How I can help
Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage-
This is what most people think of when they think of massage. A pair of hands and some massage oil, working your muscles at progressively deeper levels of pressure, until it's just deep enough that it feels amazing, but not so deep that it hurts. I stay in touch with you as much as necessary to make sure you're comfortable with the pressure as I use the many techniques at my disposal to find the tight or stuck muscles that are causing you trouble, and help them to relax. I work slowly and mindfully, letting the muscles melt happily rather than trying to force them to relax.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a profound way to communicate with the body, helping the nervous system find a place of calm and balance that will allow it to better support you in the health of your musculature as well as all other aspects of your health. Using light touch on the skull, spine, and joints of the body, I will 'listen' for areas of asymmetry and restriction, and follow your body's natural movements as it unwinds into a balanced state.
I use CST to some degree in almost every session, because once you learn to listen to the nervous system, it's almost impossible not to. However, if requested, I can do a full hour of CST, which can be a unique and powerfully restful experience.
Just as Craniosacral Therapy is a way for me to communicate and help balance your nervous system, Somatic Experiencing (SE) is an approach that helps put that capability into your hands. SE is a process of guided awareness via playful conversation and gentle, explorative dialogue that can ultimately lead to greater resilience, a deeper sense of presence, and a greater enjoyment of life. SE can be purely talk-based, or it can be blended with table bodywork. Like Craniosacral Therapy, I'll always have my SE hat on to some degree, but a 'pure' SE session is something entirely different and difficult to describe.
When I was ten years old, a Reiki Master taught me the basic principles of this gentle energy work. The philosophies she taught, that healing energy doesn't come from us, but rather moves through us, and that we don't choose how someone should be healed, but merely offer a safe space for them to heal, have shaped many of my own philosophies of healing, as well in life. Although I rarely use Reiki by itself, the awareness of it allows me a strong element of trust and mindfulness in my work.