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.

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.