Guide to Techniques

Massage can be adapted for people at many different levels of health, and it can be applied with a range of pressures, from light to deep, depending on the client’s preference and needs.

My practice incorporates these massage techniques and related approaches:

swedish massage
Smooth, gliding strokes used to warm and relax the body, soothe the nerves, and gently knead and stretch muscles

deep tissue massage
Deeper, slower, specific work, often done with the forearm or elbow, to access and release deeper muscle tension and fascial restriction

injury treatment
Specific, focused strokes designed to aid healing of soft tissue, such as in strains, sprains, tendinitis, or whiplash

neuromuscular therapy
Gentle movement and static pressure to release specific tight bands, trigger points, or tender areas within muscles

neurofascial work

Contacting and gently moving fascia and nerves to relieve tension, pain, or other symptoms

With a focus on developing your felt sense of your body, or awareness of bodily sensations

postural assessment and alignment
Checking and gently correcting structural imbalances related to muscle tension

breath work
Deep, guided breathing used along with massage to gently stretch the body from the inside out

intraoral massage

Using gloved fingers to massage muscles of the head and jaw from inside the mouth (requires additional certification and endorsement on the state massage license) 

Hot or cold water used to enhance relaxation or reduce spasm, pain, or inflammation

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