~ How is Bodywork Different from Massage? ~

Bodywork is more than massage. It incorporates manual therapy, breathwork, and passive movement to address chronic physical pain as well as psycho-somatic pain that is held within the organs and tissues. My approach works with the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system. I specialize in the normalization of soft tissue incorporating myo-facial release, shiatsu, and neuromuscular therapy techniques all blended together for a blissfully therapeutic experience. Hydrotherapy, craniosacral and polarity therapy are also used for support creating a deeper structural impact. 

The effects from bodywork can be felt for up to three days after a single therapy session. Long term bodywork can have a significant, powerful, and positive effect relieving chronic pain, as well as bring a natural sense of happiness and connection to one's life. I provide knowledge about the body, core belief restructuring education, customized therapeutic exercises, and nutritional recommendations which help integrate the whole body supporting long term health goals.  The techniques used increase body awareness impacting how the emotions, thoughts, and beliefs affect our being, supporting change towards a more integrated and balanced lifestyle. Feeling well ultimately supports the achievement of our highest creative potential and goals.   

Every session is tailored to the client’s needs and goals

while focusing on empowering the client towards optimal health.

~Massage~

Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.

Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship. When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm. Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.

Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone. It has been incorporated into many health systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies.

~Benefits of Massage~

Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance; treats injuries caused during sports or work
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin.
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems
  • Rehabilitation post-operative
  • Rehabilitation after injury

(Source: AMTA)

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Helps relieve mental stress
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

(Source: AMTA)

Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
  • Fosters a feeling of well-being
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Creates body awareness
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

(Source: AMTA)

~Pre and Post Wholistic Care~

How we care for ourselves before and after our sessions is as important as the session itself. Proper preparation, while allowing time and space in your life for Integration is essential to creating long lasting changes that will guide you towards optimal health.

BEFORE your session drink plenty of water twelve hours prior to receiving bodywork. It is essential for the health of the tissues to be hydrated. If your session is in the morning, drink plenty the night before. Try to refrain from eating a large meal two hours prior to your session. Presence and awareness will be increased, as your body will not be involved in the digestive process. Come with an open mind and heart. Give yourself the opportunity to experience deep relaxation and inner peace.

AFTER your session you may experience subtle to dramatic changes in your body, mind, emotional state, and/or perceptual consciousness for up to three days. Allowing space in your life to experience this will assist the body’s integration process, and is part of creating optimal health. Delight in the fact that YOUR body has an inherent knowing of its natural state of health, and is working towards this. Do not engage in any intense physical exercise or heavy lifting for 24 hours after your session. Drink plenty of water, potentially double your usual intake. This will assist the body’s natural ability to expel toxins and waste matter. Your kidneys and liver will be working harder, and you may experience some soreness. Support your blood and tissues detoxing and restructuring. Rest and be gentle with yourself. Light stretching and breathing techniques are most beneficial. Use heat to ease any muscle soreness. Hot baths with Epsom salts (one cup per bath) or a hot water pack can be helpful. Support your body and increase your
consciousness by allowing time for integration.

Health History Form