Exclusive Massage Services
Modalities include but are not limited to: Relaxation, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Cupping, Thai, Pre and Post-natal (pregnancy), Pediatric, Sound Healing, Reiki, Energy Work, Sports Massage, TMJ, head & neck AND MORE.
Relaxation & Swedish
These techniques use long, fluid strokes to help calm the nervous system and relax the body, mind and spirit. May include gentle movements, breathing techniques and a softer touch with intention to help you to relax and unwind. Perfect for anyone who just wants to relax, who cannot handle a deeper pressure, or who needs more gentle therapy.
Deep Tissue /Neuromuscular / Trigger Point
These therapies are combined to create a therapeutic targeted treatment. Deep tissue does NOT mean pain! I slowly work deeper into the muscle tissue allowing the muscles to soften so that I can get into the deeper levels of adhesion and scar tissue without causing further damage or pain. These techniques can involve gentle range of motion, stretching, and releases that at times can feel uncomfortable but it is NOT the intention for you to feel pain. It may surprise you to discover that the pain in your hand really is coming from your neck, or the pain in your legs or feet is really coming from your glutes or hips! I know how to help your aches and pains start to disappear!
Using specialized plastic cups and a hand held vacuum pump. The cups are placed in specific areas of the body and air is pumped out of the cup, creating a vacuum that increases blood flow to the area. Then the cups are glided along the body to help stimulate the lymphatic system. This therapy is excellent for physically active clients and athletes looking to increase their flexibility and performance while decreasing recovery time. Be prepared to look like you got attacked by an octopus! But no worries while it may look like you are covered in round bruises, they do not hurt (Think of it as a hickey). NOT suitable therapy for anyone who is on blood thinners or has any other blood clotting issue or who bruises easily.
Thai massage / Stretch Therapy
While traditionally performed on a Tahi floor mat, I use different Thai techniques designed to be performed on the massage table. These techniques involve mostly compression (pushing on the body firmly) and range of motion (passive stretch). Ideal for clients who are not comfortable getting undressed for a session or larger / more muscular clients who need / desire deeper pressure and more stretch. IF you desire a Thai massage, please come dressed in (or bring) comfortable "workout" clothing such as leggings, sweatpants, t-shirt, etc.
Pre & Post Natal
For the "Moms to be"(2nd trimester-delivery) or brand new moms (3-12 weeks postpartum).
I am certified in specialized techniques to help you relax and feel relief from the aches & pains associated with pregnancy. Using pillows and bolsters you will be laying on your side to keep pressure off your precious cargo while still enjoying a therapeutic experience. Please verify with your doctor / midwife that you are cleared to receive massage BEFORE setting your appointment. For prenatal sessions you must be past your first trimester.
(For children ages 2-12)
I teach parents, caregivers, nannies, and teachers how to combine story time with massage techniques. The child stays fully clothed and sits on the floor, table, or bed and positive touch is used to help decrease tension, increase mobility and stimulate blood flow. If you'd like to learn more please ask to speak with Dawn personally. For children who need a more traditional massage, or who have sports or activity related injury, I can meet with the parent and provide "traditional" massage services upon parental AND child's consent.
Every massage session starts with a few minutes of sound healing using ancient Tibetan bowls played on the body. The vibration of the bowl helps to increase blood flow and stimulate the lymphatic system. The sound helps to harmonize the body and mind and balances energetic flow. Longer sessions can be requested.
Reiki & Energy Work
Intent is everything when it comes to healing touch! Reiki and energy work uses none to very gentle touch, channeling energy and intent to help heal the body and mind without added pressure. These techniques are some of the most ancient healing techniques in human history and help to restore balance to the mind, body and spirit. Once thought of as "pseudo science" these techniques are now widely accepted by modern medicine and used in hospitals and hospices across the globe.
Similar to Thai techniques, sports massage uses compression and movement to help athletes prepare for and recover from events such as marathons, triathlons, powerlifting competitions and more. Best performed less than 24 hours before and after an event or even at the event itself. Different methods will be used to help you, the athlete, perform at your best and recover from any strain from competing.
TMJ, Head & Neck work
If your jaw pops, clicks or occasionally locks please see your dentist. If you have already been diagnosed with TMJ ask your dentist about receiving TMJ jaw, head and neck massage. These techniques focus on helping the muscles of your jaw, head and neck relax and increase movement. Each specific session will include (upon dentist approval) a few moments of gloved inter-oral work specifically targeted to the TMJ muscles. Although painful at first many clients report excellent results from this therapy.
Having specific aches, pains, limited motion or scar tissue issues? Please talk with me and we'll set up a targeted session to help you achieve the body, mind, and spirit balance you are seeking.