Wellness massage is an excellent way to counter the complex effects of stressful lifestyles in our modern world. Chronic pain and tension can be caused by a variety of issues.
Whether your pain stems from chronic stress due work demands, an unbalanced home/work lifestyle OR emotional distress such as depression and/or anxiety, OR a physical challenge such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, low back pain, massage is a valuable tool in your wellness routine to promote overall well-being.
With the proven cumulative effects of massage, massage is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule, at least once/month is optimal, 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.
Deep Tissue – This style of massage aims to break up, loosen and release chronically locked up muscles by going deep into the connective tissue. Deep tissue is most beneficial when used on a regular schedule to soothe muscles and keep the connective tissue flexible.
Hot Stone - Smooth, flat, heated basalt stones are added to the back during a relaxation massage session. The heated stones help to alleviate muscle tension, discomfort, and pain through gentle warmth, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation.
Mayofacial Release: This particular massage works with the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and is woven throughout the whole body. Mayofacial release frees up adhesed tissue offering more flexibility, reducing discomfort and improving range of motion.
“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!”
“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.
“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."