Services

Session times shown are for actual hands-on time. Please come a few minutes early so we can go over your goals for the session and any changes since your last visit.

Swedish Massage

Swedish is a Western style of bodywork (also known as "Classic Massage") typically done on a specialized table with the client unclothed and draped with a sheet; only the area being worked is uncovered and an oil or lotion is usually used. However, the basic Swedish techniques are used in various modalities of bodywork. Below are the modalities I currently offer using Swedish massage techniques:

  • Integrative Therapeutic Massage

While all bodywork has therapeutic properties, the goal of this service is to address specific issues or complaints you may have, while at the same time providing the tension taming relaxation work your muscles need. I may incorporate techniques used in sports massage, myo-fascial, trigger point, and resisted isometric stretching along with techniques from TuiNa, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Thai massage. Be sure to consult your primary care provider first if you are experiencing new pain or discomfort, and verify that it is OK to receive massage.

 

I begin each session by warming up all of the muscles in and around the area of complaint, then gradually begin to locate the muscles involved. My movements will be very slow as I may be working on some deep lying muscles and therefore it is extremely important for you to communicate with me at all times regarding the pressure, tenderness, and location I am working in.

 

I may suggest/utilize cupping (see bottom of page) during the session, provide suggestions such as stretching for self care, and will encourage you to drink plenty of water to flush out waste from the muscles and to decrease any soreness caused by the work. If you choose a 60 or 90 minute session, I may have time to work on other areas of the body for a more balanced effect. Some issues may need more than one visit to see an improvement; please ask me about discounts for multiple sessions.

 

30 Minutes - $40 (best for a spot treatment)

60 Minutes - $70

90 Minutes - $100

120 Minutes - $130 established clients only

 

  • Couples Massage

Enjoy a mini-vacation with a loved one while you each receive a custom massage in the same room (subject to therapist availability).

 

60 min - $150

90 min - $210

  • Clothed Table Massage

Relax on the massage table fully clothed, while I use rocking, compression, tapotement (light pounding with loose fists), and gentle stretching to release tight muscles and make you feel more grounded and energized at the same time. This is perfect if you don't have a lot of time, or prefer to remain clothed. No oil is used.

30 Minutes - $30

 

  • Chair/Seated Massage

A special massage chair is used allowing you to sit in a natural position. No oil is used. You remain fully clothed and receive a 5 to 15 minute massage utilizing compression and kneading techniques on the back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands. This is a wonderful option for someone who is interested in a basic introduction to massage, or who just wants a quick pick me up without any fuss. It's also a great idea for parties, and baby or bridal showers. Chair massage makes a great "thank you" for your bridal party as well! I can even come to your wedding suite the day of!

 

In office: 15 Minutes - $15

On site: 2 Hr. Minimum - $70/hr. (Please call or email for this service.)

 

Shiatsu Bodywork

Traditionally performed on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed, this Eastern/Japanese form of massage is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Similar to Acupuncture, Shiatsu works special points on the body that sit along energy pathways called "meridians". However, instead of utilizing needles the practitioner uses the palms and finger tips to stimulate the points. This, combined with gentle stretching, encourages the smooth flow of energy or "Ki". No oil is used. May be adapted to the table. I have been formally trained in:

 
  • 5 Element Shiatsu

This form of bodywork follows the philosophy that all of the body's organs and functions correspond to one of the 5 Chinese elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood). Energy imbalances within these elements can manifest as problems in the related organ functions. Energy, or Ki, that supports the body's functions, runs along meridian lines throughout the body. Shiatsu balances the autonomic nerves in order to improve organ function, relax the nervous system and muscles, and help to realign bone structure. It increases circulation of bodily fluids and nutrients, thereby rejuvenating the body and improving all functions. Elimination of muscle and body waste is also stimulated. Not to mention that with the incorporated stretches, Shiatsu it is a great way to improve your flexibility!

 

Afterward you may experience a sense of relaxation, rejuvenation and an overall feeling of well-being. If you have specific complaints you'd like addressed with Shiatsu, I ask that you fill out the Shiatsu Intake form. This will help in tailoring future sessions to your needs. I may suggest/include cupping (see below) during the session. Please ask me about discounts for multiple sessions.

 

30 Minute - $40

60 Minutes - $70

90 Minutes - $100

Cupping: combined with session - Complementary

This is a free service that I may suggest during a session if I feel some extra help is needed for difficult knots. Massage normally is done with "positive" pressure where pressure is added to the body when the therapist uses her hands to push on the tissues. Cupping uses "negative" pressure by pulling up on the tissues through suction.

Cupping comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses suction created inside of a glass cup to draw blood and Ki (energy) to the surface and into the muscles. This brings oxygen to tight muscles which in turn helps the muscles to relax and improve function. I use a hand pump to place special valved glass cups in stationary positions on knots, and other tight areas of your back and shoulders. The cups remain on for anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes to ensure that plenty of oxygen rich blood has been pulled into the tissues. The cups may also be used with lotion and moved around to work a larger area/group of muscles.

Please note: This therapy will leave light or dark red marks on the body that may take up to a week or longer to fade, and you may look like you were hugged by an octopus!

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Initial Consultation: 30 minutes - Free

​May include:

  • Health history

  • Positional assessment

  • Muscle length tests

  • Session plan

  • Explanation of techniques used

  • Question & Answer time

  •  Suggestions for self help

© 2007-2016 by Akashic Bodywork

PLEASE NOTE: I have closed my practice due to needing to care for my son. If you have a Gift Certificate or Package of sessions, you may redeem them with any one of my colleages. Visit the Massage Therapists page to find out more about them, or contact me with any questions. 8/15/16

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