Phone: 720.480.6142

home-pic

Services

Swedish Massage

Swedish MassageSwedish massage is considered the foundation of most other western massage modalities.  There are 5 main strokes of a Swedish massage.  Long broad strokes of effleurage relax and warm the tissue which is usually lighter or more superficial.  Petrissage involves “kneading” the muscle tissue much like kneading dough to open things up and create more circulation.  Friction is more brisk and may create heat deeper in the muscle to relieve adhesions and scar tissue.  Rocking shaking or vibration can fire up the nerves to loosen muscles around the joints.  Tapotement is gentle striking to the body which initially stimulates the nerves but becomes more sedative later.  It is also used as an aid for decongesting the lungs.  Swedish massage is great all by itself but is also used in conjunction with other massage modalities.

Deep Tissue Massage/NST - Normalization of Soft Tissue

Deep Tissue MassageDeep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. NST incorporates myofascial release (MFR) to separate adhesed connective tissue, trigger point therapy to help knots break loose, muscle energy techniques (MET’s) to relieve muscle spasms, and cyriax cross fiber friction to realign muscle tissue to its proper state.   Appropriate and skillful application of these techniques are designed to treat common soft tissue conditions.  A consideration of posture, lifestyle habits, or past injuries are taken into account when addressing concerns and treatment plan for the client.

Sports and Orthopedic Massage

Prenatal MassageA sports massage can be used before, during, or after an athletic event to have a positive impact on performance and recovery.  Sports enthusiasts or active individuals can stay active with reduced injury as a result of regular massage.  An orthopedic massage focuses on techniques to address conditions of the general population such as frozen shoulder syndrome, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few.  Just about anybody can benefit from these techniques as most of us suffer from some type of ache or discomfort. Facilitated stretches, heat or ice may be added to the massage for added benefit.

Medical Massage and MLD - Manual Lymph Drainage

Chair MassageA Doctor may prescribe massage as part of your medical care.  Some health insurance covers massage as well as auto insurance and workers compensation.  I am a preferred provider for Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado's leading Worker's Compensation Insurance Company.   I charge different rates for medical massage and am required to obtain paperwork prior to our first session so please call or let me know if this is a medical massage before your appointment. 

I am currently certified through Krose training which is based on the Vodder method to administer manual lymph drainage.  It is designed to enhance lymph formation and promote drainage.  Our lymphatic system offers us immunity and it is important for it to flow and work properly for healing and general health.  Often used for post surgical (cosmetic or otherwise) or post traumatic edema, fibromyalgia, after breast surgery for cancer, and for mild medically uncomplicated lymphedema.  Currently, the certification I have does NOT include CDT, Complete Decongestive Therapy. 

Corporate Wellness/On-site Visits

Hot Stone MassageMany companies offer their employees incentives to take care of their health.  One way to do this is to offer on-site chair massage for employees.  It's a great way to boost morale, alleviate stress, relieve tension and introduce the benefits of receiving massage. Please contact me direct for more information or to set an appointment.

Play sports?  I can offer sports massage on-site for tournaments and games to maximize performance and facilitate recovery. 

Other massage modalities that I offer include reiki, shiatsu, comfort touch and integrative work.  Comfort touch was developed to address the needs of the elderly and ill.  It is based off of shiatsu as the therapist will administer firm compressions along the body which calms the nerves and offers a nurturing soothing touch.  Recipients may stay in their comfortable chairs or even in their (hospital) bed and remain fully dressed.  It is great for those in nursing homes or for those in hospice care.  It is also practiced on care givers as another form of comfort and healing.  I like to use comfort touch and shiatsu with children as it is less ticklish and is received fully dressed.  *Minors must have adult guardian consent form to receive any style of massage.  
Reiki balances chakras or energy centers within us.  According to some reiki practitioners, there are 7 chakra centers in our body: the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and the crown chakra.  A reiki practitioner knows how to listen and feel the energy flow without actually touching the client, however; some aspects of reiki does involve a hands on approach.  The practitioner also knows how to channel energy through their own body or with the use of stones or pendulums to promote opening the chakras for improved health and vitality.  To become a reiki master, one must complete 4 levels of attunement.  I am currently at level 2 and looking to complete levels 3 and 4 by summer of 2012.
Therapists of integrative massage understand that the whole (being) is greater than the sum of its parts.  It is a holistic approach to massage therapy incorporating many modalities to best suit the needs of the client.  In a caring and safe environment, the recipient may choose to explore his or her feelings and sensations and become more aware of tension and holding patterns that can manifest itself into pain and discomfort.  Through breath work, sound and toning, verbal interaction, guided visualization, long fluid smooth strokes crossing over joints among other techniques, will encourage more awareness and embodiment from the client.  The human body has amazing abilities to heal and with the right kind of therapeutic touch and communication between the therapist and client, this may evoke a person’s natural ability to transform and heal.  Although not a requirement, at times it may be useful for the massage therapist to communicate with a client’s mental health care provider as long as there is a signed medical release and consent.