massage therapy Chronic pain and tension manifest in a variety of ways. Whether your pain stems from a physical issue such as Fibromyalgia, arthritis, low back issues, OR emotional distress such as depression and/or anxiety, OR chronic stress from living an unbalanced home/work lifestyle, massage therapy is a valuable tool in your wellness routine to promote overall well-being.
Deep Tissue – massage looks to break up, loosen and release chronically locked up muscles by going deep in to the connective tissue. With the proven cumulative effects of massage, deep tissue is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule offering the most benefits, allowing therapist and client to work together to alleviate chronic issues.
Relaxation – Also known as Swedish massage, this gentle technique uses soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on topmost muscle layer. This can also be combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage promotes relaxation, circulation, and energy.
Gua-Sha – A traditional Chinese medicine technique in which the skin on the back and other parts of the body is scraped with a rounded edge such as a ceramic spoon or ox-horn carved tool. Gua-Sha breaks up myofascial adhesion, i.e. pain and restriction in the connective tissues, which promotes the body’s own natural healing response.
Medical Massage – Is diagnosed and prescribed by a doctor also known as, treatment or rehabilitation massage and is an evidence-based approach that seeks to decrease pain, increase function and flexibility from injuries caused by automobile accidents, repetitive use, and sports.
Medical massage bring relief from post trauma events such as neck strain/whiplash, limited mobility, repetitive use symptoms such as migraines, tension headaches, chronic shoulder & neck pain, offering the individual alternatives to pain management without the use of medications and often increases the individuals healing time and recovery.
Hot Stone – Smooth, water- heated stones are placed on key points of the body for deeper relaxation and to soften tight muscles.
“Massage enhances my efforts to be conscious of me and taking care myself, so that I can better give to people when they need me.I was nervous going into Michele’s studio the first time since I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now I can’t wait to get there! What I love about Michele is she asked me questions and got to know me. She took it slow and made sure my massage experience was what I needed. If only there were more people like Michele!”
"The Gua sha treatment that you did for me was just what I needed! All of the symptoms I was having have been gone since my last massage. Thank you so much- you are awesome!"
“Michele is outstanding in at least two areas. First, she is flexible in her approach to my needs, every time. She checks in with me and uses a broad array of techniques that adapt to my body’s current circumstances. This ability is based on her solid understanding of body structure and function; she’s constantly taking additional coursework. Secondly, she creates a safe, comfortable, and calming space. Her draping skills are unsurpassed; my modesty and comfort is preserved while permitting her access to do her work. And she preheats the table on those chilly days! Thank you, Michele, for keeping me healthier all these years.”
“I used to be that person who thought a massage was just a way to pamper myself. Even though I’d read how massage really helps your overall health, I’d only indulge a couple times a year. About 6 months ago, I decided to commit to monthly massage because of chronic problems with my hamstring. Along with massage and doing weekly yoga, the tightness has decreased so much. Thank you, Michele!”
"Michele has been my massage therapist for more than 8 years. She is professional, caring, sensitive and always learning new techniques. The atmosphere in her massage room is very relaxing and comfortable. She knows the perfect approach to sore spots and is very aware of her clients' sensitivity. Michele listens carefully to her clients and what they want. Her massages are, by far, the best in the valley and I wouldn't go anywhere else."