Integrated therapeutic massage sessions result in relief from aches and pains, increased circulation, decreased stress levels, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
In order to create a truly client-centered session and best address your individual needs I integrate a variety of techniques that may include:
Swedish Massage - a relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork which focuses on the skin and superficial muscles of the body.
Deep Tissue Massage - this is not the same as "deep/heavy pressure". Deep tissue focuses on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body and requires a specific focal point such as a muscle grouping. Pressure does not have to be intense in order to be effective and can be pain free.
Abdominal Massage - tap into your core with therapeutic touch. Wonderful to include in a full body session or to focus on certain digestive issues. Gentle and relaxing.
Strain Counterstrain - a manual therapy technique that gently and effectively releases muscle spasms and reduces joint pain by passively shortening the affected muscle areas.
Integrated therapeutic massage sessions combine a variety of techniques and result in relief from aches and pains, increased circulation, decreased stress levels,enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
*New Client Sessions require extended intakes and allow ample time for this as well as 45-60 minutes of working time.
Cancer and cancer treatment affect every person differently. As a breast cancer survivor myself, I understand the challenges faced when learning about a diagnosis, undergoing treatment, and life after or with cancer.
Some benefits that cancer patients and survivors may receive are:
reduced pain perception, less fatigue, decreased nausea, reduced anxiety and symptoms of depression, and relief from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), even years out of treatment. Some people also experience increased sleep quality and improved range of motion from surgery related restrictions.
“Oncology Massage” incorporates modifications and adjustments to traditional massage techniques in order to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer. A safe massage therapy care plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an “oncology massage” can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, position of the client on the table, and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, skin and bone fragility, and risk of lymphedema.
New Client Sessions require extended intakes and allow ample time for this as well as 45-60 minutes of working time.
Oncology Massage” incorporates modifications and adjustments to traditional massage techniques in order to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer.
Oncology massage should only be provided by a Licensed Massage Therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment and how to modify your sessions accordingly. A written treatment plan can be presented to your doctor for approval. I am a Preferred Practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage and have completed over 200 hours of training and hands-on practical work in cancer, lymphedema, and end of life care.
The lymphatic system is one of the key components of our immune system. Its primary function is the removal of toxins and waste from the body. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a light touch modality that stimulates the flow of lymph fluid to align the lymphatic system with the natural rhythm of the body boosting your immunity. It is not massage therapy but can be performed by a trained massage therapist or lymphatic therapist.
When the lymphatic system is working effectively, you are better equipped to:
>> Fight colds, resist allergens and alleviate sinus issues
>> Reduce edema (fluid buildup and swelling) and lower inflammation
>> Experience an overall sense of well-being due to immune boosting white cell production
The pressure used during the application of MLD is lighter than what you may be used to when receiving other hands-on treatments and self-care techniques can be taught for home use. While this technique may benefit almost all people, it is especially helpful for those dealing with lymphedema (swelling caused by a lymphatic system blockage) due to cancer treatment, medical conditions, pregnancy, or postoperative side effects, and those experiencing known or undiagnosed autoimmune disorders.
I see clients for lymphatic drainage sessions for the following conditions/reasons:
>> Cancer-related risk of lymphedema or lymphedema symptoms
>> Cancer-related surgical and reconstruction post-operative care
>> Digestive disorders, sleep disorders, sluggish lymphatics, etc
>> Autoimmune concerns, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
>> Post-natal support after birth, c-section, or miscarriage
>> General health and wellness support
AT THIS TIME I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR ELECTIVE COSMETIC SURGERY RECOVERY. If you are seeking lymphatic drainage following any cosmetic procedure (unrelated to a cancer diagnosis) such as BBL, tummy tuck, lipo-360, I recommend reaching out to Great Lakes Therapeutic Massage or Orthosport Physical Therapy.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) stimulates the flow of lymph fluid to align the lymphatic system with the natural rhythm of the body boosting your immunity.
AT THIS TIME I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR ELECTIVE COSMETIC SURGERY RECOVERY UNLESS RELATED TO A CANCER DIAGNOSIS.
Whether you have heard the words “you have breast cancer” or you have lived your life knowing they might some day come, you are a woman impacted by breast cancer. And you've been through a lot.
It is very common to feel cast aside and without guidance as you try to find the woman you knew yourself to be before breast cancer came calling.
But there is hope for life beyond breast cancer.
You can learn to work with your body.
To create a partnership with her that builds trust and safety in your skin.
You can learn to see, love, and accept yourself again.
Through the As We Are Now Guided Recovery & Survivorship Consultations, Body Empowerment Program, and online Community, you can learn to understand the ongoing changes to your body caused by surgery and active treatment as well as the challenges to your lifestyle and learn to play an active role in your recovery and survivorship.
The belly is a sacred space that rarely gets touched by someone other than ourselves. Especially as women we are taught to hold in our stomachs, to be ashamed of them even except during pregnancy. We are taught to breathe into our chests instead of our abdomens which limits the amount of oxygen we take in and creates holding patterns instead of softness.