Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. The Client remains fully clothed wearing loose, comfortable clothing. This allows the practitioner to easily facilitate stretches with the client. Shiatsu is intended to promote the smooth flow of “qi” throughout the body. It is effective in addressing headaches, muscular tension, anxiety, or poor digestion. It is also a great modality for overall relaxation and deep stress relief.
During a Swedish massage the practitioner uses oils and lotions to lubricate the skin and performs a variety of massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, improves circulation, and stimulates the lymphatic system. The client is typically unclothed while being covered with a sheet according to professional standards. This is a great full-body treatment for the person under stress who is looking to relax. It is also a great modality for those who do not prefer deep pressure.
Rehabilitative massage is typically used to work with injuries or areas of chronic pain. The goal is to create significant change in the muscle tissue to improve circulation, mobility and overall health in the affected area. Using anatomically precise techniques the practitioner works to break up scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles and release “trigger points”. Often more than one session is needed to create significant, lasting change, though you will probably notice some improvement after the first session.
Using a combination of techniques from the modalities listed above, I will create a session that best fits your needs. A client may be unclothed and appropriately draped to receive massage techniques, while receiving shiatsu through the sheet. Or the client may be fully clothed in soft, comfortable clothing to receive shiatsu techniques, while receiving massage on bare hands, feet, face, and neck. I recommend this as an introductory appointment unless you are specifically drawn to a particular method.
Prenatal Massage This type of massage therapy uses techniques and positioning designed to address the unique challenges of pregnancy. Several studies suggest that pregnancy massage may help to:
- Help alleviate muscle and joint pain
- Encourage relaxation. Reduce anxiety
- Improve breathing, digestion and sleep
- Improve pregnant individual’s health and baby’s health by reducing the negative impacts of stress such as gestational hypertension, prematurity and low birth weight
- Contribute to easier, shorter labors
After baby is born massage may help with abdominal recovery; reduce the strain of baby care on a new parent’s body; and support more comfortable, satisfying breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or within your first 10 weeks postpartum this is the session for you.
60 Minute Session $65-$80
90 Minute Session $90-$105
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