There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.
- Elizabeth A. Behnke
I hope your first massage is everything you want it to be. Please plan to arrive a few minute early to fill out a short in-take form and get to know me before you get on the massage table. I will ask questions regarding your health and regular activities that you experience on a regular basis. We will talk about your concerns, needs, and questions regarding massage, and hopefully help you feel comfortable and relaxed before we even get started. During the massage, I will check in with you regarding pressure, techniques, and comfort – this is all about YOU. If anything feels uncomfortable, please speak up! I aim to please, so if something isn't working for you, I need to know. Afterwards, I will sit with you and discuss your session to find out what it is that you liked or disliked, so that in future sessions I can make it the best experience possible.
This session can include one or more of the following; Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage, Meridian Massage, Reiki, and aspects of Deep Tissue Massage (applied where needed), based on your individual needs that day.
Deep Tissue massage uses a slower technique designed to target specific areas of chronic pain, muscle tension, and/or soft tissue injury. These specific and deeper techniques focus on lengthening and spreading the muscle fibers to dramatically loosen muscle tissue for increased flexibility. This is not usually a full body massage, but more a specific area in need.
Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. The stones are various shapes and sizes of basalt rock which absorb and retain heat. The heat from the stones is transferred to your muscles and helps them release more quickly than in traditional massage. This form of massage is deeply soothing and relaxing. The Hot Stones can be placed on the body, and used to massage the body.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
This method is based on Classic Chinese Medicine using acupoints along the meridians which run through our bodies. Qi (energy) flows in the meridians. We offer massage in order to benefit the flow of Qi already in a persons body. Balancing yin and yang, supporting qi flow and assisting the body to heal itself.
As practitioners, we enter into a larger process of healing in partnership with our client, who remains in charge of their journey toward to harmony and health."
Founder of Meridian Massage Institute
There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of what others call it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client's stories in our hands. We witness someone's experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible: the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgment, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another person's legend. In massage therapy, we show up and ask, in so many ways, what it is like to be another human being. In doing so, we build a bridge that may heal us both."
--Tracy Walton, "The Health History of a Human Being,"
Massage Therapy Journal, Winter 1999.