My Massage Approach
Background and Stuff
At Hawaii Healing Arts College, I focused my studies on pregnancy massage and treatment work, and those have consistently been areas of interest for me.
Much of my experience since then has been working with perinatal and trans clients, doing primarily functional/ structural work, though I'm very comfortable and confident when it comes to general relaxation sessions.
Relaxation-based and treatment-focused massages are available both for prenatal/postpartum and general clients.
Full-Body Therapeutic Massage
A broad session where we try to cover everything, but don't get to be as thorough in any one area as we would in a focused session.
Because most of us have a few trouble spots that could use a little extra attention, I'll still listen to your specific needs and goals for the session, and then incorporate them into a full-body massage for a cohesive, individualized experience.
Focused Treatment Work
Massage for recent injuries or chronic pain--these sessions are focused on specific areas that are causing you trouble. I tend to take a wide approach; for instance a "neck" session would be likely to include the shoulders, chest, and jaw, as well as front, sides, and back of the actual neck.
My framework for treatments revolves around joint mobility, incorporating myofascial techniques, trigger point resolution and both active and passive movement.
Common conditions that can benefit from treatment include:
- automobile accidents
- chronic headaches
- repetitive stress injuries, such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
- sports injuries
- I especially like sciatic nerve pain, the shoulder/ neck complex, the pelvis, and jaw issues.
What can you expect? Treatment work requires a lot more discussion and client participation than a relaxation massage.
We will do some assessments before and after each treatment and I will ask you various questions about your pain.
During the session, we may change positions more frequently or perform specific movements of the affected joints.
You can also expect some discussion afterwards about what we found and some stretches or postural awareness pieces to think about as we move forward.
Because there often isn't enough time in an hour to get really in depth while still doing a full-body massage, many clients choose a 90-minute session, so we can focus where we need to, and still have enough time to briefly address the rest of the body.
Pelvic Floor Manual Therapy
One type of specialized work I do is for the pelvic floor. If you have pelvic pain, trouble with peeing when you sneeze, or even lower back or hip pain that just doesn't seem to go away, you might want to consider having an evaluation for pelvic floor manual therapy.
Scar Mobilization Sessions
I often include scar work in other sessions when relevant, and also offer this focus option for folks who really want to concentrate on scar mobilization. We may use, per your comfort and consent, manual techniques, fascia scrapers, and suction cups, to smooth scar tissue and release it from underlying areas. The majority of my scar experience has been with surgical scars, including Cesareans, chest/ breast surgeries, and crotch surgeries including episiotomy, but I gladly work with other types of scars.
Other Special Interests
These are areas that particularly appeal to me.
I am in the process of taking continuing education for these modalities, and am excited for the possibility of offering these types of therapy in the future.
For now, I am happy to answer your questions and refer you to a practitioner certified in these specialties.
- Visceral Manipulation
- Craniosacral Therapy for Infants, Pregnancy and the Postpartum
My Continuing Education
Much of my post-licensure training has been concentrated within a few areas.
In addition to the entirity of my midwifery training, I have 59.5 hours of perinatal bodywork, taught by Leslie Stager.
Over 100 hours of training specific to pelvic wellness.
Queerness, Sexuality, and Trauma
- Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment Level 1, with Holly Tanner & Tina Allen via Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, 22.5 hours
- Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment Level 2B: Urogynecologic Examination and Treatment Interventions, with Nari Clemons & Tina Allen, 22.5 hours
(Next I will be attending their Pelvic Floor 2A and then the Pelvic Floor Capstone.)
- Functional Applications in Pelvic Rehabilitation, Parts A & B, with Kathe Wallace, 10 hours
- Integrative Techniques for Pelvic Floor & Core Function: Parts A, B & C, with Bill Gallagher & Richard Sabel, 9.5 hours
- Clinical Pelvic Floor Therapy, with Bryan Baisinger, 6 hours
- Chi Nei Tsang and the Pelvis, with Saumya Comer, 17 hours
- Understanding Prolapse, with Michelle Lyons, 1.5 hours
- Understanding Endometriosis, with Michelle Lyons, 1.5 hours
- Sex and Sexuality in Physical Therapy Practice, with Talli Rosenbaum, 10.75 hours total
- Part A
- Part B: Sexuality for Pelvic Floor Practitioners
- Part C: Clinical Tools for Treatment of Complex Sexual Pain Disorders - Addressing Psychosocial Factors in Treatment
- Postpartum Physical Therapy Examination, with Cynthia Neville, 2 hours
- Introduction to Female and Male Pelvic Pain*, with Holly Tanner, 4 hours
- Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) Level 1, 17.5 hours
My first Bachelor's Degree is in Gender Studies with a focus on Queer Studies, before that was a degree of its own. I've also done various trainings about PTSD and sexual trauma and about making a queer-safe practice. My most recent class in this area was called "Ethics, Gender, & Sexual Orientation for Massage Therapists."
Though I myself am queer and trans, I still think it’s important to seek out LGBTQ+ health care-specific training. Some of the courses I’ve taken include the following via National LGBT Health Education Center
- Pathways to LGBT Parenthood: Assisted Reproduction and Adoption
- LGBT Families: Improving Access to Better Health Care
- If You Have It, Check It: Overcoming Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening with Patients on the Female-to-Male Transgender Spectrum
- Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention in Lesbian and Bisexual Women
- Sexual Health among Transgender People
- Understanding and Assessing the Sexual Health of Transgender Patients
- Issues in Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Considerations, Suggestions, and Resources
I've also completed the Chiropractic Assistant Training Program, and practiced for a while in a chiropractic clinic, but have since let my license lapse.
* I recognize the cisnormative language as problematic. Many of my classes have used language in their titles and their content that needlessly and harmfully genders the body. However, I definitely make a point of stripping that language from the information and approaching it from a trans-competent and inclusionary framework. I also make a point of speaking up in class, and talking to my instructors afterward about trans relevancy and inclusion. That said, I am fallible myself, and appreciate the opportunity to grow when folks point out my missteps and points of potential obliviousness.