I graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2002 with a strong foundation in Swedish therapeutic massage and neuromuscular therapy modalities. Other techniques I integrate into massage sessions are stretching, myofascial release, and Integrative Reflexology. I also provide hot stone massage, Himalayan salt stone massage, and prenatal massage.
One thing I don’t do is painful massage. While I can (and do) use fairly firm pressure, I don’t do a lot of digging into the body’s tissues. My sessions tend to include a lot of slower, broader work that can feel very soothing to painful areas. When the body is hurting, the nervous system is already overwhelmed with pain messages. It can be counterproductive to add additional painful stimulus with a lot of digging and poking.
I love to give clients “homework”. I’m happy to instruct on self-stretching and pain relief techniques you can use between massage sessions. This helps you get the most out of your massage treatments.
In my free time, I practice tai chi, read my never-ending stack of books, and attempt to turn my thumb green in my garden.