I work with intention. I take time to listen to your body’s feedback and pull from over ten years experience to respond appropriately. My work is respectful of your needs at that time. I work deep without being invasive. This is your massage. You are my guide as I am yours.
One or more of the following services may be incorporated into your massage. If you would like to request a service, please let Melanie know when scheduling your appointment.
Cupping is the use of negative pressure for therapeutic purposes. Your therapist may use either silicone or glass cups. The cups are placed on the body and tissue is pulled into the cup. This vacuum increases circulation to the area which aids in reduction of pain and inflammation. Cupping enhances the manual therapies of deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release. The cups also allow for increased flow of stagnant energy. Cupping works wonders on chronic pain issues as well as acute injuries.
For gua sha treatments the therapist moves a smooth sided tool along lubricated skin to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue to increase blood flow. Gua Sha decreases chronic pain, inflammation and promotes healing.
Melanie often uses a variety of pain relieving balms and liniments to enhance your treatment and encourage accelerated healing.
Essential oils are diffused into the massage space for added relaxation and an enhanced massage experience. They may also be added topically.
Heat helps to allow for increased relaxation of the body and can aide the therapist by relaxing bound soft tissue. A heated table, a heat pack on the back, and feet wrapped in warmth is a wonderful and luxurious approach to calming the nervous system and bring a body and mind to the present moment.