My practice has evolved through years of working with clients who have experienced what quality bodywork can do for them, and it has grown from word of mouth and referrals as a result. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you. Thanks for your attention.
Why would you choose to have Massage Therapy, or particularly me as your therapist?
Massage therapy can be many things, and it can be difficult to know exactly what you are getting when you book a massage. Each therapist has a unique educational background and there are many amazing modalities of bodywork out there. An experienced Massage Therapist is likely blending several modalities of bodywork into their unique set of skills. I am a seasoned Massage Therapist with the experience of being a dancer, an athlete, and movement educator.
Your reason for seeking out Massage Therapy is important.
Maybe you simply need to unwind and shift your current state of mind, or maybe you are in chronic pain that has become debilitating in your daily life. It could be that you need support for injury recovery or a medical condition. Whatever your reason, it is important to find an experienced therapist that will stay in communication and adapt treatments specifically to your needs. Spa treatments are great, but massage therapy can be more than a way of “pampering” yourself. It can be a valuable ally to your healthcare and well-being.
What is stress?
We accumulate stress until we experience dysfunction and pain. Life’s challenges can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes that are part of what is often called our “flight or fight response”. This is a very useful survival mechanism. It can get you out of a jam, get things done, and possibly save your life in a dangerous situation. But when the body needs to recuperate, these hormones are detrimental. When stress hormones like adrenaline(epinephrin) and cortisol remain at elevated levels in our bloodstream our health suffers. Elevated stress hormones interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease... The list goes on and on.
There is also the kind of stress that comes from postural and movement dysfunction. When the muscles around a joint stop coordinating to produce easy joint function, there is mechanical stress which over time will irritate the soft tissue.
What can Massage Therapy do for you?
Massage Therapy can help break the cycle of pain and tension in the body. A focused hour on the massage table can create a deep state of relaxation, facilitating a “rest and digest” response. The heart rate and breathing rate slow down, the blood vessels dilate; and activity increases in the digestive tract. This part of our nervous system assists in recovery, cellular nutrition and tissue repair.
Inflammation is decreased. Adhesions between tissue layers are released. Muscles are more resilient and capable. Joint function is restored. And the immune system is supported.
On a neurochemical level, Massage elevates levels of dopamine, a neurohormone that influences fine motor activity and affects intuition, inspiration, joy, and enthusiasm. Serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are also elevated through massage, “feel good” chemicals that help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain. These neurochemical responses underlie the subjective feeling of well-being following Massage and initiate objective positive changes to your overall health.
The therapeutic goal of bodywork is to tilt the balance away from systemic stress toward relaxation and healing. Sometimes the nervous system simply needs to "reset," to remember its own potential for self healing. Intentional therapeutic touch is a powerful tool to do just that.
The history of Massage Therapy…
Rooted in ancient systems of healing that can be traced through India, Egypt, China, Ancient Greece and Rome, Massage Therapy has been around for thousands of years.
Scientific breakthroughs in modern medicine, medical technology and pharmacology contributed to the decline in the popularity and practice of Massage Therapy in the West. Manual methods of healing faded from view with little advancement until the 19th century. Reintroduced to the West by Pehr Henrik Ling, a prominent Swedish physical educator, massage techniques combined Eastern principles with early 19th century sports medicine and evolved into what is now known as Swedish Massage. However, massage in general remained out of the mainstream through the first part of the 20th century, perceived as luxury and overshadowed by the rise of massage parlors and sex trade.
Rising interest in alternative healing in the latter half of the 20th century revitalized Massage Therapy as an effective ally to modern medicine. Standards in education and licensing, scientific research, and an ever growing population of people who have experienced the positive effects of Massage have established Massage Therapy as a legitimate and respectable form of complementary medicine.
Massage Therapists today practice a multitude of techniques that have specialized and evolved from what is, at its base, an ancient system of healing.