Massage Techniques

Therapeutic Massage Session:

A massage session created especially with the client’s needs in mind. The various techniques of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu Shin Tai and Stretching are applied where and when needed based on the palpation response of the areas of the body being touched.

The therapist’s intuition and mindfulness during the session allows her to mentally choose from her toolbox which technique to use at that time and the degree of pressure to be applied so pain is not inflicted on the client. She mindfully pays attention to the body’s response to know when to stop and move on to the next part of the body.

The process of the therapeutic approach may require the use of the the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, hands, elbow and forearms.

The many benefits may include overall relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, reduction in pain, increased mobility & range of motion and improved circulation which may improve healing and reduce swelling from an injury.

Swedish Massage:

is a whole body massage design to relax the muscles and joints.

The five  basic methods: effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussion, and tapotement are tools that the therapist uses where needed on the body to create an overall state of relaxation and improve circulation. It is the fundamental method used in a therapeutic massage.

Deep Tissue Massage:

is applied to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia.

The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, because tight surface muscles prevent the therapist from reaching deeper muscles and can cause unnecessary pain.

It is generally integrated with other massage techniques and performed on specific areas of the body.

Shiatsu Shin Tai:

expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body. There is a focus on the evaluation and treatment of the two primary meridians, Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel. Shin Tai bodywork uses a powerful system of diagnosis, theory and technique that facilitates deep transformation. A unique synthesis of structural, fascia, meridian, and chakra technique, this therapeutic bodywork clears stress from the body, and naturally stimulates a balance of energy.  (From Shiatsu Shin Tai’s website)

Myofascial Release:

is a very subtle, yet effective technique.

With the application of sustained light pressure and movement into the fascial system, the therapist assists the body in eliminating fascial restrictions which may facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant and/or are impeding progress.

It is an effective therapeutic approach for the relief of back pain, scoliosis, reduction in range of motion, chronic pain, cervical pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches, just to name a few.

Hot Stone Massage:

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, water heated  basalt stones are placed on specific parts of your body.  Heat has long been used to ease muscle pain and tension. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area thereby reducing muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion.

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or are on medication that thins your blood. You should not get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn.

Seated Massage, Chair Massage, On-Site Massage:

involves the use of a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits and leans into the face cradle. Swedish Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release techniques are utilized on a fully clothed client in a variety of settings to create relaxation and reduction of muscle tightness and tension in the head, neck, upper back, arms and hands.

Excellent way to introduce massage to someone who has never experienced it.


Use of plant derived essential oils for aromatic and topical therapeutic benefits.

I ask each client prior to use if an allergy is present for essential oils. The oils used are therapeutic grade diluted 1:3 with grape seed oil or added to the *massage lotion to be used during the session.

My signature essential oil blend is called “Achy Muscle” which is a blend of Eucalyptus, Geranium and Ginger essential oils.

Eucalyptus for aches, pains and rheumatism; antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

Geranium for depression, circulatory conditions and nervous tension

Ginger for rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, and sprains

Other essential oils available for use;

Lavender for inflammation, headaches, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, rheumatism and arthritis. 1 – 2 drops creates a state of relaxation, more than 2 drops may act as a stimulant

Peppermint for inflammation, headaches, migraine, arthritis and as a stimulant

You are welcome to bring your favorite essential oil or blend. Just let me know before your massage session begins..

*My lotion of choice is a hypoallergenic massage lotion by BIOTONE called Advanced Therapy Massage Lotion. It”s a combination of Grapeseed, Apricot and Sesame oils blended into a luxurious lotion that absorbs quickly and moisturizes the skin without feeling oily or greasy.