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 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 (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.
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!
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 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 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.
Trigger Point Therapy
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.
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.