After 23 years of practice, my expertise encompasses a broad and adaptable scope. I am dedicated to meeting you where you are at and tailoring each session to fully address your individual needs and goals. By utilizing a distinct blend of bodywork and movement therapy, I can assist you in learning the art of embodied relaxation and functional movement patterns.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
I am a certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner specializing in the Vodder method. MLD is a specialized massage technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps in reducing swelling, improving circulation, and supporting the body's immune function. This is a gentle massage technique focused on encouraging the natural flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system and fluid balance. MLD helps to enhance lymphatic circulation, reduce swelling, and promote relaxation. This is an ideal form of massage for post-surgical healing, detoxification, and swelling reduction.
If you are not sure what the lymphatic system is!?, a short explanation: The lymphatic system consists of a network of vessels and nodes that carry lymph fluid. This fluid contains waste products, toxins, recycled proteins, and immune cells. In general, the cardio system brings the nutrients and fluid to the cells and the Lymphatic system takes that fluid and waist aways from the cells. Once the fluid and substances are fully processed through the lymph system, all that is left dumps back into the cardio system right above the heart. You can think of the two systems as partners in one very complicated process:). While the cardio system has one very big localized pump (called the heart), the lymphatic system just has smooth muscle in the vessels that help move the fluid along. With no big pump, this system also really relies on movement and external pressure too. This is where MLD can be so so helpful!!!
Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine
Having studied traditional Thai medicine for a decade exclusivly, I have acquired extensive knowledge of its principles and practices. Thai medicine shares similarities with Chinese medicine as both are based on the elemental theory. This theory revolves around understanding and utilizing the elements present in both nature and the human body, namely earth, water, fire, wind, and space. According to this philosophy, comprehending nature is synonymous with comprehending the human body since they are intrinsically linked. Through this discipline, I have learned various techniques, such as working with the energy lines of the body, deep tissue massage, stretching, cupping, scraping, and meditation.
Fascia is a relatively recent term in the fields of anatomy and physiology, and its discovery has revolutionized the way we understand the human body and its movements. Inspired by the pioneering work of explorers like Tom Myers and Gil Hedley, I have devoted myself to studying and practicing the manipulation and comprehension of this intricate system in order to effect profound changes in the body. By coupling manual manipulation of the fascia with intentional changes in movement patterns, it is possible to reshape the body in remarkable ways.
Your core is truly the center of your being. Unfortunately, in our culture, we are often taught to flatten and harden this area, when in reality it needs to be supple, mobile, and flowing. Over my 20 years of experience, I have found that most of my clients have benefited from abdominal massage at some point during their journey with me. This type of massage can focus on specific organs, fascial tissue, muscle tissue, and/or energetic blockages. The touch and approach used in abdominal massage are very gentle and intentional.
Therauputic Breast Massage
Having a clear understanding of how our tissues function and maintain their health, it becomes apparent that breast tissue needs help when it is frequently casted and compressed by a bra for extended periods of time. Just like a limb that has been in a cast for weeks to heal a broken bone, wearing a bra can have a similar effect on breast tissue. Blood and lymph flow can be regularly cut off or slowed down, and the tissue around the chest and back is unable to develop a relationship with gravity.
Breast massage therapy can help alleviate some of these issues. By increasing circulation, breast massage can help maintain the shape of breasts and reduce the incidence of fibroids and cysts. It also provides relief from pain and stress associated with pre-menstrual syndrome, eliminates chest pain, and strengthens chest muscles, which builds resiliency in the ligaments. Breast massage therapy is also recommended to aid in post-surgical recovery.
Pre and Post Natal massage
Pre and post-natal massages can be incredibly beneficial for both the mother and the baby. During pregnancy, the body undergoes numerous changes, which can lead to discomfort, stress, and pain. Pre-natal massages can help alleviate these symptoms by increasing circulation, reducing swelling, and easing muscle tension. It can also help improve sleep quality, reduce stress and anxiety levels, and prepare the body for childbirth.
Post-natal massages can also help the mother recover from the physical stress of pregnancy and childbirth. It can aid in the healing of the body by reducing pain, soreness, and tension. Additionally, it can improve lactation and breastfeeding by increasing milk production and relieving clogged ducts. Post-natal massages can also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression by promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before getting a pre or post-natal massage to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.
Personal Training and Conscious Living Skills
I provide instruction on how to create movement literacy and well-being in your life. In each session I strive to help my clients improve their awareness of how to move and manage their own physical well-being. My greatest hope is that my clients will come to need me less as they learn how to take care of themselves more. I encourage insights through teaching functional movement repatterning, self massage, self-care skills, and mindfulness techniques.