Yeah, you. Just as you are, warts and all—literally!
Being a massage therapist gives me an opportunity to work with many bodies—big and small, black and white and every color in between, with all different life and health histories. No two clients are the same, but all have one thing in common—every single person who gets on my table is a human being, and therefore is beautiful. I am in constant awe of the human body and how it does what it does. And that’s the same whether you have dry skin or stretch marks or surgery scars. You may judge yourself for these things, but I will not!
Please don’t let worries about your weight or anything else you might be worried that I'm worried about—keep you from getting bodywork. I am a loving, generous therapist who would be honored and delighted to work with you.
Healing is not a passive process
Some massage therapists are so good at what they do they can seem like miracle workers. But at the end of the day, it is always, every single time, your body that did the healing. And you get to own that success. Yeah, body! Bodyworkers can do awesome things, but I can’t do anything without your help. The extent to which you take an active role in your healing makes a difference. My clients who experience the best results are engaged in the process. They notice and tell me what they’re feeling, they do the stretches we talked about. They change their sleeping positions, drink more water, and move more, if needed. They continue to learn ways to de-stress.
Most people have no idea how incredible their bodies truly are! Your innate capacity to heal is astounding. So astounding, in fact, that my primary job is to simply support that process. That’s right—contrary to popular belief, I don’t make things happen in your body, I simply give your body more resources to heal itself.
One of the ways I do that is by encouraging your body to shift from the fight-flight-freeze, sympathetic nervous system state to the relaxed, rest-and-digest, parasympathetic state—because that’s where all healing takes place. Not some. All. And that leads me to the next thing I want you to know:
Pain does not support healing
Our culture thrives on the idea of no pain, no gain. Let's clarify—there’s a difference between pain and discomfort. We might describe discomfort as that hurts-so-good feeling that so many clients genuinely enjoy. In that space, you can still relax and breathe into the sensation, even if it’s a bit intense at times.
With pain, however, you are constantly fighting the urge to tense up. Your body is sounding alarms and wants to get away from the sensation. That is a protective response.
And let’s clear up a misnomer: Deep tissue doesn’t always mean deep pressure. “Deep tissue” is a name for a set of techniques that denotes focused work, but does not always require extreme pressure to be effective. Deep pressure can be applied with any number of techniques, but many studies show moderate pressure is actually more effective to long-term healing-overwhelming and overpowering your nervous system is not a good thing. What I’ve found with my massage clients is that even if we get into some fairly intense spaces with pressure—to break up scar tissue, for instance—if we can stay on that edge where they can relax into the work, the results are far better for both their physical and emotional health.
Working from a home studio does not make me less of a professional
My hours of education and continuing education for licensing exceed the state requirements. My studio is private and quiet. I use spa specific sheets, oils, creams and laundry soap! My table is finest quality Oakworks, heated to your exact temperature preference, with a floating face cradle. If you are being treated with a prescription and have signed a release of records your physician and I work together during your helaing process. As a certified personal trainer Iam able to offer exercises and stretches for your self care routine, if you are interested. I am a member of Massage and Personal Training professional organizations as well as the local chamber of commerce. Maintaining my mental, physical and spiritual fitness is a high priority so I can give you my very best!
I really do care about YOU
I became a massage therapist because of my desire to physically help people. I care about you and I genuinely want you to heal. It is an absolute honor to do this work. The fact that you welcome me into your life and trust me with your body makes you very special to me. If you’ve been thinking about getting a massage, please contact me for an appointment. I will be delighted to see you and work with you on your journey of living well.