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Visit the Appointments tab for a full list of available massage services including session times and rates. In addition to studio appointments, I have a portable table and can set up at your home or your work place. I also offer chair massage which is excellent for events and large or small gatherings.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Techniques, including Stretches, *Tapotement, *Effleurage and *Petrasauge,  are the framework of this full body total relaxation massage.  Face and abdomen are included or can be declined by request.

60 min, $75.00
90 min, $115.00

Swedish Massage, a proper name, refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles. Swedish Massage facilitates the body’s natural flow of fluids to the heart.   The use of long, gliding strokes re-center the normal functioning of the lymph system and veins, referred to as the venous return.   Additionally, through applying pressure against deeper muscles and bones, the client benefits from a rebalancing of the circulatory system.

The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes.  Swedish Gymnastics or stretching is used to promote suppleness of the muscle belly.

Swedish Massage serves to stimulate the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves. Often this massage technique helps to reduce emotional and physical stress and is frequently recommended as part of a regular stress management program.  The rhythmic process of this technique allows for the client’s fuller breadth of body awareness including the way they use and position it.

*Tapotement:  striking rhythmically used to stimulate the nervous system—tapping, slapping, cupping, hacking and pounding
*Effleurage: long, gliding movements either superficial with light pressure or deep with heavier pressure
*Petrasauge: used primarily for circulatory refreshment—kneading and fulling

Deep Tissue Massage

The modality Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method features a unique soft tissue therapy which works consciously and simultaneously to enhance energy flow as well as structural integrity.  An absolute must for those in need of extra care for sore muscles or when firm pressure is preferred.

60 min, $75.00
90 min, $115.00

Deep Tissue Massage, used to release chronic muscle tension, employs slow strokes and direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.  This invigorating experience includes a process for detecting stiff or painful areas by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature and slowly working into these deep layers of muscle tissue. Specific hand positions and strokes are then used to respond to various tissue qualities.  Employing breath and movement techniques provide for muscular congestion release.

Hot Stone Massage

Allow yourself the luxury to relax to the soothing heat of basalt stones as they are incorporated into a customized massage. Your stress will melt away during this 90 minute treatment. Choice of oils are included: Coconut Oil, Biotone True Balance Gel, or Unscented Oil.

90 min, $135.00

Hot Stone Massage, a variation on classic massage therapy, uses heated smooth, flat stones placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and good for relaxation. This type of  massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is an Eastern Modality working through the Meridian pathways bringing balance to your Chi—Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood.  [Wear comfortable clothes without snaps or zippers as client remains fully clothed.]  Prepare for an awesome experience!

60 min, $75.00
90 min, $115.00

Shiatsu, a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy, helps a wide range of condition from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health.  Shiatsu provides a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the buildup of stress in our daily lives.  Meridians are the pathways of energy that act as channels of communication between the internal and external environment.  Balancing the meridian ying-yang forces provides for the unity of these two aspects of Chi energy.  When disharmony disrupts the continual dance of equilibrium, Shiatsu Massage helps bring the Chi back into synchronization.

Sports Massage

Upbeat, faster paced Swedish style massage with stretches. A personal favorite!

60 min, $75.00
90 min, $115.00

Sports Massage, primarily for the serious athlete who trains continuously, focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity.  This practice can include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury, and reduce recovery time.

For a full list of massage services including appointment times and rates see the Appointments page. I also am available to come to your home or your place of work.

 

Body Integrity Massage

A special 30 minute treatment designed for clients that either don’t have time for a full body massage (one hour or longer) or prefer not to place their face in the face cradle.  Comfortable clothing required. Please, no denim jeans. For this massage, the client will remain lying face up during the entire treatment.

30 min, $40.00

Body Integrity Massage, an inspired technique, employs a full-body, holistic therapy, balancing the body’s structure and energy.  Skilled touch addresses the relationship between energy and structures of the body and lasts 30 minutes. The practitioner uses fingertip pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize.

Pregnancy Massage

The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health. Consult your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.

60 min, $75.00

Pregnancy Massage may be indicated as many physiological, psychological, social and spiritual changes take place during pregnancy. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.  The process of gestation and giving birth may well be one of the most transformative events in a woman’s life.

During pregnancy, massive hormonal changes take place in the body and affect every endocrine gland as well as all body systems.  A woman’s body may experience a multitude of physical “symptoms” of pregnancy such as nausea, heart palpations, gastric reflux, constipation, frequent urination, varicose veins, and edema.

Both structurally and physiologically, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged and stressed in many ways. Her body must adjust to the additional weight of the baby in the anterior of her body producing tension in the muscles of the back and the legs, stretching the abdominal muscles, and stressing the weight bearing joints.

Certainly, massage therapy is not intended to replace appropriate medical and prenatal care during a woman’s pregnancy. There are, however, a number of indications for massage in pregnancy which addresses a woman’s needs during this time in her life.