- Lymphatic Drainage
- Cupping Therapy
- Oncology Massage
- Nurturing Touch
- Pregnancy Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Relaxation Massage
- Chair Massage
- CranioSacral Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage (LDM or 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, 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.
Dynamic Cupping Therapy
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 lotion in a continually-moving style that prevents the formation of dark circles that are common with static cupping.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a more focused form of bodywork, designed to release specific muscle tension. It incorporates strokes such as stretching, kneading, wringing, rolling, and friction, using fingers, thumbs, fists, and forearms as tools.
My style of deep tissue massage is performed slowly, to give tense muscles time to open up. This enables me to sink my tools to the full depth your tissue will allow. Deep tissue massage can be intense work, and it’s most effective when the pressure feels firm enough to give you that hurts-so-good feeling.
Relaxation Massage is a classic, beautiful style of bodywork. It incorporates strokes such as effleurage, petrissage, wringing, kneading, friction, and passive joint mobilizations to soothe and relax the body and the mind. It has a slow, smooth, connected quality, and is designed to leave you feeling amazing.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed out, or overwhelmed, relaxation massage may be just what you need. A single session of massage can reduce anxiety, lower your blood pressure, and slow your heart rate. Regular massage can help relieve anxiety and depression, as well as reduce levels of chronic pain. And, of course, most people find that massage just feels good.
Chair massage is a popular way to relieve stress and release tension right in your home or workplace. The massage is given in a specialized ergonomic chair I bring to your location. Seated massage is done over the clothing, and sessions are usually shorter than traditional table massage. This makes it convenient to fit some much-needed massage into busy work schedules. It’s also perfect to give guests at a party or other social event an opportunity to enjoy some self-care.
Chair massage is a great way to relieve stress in the workplace, and to add value to events, conventions, or trade shows. It’s also a fantastic addition to parties, showers, and other gatherings.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.