As you may know, every massage therapist is different. Each person has their own spin on what they like, what they do and how they do it. Two people could have the same exact training and do COMPLETELY different types of massage. Here is a quote from my CenterPoint (Massage School) Graduation speech (I was shocked to be chosen, but I faced my fear of public speaking and went for it!) :
"One thing that is really great about massage school is that even though we all learned the same techniques and took all of the same classes, we all have something so different. We each have our own personal techniques and touch."
These sentences couldn't be more true. In fact, it's one of my favorite parts about massage! It's like a photographer, each one is different, but you can appreciate each person's style and touch. So let's go to me. I will do my best to describe myself based on client feedback and what I have learned about myself over the past four years.
When I started massage school, I said "I don't ever want to inflict any pain on any one of my clients while I give them a massage. I want it always to be relaxing." HA! That is so not me anymore. Not that I am always causing pain, but sometimes, in order to reach the goal, we need to work through some pain. But, healing injuries doesn't have to hurt. Usually, and depending on your body, it's more of a 'hurts so good' type of feeling. I always work at a pressure level that is comfortable to you. You are in control of the session, and I always make sure to check in. And if it does hurt, breathing works great. (Another blog post to come on this). You will feel the benefits after the massage, and any pain will be worth it!
The part of massage I live for is healing injuries. Helping you move again. Making you say "WOW! I didn't know you could do THAT!" or "I've never had my butt/belly/front of my neck worked on before, that really helped!" I want to be challenged. And no, I may not figure out what exactly is bothering you on the first day I meet you, but the more I get to know you and your body, the more I can pinpoint where something is coming from.
My favorite type of massage is Deep Tissue to help you get relief from an injury or restriction that you have been dealing with. It doesn't matter what it is, how long it's been there or how much it's bothering you. The point is that it is bothering you, so let's get rid of it.
I was taught to help injuries with a variety of different techniques. The most common being working with Trigger Points, knots that refer sensation to different areas of the body. My goal in any session is to release Trigger Points as I find them, freeing up tissue and restrictions as I do. Each body is different and fascinating in its own way. Each session is different and fascination in its own way as well. That is the awesome part about massage.
I would love to start the journey with you to figuring out where your pain comes from and help you release the restrictions holding you back from doing what you love.
DISCLAIMER: I cannot help everyone, and if I feel I am not the right fit for you, or if something is out of my scope of practice, I will refer you elsewhere. I have worked with many different conditions, and if you have questions ask. If I don't have an answer for you, I will research it, or refer you elsewhere. I cannot diagnose anything and don't intend to try.