My massage style is probably best described as integrative deep tissue. I tend to work on the firm side, although I can vary pressure, focusing on specific tissues. Most of my massages begin with some Myofascial Release—addressing the fascia that surrounds muscles before getting into the muscles themselves. I also may incorporate some Ortho-Bionomy® and CranioSacral Therapy, two light-touch modalities with origins in Osteopathic Medicine that are very effective for addressing trauma symptoms. If you’re looking for me to get into some real stubborn spots in a more deep and direct way I also use Trigger Point Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy as well as Cupping and Gua Sha when appropriate. Each massage is about finding where you are that day and meeting you there to help facilitate the results you seek.
I just wanted to let you know that I was able to complete Western States thanks in no small measure to your help. It was VERY hard. Was my third 100 miler, but by far the hardest run I've ever done...Being able to finish it felt great though, especially after having to DNF at Peterson Ridge and thinking I was probably going to have to pull the plug on Western altogether.
- Jeffery, massage client & ultra runner
Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises
TRE is a series of simple exercises to stretch and fatigue the muscles and tissues that go into a holding pattern in reaction to aggregated stress and in moments of trauma. By doing so, those muscles and the nervous system work together to release somatically retained tension, usually through tremoring—a literal “shaking off” that mammals do as a natural reaction to fight/flight/freeze responses. The results can vary from profound trauma release to keeping the well of tension that fills in our lives at a manageable level. As you go through the process I work with you to ensure your comfort and safety in addition to teaching you the exercises. I recommend at least two sessions with me for beginning your personal self-care practice.
Since our session…I don’t feel caught off guard one bit. I don’t feel as if I must wade through years of trauma to reach a way forward. I just know: I’m here. I got it now. It’s mine. I will make it happen. It’s cool. And I want to see where it takes me.
-Andrew, TRE client