After practicing for about 10 years now, I’ve come to appreciate massage as one of the best gifts of life; an extraordinary art and dance rooted in Loving-Kindness. I marvel at the wisdom of the body and the power of touch to heal and integrate the whole person. Massage can increase performance, circulation and wellbeing, while reducing toxicity and stress. And of course it just plain feels good! I genuinely love helping people feel good, so its a mutual benefit. 🙂 Simply relaxing should not be underestimated, as being in the parasympathetic nervous system of rest and digest is where the magic of our body’s innate healing capacity really takes place.
I like to encourage my clients to engage in a combination of mindfulness, breathwork and Qi gong in collaboration with the bodywork, in order to maximize the benefits. Plus you’ll go home with a new tool to stay grounded and “charge your battery” with.
The head/neck/shoulders are my specialty areas of the body to do focused deep tissue work for people with these particular issues. My favorite session would include addressing the above and then sealing the deal with some profoundly rejuvenating Craniosacral Therapy.
As a trained doula, I especially love working with pregnant and postpartum mamas. It brings me joy to help mothers feel nurtured so that they can nurture their families.
I’ve worked with so many various athletes over the years – skiers/snowboarders, cyclists, professional runners – that sports massage is also speciality of mine. I can relate being an athlete myself.
*Notes on “Deep Tissue”:
Deep tissue massage is synonymous with connective tissue therapy and therefore comparable to yin yoga. This does not necessarily equate to tons of pressure, which is a common misconception. On the contrary, the technique is to slowly finesse the tissue to melt, rather than using force, which the tissue will naturally but counterproductively harden against. The interconnected fascial tissue holds a “tensegrity” matrix in the body, incasing the muscles like that of the outer peel, slices, and individual sacks of juice in an orange. When one area can soften and let go, this ripples out to promote release throughout the whole body. A lot of pressure is invited more through trigger point work or Neuro-Muscular therapy.
**I cannot see someone for both counseling and massage work, so it has to be one or the other.