Human Touch Massage
Reduce your pain. Lower your stress level.
I use advanced massage therapy techniques to fix your physical problems and address your stress level. Based on wellness coaching techniques, I teach you how to maintain your progress.
Why Choose Human Touch Massage
Relaxation / stress release
Decrease muscle tension and pain
Increase range of motion
Improve pain management
Decrease stress and anxiety
Get a good night’s sleep
Improve injury recovery time
Pre- or post-operative recovery
Massage Therapy Services
Swedish Massage / Whole Body
Can include the whole body. Good for general relaxation, or when you’re looking for a general tune-up. Swedish massage can reduce inflammation-related pain.
Deep-tissue massage requires advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. This can address chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation.
Can include the whole body, geared toward improving physical function. This may focus on specific body regions to address problem areas, reduce the possibility of injury, and to aid in the recovery from minor injuries.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular massage therapy is a form of soft tissue massage that aims to alleviate chronic muscle and nervous system disorders and problems. It is mainly used to fix trigger points, circulation, nerve compression, postural problems and repetitive movement injuries.
Four steps for ADVANCED MASSAGE THERAPY HEALING
Effective massage therapy really includes four parts: Assessment, Treatment Plan, Massage Therapy, and Maintenance. Each part is vital to achieving results for the long term.
I strive to understand, and make a connection with each of my clients. We start by having a conversation as to why you’re seeking a massage or bodywork. I take the time to listen, clarify your goals, and work up a plan specifically for you. Your massage therapy sessions are guided by that plan. Adjustments and ongoing check-ins help maintain results. Also, I am a firm believer in educating the client so they become empowered to sustain progress toward their goals.
Critical thinking is key to proper assessment of your situation – whether you see me for relaxation or rehabilitation work. This includes asking questions about your work, home life, level of stress, sleeping patterns, eating, and exercise. What you do is just as important as how you do it. I ask questions to learn about you and your goals as we explore how massage therapy can be most effective for you.
Your treatment plan is based on your individual situation, preferences, and goals. As I learn about you, I’ll make decisions on how to work with your body for the best outcomes. Sessions may focus on a specific area or the whole body. They may address pain, tension, range of motion or flexibility. The plan allows us to be focused and effective in making progress together.
My practice is based on evidence-based massage therapy techniques, focused on improving outcomes. I use specific techniques based on anatomy, physiology, and clinical practice that help address sources of pain or stress. Insights from years of experience help me listen to what your body is saying and match up the best techniques for your situation. My clients often tell me I have made significant improvements in managing their pain, reducing stress, and gaining a better sense of well being.
Some people think that one massage session will help relieve all their pain. In reality, massage therapy is most effective over time. (After all, the tension or injury probably didn’t happen in just one hour!) It takes time to work through the muscle layers to get to the actual source of the problem. Monitoring and maintaining is key to keeping you at your best. Together we can figure out what kind of sessions and how often are best for your situation. As needed, I can provide education, coaching, and support
AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
AMTA is the largest nonprofit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. Mission Statement To serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. We promote the health benefits of massage to the public, the health care community and other important groups. As a member-driven organization, We advocate for the issues important to massage therapists and their clients across the country. It actively supports research and continuing education opportunities. I am a member of the AMTA so I can stay in touch with current issues, research, and trends across the industry.
Featured Article: The Stress-Disease Connection & The Mind-Body-Spirit Solution
I focus on looking at the Stress -Disease Connection, my role as a massage therapist and body worker, is to collaborate with my clients on their healing journey. My practice is based on evidence-based techniques, focused on improving outcomes.
The stresses that are part of our everyday lives deserve more time and attention than standard appointments at medical clinics and hospitals can supply.
Gabor Mate says, “How may stress be transmuted into illness? Stress is a complicated cascade of physical and biochemical responses to powerful emotional stimuli. Physiologically, emotions are themselves electrical, chemical and hormonal discharges of the human nervous system. Emotions influence—and are influenced by–the functioning of our major organs, the integrity of our immune defenses and the workings of the many circulating biological substances that help govern the body’s physical states.” (https://drgabormate.com/preview/when-the-body-says-no-chapter-one/)
As I work with my clients, stress (including trauma related stress and physical stress) is part of what I use to inform the development of an effective treatment plan.
I believe that by addressing the mind – body – spirit connection; massage therapy offers an opportunity to help manage your pain, manage your stress, promote a sense of well being, and improve your ability to perform at your best. (Stress / Disease Connection)
Additional Wellness Service: SE (Somatic Experiencing)
Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence. — Peter Levine, American Psychologist
Many people in our community have been affected by trauma. When our bodies experience trauma, whether in personal or large-scale events, our nervous system becomes dysregulated. This can bring a range of challenges affecting our daily life and interfering with progress on our personal pursuits. Dysregulation of the nervous system manifests physically or emotionally, and often results in chronic pain or chronic stress.
As part of the healing process, we invite the body to tell its stories, reestablish self-regulation, and allow the nervous system to complete its natural cycle. We don’t need to live with all the difficulties — we can make progress on our personal path.
In our SE Coaching and Massage Therapy sessions, we work together to process old experiences in order to heal. SE (Somatic Experiencing) focuses on the body and nervous system – processing sensations and experiences in the body without concern for meaning or judgment. Actively engaging in the healing process often helps alleviate the emotional roots of chronic pain.
Some of our sessions might look like regular massage – except you’ll have a more active role, being aware and describing what you’re experiencing in your body. Some sessions might look more like coaching, as we talk through the sensations your body is experiencing.
Additional Wellness Service: Wellness Coaching
Wellness Coaching gives you a place to develop tools to manage stress, promote a sense of well being, and improve your ability to perform. Coaching is beneficial to people who seek to gain personal insight or need support during transitions in life.
During sessions, you’re in charge of what we talk about. Studies show that when you work with a professionally trained person, further progress is made than when working by yourself. Coaching can be about building skills such as resiliency, stress management, or others. Topics can range from jobs, living arrangements, stress, diet and exercise, or relationship challenges. Better skills make life’s challenges easier to deal with. As an outsider looking into your situation, I can provide insight into situations you may be struggling with. Often family or friends aren’t objective, but may also be part of the problem.
My job as a coach is to be objective, supportive and “hold space” for you to work through whatever it is you’re dealing with. I strive to make our sessions a place of wonder and awe.
All are welcome at my practice
I have worked with women and men. I am proud to include among my clientele GLBTQA clients, people of color, people with disabilities, people with trauma, veterans, recent immigrants and their families, and people in recovery. I committed to doing my best to understand clients who have a different background from myself. The goals of my client are always most important, and I strive to make the journey more successful.