About Me

My goal as a Licensed Massage Therapist is to provide you with more than just relaxation and stress relief. I focus on helping relieve pain and muscle tightness by working to align your body back to its natural posture and help increase the body's full range of movement through various forms of soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage and energy work. I also am deeply committed to fully understanding your individual needs so we can work together toward a positive outcome. My clients often comment that they’ve never had a massage therapist spend so much time talking and asking questions prior to a massage, that its refreshing to know that I really do care and want to know exactly how they are feeling or how they actually injured themselves. No two people are alike, which is why no two massages I give are the same. I customize my work to create the best possible results for each of my clients.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Brain wave and massage study needs participants.

Hello everyone, I am looking for some assistance and I am hoping that you or someone you know would be interested in getting a few weeks of great massages while at the same time helping me out with a massage study I am very interested in running.

Many of you know that I have been using brain wave music for the past year and have fully enjoyed how relaxed and refreshed I have felt after using it.  Six months ago I began using the same brain wave music for some of my clients while they were receiving a standard relaxation massage.  I was not shocked at the results after the massage but the clients were.  Clients described how much more relaxed and clear minded they were after the massage but also how much more they were able to relax and really be in the moment during massage.  So many clients said that normally it takes them some time at the beginning of a massage to really forget the outside world and all life's little stresses.  With the brain wave music they were able to relax immediately and enjoy the whole massage, not just a part of it.

One client explained that it was the first time they had been able to forget everything and really enjoy the massage.  No longer were so many thoughts pin balling around inside their head at the beginning of the massage.  They were able to just disappear into the warmth of the table and shut down right away.

A second client called me days later to tell me how relaxed they still were and how wonderful the music and the massage were together.

With so many of my clients experiencing how great the brain wave music and massage were I was shocked to find that studies on the effects of massage and brain wave music are few and far between.  Most of the information I have been able to find were people referencing advertisements they had read about the music itself, not a combination of the brain wave music and massage.  I  was unable to find any specific studies actually published.  I always knew that I wanted to do a study on this subject, but I never realized how few studies had actually been done.  So here I go, I am going to jump into the world of science with both feet and see what happens.  Since this will be the first study I will be conducting on this subject I would like to keep it simple and very straight forward.

Study Details

What I am looking for is about 20 people for a preliminary study that I will be conducting in May 2011 on the effects of brain wave music and massage.  This study is what is called a base line study.  I will be using the information from this study to launch a larger study later this year.

1) The study will be 6 weeks long with you getting one massage each week for a total of 6 weeks.  What would be the best option for the both of us would be to schedule at the same time each week for those same six weeks.  No times are off limits for this.  My doors will be open to you and your schedule, so please feel free to ask for any time.

2) The study will entail a 60 minute full body Swedish massage using brain wave music delivered through a headset of your liking.  I have over the ear, on top of the ear, or in the ear headsets. 

3) As a thank you for helping me out I am reducing the price of the massage by $15 for a total price of $30 per massage.  My hope is that with these first few studies I will be able to approach health organizations who offer grants for any further massage studies that I will offer therefore making the need to charge at all possibly unnecessary.

4) There will be a simple questionnaire to be filled out each week for tracking purposes.  This questionnaire will be a mental and physical questionnaire on how you are feeling overall throughout the 6 weeks.

5) All information on the individual clients will be held as strictly confidential.  I will be using standard HIPAA regulations.  All clients will receive a number that they will use for tracking purposes and all clients will have access to their own results once the study is over.

So if you are interested in being part of the future or even just looking for a great massage at a reduced rate :)  call me.  Either way, this will be fun and exciting.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Great article by Philip Chard on the simple act of touching.

Please take a moment to read this article, it is short, to the point and sooooo true.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My new toys, or in other words...Massage Cupping

So along with the brain wave music that I have been studying and using with clients, I recently purchased massage cupping supplies to add a wonderful addition to my massage options and a wonderful new method to relieve your pain .  These devices, seen below
are loads of fun, and work better than I could have ever imagined.  Like traditional Chinese cupping these devices are made to help remove toxins from the body, along with working muscle, tendon, and the loosening the famous fascia. (fascia is a very thin layer of fibrous tissue that helps hold pretty much everything in our body in place)  Unlike traditional Chinese Cupping though, these cups are made from a mix of rubber and silicone and are very soft on the body, traditional Chinese cups are made of glass. 

When traditional Chinese cupping is done, the therapists tend never to move the cups on the body, they are heated and placed on the area of the body that needs work.  The heat creates negative pressure, sucking the skin and fascia into the cup and  hold the pressure as long as the therapist wants.  One of the draw backs to the traditional method was that, since the cups were glass, if you did want to move the cups around the body you had to release the pressure and place it again in the new area.  With these new cups, since they are made of rubber and silicone, they are soft and supple and can bend and mold to the body itself so with a little oil, suddenly you can slide the soft cups anywhere you want, and they continue to hold the pressure.

If you have ever experienced skin rolling from a massage therapist, this movement of the cups creates somewhat of a comparable feeling.  It helps move blood, it lifts and loosens all areas of tightness including around joints, which feels SOOOO good.  anyone interested in feeling great, give me a call and try out the new age of cupping!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Five Remembrances by Thich Nhat Hanh

Philosophy of the here and now.

Embracing the realities of life, or in other words embracing the things we cannot change is a very powerful way to truly love and understand the impermanence of life.  Remember the fact that we cannot change the past, only learn from it.  We can only plan for the future, and cannot know it.  All we can know is the now, the present.  Embrace now.

Hopefully you will read the Five Remembrances below and understand the simple truth of the words.  Each morning I will now be using Thich Nhat Hanhs version of Buddha's Five Remembrances to remind myself of the things I can not change.  Helping me to enjoy the here and now.  Helping me to live in the moment and to stop worrying about the future and regretting the past. 

I hope you will join me in this simple practice and please, let me know your experiences living life while being present in the moment.

The Five Remembrances by Thich Nhat Hanh

1) I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

2) I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

3) I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

4) All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

5) My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So many changes... so little time

Well hopefully everyone had a great holiday season, and I apologize for my absence over the last few months.  "Life the Universe and Everything" happened.

This will be a short posting today, but I do have some very interesting posts coming up about massage and how it is no longer being thought of as only healing physical ailments but also healing mental and psychological ailments.  Its very exciting to see people viewing massage as more than just a trip to the spa for a pampering, that it really does go so much further than just your physical body.  Ancient societies have known this and most areas out side of conventional medicine have known this for thousand of years yet only recently has western conventional medicine finally begun to see the possibilities.  I have been more and more excited about seeing so many more studies done in the field of mental health and massage, and with so many positive results!

So thank you again for checking in, and I will be updating soon on upcoming classes, new offers, special deals and some fun facts about life in general to help us all stay in the moment.

Remember, true joy comes from the present moment, never from the past or the future.  So practice being in the moment today and you will experience more out of life than you ever thought you could.

Be here, be now