What kind of massage do I perform?
My work varies depending on the client's desired outcome. I use multiple techniques and methods to improve function, reduce tension, or just help you relax.
What is the difference between the different styles?
Swedish massage is gentle and non-specific. You still work the superficial tissues and can achieve relief from discomfort.
Deep Tissue is a more focused work that targets the deeper tissue restrictions and adhesions.
Will deep tissue hurt?
Tenderness during a session is normal. Areas of high stress and restriction are typically tender to pressure. It is also common to feel a little tender in areas that recieve deep, intensive work. Soaking in a hot bath, shower, or using a heating pad after a session can alieviate some soreness.
I never want my work to hurt or cause pain. Do not feel like you have to deal with work you find to be too much. I ask for feedback during sessions so please be honest.
How do I know when not to get a massage?
You are suffering from a cold/flu/fever - please wait at least 24 hours after your symptoms stop to get bodywork.
You have poison ivy/oak or other contagious skin conditions.
Certain autoimmune disorders, diseases, spinal injuries, or physcial injuries may prevent certain types of bodywork or limit the areas I can work. If you are under the care of a doctor or other health care profressionals ask them if massage is appropriate. I may also ask that they contact me with an okay or the precautions I'll need to take.
Some conditions require me to avoid certain areas - if you are cleared for massage just make me aware of these areas.