Literally and figuratively, this is what I bring to the table.
These are the modalities I draw from for each session.
(If you're looking for more of an idea on how it all fits together during treatment, click on services).
I've found that many clients want to know what each technique is that I'm using at any given time: what it's called, what it does, why I chose to use it, etc. Others could care less if you called it voodoo, as long as their pain is relieved.
To each their own...
Prenatal, Maternity, and Beyond...
As a certified and experienced prenatal specialist and father of three, I've helped many women address the discomforts of the most amazing transformation a body can undergo.
The deepest work I do, MFR not only works on the connective tissue that links all your body's cells together in a physical way, it can also help to re-integrate the mind/body connection severed by trauma. This mix of traction, stretching, and soft tissue mobilization gets to the root causes of many painful and structural issues.
"The Palmer Massage" is one of the main reasons I chose to attend The Palmer Institute in Salem when I began my training. It was a renowned blend of Swedish techniques, stretching, and energy work that has sent people to Nirvana. In the intervening years, I've relaxed its confines to allow other elements in my skillset to add to the experience, and to gain the freedom to alter each session to better serve the needs of every individual.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a systematic approach to relaxing and elongating the layers of muscular tissue, one by one, until the troublesome areas are relieved. In the hands of a skilled therapist, this approach rarely causes discomfort, but produces an "...oh, that's the spot..." response. Techniques can vary widely, from slow and broad to more vigorous, depending on the area being treated.
Trigger Point / NeuroMuscular Therapy
Offering very effective and very precise work, NeuroMuscular Therapy is the most area-specific tool I use. Focused pressure is brought to bear on dysfunctional muscle cells, restoring blood flow, range of motion, and normal function.
While I no longer offer shiatsu as a stand-alone session, I have been trained in Zen Shiatsu and Five Element Theory, and incorporate many of the principles into all my work.
If you are interested in a straight-up shiatsu session, I'd be happy to refer you to a couple colleagues of unsurpassed skill.