Therapeutic massage is a great way to help sore and overworked muscles, reduce stress and relax. Other benefits include reduction of pain, improved immune system functioning, reduced stress levels, improved sleep, reduced anxiety, improved circulation, less muscle tension, lower blood pressure, and better body awareness.
Massages are done on a comfortable massage table, in a quiet, warmed room, with the client covered at all times with a sheet and blanket. Though most techniques require the client to wear a minimum of clothing, any massage can be adapted to work over clothing; your comfort is the priority. I work with unscented and hypoallergenic lotions for the comfort of all clients.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork that works with the same points as acupuncture, but the practitioner uses his or her fingers instead of needles. It is a very calming, quiet and centering form of bodywork that incorporates eastern medicine, pressure points, and massage. It can help ease muscle stiffness, shoulder and lower back pain, insomnia, digestive problems, chronic pain and migraines, as well as emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. I incorporate Shiatsu points into my regular massage sessions.