Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word “aroma” makes it sound as if the oils are inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin or taken by mouth (Depending on the brand and oil). You should never take essential oils by mouth without specific instruction from a trained and qualified specialist. Whether inhaled or applied on the skin, essential oils are a great alternative treatment for infections, stress, and other health problems. Not only can they be used for physical health, they can also be used for mental and emotional stress as well.
During a massage, I can add Essential Oils to have more of an multi-faceted approach. I will choose an oil to use based on what you like, as well as what you are experincing in life. Do you have stress? Anxiety? Been having headaches? Whatever it is, I will choose the appropriate oil.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue uses slow strokes, deep pressure, and trigger point techniques, to work deeply into muscle fibers. Generally, with a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist is working to release tight, dense muscles that may be littered with trigger points. A good way to describe what a trigger point is, is that it is a knot in your muscle fiber (could be any muscle) that has the ability to refer pain to other areas of your body, generally along nerve pathways. When you overuse a muscle, it becomes continually contracted and doesn’t know how to stop contracting, therefore producing a trigger point in the muscle fiber. Your massage therapist will communicate with your muscle fibers through massage, to help release trigger points so the muscle can stop over firing and release the tension around the knot. When the trigger point is released, you will feel your pain lessen, have increased range of motion, and have more energy.
Learn more about Trigger Points by reading this Blog Post.
Hot stones are used as a moist heat therapy. I learned to use hot stones as tools to help relieve tension and restrictions from your muscles and fascia. The heat of the stones helps to get into the tissues more quickly, at a deeper level and help to relax the body at the same time. I will always make sure that the stones are at a heat level that is comfortable for you. Hot stone has benefits of helping with muscle tension, pain relief, improving circulation, and easing mental stress and anxiety.
Please make sure to mention that you would like Hot Stone when booking your appointment. That way, I can make sure the stones are heated.
Traumas to our body, inflammatory conditions, and surgical procedures cause restrictions in our fascial tissue. What is fascia? Fascia is one continuous sheet of connective tissue that penetrates and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. When there are restrictions in the fascial tissue, it causes you pain, headaches, adhesions, and lessened range of motion. Myofascial Release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue where there are restrictions; thus eliminating pain and restoring motion.
Pre & Post-Natal Massage is a unique massage helping mothers-to-be and mothers to relieve tension and stress throughout their pregnancies, and afterwards as well. Contrary to some belief, massage is very safe during pregnancy and many women rave about the effects of massage during or after pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy, your center of gravity begins to change. This puts a lot of stress on the muscles in your back and abdomen. Also, as your uterus grows, the ligaments attaching to your pelvis stretch and become sore and painful.I will help to decrease muscle tension, ligament pain, and other pain and restrictions during your pregnancy. As your body changes throughout your pregnancy, each massage will be tailored to your specific needs. After you deliver you bundle of joy, I can also help with any stress and tension you may be experiencing as a result of child birth and raising a child.
Read more about Pregnancy Massage on my Blog Post, here.
Reflexology is the study, science and art of applying specific techniques to either the hands or feet. It is believed in reflexology that the organs of your body are reflected onto your hands and feet. When applied, these techniques reduce the effects of stress in corresponding body parts, helping the body to heal itself. Thus through reflexology, pain, illness and dysfunction in any area of the body can be addressed. Reflexology is really helpful when an area either cannot be reached (ex. Organs) or is too inflamed or painful to touch. For example, if you recently experienced a trauma, and that area is really inflamed and painful, your I can work the area of the foot corresponding with that area of your body which is in pain and find relief. Another example is that if you have been experiencing digestive problems, I can work your digestive system through the feet to provide you relief around those areas in your body.
Relaxation Massage is a massage used to relax you. This massage uses lighter, flowing strokes over the body. This increases blood flow and warms the skin. Relaxation massage is very relaxing and sometimes clients even fall asleep. You may have physical, physiological or emotional stresses in your life in which relaxation massage is very helpful in decreasing. During a relaxation massage, the goal is not to work on your ‘knots’ but to only ensure that you relax as much as possible.
Sports Massage is a technique that is used to help athletes in many different ways. Through stretching and deep tissue massage, this technique promotes flexibility and full functioning muscles to decrease the risk of injury, improve endurance, reduce post-workout recovery time and offer a more balanced training regimen. Whether you are a high school athlete, perform at a college level, are a weekend warrior or like to work out to stay fit, I can help you and your muscles be in the best shape. I work to decrease trigger points (knots), increase range of motion and increase the function level of your muscles to give you the edge you need to be a better athlete.
Not only can I help you prevent injury, but if you have endured an injury, I can also help you get back on your feet and make a full recovery. I love to work with athletes, especially in this aspect. I know you want to get back to doing what you love as quickly as possible, and I can help you with that!