Services & Rates

Transformational Bodywork

2 hours: $150.00

My background includes training in art, movement and expressive therapy as well as traditional Chinese medicine, massage. and wellness coaching. I have 30 years experience practicing and teaching Asian Bodywork, Yoga, Qigong,  and massage. The bodywork I do is multi-faceted with technique, cadence and flow determined by your personal body type, level of flexibility, state of health, layers of tension and type of imbalance. I do not work “on” you to manipulate or fix anything. I am working "with" you to awaken the inner physician and body wisdom. This leads towards global healing and empowers you to be responsible for your own health as well. The holistic approach includes looking at long range goals and solutions. It is my goal to guide you in this process. Most of my clients come for once monthly sessions to maintain balance, health, stress reduction and prevention. More frequent sessions address acute and chronic issues and help to shift habitual patterns.

I call my personal style, which is an integration of all the other modalities listed below "Transformational Bodywork."  It is a fusion of Eastern and Energy Medicine combined with Asian bodywork therapy, stretching, rocking and various massage techniques.  All methods are closely related in philosophy and work on the same model of natural healing. The session includes a synergy of techniques based on individual assessment, wants and needs. The focus is on strengthening your natural ability to heal, setting the body into physical, emotional and mental balance and dissipating the negative effects of stress on the body and mind.

It is my intention to treat all aspects of health. Peeling away layers of stress and tension from the cellular memory within the body. Muscular/Skeletal  issues are addressed to reduce tension, pain and promote proper alignment. Techniques help to increase circulation, strengthen the immune and adrenal systems, enhance digestion and elimination and balance the nervous system. Mental and emotional stresses are released and unwound from the body tissues. Energy and vibration (Meridians and chakras) are balanced and tuned.

Sessions take place on a massage table over comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement (Yoga or gym attire) Gym shorts and tank top can be worn to integrate massage on skin. I choose to keep the Asian tradition of longer sessions as it allows the body to deeply relax into a parasympathetic healing state creating an environment for deeper transformation of issues and longer lasting results.

It is my belief that wellness is a process of balancing the ever changing state of reality as life shifts. Developing inner awareness and educating yourself around healing naturally is a clearing for empowerment in life.

Shiatsu

2 hours: $150.

Shiatsu is my core modality. It is a Japanese form of Asian bodywork. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points (Acu-points) along the energy pathways (Meridians) of the body, gentle stretching and rocking techniques are applied over a wider area to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu facilitates transformation but in a deep, gentle and relaxing way.

The theory behind Shiatsu is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and my training is similar to an acupuncturist.  Instead of using needles, I use the power of touch to assess points and bring energetic balance to the body/mind. It is more globally therapeutic in nature then western massage as it balances all the systems of the body. Treatments boost the immune system, enhance digestion, help to balance hormonal and adrenal function and promote proper organ functioning. The mind becomes more relaxed, there is clarity of thought as well as increased circulation, a release of tension / stress and reduced pain. 

Shiatsu is more 3 dimensional in nature then Western massage as the muscles and meridians are worked in a comfortable stretched position.  The result is similar to that of yoga as it increases flexibility, releases restrictions in the tissues allowing for a natural alignment of the structure. I have given treatments on ages ranging from children to elderly. Each session is unique and tailored to individual needs.  Shiatsu is traditionally done on a futon mat on the floor as pictured above.  I worked this way for 20 years but have transitioned to using a table. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.   When indicated other TCM techniques will be integrated into a session. The other modalities that I practice are listed below.

Oriental Bodywork

Oriental Bodywork (Also known as Asian bodywork  therapy - ABT) aims to restore and balance the flow of energy (Chi) throughout your body. It uses gentle hand and finger pressure along specific points and energy pathways (meridians) on the body to restore your body to full health. There are many forms of Oriental bodywork that I practice and teach including those listed along with Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal massage), Tuina (Therapeutic Chinese Massage) and Sotai. (Stretching using breath and resistance to release tension and increase flexibility) They all share a common foundation in Chinese Medicine. They simply differ in their use of specific techniques to balance your energy.

Other techniques that I may use when appropriate that are included in The repertoire of Oriental /Asian Bodywork

Cupping Therapy - Plastic or silicon cups are place on the skin To create suction. The cups may be left in place or applied over lotion and moved on the surface.  By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue. This can release muscular tension and loosen adhesions, release stagnation and increase range of motion. Cupping pulls metabolic waste to the skin level where it can be easily flushed out by the lymphatic and circulatory systems.

Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians and can work acu-points and trigger points. It increases circulation and energy flow, reduces pain and inflammation, increases flexibility and mobility, releases and restores fascia and scar tissue. Cupping also is used to improve athletic performance, reduce cellulite, and tone muscle tissue. 5 minutes of cupping is equal to 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.

Gua sha - Gua sha is a Asian alternative therapy that involves scraping of the skin with a massage tool to improve  circulation.

Moxibustion - Moxa is a traditional Chinese medical therapy which consists of burning the dried mugwort herb on the appropriate  acu-point that is needed to assist healing. Moxa is used to activate the point, release stagnation and relieve pain.

 

Acupressure

 

 

Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of Chinese medicine and healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health. During a session,  firm pressure is applied directly to the active "points" on the body, which helps to relieve muscle tension,  improves circulation, balance energy, assists digestion and the endocrine system, enhances immunity and  general well being. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in preventive care along treating headaches, structural issues,  insomnia, emotional and mental imbalances. Acupressure is based on the same theory as acupuncture but gets results through the use of touch instead of needles. I integrate the appropriate acupressure points for each individual into each session.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is closely related to Shiatsu in practice. They both use a combination of hands, knees, forearms , elbows, and feet to apply pressure along with stretching, rocking and rotations. A three dimensional massage as energy lines, muscles and points are worked in yoga like stretches. Increases flexibility, helps to release stress, relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and home. I seamlessly integrate Thai Techniques into my sessions and currently do so on a massage table instead of the floor.

CranioSacral (SM)

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle yet powerful technique that adjusts the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, releases restrictions in the spine/cranial bones and balances energy within the nervous system and thought process. It is effective in releasing neck / back pain, headaches, sinus/jaw issues and mental/emotional stress .  Developed by physician William Sutherland and popularized by John Upledger, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience. I am trained in all levels of the the Upledger style including advanced CST and Somatic Emotional Release (SER) This technique is integrated into all of my sessions.

Trager Approach

The Trager Approach is a type of bodywork developed by Dr. Milton Trager. This gentle rocking technique is  designed to free up the body, release muscle tension, and improve your state of mind and physical well-being. Because Trager is a very gentle and individualized type of bodywork, it is suitable for a wide range of clients including the disabled and the elderly. The tension and pain released allows you to move more naturally and effortlessly, improving your overall quality of life. Shiatsu naturally uses a lot of rocking techniques. Although I am not certified in the Trager technique, I have a taken several classes to add to my knowledge base.

Energy Work

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Work is based on the belief that everyone has a "life force", (chi/prana) and that the body needs to sustain its balance for optimum health. Anytime you experience emotional or physical illness, it indicates that your life force has simply become unbalanced. I work directly with the bodies energy field to restore balance and flow to the entire system. Once your energy field has been restored to full health, your body will follow. My energy modalities include Reiki, Shinkiko, Shamanic journeying and Chakra balancing. I use these techniques to activate  and balance the meridians, acu-points and end each session with a meditation and chakra balancing.

Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi is the Hawaiian word for "massage", and it is part of a larger native Hawaiian tradition of healing. According to Hawaiian tradition, all living beings are seeking a state of balance and love in the world. Mindset and philosophy is related to Asian bodywork as well.  Focus is not only on relaxing your body through gentle touch, but also reviving your spirit and filling your body with the energy of love and compassion.  Lomi Lomi strokes are described as riding the wave of energy within the body. I spent 6 weeks in Hawaii studying the Lomi Lomi traditions.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and re-

balance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. I practice Indirect myofascial release, along with Structural Release Therapy (SRT) which applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation, assists in the natural realignment of the structure and relief from pain.

Reflexology

1 hour: $ 75

Reflexology focuses on applying pressure to the specific reflex zones and acupressure points in your feet and hands. (Asian reflexology also works the face, head and ears) The goal of treatment is to harmonize the entire body. It is deeply relaxing yet rejuvenating at the same time. According to its methodology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet, hands and head. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for many conditions as well as for releasing tension locally in the feet and hands.

My reflexology sessions use a combination of hand and finger pressure as well as smooth rounded sticks or heated stones to access specific points. Some reflexology is always included in my 2 hour sessions. If there are issues with the feet I will put a longer focus on this area.

Somatic Movement (SM)

Somatic Movement uses a custom-tailored approach to improving your body awareness and movement skills. This practice inevitably leads to a stronger connection between the mind and body, creating a more natural and graceful experience of movement and interaction within your own body as well as other people and the world.

Chair Massage

15 minutes: $ 25
30 minutes: $ 45
2 hours: $ 160

I offer Chair Massage at businesses or social events such as family reunions, wedding parties, etc. It is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension in the workplace. The massage is received in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. Chair Massage is done over clothing and the focus is on releasing tension in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. 

Studies have shown that chair massage in the workplace increases productivity, employee satisfaction, and reduces structural problems such as carpal tunnel and back strain. Even a 15 minute session can make a big difference and is convenient enough to fit into a busy schedule. Fee for service includes travel and set up. Prices are negotiable depending on the situation and setting. The price decreases when hired for more then 2 hours.