Every Body is Different, Every Day

Every session is customized for each and every client, each and every time, because your body's needs change as often as you do.

Our first session, you'll fill out a client intake form, that helps me to better serve you.  

Folks familiar with Zeel.com & Soothe.com (both great companies that I enjoy working with as an independent therapist) know that your typical session is an excellent 60-90 minute session, with no hassle--therapist in, sets up table, you receive a skilled massage, the therapist leaves and the payment is already taken care of, so you can continue relaxing.

It's a functional model that I enjoy working with, but in my private practice, I like to provide more than just a massage for your body: I prefer to address your whole self.  

That takes more time than just set up, massage, and break down. 

I'm happy to provide just a massage; but for the folks who are interested, I'm offering to provide you more:

A 60-120 minute massage session for an individual also includes OPTIONAL wellness support, at no additional cost. Supporting your wellness, supports my wellness.

Every client receives a mini hoop, and each session, we work together for 5 minutes as we practice allowing the hoop(s) to gently move our bodies through diverse and varied ranges of motion, increasing flexibility, stability, and dexterity throughout our bodies (Hoopment).  It is also a moving meditation. Bonus!

Keep in mind when booking a session with wellness support, to add another 30-40 minutes in addition to your actual massage time, to account for my set-up/break down; 5 minutes for Hoopment; 5 min pre- & 5 min post-walk; plus some extra just in case...if you fall asleep on the table, it's nice to awaken on your own, at the session's end--after 5 minutes, if you're still under, I will gently wake you...unless you have your own table...then I may leave you in dreamland.

It's more than just a massage...

Before we start your massage, we take a 5 minute walk, for the purposes of warming/loosening your tissues, as well as giving you an opportunity to asses your body's needs (systems check!); we will also discuss what's going on body-wise, and start planning your massage session.

Next, after the warm-up walk, you will mark a representational body chart with X's for discomfort, and circle areas of general tension. 

If there are X's, we may want to focus your session to the areas that feel acute; or provide you with a more general wellness session with special focus on the X.

If there are only circles, we will do a holistic (whole body) session, with emphasis on your specified areas; as well as addressing neurological tension, for full body relaxation.

During your massage, if you prefer, we will both focus on our breathing (slow and deep; through the nose), and refrain from talking**; allowing your body to enter a more deeply relaxed state, and supporting our focused attention on your tissues. 

I'm not anti-talking. Conversations can be stimulating.

I recognize that you may be able to sink into a more deeply relaxed state, if your consciousness isn't engaged with maintaining conversation.

It may be easier to pay attention to where I'm working, so that you may better communicate as-needed pressure, because your attention is engaged in bodilysensation instead of talking.

It's up to you. It's your session.

After our session, we will go for another 5 minute walk, to help your nervous system more effectively integrate the changes in your body from the massage, which may help ensure longer lasting results.  

Muscle memory is a beautiful and malleable device, that we can work with; it's up to each of us to use it.

While I can't guarantee that your results will last longer *with* a post-session walk, than not; there is a greater likelihood that your nervous system may recognize the changes, and "remember" your body feels more relaxed than not.

Each session builds on the last; similar to exercise--instead of building muscle, your body is building "remembering relaxation," with every massage.

"Feeling relaxed" becomes like a "destination," on a neurological and physiological level. Massage is only one vehicle; there are other practices, such as meditation and restorative yoga, that help us reach that destination--and they support each other.

Our post-walk is also our opportunity to discuss anything that may have come up during the session, or that you may want to address during our next session. 

This is a Wellness Partnership; I am committed to you, if you are committed to yourself and your health. 

**I welcome your feedback regarding pressure during the session; I prefer to use colors combined with a 1-10 scale so that I can have a better idea of how you are interpreting the pressure that I am applying. 

THE PRESSURE RAINBOW

BLUE--Light pressure; if after I have warmed the area, you want me to increase the pressure, say "Blue" 

GREEN--Just right; you don't have to say anything, unless you want to let me know

GOLD--the "good hurt" that lets me know we found treasure; If you want me to give that area special attention, say "Gold"

(This is where #'s come in handy; the 1-10 scale gives an added depth to how you are interpreting the pressure)

YELLOW--when muscles are tensing/your breath holding, it's a little too much; if you want me to back off minimally, say "Yellow"

ORANGE--more intensely uncomfortable; if you want me to back off moderately, say "Orange"

RED--your nervous system may feel attacked; if you need me to vastly reduce pressure, say "Red"

PINK--means I'm tickling you; say "Pink" and I will modify my approach to the area

This communication system allows clients, who may want to vocalize/groan, to do so without affecting the pressure I am applying to the body; and clearly expresses when a change of pressure is preferred.

This free e-book gives a more in-depth explanation; click on the image.

This free e-book applies TPR to perceived emotional/environmental pressure; and is intended for kids and their parents/teachers.

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