Massage Therapy/Bodywork

I am a New York State and Hawaii Licensed, and Nationally Certified, massage
therapist. I am a graduate of the Massage and Hydrotherapy training
program at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York.  My
style of bodywork is holistic and personalized to fit each client,
and includes the following modalities and techniques:

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is probably the best known type of massage. It is
characterized by the use of oils or creams, which can, if desired, be complimented with aromatherapy, with a focus on full-body relaxation. This modality
consists mainly of long flowing strokes, kneading, and joint movements
designed primarily to increase blood and lymph circulation. In
addition to improving circulation, Swedish massage increases the
delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues, enhances the removal of
metabolic wastes, helps to relieve certain types of pain and muscle
soreness, restores joint mobility, loosens scar tissue and adhesions
due to injury and surgery, promotes relaxation, and soothes the
nervous system.

Connective (Deep) Tissue Therapy (CTT)

A form of myofascial release, CTT is a relative of Rolfing® and
Structural Integration®. Connective Tissue Therapy, commonly known as
deep tissue therapy, works with the body's connective tissue, or
fascia. This tissue connects and surrounds everything in your body
forming one continuous network. The body's connective tissue can
become tight, stiff and rigid, causing pain, lack of flexibility, and
reduced range of motion. This can be caused by repetitive motions and
overuse of certain muscles, surgery, trauma, poor posture, disuse or
inactivity. CTT works to soften and increase the fluidity of the
body's connective tissue using the application of specific, slow, deep
pressure, helping to reduce muscle spasm and pain, increase
flexibility and restore range of motion. Over time with regular
therapy, patterns of tension and emotional armor held on the muscular-fascial level can be
released.

Neuromuscular (Trigger Point) Therapy (NMT)

Another form of myofascial release, also known as trigger point
therapy. This technique works with the trigger points (commonly called
"knots") that form in muscle and connective tissue as a result of
repetitive motion or overuse of certain muscles, emotional stress,
trauma, injury, etc. Trigger points are extremely taught bands of
muscle fiber that decrease circulation to that part of the muscle,
causing the build-up of metabolic wastes and a decrease of nutrients
and oxygen to the area, leading to pain, weakness in the muscle and
reduced range of motion. Trigger points can also "refer" pain to other
parts of the body which may present as headaches, carpal tunnel
syndrome, TMJ syndrome, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tennis elbow, and so
on. Through precise and focused pressure to the trigger points,
Neuromuscular Therapy counteracts the nerve impulse to the
over-contracted fibers, allowing the muscle to relax and bringing much
needed blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients back to the starved tissue.
Over time with regular therapy, these pain and tension patterns can be
interrupted and changed, reducing pain, restoring flexibility and
range of motion, and leading to new possibilities for movement and
activity.

Kinesthetic Awareness through Movement (KAM)

This modality involves rhythmic, gentle,
flowing, and playful rocking, swinging, stretching, shaking, and
movement. The intention is to bring a sense of pleasure, playfulness,
exploration, and ease into our bodies through the sensory experience
produced through these movements. This modality can allow you to
explore new possibilities for movement, activity, range of motion, and
a general way of feeling in your body. It can help release deep-seated
physical and /or emotional patterns and bring about a sense of deep
relaxation, lightness, freedom, simplicity, and effortlessness.

Shiatsu

Also known as acupressure, Shiatsu (literally meaning "finger
pressure") is a Japanese technique that involves stimulating points
(tsubos) along the body's meridians (channels in which Ki, or vital
energy, travels throughout the body). According to Traditional Chinese
Medicine, Ki can become stagnant at certain points along different
meridians leading to a variety of physiological and psychological
imbalances. The intention in Shiatsu is to help bring the body's Ki
into balance by dispersing stagnant energy. Traditionally, Shiatsu
takes place fully clothed on a mat on the floor, although it can be
adapted into a session on a table.

Thai Massage

Thai massage, also called Thai Yoga, is an ancient form of sacred
bodywork that involves stretching, rhythmic tissue compression,
acupressure stimulation via thumbing, palming, the use of the hands,
elbows, and feet, and assisted hatha yoga postures. Similar to
Shiatsu, Thai Massage aims to achieve  energetic balance through the
stimulation of the Sen energy channels of Ayurveda. Thai massage
sessions are best received fully clothed on a mat on the floor, and
are a great complement to an asana yoga practice.