Whatever your relaxation or therapeutic needs are, I have the training and experience to be able to work with you from an energetic, neuro-muscular, and myofascial (connective tissue) approach. Here is a list of the modalities that I have studied beyond the typical massage school training:
John Barnes’ Myofascial Release: “Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. . . Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.” MFR is as pure of a connective tissue approach as it gets when talking about bodywork. Please check out the Myofascial Unwinding page to learn more.
Structural Energetic Therapy® is a hybrid modality in that it combines multiple modalities together to create specific protocols that focus on realigning the body. The primary component to it that sets it apart from most other modalities is the Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Release protocol. This protocol is best done as early as possible to release the common innate twist that almost all of us have that affects our structure and physiology. Other techniques incorporated include ‘deep tissue’ massage, muscle testing to identify postural strain patterns, and breathwork for emotion/energetic release.
Traditional Thai Massage: Performed with the recipient dressed in loose, comfortable clothing, this is most commonly performed on a mat on the floor. It, also, can be performed to some extent on a massage table. My training has been from two formal schools, three private teachers, and having been married (but now divorced) into a Thai family that was full of therapists.
Cranial-Sacral Bodywork: I, currently, do not have training in the mainstream Upledger system of Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Instead, I have had comprehensive training with two teachers who incorporate techniques taught or evolved from Upledger and Bodydynamic CST. I have, also, taken seminars with three other teachers who had training in these methods and/or osteopathic manipulation. Independently, I have spent a lot of time studying the dynamics of the cranial-sacral system and the reciprocal Tension Membrane System that makes it possible.
CST has a long list of benefits that include in assisting with emotional, attention, and cognitive problems including depression, migraines, autism, ADHD, and seizures/Parkinson’s Disease. (Also, see Special Needs Children page)
Cranial-Facial Therapy (aka the “Face-lift” Massage): This is actually my own creation. I merge much needed CST techniques to myofascial release techniques for releasing tension, rehydrating tissue, lifting cheek bones, and restoring greater symmetry to the face.
Russian-based Sports Massage: This is my ‘original’ technique that I specialized in from 2004 until I fully switched over to structural/postural bodywork (2010-ish). During the first three years of my career, my primary massage modality was the Kurashova Re-Education (KUR-ed) school of Russian Sports Massage. It can be mistaken as being a ‘Swedish’ massage but it is very different in its use of rhythm, amount of time spent on an area, and the intent and effect of every technique. It can be used as it was originally designed for, clinical use and athletic performance but, when used as a full-body massage, it is very relaxing and continues to affect the body for several hours after the session. As far as I know, I am one of the last students of its founder, Zhenya Kurashova, who was among first to bring neuro-muscular techniques here from Russia.
Therapeutic Oil Massage: To help clients protect and revitalize their skin from the harsh Winter weather (and whatever excuse you want to make for the other seasons), I will now have oil-based massage options for clients to choose from:
- General Oil Massage: Based on Russian Sports Massage, this session uses rhythmic massage techniques that are great for rehabilitative purposes and/or people just wanting to relax. Clients currently have a choice of Fractionated Coconut Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil as well as several aromatherapy options that can be added to the oil. At the end of the massage warm towels will be available to wipe off any excess oil.
- ‘Therapeutic Oil’ Massage: This Massage is available only as full-body massage. Top sheets are not used to decrease sheet absorption of the oil however underpants and bras may be worn. Jojoba or Meadowfoam Seed Oil is used as the primary massage oil that can be infused a ‘supplemental’ oil to boost its therapeutic benefit. Supplemental oils currently include Argan, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip, and Tamanu oil.
- Aromatic Desert: This replaces the last 10 minutes of a ‘dry’ Myofascial Release or Cranial-Sacral session with an aromatic oil massage to the head, neck, and top of the shoulders. For this add-on option, clients will have their choice of available carrier oil and aromatherapy.
Reflexology: Uses acupressure to improve the flow of Chi/Qi to relieve tension, improve circulation, and promote well-being. This is one of the first classes I took outside of massage school that really sparked my fascination with the natural healing capabilities of our body. I have had training in the Ina Bryant method which is a gentler approach to manual reflexology.