Massage therapy has an extensive array of evidence-based health benefits.
Just a few of them are listed below.
Massage therapy can:
- Raise neurotransmitter levels, boosting your sense of well-being, decreasing both physical and emotional pain, and expanding your capacity for joy and mental clarity.
- Regulate blood pressure and increase circulation, which are excellent for the health of your heart.
- Stimulate the lymphatic system, which supports proper immunity.
- Reduce the frequency of headaches.
- Increase joint range-of-motion and joint and muscle flexibility, bringing ease of movement and decreasing the likelihood of injury.
- Break up scar tissue and reduce post-surgical and post-injury swelling.
- Ease the swelling and discomforts of pregnancy, as well as regulate hormones and speed recovery postpartum.
The list does go on, but I will stop there with the hope that I have piqued your interest. If you would like to read more about the myriad ways that massage therapy can positively affect your health, please click on the links below:
“Health Benefits of Massage”. Judy Jones. MORE Magazine. 2012.
“Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine”. Andrea Petersen. The Wall Street Journal. 2012.
“The Benefits Of Postpartum Massage”. Steve Metzger, RN-CMT. American Pregnancy Association. 2013.
“Postpartum Depression Treatment: Complementary & Alternative Modalities”. Christina Hibbert, PsyD. drchristinahibbert.com.
“Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy”. Tiffany Field Et al. Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine. 2004.
Each massage I give is a melding of elements from Hawaiian Bodywork (Lomi Lomi), Swedish Massage, and various Deep Tissue techniques, as well as Passive and Active Stretching. I pull from all of these to tailor each massage session to my client’s needs at the time.
I love working with people with chronic pain, helping to identify imbalances in the body and together trouble-shooting to resolve underlying problems. I often work closely with clients in order to speed up the healing process of injuries as well as to help them better cope with and resolve stress and anxiety. I like to emphasize the crucial role that stress reduction can play in promoting every aspect of good health.
I also have a special interest in working with pregnant women– massage therapy is a powerful tool both pre-natally and postpartum, as well as during labor itself.
Touch is one of humanity’s first healing modalities and I believe deeply in the body’s ability to self-heal with the aid of expert therapeutic touch. This is especially possible with proper care. I encourage and educate those I work with to develop self-care techniques such as appropriate stretches and postural changes that can decrease pain and improve quality and ease of movement.
An effective massage should impact you on multiple levels, improving both your mental and physical well-being.
My massages tend to be slightly longer than 60 minutes. I allow time before and after for discussion, believing firmly that our rapport is an important part of our massage work together.
Out-calls are available for pregnant people, new moms and certain extenuating circumstances.