All of my massages, with the exception of Hawaiian Lomi Bodywork, are integrated with some or all of the massage modalities listed below. Read more about each technique and feel free to ask me to focus more on certain techniques, for your individualized session.
Ashiatsu Bar Therapy
(ashi means foot and atsu means pressure)
Sometimes referred to as barefoot Shiatsu, Ashiatsu is an ancient form of eastern bodywork using the bare feet gliding over the contours of the client’s body. Ashiatsu is recognized by the American Medical Association, and known to improve posture, relieve pain and stress, increase blood circulation, and provide an incredibly deep massage, all while still being gentle. This treatment will induce deep relaxation, relieve tight muscles and stimulate the body’s own self-healing capabilities.
Hot Stones Massage
Hot stones massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage. The heat also increases the blood flow to the area being worked on which further accelerates the healing process. The Hot Stones Massage greatly aids in mental relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is an approach to freeing and loosening specific muscles and connective tissues. This technique can release the tissue and energy blocks that make movement effortful and painful.
Swedish/Therapeutic massage reduces emotional and physical stress and is suggested as a part of stress management programs. It also has specific clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and young. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves.
Sports massage is not only for athletes, but for anyone experiencing strain discomfort following physical activity. Sports massage incorporates programs of strengthening and stretching exercises, pre and post-event work, and education. It helps reduce the risk of injury and chronic problems. Other benefits include muscle relaxation, reduction of soreness, neuromuscular reeducation, injury rehabilitation, reduction of adhesions and scar tissue, and enhanced body awareness.
Pregnancy massage is a light massage that eases many adverse effects of stress and discomfort during pregnancy. In preparing for pregnancy, the pelvis and uterus benefit from stabilization and normalization, which minimize delivery difficulties and pain. Pregnancy massage can control varicose veins and reduce swelling, stimulate glandular secretion stabilizing hormonal levels, and prepare the body for easier delivery.
Table Thai Massage
Table Thai Massage is a unique style of massage that combines the ancient eastern knowledge of a highly revered form of medical massage with the western knowledge of specific and advanced soft tissue therapy. It is a comprehensive routine blending many Thai massage techniques such as forearm rolls, elbow press and open and yoga-style stretches, with proven and highly effective western treatment philosophies. Table Thai Massage addresses general neck and back disorders using biomechanics which are based on Traditional Thai Massage techniques.
Craniosacral Therapy does not involve any spinal manipulations or adjustments but focuses on the use of Light-touch therapies to align the structural integrity of the body that is the root cause of many structural and spinal imbalances. The Craniosacral Therapist therefore may employ a number of techniques from different healing modalities to assist in rebalancing the integrity of the body. Techniques may include, but are not limited to: Myofascial Release Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, Muscle Energy technique Therapy, Polarity Therapy or Acupressure.
Hawaiian Lomi Temple Style Bodywork
Sacred Lomi is derived from an ancient practice on the Hawaiian Islands which combines long, flowing strokes that spiral around the body unweaving old patterns that no longer serve, replacing them with new, healthy patterns. It is a combination of physical touch and energetic healing that can help find the direction of one's life. Or can simply be really relaxing with an island like flow.
All Lomi sessions include hot stones & hot towels with heated organic coconut oil.
Sacredlomi.com will explain the lineage in more detail.
"Lomi means to weave: weaving light, weaving love, weaving spirit, unweaving unhealthy patterns in the body, unraveling wounds and old belief systems. The Hawaiian term Lomi Lomi means to knead or massage. The intention is to reawaken the body to its divine connection with spirit and to release that which prevents the recipients from experiencing themselves in the most authentic, expanded sense. This massage is practiced from a position of sacred respect for the person, providing unconditional love and acceptance. The work is designed to open energy centers, awaken the person’s internal light, and awaken to new ways of sensing and seeing the world. The whole body is interconnected with flowing strokes and movements.”
(Reprinted by permission: Kahuna Tom Cochran)