The benefits of therapeutic bodywork can be experienced in a single session. Massage or ‘somatic manual therapy’ is recommended as often as possible with 1x a month as a minimum for general health and wellness. For clients looking to address specific issues, massage therapy is encouraged at a frequency of 1 x / week for 6 - 12 weeks to support progress.
Effects of regular massage and bodywork are cumulative. Lifestyle advantages include deep relaxation and stress reduction, support immune function, rehabilitation, support through difficult times, optimal physical and athletic performance, mental clarity, emotional stability, improved posture / body mechanics, increased range of motion, a relationship with your body that is informed by a deeper sense of awareness and well being. bodywork can benefit those who are experiencing:
- Stress of any nature
- Weakness and pain that is exacerbated by stress
- Physical tightness / pain / inflexibility
- Back pain (SI joint, low back, mid back)
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Chronic neck pain / thoracic outlet syndrome
- Anxiety / Depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Recovery / rehabilitation after injury or surgery
Therapeutic Modalities & Techniques
General relaxation massage, Tui Na, Shiatsu, Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, myo-fascial release, neuromuscular re-patterning / fascial integration (neural-fascial therapy), structural integration techniques, active release & trigger point techniques, assisted stretching / range of motion, approaches from restorative yoga, breath work, energy work / reiki are incorporated.
Reiki, (or touch-delivered electromagnetic therapy) is an approach to energy therapy passed on by Mikao Usui (1865 - 1926) of Japan. Reiki has become popular in modern hospitals and many health professionals have been trained to use Reiki to aid patients experiencing pain and to enhance their recovery process.
Sound & Music
A range of musical genres are available for listening during therapeutic sessions. Be it music for relaxation, sounds from nature, sacred sounds of various traditions, solo instrumental works, classical, jazz, funk, fusion, ambient, electronica, or rock, a collection of sounds / music is available to suit a diversity of preferences. Sometimes its good to rock out, coast with rhythmic contour, or resonate in the meditative vibration of a drone. Silence is also an option.
During massage therapy sessions, only natural organic oil is used (grape seed, jojoba, olive oil). Essential oils (lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and others) are incorporated at times. Massage products containing propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, petroleum by-products or other toxic substances are not used. Products that have been tested on animals are not used.