Pregnancy Massage - Massage performed during all stages of pregnancy. There has been a lot of positive findings through research as to how massage can help during pregnancy. Clients will typically report decrease stress and anxiety, improved sleep, and a reduction in pain in the low back, hips and legs. Early research is showing these benefits as well as a decrease in labor pain and a shorter labor. As your baby grows, I will modify your position to side-lying or laying face up but inclined. Active-resisted stretches, deep tissue, myofascial release, and Reflexology can be used to help ready your body for labor. I will work with you during all trimesters, whether you have received massage before or not. Working with your body, I will ensure a safe and effective massage that will leave you feeling relaxed. Don't have a babysitter? If you have an infant and would like to bring him/her with you, please contact me via email and we can try to work out a time that works best. I find that nap time or after a feeding works best. (Only available for infants 1 year old or younger)
Reflexology - An ancient technique that sees the body reflexively through the feet. Using specific techniques, Reflexology can whisk you away to blissful relaxation. It is safe to use on just about anybody, including people with Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer. Recent research has shown Reflexology to help with anxiety and depression and can help ease pain for those going through cancer treatment. Reflexology can stand alone or be added to your massage session to enhance your relaxation and leave you walking on clouds.
Myofascial Release - Myofascial tissue is continuous and omnipresent in the body. It interweaves and wraps muscles, and every division of tissue within the muscle. Where there is chronic or acute pain, limited or difficult range of motion, ongoing stress and tension, there is almost always myofascial tissue which needs to be released and relaxed. I will incorporate aspects of Myofascial Release in my sessions. It can cause discomfort at times but most clients will experience more flexibility and less pain after the session or the next day. As always, I work within your pain threshold to maximize effectiveness.
Deep Tissue Massage - Deep Tissue can be defined as working the deeper muscles of the body with minimal pain to the client and minimal strain on the therapist. Working within your pain threshold, deeper muscles are accessed and relaxed to help with chronic pain. When there is too much pain, muscles contract and the effectiveness of the massage diminishes. Deep Tissue is subjective and I will always work with your body limits. Communication is key between client and therapist for a safe and effective massage.
Hot Stone Massage - Heated, smooth river stones are used to help aid in the release of muscular tension. The stones are used as an extension of the Therapists hands to get deeper into the muscles without the soreness associated with deep tissue massage.
Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. I use high grade essential oil blends from Eden's Garden (www.edensgarden.com). If you choose to add aromatherapy to your session, you will get to choose your blend out of 14 different kinds. The blends range from Anxiety Ease to Uplift and more!
Oncology Massage - An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I am a preferred practitioner for the Society of Oncology Massage.
Patients and their caregivers report many and varied changes after massage. A therapist trained in oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue mobilization to pain reduction, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people at all stages of the cancer journey.
● deep relaxation ● reduced stress ● improved sleep ● eased constipation ● increased alertness and mental clarity ● reduced anxiety ● less nausea ● reduced pain
● reduced anxiety in advance of surgery ● easier recovery from anesthesia ● reduced post-surgical pain ● improved moblity and appearance of surgical scars ● reduced swelling ● improved range of motion ● easier adaptation to implants and expanders
Following Radiation or Chemotherapy:
● reduced anxiety in advance of and during treatment ● reduced post-treatment fatigue ● improved appetite ● improved peripheral neuropathy
● decreased anxiety ● decreased depression ● increased feelings of well-being ● being pleasantly distracted ● improved body self-image ● restored hope ● satisfaction in participating actively in a part of the healing process
For more information about Oncology Massage, please visit www.s4om.org
Massage Cupping - By creating suction and vacuum pressure, ACE Massage Cupping™ is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping can be very useful in the release of old or new scar tissue.
ACE Massage Cupping™ therapy is incredibly versatile and the basic movements can easily be customized to accomplish a wide variety of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release. This complements many health modalities ranging from spa treatments and medical massage to chiropractic, physical and occupational therapies. I will use cups during massage if asked. I will also offer massage cupping if I feel it will be beneficial. For more information about Massage Cupping, please visit www.massagecupping.com
(Coming soon: Packages for massage cupping treatments)