If you’re not sure, I will work with a combination of the types of massage described below. I call this the Mindful Massage. I will always strive to work within your comfort level to achieve the results necessary.
Swedish Massage – Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Swedish is the basis for most other massage modalities.
Lomi Lomi Kahuna Principles Massage – Hawaiian Style Massage for relaxation, flexibility, and therapeutic touch. Long strokes, Hawaiian Music, and some say, the feeling of being rocked by gentle ocean waves are all a part of this specialty massage.
Neuromuscular Therapy – Neuromuscular Therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system with the structure and the form of the musculo-skeletal system.
Sports Massage – Pre and Post Sports Massage will help you ready or recover from a sporting event. Hydration is key for everyone, but especially for the active athlete. I feel I bring a special insight to Sports Massage being an active runner, cyclist and skier who also dabbles in other sports. I have also worked with the New Hampshire AMTA Sports Massage Team at events such as the Mount Washington Road Race. I also have participated and worked as a massage therapist at the Boston Marathon and the Pan-Mass Challenge.
Hot Stone Massage – Hot Stone is a massage technique used in conjunction with other modalities, in which warmed stones are used along with the strokes.
Sticks and Stones — Just like the mountain biking trail here in North Conway, this treatment is amazing. Using warm stones and Bamboo Bliss which is hot bamboo and rosewood tools, this massage melts away tension and flows just like the trail. This is a 90 minute session.
Prenatal Massage – Massage performed during pregnancy using a special prenatal pillow which will allow Mom to lie face down with comfort or side-lying with pillow support using Swedish Type Stroking. As a grandmother of eight, I have had experience in pre and peri-natal massage. Prenatal massage is only available after your first trimester.
Reflexology Massage – Reflexology is a technique that uses pressure points on the feet, hands, scalp, and ears thought to correspond or “reflex” to all areas of the body. Especially relaxing and this technique may be used when certain health conditions contraindicate other massage modalities. Very relaxing and energizing.
CranioSacral Massage – CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle hands-on therapy developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.I received treatment in CST for my migraine headaches and find these treatments, along with mineral supplements and eating gluten free, I am having fewer migraines. Wear comfortable clothing, no jeans, please.
Zero Balancing – I am a Certified Zero Balance Practitioner. Developed by Fritz Smith, MD, in the early 1970’s. Zero balancing is a powerful mind-body therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol lasting 30-45 minutes, I use finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to create fulcrums,or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. A Zero Balancing Session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization. Please wear comfortable loose clothing for your Zero Balancing Treatment.
Thai Yoga Massage – Thai Yoga Massage combines the best of yoga and massage. Sometimes called “the lazy man’s yoga”, it is performed on a lowered massage table in comfortable clothing and is customized to the wants and needs of each person. It can provide amazing results to reduce stress, ease discomfort, and create total relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing such as loose sweat pants or yoga clothing and long sleeve shirt.
Compassionate Touch – Compassionate Touch is a hands-on complimentary approach for those in eldercare, hospice, and palliative care to improve quality of life by reclaiming the human touch in care giving. Touch is very important and I have experience many Sacred Moments when working with this positive touch.
JFB Myofacial Release – As taught by John F. Barnes, Myofascial Release is generally a mild and gentle form of stretching that has a profound effect upon the body tissue, encompassing the entire body and spirit. Please wear shorts and sports bra for this treatment. Deep Muscle – Deep Muscle Technique releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger, elbow, and forearm pressure to contracted areas following or going across muscle, tendons, and fascia. This is deep work but should only “hurt so good”.
Lymphatic Massage – Lymphatic massage or lymph drainage massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow. Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function. Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema, sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.
Circulatory Massage – stimulates the efficient flow of blood through the body. Most of the strokes are repeated numerous times. Massage to encourage blood flow to the tissues is different from massage to encourage blood flow from the tissues back to the heart.
Infant Massage – Infants and children usually love the gentle touch of massage. I enjoy working on children and can help guide you to enjoying massage with your child.
Seated Massage – A seated, fully clothed, massage treatment. I will bring my portable chair to your place of business. A great stress reliever during a busy workday and a wonderful benefit for employees.