I utilize various massage techniques to provide a customized massage. Your massage can be therapeutic, restorative, or a combination of both. I use high quality essential oils, massage oils and creams.

Swedish massage:
The ultimate relaxation massage. Long slow strokes of varying depths with the goal of relaxation, and stress relief.

Buddha and GongMyofascial release:
A gentle technique that focuses on the three dimensional web of connective tissue throughout the body.

Deep Tissue Massage:
This is typically a more focused technique to address individual areas of pain and dysfunction. It can also be a Swedish type massage with a deeper connection.

Trigger Point Therapy:
Focused is the key word in this technique. A trigger point is an area of congestion, contraction, and pain in the body that can refer pain to another area of the body. This is a deep but of short duration technique.

Manual Lymph Drainage

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid underneath the skin.  This swelling, or edema, occurs most commonly in the arm or leg, but can occur in other parts of the body.  Secondary lymphedema develops when lymph vessels are damaged or when they are removed.  Primary lymphedema is a hereditary condition that occurs when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired. 

Lymphedema is often confused with other types of edema resulting from venous insufficiency, certain cardiac conditions, kidney failure, and other inflammatory responses.  These conditions are not  lymphedema and their treatments generally differ from the treatment for lymphedema. 

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique which encourages improved lymphatic flow.  It is a gentle, soothing technique of moving and stretching the skin to stimulate lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. In cases where the lymphatic system has been impaired, for example in lymph node removal and/or radiation, MLD can help redirect lymphatic fluid to uninvolved lymphatic channels to help reduce the swelling related to lymphedema.  In cases where lymphedema is not evident, but the person has had damage to their lymphatic system, the person is at risk of developing  lymphedema.  A customized massage by a certified lymphatic therapist is essential to avoid further damage to the vulnerable lymphatic system. Other applications for MLD include edema reduction post surgery or post traumatic injury.