- Therapeutic Massage
- Manual Lymph Drainage/Lymphatic Massage
- Oncology Massage
- Massage Cupping
- Pregnancy Massage
- Nurturing Touch
Sometimes we need a more detailed approach than relaxation massage provides. In a Therapeutic Massage session, I will hone in on an area that’s giving you trouble, then use skill and intuition to address the specifics of your situation and provide you with a specialized massage that will help relieve your pain and discomfort.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)/Lymphatic Massage
MLD is a light, rhythmic technique to help redirect the flow of lymph around blockages caused by conditions such as injury, surgery, radiation, cancer, or pregnancy. It can help relieve the many discomforts that accompany edema or lymphedema after cancer treatment. It is especially important after certain forms of plastic surgery to prevent or treat pain, tightness, pockets of swelling, or hard lumps of fibrosis. It can also help reduce sinus pain and pressure, painful swelling around the ear and jaw, and facial puffiness.
Oncology massage is a form of personalized massage designed to safely accommodate the unique and changing needs of the person in, or with a history of, cancer treatment. I am trained to recognize and safely work within a framework of clinical considerations, including blood cell counts, blood clots, bone mets, medications, medical devices, compromised lymph nodes, and any other pressure, site, or positioning considerations.
Cupping Therapy (CCM) uses negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, to help address issues such as pain, inflammation, adhesions, and impaired range of motion. Suction cups lift and loosen connective tissue, rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, break up and drain stagnation, and increase blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression. Cupping is especially effective for areas of acute or chronic pain caused by impact trauma.
In a dynamic cupping session, silicone cups are used with cream in a continually-moving style that prevents the formation of dark circles that are common with static cupping.
Pregnancy Massage is a modality designed to accommodate the dramatic physical changes that accompany pregnancy. Using various techniques and positions specially developed for the expecting parent, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
This style of massage is also excellent for the “fourth trimester”—the first few months after delivery. Labor and delivery cause tremendous strain on the body and emotions, and a new parent is often overwhelmed because they aren’t getting enough sleep. Pregnancy Massage can help address these issues and provide the important extra support needed during this time.
In my Nurturing Touch sessions, I create a calm, quiet, safe environment in which to hold space for you. Through my presence and gentle touch, I offer you support and unconditional acceptance of who you are, exactly as you are, without judgment. It is a subtle, but powerful experience.
Nurturing Touch is quite different from traditional massage. Techniques may include soft holds, gentle stimulation of acupressure points, passive joint mobilizations, and light massaging of the hands, feet, face, and scalp. Sessions are usually performed with the client fully clothed, and without oil or lotion. The client may lie face up, or be seated in a bed, chair, or mobility device in a comfortable position.
If you need bodywork but don’t want or aren’t healthy enough to receive a traditional massage, Nurturing Touch may be just what you’re looking for. Sessions can easily be modified to accommodate pain, emotional distress, frailty, history of trauma, or body dysphoria, as well as personal or cultural modesty. I am sensitive to the different struggles we all face, and will gladly tailor my techniques to your individual needs.