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Scroll down to learn a little more about the styles of massage I practice, and choose the right one for you

Sports Massage

Customized massage session taking into account sport and training specific factors, body mechanics, mobility, rehabilitation from injury, athletic goals, and fitness performance to create a massage experience that will improve flexibility, reduce adhesions and inflammation, increase body-mind connection to facilitate athletic performance. Using a combination of myofascial bodywork, deep tissue massage techniques, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), and Peripheral Neurmuscular Faciliation (PNF) to help you achieve your goals.

LomiLomi Massage

Traditional polynesian style of massage and bodywork, practiced for its physical, energetic, and emotional healing properties for centuries in island culture. In my practice, lomilomi massage utilizies rhythmic, flowing strokes, and rocking motions that can feel like ocean waves breaking over the body, bringing a sense of deep tranquility and harmony.

Relaxation Massage

a mainstream western massage, typical of spas, for the purpose of stress reduction, and mental and physical relaxation. In my practice, relaxation massage uses Swedish techniques (gliding, kneading, lifting and compressing) as well as trigger point and myofascial release techniques to release muscular tension, improve sleep, and increase body awareness.

CUSTOM AROMATHERAPY

available and included in the price of your massage. Work with me to create your own massage blend or choose from one of my pre-made blends:

DEMETER

Balsam of Peru

Bergamot

Patchouli

Roman Chamomile

CIRCE

rosemary

lemongrass

vanilla

EOS

spearmint

grapefruit

lemon

sweet orange

ANKHET

cinnamon

clove

lavender

rose

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SPORTS MASSAGE

The best athletes in the world utilize massage as an important part of their training. They understand the importance of working through mobility issues, building their proprioception (mind-body connection), reducing the negative effects of their training, enhancing their psychological performance, and preventing overuse injuries before they happen. Why should you be any different?

Work hard, play hard, recover hard.

You might have some questions...

What do I wear for my Lomilomi massage?

Lomilomi massage is typically a completely unclothed massage, and if your massage is more than 60 minutes, will include work on the abdomen, chest and torso (for both men and women). 

We’ll discuss before your massage your level of comfort being unclothed, and (for women) whether or not you would like a towel to cover your chest during the massage, as well as how that may change the massage.

 

What does LomiLomi massage look like?

Lomilomi massage is characterized by sacred ritual, rhythmic movements, and underbody work – where my hands glide between your body and the table.

The ritual includes what order I apply the oil to your body (starting on the left for women, and the right for men), a chanted Hawaiian prayer to set an intention and tone for spiritual healing during the bodywork, and powerful breathing exercise for me to keep energy flowing throughout the massage.

The rhythmic movements are achieved through complex dancelike footwork and alternating movements with my forearms allowing me to flow around the table like water. The massage flows all the way from head to toes in one movement, encompassing your whole body. The underbody work requires that no table linens are used save the sarong you will be draped with and a towel to cover your private areas during the massage (and a cover for the face cradle). The table will be lightly oiled before you lay down on it at the beginning of the massage help the flow of the massage be continuous.

In the very first part of the massage I will oil under your thighs, and under your belly. I’ll step out of the room to wash my hands, and you will start out laying on your stomach, with your face in the face cradle. As you lay down, you’ll cover yourself with a sarong of your choice (I have many lovely sarongs to choose from). I’ll knock, and return to the room, inquiring about your comfort on the table, and then slide the folded towel for the lower drape under the sarong to cover you. This is where the massage begins.

What do I wear for my Relaxation massage

This is entirely up to you as the client. Massage is about you, your experience physically and emotionally, and your comfort. If you are most comfortable wearing undergarments, then leave them on.

My only caveat is that if you would like specific work done on your lower back, hips, glutes, the backs of your legs/hamstrings, you may choose to place the importance of working those muscles over any slight discomfort you may have about being completely nude during a massage. The number of techniques I can use on skin, as opposed to through cloth, is much larger. And sometimes with problem areas, the more techniques I have at my disposal the higher the likelihood that I will be able to achieve the change that is the purpose of the massage. If it makes you feel any better, for the most part, as I massage, I am not looking down at your body (especially in the pelvic region). I’m most likely visualizing the muscles and tissues under my hands, and sensing any changes that are happening.

What does Relaxation massage look like?

Relaxation massage is a draped massage and focuses on the area of your body you would like worked on to maximize stress reduction based on how you use your body and where your specific aches and pains may be.

I will avoid any areas of your body you would prefer I not work on (for example your face if you have makeup on, or struggle with acne, or your feet if you are ticklish or extra sensitive. Time will be allocated to your areas of preference for the duration of your massage, a longer massage means more areas covered. You will be covered with a flat sheet and blanket, and as I work from area to area of the body I will uncover and cover those areas as I go so that only the area I am currently massaging is uncovered.

Wait, so are you saying Lomilomi massage isn’t relaxing?

I suppose I could have called my relaxation massage “Swedish massage” but I like to think about it with the goal of the massage in mind, and prefer not to be penned in by terminology.

Most people come to me with a goal in mind, and quite often that goal is either stress reduction or – you guessed it – relaxation, so it made sense to feature relaxation massage as a key part of my services. But is Lomilomi relaxing? Lomilomi can be a very relaxing experience, and it can be so much more. It can be soothing, calming, balancing, harmonizing, healing, clarifying, and cleansing. It depends on where your journey takes you…

Can I book a massage for a friend or family member as a gift?

You are welcome to schedule a massage as a gift for someone other than yourself, but keep in mind that because massage is such a personal experience, your recipient might prefer to schedule their massage on their own time.

In that case a gift card is the way to go. You can purchase one for the cost of a certain amount of time, and then your gift card recipient can use it towards the service of their choice at their convenience. Beautiful, one of a kind paper gift cards can be mailed directly to the recipient in a peppy envelope, mailed to or picked up by the gift giver to hand deliver. 

 

What kind of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check, and credit or debit card.

Tipping is not necessary, but if you feel I have gone above and beyond your expectations I am always pleased to accept a tip.

What if I have a medical condition? How does that effect what kind of massage I can/should receive?

As a trained health professional with advanced certification in sports massage, and exercise science, I’m well versed in the potential effects massage may have on medical conditions, as well as drug interactions.

The first 15-20 minutes of our first session will be devoted to going over a thorough health history to make sure I know everything I need to know about you. The health history form will be available to complete before your first session electronically, and includes questions ranging from the mundane (do you wear glasses or dentures) to ensure your comfort, to the necessary (have you ever received chemotheraphy, are you currently under the treatment of a medical doctor). All your health history information is confidential and protected by HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) The more I know about you – your physical, psychological, emotional status – the better I can provide an individualized experience to suit your specific needs.

It is not a burden for me to specialize your care, it is an honor.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or “knots” (also known as “adhesions.”) It shouldn’t hurt, but it’s likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.  If the pressure is more than you can comfortably take, you might unconsciously tense up, guarding your body from pain.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

PNF is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, and to that effect it is very effective. This technique is similar to stretching techniques, but allows the brain to retrain muscles to relax and contract on command, reducing chronic tension, resolving long held posture issues, and improving mobility. PNF can be performed as a part of another massage, and involves contracting an inhibited or hypertonic muscle, then contracting the muscle that do the opposite (eg. raise:lower, push:pull, left:right) while resistance is applied (that’s me!) which is followed by another active contraction of the muscle we are working on.

Swedish Massage

is a mainstream western massage, typical of spas for the purpose of stress reduction, and mental and physical relaxation. In my practice, relaxation massage uses Swedish techniques (gliding, kneading, lifting and compressing) as well as trigger point and myofascial release techniques to release muscular tension, improve sleep, and increase body awareness.

Traditional Lomilomi

is a traditional polynesian style of massage and bodywork, practiced for its physical, energetic, and emotional healing properties for centuries in island culture. In my practice, lomilomi massage utilizies rhythmic, flowing strokes, and rocking motions that can feel like ocean waves breaking over the body, bringing a sense of deep tranquility and harmony.

Myofascial Release Technique

uses active movement and reciprocal inhibition to achieve optimal flexibility. Using a 2.0 second stretch has proven to be the key in avoiding reflexive contraction of the antagonistic muscle. Without activating muscle group contraction, restoration of full range of motion and flexibility can be successfully achieved.