MODALITIES

Modalities
and how they help you

 DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

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. David's work is based on Structural Integration, which is a system of soft tissue manipulation focussed on properly aligning the whole body. The work is usually quite slow, giving the ability to acces the deeper layers of muscle more effectively. "You can never go too deep, just too fast".

 CRANIOSACRAL WORK

Craniosacral Work is the evolution of 'Cranial Osteopathy' developed by Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900's. The Craniosacral system includes the 22 bones of the cranium, vertebra, and sacrum, as well as the brain, central nervous system, cerebral spinal fluid and membranes inside the cranium and spinal column. The work is traditionally focussed on optimizing the position and fluid movement (cranial wave) of these parts.
It is commonly used to treat symptoms such as TMJ, headaches and neck pain,
and is known to induce a state of deep relaxation that brings about the body's inherent ability to heal itself.

TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE

Thai massage is traditionally practiced on a mat on the floor, with the client fully clothed. It is very popular for it's stretching. However, it also includes work along energy lines and points in the muscles, similar to Shiatsu, Acupressure and Trigger Point Therapy. It also seeks to align the body by releasing any imbalances, as in Structural Integration. It is a wholistic form of bodywork based on traditional Thai medicine. As a practitioner, David takes into consideration as much of the client's whole process as possible. Sessions may range from very vigorous to meditative and nurturing, depending on the needs of
the client
.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in the client's body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle, not necessarily 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 focussed on releasing the client's trigger points. The effects are known to be lasting and profound.

 SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish Massage is known to be a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. However, it can also be quite vigorous, depending on the needs of the client. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion, as well as stretching, 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, increased circulation, and greater flexibility.

 SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports can be 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.

 SHIATSU

Shiatsu is a Japanese form
of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.

 ACUPRESSURE

Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, David applies firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.

  REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in the client's feet and hands. Unlike other foot
and hand massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet and hands themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet and hands. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such
as allergies, headaches, and depression.

 PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Pregnancy Massage is a style
of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. 
The benefits are profound, including the relief of joint
pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.

  CHAIR MASSAGE 

Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in the home or workplace.  You will receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which David will 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. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.  David offers chair massage especially for office settings and private events. 
 A BLEND

During most sessions,
a mix of different modalities is used.
David has studied different traditions deeply enough to see both the commonalities and distinctions between them.  He uses his intuition along with the requests of each client to best serve in each situation. 
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