Hands On Therapeutic Massage
I Offer Many Types of Massage Therapy
In addition to loving horses, cattle and the sport of rodeo, my passion for healing and health led me to the University of New Mexico – Taos's, Integrative Health and Medical Massage Program. There I earned my License as a Massage Therapist, made the Dean’s list, and expanded my learning with 6 specialty massage certificates.*
I offer all kinds of therapeutic massage, including Myofascial Release, Oriental Medicine – Shiatsu Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy. Today I continue my studies and application in Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration, and Visceral massage/manipulation.
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Deep Tissue Massage
Designed to remove severe tension, deep tissue massage is a technique used to relieve both muscles and connective tissue below the surface. A massage in which the fingers, thumbs and elbows are used to release chronic muscle tension, using slow, deep strokes and friction which gives attention to certain painful “trouble spots” in your body. It helps to improve range of motion and heal injuries below the surface. I recommend a minimum of three sessions.
Myofascial release is a technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue – the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support our muscles. I use a specific technique to stretch and repair the connective tissue between your muscles (fascia). The myofascial technique helps your body heal properly from injuries and can restore range of motion. I recommend a minimum of three sessions.
Shiatsu is a Japanese technique that uses finger pressure to help redirect your body's energy. For Shiatsu massage, I apply a variety of rhythmic pressure on certain precise point of the body. These points are believed to be important for the flow of the body’s vital energy, called chi. It relaxes your muscles and helps you achieve a balanced energy flow. I recommend seven consecutive sessions.
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage. An oil or cream is used while applying soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light rhythmic tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. It is a classic massage that will ease your stress and allow you to slip into a calm state of relaxation.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger Point therapy is focused on relieving tension and/or pain at the source through cycles of pressure, release, and deep breathing. Tigger point therapy is often uncomfortable, as these areas are extremely tender and require direct pressure to loosen the muscles. It is great for relieving cramped and overused muscles.
Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain. It addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement. Neuromuscular therapy provides deep and lasting muscle relaxation.
*Massage Therapy Certifications
- University of New Mexico Integrative Health and Medical Massage Certification: 600 hours
- Cranial I and II: 16 contact hours
- Full Dissection training: Fascial layers, central nervous system, cranium and visceral at Institute of Anatomical Research. Certificate: 24 contact hours
- Advanced Myofascial Release workshop: 16 contact hours
- Advanced Techniques in the Knee and Shoulder Girdle: 16 contact hours
- Myofascial and Myoskeletal Techniques workshop: 16 contact hours
- Introduction to Neural Therapy: 16 contact hours