Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue table massage with focus on therapeutic muscle and fascia release. Pressure can vary to very light to extremely deep, depending on your needs and preference. Relaxing therapy with substantial health benefits.
*Prices reflect payment at time of service. Insurance rates available upon request.
The biggest misconception about massage is that it is some sort of luxury for people who have nothing else to do with their time. They think of it as “feel good” rather than what it really is: therapy. And while there is an aspect of feeling good, it is not the main reason why I recommend massage to my clients.
When I went into massage therapy, I primarily had the idea that massage was going to give me the ability to release muscle tension through hands on techniques. Trust me, I was not disappointed with the results! I have a lot of skills that I utilize in this endeavor— compression, petrissage, effleurage , trigger point release, myofascial work, range of motion (movement) therapies, cupping, and heat. Even today, it is still thrilling to observe the muscle tissue and fascia transform under the weight of my hands.
But what I was realizing is that massage had so much more than a muscular/ fascia response. It was like the entire nervous system was being transformed. The body slowly descended into a parasympathetic response mode, as the breathing went from a quick, shallow response to a slow, controlled deep breathing and the heart rate steadied.
And then I started to wonder if the primary benefit of massage was really the effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. While I’m not an expert in this field of study, I am observant enough to recognize something good when I see it. So, now I am passionate about this endeavor—working hard to keep the calm, relaxing tone while working deeply. It’s probably a skill that I will spend my entire career working to perfect.
So, when I notice a client is particularly stressed out, I take this concept to entirely new level. To call what I do a “relaxation massage” is sort of bypassing the intent. It tends to be more of a grounding and settling emotional response, rather than just relaxation. In the words of one of my clients.. “I don’t need the xanax as often when I get a massage..” Here again, the possibilities of this are endless, but I am committing to continuing my education and skills to work toward this endeavor.
Another misconception about massage therapy is that it is either overtly or inadvertently sexual in nature. As a licensed massage therapist with a high level personal ethical boundaries, I am here to dispel that reputation. Sometimes people make rude comments about massage, like somehow it is part and parcel to something inappropriate. Did you know that many massage therapists are calling the authorities on clients or potential clients who ask for inappropriate (sexual) things? I am thankful that I have never had anyone do that before, but I will not tolerate any client or potential client who even makes a joke about sex during a massage. It is my high respect for my profession, my marriage, and my God that keeps me and my reputation in tact. I hope that others will sense this in the way I treat the human body.
In short, it is a privilege to work on someone’s body in this way. I view everyone’s body as sacred—not to be taken lightly. Their trust in me and my ability to help them is a gift that I view as precious. I do not hesitate to see each human as beautiful in their own way, a gift created by God. Someone asked me recently, “Isn’t it weird working on so many different bodies?” No. it is beautiful. Each body is like a piece of fabric— different texture, different color, different design.. But just like fabric, it could be made into something beautiful.
It is with this intention that I work on each body in the form of massage therapy.