“What type of massage and bodywork do I need?” This is an excellent question that I get quite a bit. First off, I listen to my clients and what their bodies are telling me. I base the majority of sessions around a deep tissue Swedish massage style but mix it up through out the treatment based on what the client has discussed with me. Quite often I mix in CranioSacral therapy (CST). This is a light touch therapy and I find that it helps the client to relax and “melt” which in turn makes my job easier. CST has become my go to addition for anyone coming in talking about being anxious, not being able to relax, needing grounding, experiencing both tension and migraine headaches, or recovering from a physical or emotional trauma. Really, the CST and deep tissue massage combo is my jam. It’s where I excel. It is becoming my passion. What I like about CST is that I can help a client resolve a physical or emotional trauma without having to talk about the traumatic event. CST can facilitate healing on a deep level without activating the fight or flight response that can happen with some people receiving deep tissue massage. I know my limits and don’t pretend to be a talk therapist. If you need one I have some great referrals for you!
I also do Gua Sha for areas of the back and neck that feel like there is little circulation but a lot of tension. Just getting over an illness or in the midst of allergies? I would suggest some Lymph Drainage Therapy. I also will do trigger point massage on needed areas, abdominal massage, Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, or some assisted and unassisted stretching. I’m big on communication so if I’m ever doing something that I don’t like, please tell me. It’s your massage and you should never endure something that you aren’t comfortable with!