Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Thousands of years ago Hippocrates (often called the father of the healing arts) recommended the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, professionally delivered massage therapy is as varied as there
are practitioners and clients who treasure its benefits. In my practice,
I recommend massage to:
- Stimulate circulation and lymph flow
- Lengthen muscles and tendons
- Sooth the nervous system
- Provide athletes and active people pain relief from muscle soreness and minor injury
- Reduce headaches and lower back pain
- Relieve stress, and
- Impart an overall feeling of relaxation.
My goal in working with clients is to combine their needs with my knowledge of the body. My Structural Integration background allows me to focus on how I can assist them in living more comfortably in their physical bodies. Even in a purely relaxing massage, I pay attention to subtle details that may bring about additional physical and emotional ease.
Each appointment begins with a verbal check-in to address any issue or specific need you might have. I will leave you to undress to your comfort level and will ask you to cover yourself with a sheet. When I re-enter the room to begin, only the part of the body being massaged will be uncovered. I use oil and lotion as a lubricant. It is important to me that you are able to completely relax and dictate your own level of pressure. I never work from the misguided "no pain, no gain" approach.
While all ages benefit from massage therapy, I love to work with children and the elderly. With small children, I encourage parents to stay in the room until the child feels comfortable and safe. For the more frail elderly, touch and pressure is adjusted to their level of ease and fitness.
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. Many of my clients arrange regular massages just as they schedule other healthy self-care appointments. They have learned over the years that massage, while often viewed as a now-and-then treat, has been proven to be an effective way to nurture their body, relieve the stress that daily life imposes, and provide healing for injury and chronic pain.