This massage is a hands-only classic and great for those who prefer a lighter touch. (For deep tissue work I usually recommend Ashiatsu,). Your therapist may use a combination techniques such as swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, cupping and/or reflexology. Pressure is customized to your comfort level and we rely heavily on client feedback. Sessions can be tailored to target specific problem areas or can be a more general relaxation style full-body massage.
The safest most relaxing version of having someone 'walk on your back'. Do you ever wish that your massage therapist had bigger hands or could give you more pressure? If so this massage might be for you. Using overhead handrails for stabilized control, Ashiatsu allows your therapist to use her body weight to apply pressure through her feet. The advantage is broad, even pressure. The soft padded surface of the foot can go deep without provoking the same muscle guarding response that the sharper pressure from elbows and knuckles often do. The extra weight applied in broad strokes calms your nerves in the same way that a weighted thunder-blanket can soothe pets. This effect causes many of our clients to fall asleep while receiving incredibly deep and therapeutic body work.
This massage is recommended for women who are between the earliest stage of their second trimester all the way up to 'past due.' In this massage I make sure you feel fully supported with pillows (usually in side-lying position). I often use a contour cushion when comfortable as well, to enable my pregnant moms to lay facedown for a spell without putting pressure on belly and breasts. My prenatal sessions focus on whatever discomforts are currently affecting you, whether it is low back and hip pain, round ligament strain, foot fatigue, ankle swelling, or just good-old neck and shoulder tension. Having a certification in prenatal massage as well as having undergone a CAPPA doula training gives me a deeper understanding of how to care for pregnant women's unique needs.
Hot Stone Massage
Feel like you need a sedative for tense muscles or a brain that won't shut off? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself or a loved one to something extra-special...then this massage is a perfect choice. In each session we place either smooth, heated basalt stones or exfoliating Himalayan salt stones along your back and other key areas. We massage both with and without the hot stones in hand. The advantage is that we are combining the muscle relaxing and circulation promoting effects of heat with traditional massage.