Do you ever massage your friends or loved ones? Would you like to? One of the most commonly expressed frustrations from people giving massages to each other is that their hands get tired too soon, or that they don't know what to do besides just squeeze the shoulders repeatedly.
I'm excited to share many techniques and approaches that will allow you to massage as long as you want and still feel good afterwards. Because, it's not just about strength, it's about learning techniques and approaches that don't NEED much strength. People who have taken my classes have remarked that, prior to my workshop, if they'd tried to massage their partner for an hour their hands would have been exhausted. During the workshop, however, they were able to execute an hour-long massage and they felt fit as a fiddle afterwards.
What a class is like
In our three-hour, hands-on workshop, we'll spend a few minutes getting to know each other, and talking about what everyone is hoping to gain from the day. Afterwards, I'll do a short demonstration, showing some comfortable-to-perform techniques that are both therapeutic as well as delightful. The remainder of the time will be spent massaging and being massaged. You each will both give and receive an hour-long massage, while I move about the room, helping and coaching you to feel comfortable and effective in what you're doing.
My Values as a teacher
In my experience, the best way to give someone an amazing massage experience is to help them feel deeply listened to. Hearing your client allows you to adjust your approach, your pressure, and your technique to create the best possible massage. I will offer you tools and principles for communicating about the massage to your partner in a comfortable, productive manner.
This one is easy to explain: The better you feel, the better the person you're massaging will feel. I'm going to constantly be helping you find new ways to massage in a way that feels good for you and allows you more endurance and strength.
I approach each client as a unique individual, someone with their own fears and strengths, their own goals and obstacles. I aim to hold a calm, comforting energy during the course of the massage, so they can feel safe, and peacefully able to be themselves. As a teacher, I will be showing you ways to help your partner's nervous system feel safe and calm, so even if they've had a long day at work, you can nonverbally show them: "It's ok to let go, now."
There's no one way to massage someone. While I will show you a number of different massage techniques, something that I really want to convey to you are the principles behind those massage techniques, so that you can play around and improvise your own techniques when you're practicing at home. The possibilities are limitless.