Susan Moody at Healing Arts Indy

Services

ALL MASSAGES ARE CUSTOM

All of my massages are designed to fit your individual needs and goals. You receive a combination of appropriate massage techniques from those listed below based on information you provide during scheduling, intake and adjusted throughout the massage.

Information you should share before making an appointment include current pregnancy, injury, illness, or recent surgery.  (Specific bolsters, tools or techniques may be appropriate.)  To further accommodate your needs, please call or text my cell phone (317-702-2769) at least an hour before your massage if you become aware of any sudden change in conditions such as headache, injury, soreness, sinus congestion, or other change the day of the massage so I can prepare.

I have a variety of specialized bolsters, tools, equipment, lubricants, topical analgesics, and essential oils that I can use to tailor each massage to your specific needs.  It is impractical/impossible to bring all of my supplies and equipment to each massage, and certain tools need preparation such as heating or cooling within hours of the massage.  I need time to prepare and fore-knowledge to bring cold stones, heating or cooling pads, cups, special bolsters or other specific equipment.


Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, including essential oils and other aromatic compounds, for the purpose of improving a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant—often referred to as nature's living energy.  Most essential oils have demonstrated one or more beneficial effects such as antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, or more general assistance such as aiding digestion, easing nervous tension, decreasing or increasing appetite, calming anxiety, etc. Essential oils have been reported to focus concentration, ease insomnia, stimulate creativity, and many other life-enhancing actions.  There are two ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy: inhalation and topical application. 

In addition to offering a variety of essential oils, I also offer a variety of aromatic topical analgesics to further tailor each massage to your immediate needs.

ALL of the lubricants, topical analgesics and essential oils I use are natural, skin-friendly, eco-friendly, and of the highest quality.  Many are organic and from companies committed to lowering their carbon footprint.  I can accommodate any type of allergies or sensitivities, and am aware of ingredient concerns.


Traditional Thai Foot Massage

Thai Foot Massage begins with washing the feet and lower legs with a hot steamy towel.  One foot and lower leg is then wrapped in a dry towel to keep warm.  The other foot is first warmed up with soothing massage techniques.  A special wooden stick is then used to stimulate reflex points on the foot to balance the whole body.  Lower leg, knee and thigh are then massaged.  The process is repeated on the other foot and leg.  This is then usually followed by full-body Thai or other massage modality as needed.

Thai foot massage has elements of Thai massage as well as influence from Chinese and Indian methods.  Based on the belief that thousands of sensory nerves spread throughout the body relay signals to the internal organs, the sensory nerves come together at the soles of the feet.  Massaging the feet stimulates the activity of the internal organs and helps to improve circulation, lymph flow, relieve stress, aches and pains as well as invigorate tired sore feet and leave you feeling better all over.


Face Lifting & Drainage Therapy

This relaxing, rejuvinating treatment uses gentle micro-cupping and lymphatic drainage techniques on the face and neck to:

  • Smooth fine lines & wrinkles
  • Drain stagnant lymph & fluid
  • Stimulate collegen & elastin production
  • Move inflamation (as in cases of rosacea)
  • Loosen adhesions
  • Relax tight muscles
  • Strengthen vascular integrity of the face
  • Stimulate circulation of blood, lymph and nutrients to the skin and facial muscles

After just one treatment, you will appear rested and brighter.  Your face will appear tighter and toned, and the drainage system of the face and neck will function significantly better after a short series of treatments and maintenance.


Massage Cupping

Massage cupping (VacuTherapy™) is a modified version of the common practice of cupping therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Suction cups are used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways in ways not possible using the pressure of traditional massage. Massage cupping also activates the secretion of synovial fluids, which releases joint stiffness. It promotes hormone production, improves blood flow and encourages the secretion of digestive fluids, and increases peristaltic movements in the bowels and internal organs, thus removing harmful toxins that speed up the ageing process and other degenerative conditions.

Another benefit of Negative Pressure Massage is that it really feels great. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. Clients are surprised at how relaxed, warm and light they feel – hours... sometimes even days afterwards.

Numerous conditions respond beautifully to massage cupping, including headache, arthritis, plantar fascia, sciatica, bronchial asthma & congestion, dermatological disorders, depression, numbness, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, insomnia, post-injury trauma,post-surgery adhesions, TMJ, spastic muscles, edema, scars, stretch marks, varicos and spider veins, cellulite, sluggish digestion, constipation, menstrual and menopausal discomforts and so much more.

Massage cupping may leave a skin discoloration, or "cup kiss," appearing as tissue is released.  A "cup kiss" is not a bruise and it will dissapate within a few hours to a few days.


Cold Stone Therapy for Headaches

This therapy uses gentle stretches, massage, custom designed cold marble stones that contour along key headaches sites comfortably and essential oils with combinations developed specifically to counteract the top four headache causes (food, environment, stress and hormones) into a harmonious therapeutic approach for all kinds of headache pain. 


Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.


Pillossageā„¢

Pillossage™ (Thermal Connective Tissue Release) allows slow and gentle massage through the layers of soft tissue (muscle, fascia, tendon and ligament) using specifically designed heated flax pillows to reach the deeper origins of pain.  The result is painless deep tissue massage therapy. 

You will be amazed how you feel layers of tissues melt as I work through heated flax pillows with specific compression and stretching techniques!


Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.

There are two schools of thought regarding deep tissue massage.  One "side" believes that to effectively release deep tissue constrictions, it must be painful. Therapists will use very firm, focused pressure to "strip" knotted tissues in such a way that some even brag about making macho men cry.  My "side" disagrees.  We believe (and evidence bears out) that successful deep tissue massage can be performed gently, slowly, and painlessly.  Even "stripping" can be done with little to no discomfort when performed slowly and gently, allowing the tissues to relax and release on their own.  

Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't become uncomfortable.  Even with the most gentle work, soreness is possible though much less intense.


Positional Release

Positional Release gently stimulates the body’s reflexes for self-correction in a way that supports a person’s own healing mechanisms. The body is stimulated using gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being.


Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly.  Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.


Myofascial Massage

Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.


Cancer/Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage is a special type of massage developed specifically for cancer patients. Cancer patients have unique needs which must be addressed to make sure that a massage is beneficial to their health. I focus my attention on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for you to relax into.


Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.


Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.


Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.


Chair Massage

Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.


Geriatric Massage

As we age our bodies change. Muscles, joints, skin, and even our circulation changes.  Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of mature adults. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are a senior, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.


Thai Massage

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy. It's also called Thai Yoga massage, because I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches. My clients say Thai massage is like doing yoga without doing any of the work. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed during the session. A single Thai massage session will help you release stress and relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and home.


Kinesio Taping

Kinesio tape was invented by Dr Kenzo Kase from Japan more than 25 years ago and over time has gained such recognition that it is currently known throughout the world as “the most advanced and recommended therapeutic taping method for comfort and stability” (www.kinesiotaping.com). This tape, as simple as it may seem, can help with muscle function, improve circulation via the lymphatic system and joint repositioning. The technique for application is one based on the body’s natural healing ability. Unlike other taping techniques whereby the tape is applied as an external stabiliser or immobiliser, kinesio tape employs the body’s own bio-mechanics to inhibit or stimulate muscles as they relate to the injury, in order to return to normal function.


Acupressure

Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.


Active Isolated Stretching

Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation.


Infant Massage

Infant Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically to promote the healthy development of your infant. Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging your infant are potent and numerous. For example, many infants show improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system. Infant massage has also been shown to improve the quality of a baby's sleep, as well as strengthening their immune system.


Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.


Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.