Frequently Asked Questions

Do you do deep tissue massage?

 The term I use for deep tissue is issue specific massage.  There are multiple layers of tissue in the body.  Any layer can be the cause of pain, loss of range of motion and dysfunctional movement patterns.  These layers are addressed from very superficial to very deep layers of tissue in Issue Specific Massage.    

Does massage have to be painful to be beneficial?

 There is a big distinction between pain and intensity. Pain has an “ick” factor and your body actually contracts to guard against the treatment.  This creates more tension and strengthens the holding patterns, but it can bring temporary pain relief.  Intensity can be a lot of sensation and feel good at the same time. It’s something you can stay completely present to without guarding and your body relaxes into the pressure. With pain you can train more tension into your nervous system therefore keeping you in the fight, flight or freeze response.  Working through intensity you were able to train your body and your mind to stay in a relaxed state.  This moves you into the parasympathetic nervous system, where you can rest and digest with ease.   

Can my physical pain be caused by an emotional event?

 Yes. Emotions are meant to wave through the body and when you deny, suppress or repress emotional events they often present as physical aches and pains in the body.  When these suppressed or repressed emotions can be connected to and neutralized, the pain diminishes and a sense of lightness and freedom often returns.  I provide a safe place for this type of treatment as well.  

How often should I get a massage?

 My goal is to help you live more comfortably in your own skin.  I help you gain the self awareness for you to determine how you want to feel in your body.  So I work with you to set up a schedule and a plan that best suits you.

That said…  We will never bottle the power of healthy human touch – nonsexual, non-violent touch. We all need to be touched in a healthy way. If you are going through a difficult time, such as a divorce, a job transition or another stressful time in your life, consider getting regular massage.  I would suggest once a week or every other week, as a way to support yourself.  

If you are working out physical issues it’s better to get treatment close together, like, once a week for a several weeks.  Then see how it integrates into your body and then continue your treatments until you have results that you are happy with.