My Philosophy as a Practitioner:
The wellness and self-care industry is booming these days. More and more people are turning away from traditional medicine and looking toward alternative methods for addressing their health concerns. And for good reason. There is overwhelming evidence for the effectiveness of massage therapy, movement, and meditation in relieving stress and enhancing mental health, facilitating injury recovery and prevention, boosting fitness and sport performance, and increasing quality of life in general.
However, with so many skilled practitioners out there now, it can be a challenge to figure out who is the best fit. Every therapist has a different personality and uses different techniques with their clients. So here’s a bit about me:
It feels like an incredible gift to do what I do, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly! Every day, clients give me permission to work on their bodies, the only one they will have over the course of their lives (well, unless medical technology gets real crazy real soon). I always intend to effect positive change in the connective tissue, muscles, and joints of the body, but I know that in doing this, I am also touching all the memories and emotions collected over a lifetime (I know, WOW). I honestly can’t think of any other profession that works on so many different levels of a person all at one time. So, when working with me, you can expect my complete presence, because it’s meaningful that you’re trusting me with your body! I am eager to learn how I can best support you in your quest to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.
Now for the fun part: my massage style! My background in kinesiology and exercise physiology lends itself well to working with clients who have “specific” issues like low back pain, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, etc. I find it fun and rewarding to navigate sometimes puzzling symptoms, watch my clients progress from one session to the next, and build lasting relationships so that I can be an integral part of their wellness team. Although you’ll likely feel pampered, I do not approach my massage sessions as a luxury spa treatment, but rather, as a powerful tool for healing and empowerment.
I believe that the body cannot heal unless it is in a relaxed and receptive state. But don’t be fooled, my massages are no joke! There will almost always be intensity (unless you’re just coming in for a straight up relaxation massage), but I always blend it with plenty of techniques to soothe the nervous system so the body can accept and integrate the change that was made. The modalities I draw from include Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, and sports massage. I strive to stay up to date on the latest research in the field and am always looking for more opportunities to learn and grow as a professional.
I’ve got to say, my favorite part of what I do is empowering clients to take charge of their own health and inhabit their bodies fully. I do this by getting clients actively involved in the session (“when I work here, move your arm like this” or “press against my hand for 5 seconds and then relax” and even “what do you feel when I am working on this area of your body?”). Even moreso, I love teaching them exercises, mindfulness practices, and self-massage techniques that they can do at home or at the gym to ensure the benefits of the massage last.
All this to say, I’m hella passionate about what I do. I believe in the power of physical touch and mindfulness to remind people of their capacity to enjoy life to the fullest, and I would love to work with you!