The techniques I practice integrate a variety of massage therapy modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, and others. Each session is customized to address the specific concerns and goals of each client.
There are three main branches to the massage therapy services I offer: integrative, relaxation-based massage; myofascial release (also called connective tissue massage); and biodynamic craniosacral therapy.
The integrative, relaxation-based massage I offer is what most people think of when they think of massage. It includes full-body work (back, arms, legs, head and neck; abdominal work available upon request) with oil or lotion. This work is relaxation-focused and based in Swedish massage techniques, but also includes deep tissue and/or trigger point work based on each client’s needs. This work is excellent for releasing stress and muscular tension, supporting overall relaxation, supporting the immune system, and more.
Myofascial release, also called connective tissue massage, is more targeted, therapeutic-style work. This work focuses on the fascia – the connective tissue surrounding muscles, bones, nerves, etc. that helps determine the shape of the body. Rather than covering the whole body, I gather information from a postural analysis to identify areas where soft tissue in the body has become shortened or stuck. This lets me know where to work to be most effective at relieving a client’s discomfort. This work is more targeted and also more active for the client on the table – I often have the client engage movement to enhance the effect of the soft tissue manipulations I am performing. This work is wonderful for addressing chronic tension and pain, specific concerns (such as neck pain, limited range of motion, knee or hip pain, headaches, low back pain, etc.), old injuries, postural concerns, and ingrained tension patterns.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a light-touch technique based around gentle holds at specific points, many of them around the head and neck. This work focuses on connecting with the body’s innate organizing principle and allowing that energy to manifest in the body’s own healing process. Many clients find this work profoundly relaxing and transformative. This work is marvelous for addressing neck tension, jaw tension, headaches, migraines, joint pain and tension, trauma (especially head trauma), and much more.