Looking for a gift for someone you love? Massage & Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy make wonderful gifts! I offer personalized paper Gift Certificates that can be purchased in person or over the phone. Contact me with questions or to purchase! Here are the details:
Gift Certificates are personalized in paper form and can be mailed directly to you or the recipient or picked up at my office.
You can choose the dollar amount of your choosing or pay for a full session (details can be sorted at the time of purchasing).
You can pay via Venmo, credit card, or cash.
MAILED GIFT CERTIFICATES have a $9.00 Shipping & Handling fee to cover postage via flat rate priority mail and must be purchased by December 15th to be received before the 24th!
In-Person Gift Certificates can be purchased/picked up through December 20th and arrangements must be made in advance.
I am currently fully booked through the end of 2021, however schedules do change so if you are interested in being added to my cancellation/waitlist please complete this Appointment Request Form also found on my "booking" page.
If you are ready to schedule a session for January or beyond please complete the Appointment Request Form and note "January 2022" in the comment space and I'll reach out with scheduling options based on our mutual availability.
Manual lymphatic drainage therapy has many benefits and many ways to serve your health and wellness. It also has many nuances from practitioner to practitioner. At this time time I AM ACCEPTING LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE CLIENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS/CONCERNS:
You have had a cancer experience and are at risk of lymphedema or experiencing symptoms and need manual lymphatic drainage therapy to manage them.
You have had a cosmetic surgery RELATED TO A CANCER EXPERIENCE such as fat grafting following reconstruction and need support with your healing.
You have been diagnosed with lymphedema or lipedema not related to a cancer diagnosis and need manual lymphatic drainage to manage your symptoms or support healing.
You are post-natal and are seeking lymphatic drainage to assist with your recovery.
You are seeking lymphatic drainage to manage symptoms related to autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, or support general immunity and wellness.
AT THIS TIME I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY FOLLOWING ELECTIVE COSMETIC SURGERY UNLESS IT IS RELATED TO A CANCER EXPERIENCE.
If you are seeking MLD following cosmetic surgery such as BBL, tummy tuck, lipo 360, etc., I recommend reaching out to Linda Hillyard at Lymphatic Wellness and Massage in Williamsville or Great Lakes Therapeutic Massage in West Seneca. Both practices are trained and experienced to meet your specific healing needs.
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 my virtual business As We Are Now LLC, I offer one-to-one Self-Care Coaching, Guided Recovery & Survivorship Consultations, online courses, and a free online Community so that you can learn to navigate the ongoing changes to your body and lifestyle caused by surgery and active treatment by taking healing into your own hands.
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.