Come one in to a newly renovated office in Somerville where a brief interview will take place to assess your needs and fully customize the session to you, drawing upon the modalities described below. No two people are the same, and neither should be a massage. Whether you are looking for something flowy and relaxing, or something more intense, you will get what works best for you.
The address of the office is
259 Elm St #300b
Somerville, MA 02144
Bring the spa into your own home. I will arrive with my table, table warmer, blankets, and peace of mind. A brief interview will take place to assess your needs and fully customize the session to you, drawing upon the modalities described below. No two people are the same, and neither should be a massage. Whether you are looking for something flowy and relaxing, or something more intense, you will get what you ask for and need.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
The most common set up is to have a sign up sheet with slots for every 10 or 15 minutes, and accommodate 4-6 people an hour. 2 hour minimum, 5 hour maximum. Of course you can customize the times, if one person wanted more time on the chair
Rate: $70 per hour
If you've ever wanted to learn how to give an awesome shoulder rub, then this class is for you. I teach in groups ranging from 4-24 people. We will partner up and take turns working on each other, until each move I show comes naturally and the rationale behind it makes sense to you. All that is required are enough chairs for half of the people attending the class; the other half will be working on those seated. and enough space to accommodate everyone. No prior massage experience required. Everyone will remain fully clothed and no lotion will be applied. You will leave the class eager to alleviate aches and pains from friends and family. It's fun to work on people, and also fun to be worked on.
Rate: $180 per 2 hr class
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to help prolong the pliability of the newly freed muscles.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to serve as a conduit to let your own energy flow where it needs to. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain. I often compare it to a bearhug with only the hands; its that same mindful intent to help another.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. Highly effective at reducing swelling and scar proliferation, if done two days prior to surgery, and during the healing process
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy. It's also called Thai Yoga massage, because I move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches. My clients say Thai massage is like doing yoga without doing any of the work.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.