Types of massage
I am happy to do any combination of modalities below, including craniosacral work and chair massage, in any given session adding or leaving out whatever you want.
The foundation of my training is in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Work, and Injury Treatment. Therefore, depending on the client, I use a combination of light, flowing strokes, pulling or kneading techniques, friction, percussion-like movements, and stretches. I have a very nurturing touch but also, for those who like receiving deep work, enjoy using my elbows and working deeply.
ASHIATSU ORIENTAL BAR THERAPY®
In this massage, often called “the deepest, most luxurious massage on earth,” I use two overhead bars to support me while I use my feet to deeply massage my clients. This massage elongates the back muscles, deeply works the hamstrings, and is incredibly relaxing. The Ashi style was developed in the USA, but is based on barefoot massage styles given in other parts of the world. Learn more about Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®.
To receive Thai massage, the client lies on a mat wearing comfortable clothing while I combine compressing acupressure points up and down the client’s legs, arms, back, and neck with deep, slow stretching. Thai massage can be very invigorating or very relaxing, depending on what the client wishes to receive. It is a fantastic form of massage for athletes or very tight people, or to help mobilize a painful area of the body.
NST — NEUROSTRUCTURAL INTEGRATION TECHNIQUE
Based in large part on the work of the late Tom Bowen of Australia, NST is a system of bodywork consisting of “flicking or rolling moves” over specific muscle, tendon, nerve and ligament points along the spine and elsewhere in the body. This pattern of moves enables the body to re-regulate itself, after which symptoms frequently disappear. For an effective, fairly short stand-alone treatment, the client remains clothed and need only book a 45-minute session; I also often use NST at the end of and included with a regular massage session. Either way seems to work.
This is a three-session introduction to myofascial work in the spirit of Ida Rolf as taught by Tom Meyers. The work is not massage, but concentrates on the myofascia/connective tissue, specifically on freeing fascial adhesions between muscles and/or bones to thus allow the client’s body to find a more easy balance with gravity. If you decide you love this style of work, I can refer you to someone trained in Structural Integration, that is, a specific series of 10 or 12 myofascial sessions.
I have studied various forms of energy work, and finally have evolved a form that I like. It draws mainly on BodyTalk and Matrix Energetics, and I believe it to be very helpful in maintaining general health and emotional balance. At times, it provides the breakthrough needed when I am working on a massage client.