“This has to be the best massage I’ve had. I feel like I have a new body, thank you!” -K.K.
My biggest focus at the moment is getting health and complimentary therapies into the hands of people who need it. More specifically, there are generations of gamers who have a huge talent for conquering a game, but may be feeling the effects of the thousands of nights of couch cushion crunches and Mountain Dew suppers. Public speaking, chair massage at events, livestreaming, and collaborative media projects are all things I am looking to do.
The following are the styles of massage that I have found to be most effective and fun. For example, a Swedish session might include a little deep tissue if a “muscle knot” is found, and a Thai move might be used to help enhance a structural bodywork session. The following is meant to help you find a style of massage that fits, though I am always happy to help guide you towards the perfect modality. If you are looking for something that I don’t offer, drop me a line, chances are I know someone who does.
Sweedish Massage is what most people think about when they think relaxing spa-style massage. It usually utilizes lighter pressure, a medium pace, and a variety of strokes and techniques. While it is more relaxation focused than other modalities, it still is great for getting the whole body to release tension and integrate change. For people who are in the process of losing weight, starting a new sport or fitness routine, or anything where the body is being asked to work in new or different ways, Sweedish is a great choice.
Deep Tissue massage, despite its name, is not always the deepest modality. Instead, it is a series of techniques that work on deeper muscular structures by isolating individual structures or sets of structures. When someone comes in with a particular area that is stiff or in pain, this is what I usually go for. It is great at relieving pain and tension, especially for low back pain, headaches, and shoulder issues.
This is the “deal with the devil” massage. Deep focused work on the fascia (the sticky envelops that seal in muscles). For stubborn patterns of pain or tension that cannot be resolved with traditional massage, this is some of the best work available. Often, clients see lifelong changes from these sessions, but there is a trade. For me, Structural Bodywork is the most painful massage out there. It is deep, slow, and takes a few sessions for everything to gel together. It is worth it, and noticeable change is long-lasting. I trained under one of the pioneers of the modality and continue to learn from some of the top teachers in the art.
At the moment, I am not taking new structural bodywork clients, but I can refer you to some amazing practitioners in the area. If you are interested in sampling some of the techniques during a session, please let me know
Gua Sha, Cupping, and Scraping
Cupping, while most famously from China, is actually a modality practiced around the world by many different cultures. I remember growing up that it was jelly jars and flaming alcohol, but in other countries it can be hollow cow horns or glass orbs. I like to work with a few different tools, some that use fire and some that don’t (it turns out not everyone is comfortable with flaming orbs, who knew!). Cupping is amazing at relieving pain, tension, and stress. It is especially great for people who need or want deep pressure, but have an underlying injury that prevents deep work.
Gua Sha and “scraping” both use tools to break apart fibers that don’t line up with the grain of the tissue. Think of it as combing a dog’s coat and getting out all the loose fluff. Except instead of loose fluff, we are breaking up and realigning tissue. Just like cupping, it leaves a pattern of harmless, but awesome looking, purple bruise-like marks.
Aromatherapy can be added to any session. In short, it is the use of essential oils to inspire the body to act. In other words, using good smelling things to make the body do things. While most people see this as a western modality, it actually has its roots in Indian ayruvedic medicine. Oils can be added to lotions or diffusers during a session. For stress and low energy, this is a great add-on since I can send you home with a little bit of the scents we used during the session. That way next time you feel tense or tired, you are just a sniff away from relief.