Sessions are scheduled as blocks of time. During that time, any of my skills, tools, methods could come into use. You will be charged only for the time we spend in session. The only additional charges would be for more time, or in the event of an out call, possible travel time. The following list describes all the massage and healing styles currently in my tool belt.
Session Pricing (Pricing varies by work location):
60 Minutes $80
90 Minutes $110
2 Hours $140 (Not recommended for Pregnancy Massage)
Aromatherapy is more than pretty smells. There's science behind how certain smells can evoke specific reactions. Chemical reactions happen in our brains and carry over into our minds, bodies, even spirits. Don't ask me to explain that further - I'm neither a scientist nor a chemist. But I do believe what I see, and I see many clients find greater relief, peace, deeper healing when I've used essential oils in conjunction with their treatments. The products I use are selected based on the quality and reputation of the producer. I am mindful of the fact that not all clients are aroma friendly, so just say the word and I'll put the aromatherapy aside!
Bamboo Fusion is the use of bamboo rods which are heated to a comfortable temperature and used with oil to glide smoothly over the skin. The warmth combined with the firmness of the wood enables me to reach deeper levels of tissue with less discomfort.
Deep Tissue refers to working on muscles and connective tissues located deeper within the body. This should not be confused with deep pressure, which is really just harder or firmer. Deep Tissue can get very involved if the goal is to correct a particular issue. That's where Specific comes into play. If needed, we can plan an entire session around that issue and only work the area involved. These options will be discussed and decided together.
Two tools that make frequent appearances in sessions are Hot River Stones and Hot Himalayan Salt Stones. Both deliver a comfortable warmth to the tissue, helping muscles to relax more deeply during treatment, and reducing the likelihood or intensity of tenderness the next day.
The lymphatic system is a major mover of metabolic waste and other toxins in our bodies. Lymph vessels and nodes are located throughout our bodies in the deepest and the shallowest levels. Lymphatic detox massage works the skin-level lymph structures using gentle, rhythmic strokes that move the lymph towards the heart. This modality can be used to help any number of issues, including allergy relief, arthritis, injury recovery, surgery recovery, cancer treatments and many others. If this is something you'd like to schedule, please call me to discuss your situation and we will schedule accordingly.
Massage during and after pregnancy is an amazing helper for both Mother and Child. During pregnancy, massage designed specifically for the safety and comfort of the client and her unborn child can help maintain flexibility and mobility, circulation, hormonal balance, and overall well-being. After the birth, special protocols can be applied to assist the Mother in returning her body to its pre-pregnancy state. Both during and after the pregnancy, massage can reduce the risk or severity of postpartum depression. For pregnancy sessions, please let me know how far along you are prior to the appointment so I can set up appropriately.
Reflexology uses the feet or hands as a map of the limbs, organs, and functions of the human body. There are many traditions of Reflexology, all of which are effective. Working a certain spot on the foot or hand can improve functionality of an organ or system, relieve pain or tension, remove an energetic blockage, even help a couple conceive a child. I use a combination of Thai Foot work and Integrative Reflexology for all my foot work. Clients can choose to have an entire session of just Reflexology.
Reiki is a gentle but powerful form of energy work. This healing art can be used for many purposes including physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing (or all of these). This work can be done with or without touching the recipient. There is no need to disrobe for a Reiki session. However, if you'd like to receive Reiki as part of a massage, you will need to disrobe for the massage. For more information about Reiki healing or about learning Reiki, visit the Reiki tab.
Many people associate Swedish massage with Relaxation because this style uses light to medium pressure with a variety of long or short strokes to soothe tension. Naturally, this results in relaxation. If your primary goal is to relax, a session will probably involve hot stones, aromatherapy, and a minimum of stretching.
Thai massage is a much different style than Western massage. This modality employs a combination of yoga-like stretching, compression, and energy work. Traditionally, this is performed on a mat on the floor. I've adapted my massage work to use many of the stretching poses on the table as part of almost any massage, and frequently use it to reach deeper muscle layers during a deep tissue massage.
Ladies, let's face it. We've got issues starting with puberty and continuing right on through menopause. But it doesn't have to be horrible. Education from reliable sources about what our bodies are doing is an excellent start. Top that off with regular medical supervision and self-care (i.e. massage), and you've got a winning combination. Over the years, I've worked out a few tricks to make massage an even more valuable self-care tool. For young ladies experiencing puberty, a gentle 30-minute session for the low back, neck, and shoulders can help reduce cramping and alleviate stress and anxiety. All stages of the reproductive years can benefit from massage to help stabilize hormonal shifts. Use of warm or cool compresses can help with muscle discomfort and hot flashes. Reflexology, Reiki, and even relaxation can help with fertility issues. Let me know your struggles and we can work out a plan to ease them together.