Biography and Education
As a certified and licensed massage therapist, I offer a therapeutic massage for anyone looking to manage their day-to-day stress, recover from injuries or alleviate chronic pain.
I graduated from the (NHI) National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy. While there, I obtained over 720 hours of training in sciences and therapeutic massage and over 300 hours of continued education in various modalities in Eastern and Western.
The training that I have received allows me to tailor each session to meet individual needs, whether therapeutic or for relaxation purposes. I integrate techniques from Classical Massage (Swedish), Esalen, Sports, Somatic Neuromuscular Release, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, LaStone/ DeepStone Therapy, Tui Na, Shiatsu, Thai and Acutonics to aid in restoration, balance and energetic flow to fatigued muscles and chi.
I am interested in creating long-term relationship with my clients and supporting them in their individual health programs. Again, thank you for visiting my site! I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Western to Eastern Modalities
Swedish | Classical Massage
Refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them and moving in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. A Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes as well as stimulating the skin and nervous system. This reduces both emotional and physical stress.
Is a collection of strokes and techniques from various modalities, in particular Swedish, and is blended together in a distinctive approach that many people have come to know as Esalen Massage. These strokes are strongly influenced by the rhythm of the ocean, awareness of presence, attention to the breath, and the long, slow, t’ai chi-like strokes that allows the receiver to sink deeper inward. As you rest on the massage table, I will bring the knowledge of those movements, of muscles, of listening to the body and respond to the signs of relaxation: deepened breath, a sigh, and bring it all together in a fluid tempo akin to the rhythm of the ocean, which mimics our internal pulse. It is this approach that separates Esalen massage from all the others. As contact deepens between you and the therapist, nudging bound-up muscles gently, and not forcefully, the massage continues seamlessly on from the leg to the torso, then to the arms, hands, and neck, until the entire body is whole. For that reason the massage is done with or without a modest drape.
Is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. The aim is to realign muscle fibers, to release deeply-held patterns of tension, and remove toxins through, deep, slow strokes on a specific area. Deep tissue is slow and uses deep strokes by means of fingers, a soft fist, or an elbow on the constricted area or areas. This can be done by either following or going against the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia with Cross Fiber and/or deeper friction circles to assist in the break up and elimination of scar tissue or adhesions. Since a deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific area, it may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. This is why it is important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue session to help remove toxins and re-hydrate the fascia.
Why sports massage? Muscle imbalances sometimes develop and often go undiagnosed until they become serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede their performance. A skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissue and by using the correct techniques, help the athlete maintain a much healthier physical state. sports massage is a pre, post and maintenance oriented style of massage that uses techniques from other modalities, yet focuses on the biomechanics of each athletic sport. The goal of all sports massage is to maximize an athlete’s performance. Athletes in different sports will want the massage to concentrate on specific parts of the body.
LaStone Therapy is traditionally a hot and cold stone massage treatment. The heated basalt stones can be both relaxing and help to warm up tight muscles so I can work more deeply. The use of cold (marble) stones on the body acts as a powerful decongestant, pushing blood, fluid and wastes out of overworked, chronically tense, or inflamed tissues. Together they create a dramatic movement of fluids within the body, generating a healing, cleansing, and nourishing effect due to the alternate constriction and dilation of the blood vessels. The stones are used as an extension of my hand and I incorporate them with various techniques to create a multi-level process of relief to over-worked muscles.
Tula is the Sanskrit word for “the various modes of employing a balance.” tula massage is unlike any other forms of massage in which you lie back onto the feet and hands of the practitioner. Then you are lifted into the air and guided through a series of postures, moving directly from one posture right into the next. While you relax and breathe into each posture, you will experience a gentle shift of balance to one side; this is done to increase pressure along a specific tsubo, huato or potent point throughout the body. This is to aid in balancing Jitsu (excessive) or Kyo (deficient) meridians by means of tonifing (increasing) or sedating (decreasing) the flow of Chi to a particular meridian channel.
Incorporates precisely calibrated tuning forks. A fork on its own represents a specific frequency, but when combined with another, a specific musical interval is created that has its own unique character and properties. These frequencies are then applied directly to an acupuncture point(s), or on points of pain to access the bodies energetic systems to promote healing in a noninvasive way. Since sound waves travel four times faster in water than in air, it has a deep, penetrating affect that is long-lasting in the human body because we are approximately 70% water, making us a natural resonator for sound
Private Practice or In-Home Service
Swedish | Classical 50 minutes $90; 80 minutes $125
Esalen 75 minutes $125
LaStone Therapy 90 minutes $145
Acutonics 30 minutes $35; 45 minutes $50
Couples Instructional Classes 120 minutes $175
Also available at Kabuki Srpings and Spa on Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays from 4:00 to 10:00 pm.