I welcome clients of all gender identities, of all religions or spiritual paths, all ethnic backgrounds, all sizes, shapes, or physical abilities. I provide a space and time completely dedicated to your needs. Before each session we will discuss what is going on with your body, what you are feeling, what your goals are for our session, and then we will discuss the treatment plan. I custom tailor each treatment, and depending on the session, I incorporate elements of myofascial release, deep tissue manipulation, trigger point therapy, gua sha/myofascial scraping, intraoral jaw work, relaxation techniques, and facilitated stretching to release pain, tension and stress from the body. Each session is a collaborative experience between the client and myself and therefor no two sessions are the same. Afterwards we may discuss beneficial stretches or exercises. Clients leave sessions more relaxed, with less pain, with better alignment and flexibility, and with more ease of movement.
I treat clients seeking help with-
- Stress induced pain, tension or anxiety
- Injuries from repetitive motion or work strain
- Injuries related to sports and dance
- Frozen shoulder syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tendonitis, including plantar fasciitis
- Sciatic pain
- TMJ disorders
- Tension Headaches
- Post operative recovery
Myofascial Release- Fascia is a web of connective tissues, made up of collagen and elastin fibers. Fascia resides everywhere in the body, interwoven throughout all our systems, providing a framework for our human form and functions- under the deepest layer of our skin, covering our bones, wrapping our individual muscles, enclosing and separating muscles into groups, encasing our organs and nerves. Fascia is naturally thicker in certain areas of the body and thinner in others. It can become stiff, sticky, bunched up, or twisted which in turn can exert a force of tension and pull on the the entire structure of the body. I work to release these facial pulls by gently rocking the body, by applying direct pressure to one area while stretching tissue in other direction, by moving, stretching or applying traction to individual limbs, by rolling or gently twisting the skin. All of this work is done without oils or lotions so that all the layers of connective tissue can be addressed.
Deep tissue- From the superficial layers of the body I apply firm, steady pressure in order to sink slowly down into deeper layers of muscle tissue. Once at the deeper layer, I apply a steady, direct pressure to break up adhesions in the fascia and soften the muscle. Sometimes stretching accompanies the direct pressure to assist in separating muscles that may have become stuck to one another, to pin down and break up an adhesion in muscle tissue, or to reset the resting position of a muscle. Sometimes grasping and kneading individual muscle is utilized to soften tissues. This work is also usually performed with no oils or lotions, sometime on the skin or over the sheet.
Trigger point therapy- At any time during our session a trigger point may be encountered. A trigger point is a hyper sensitive area within a muscles which cause intense, localized pain and may also refer pain to other parts of the body. I apply, direct, firm, exact pressure, until it diminishes and disappears.
Gua sha/Myofascial Scraping- I lubricate the skin with oil and use the blunt edges of a smooth jade tool to gently scrape the skin and deeper tissues with short stokes in specific areas of the body. This is done to break up scar tissue, smooth out bunched up fascia, break up adhesions in muscles tissue, encourage lymph and blood flow and to assist in achieving greater mobility. We will be in communication about the pressure to keep the sensation light.
Intraoral jaw work-With medical gloves I work inside the mouth to gently and patiently soften the muscles and tissues associated with the disorders of the temporomandibular joint.
Relaxation Massage- The body does its best healing when in a state of relaxation. Throughout the session, depending on the needs of the client, I utilize techniques to encourage engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system. Sometimes after deeper work has been done oil is applied to the skin and muscles are glided over and smoothed out.