor about this, she tells me to stop trying to figure it out and just be grateful for it.) I love my work because it allows me to serve others with compassion and connection, through my hands and my spirit, always offer healing, kindness, and support.