I have two strong passions in my life, massage and art. Both have been part of my life for as long as I can remember.
At a very early age I realized I had a passion for massage. Starting simply by walking on my fathers back to release tension, then progressing to using hands and forearms on friends and relatives. It was only natural that I would find myself longing for more knowledge and training. I began training at Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute with classes in Classic Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue. The more I studied and practiced, the more I wanted to learn. Always wanting to find more ways to help the body. Now with many classes behind me, I am working on my Holistic Healthcare Practitioner certification. I find myself continuously taking new classes and workshops to enhance my skills and learn new techniques.
Most of the credit for my artistic skills goes to my Mother. For as long as I can remember she has been encouraging me to draw and paint. I enjoy working with many different media, but most of my art is done with a simple #2 pencil. If you would like to see some of my art click the link below.
Our bodies are truly amazing, if we take care of them we can live a long and relatively pain free life. The reality is that most people live busy stress filled lives. It's often difficult to find time to exercise, stretch, eat healthy, etc.. Many careers , activities, and hobbies require repeated actions or create a sedentary environment. Both can cause problems with the muscle and skeletal systems. Throw some stress on top of that and the body is bound to have issues. Massage can do much more than help the body to relax. Massage can counteract much of the damage we do to it through neglect or miss use.
Your body heals best when in a state of relaxation and so much of the work done is with that principle in mind. Most session, regardless of modality being applied, are performed with an attempt to keep client in a state of relaxation. In my opinion "no pain no gain" is rarely necessary. Of course"therapeutic pain", that "hurts good" feeling is common when dealing with problematic areas. To help facilitate the continuous relaxation state techniques are not rushed. Sessions are scheduled at least 30min apart allowing a few minutes over your session time if needed.
The first step is to help relieve acute aches and pains. Second to address more chronic issues. Third to correct posture and to maintain the body's natural homeostasis.