Support Through the Ebb and Flow of the Childbearing Year
At Hawaii Healing Arts College, I focused my studies on pregnancy massage and treatment work, especially sciatic nerve pain, the shoulder/neck complex, and jaw issues. Much of my experience since then has been in these areas. I have also worked in a spa on O'ahu where I blended relaxing Swedish massage with lomilomi (traditional Hawaiian massage), so 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.
Basic Swedish massage blended with a few of my favorite lomilomi techniques. Because most of us have a few trouble spots that could use a little extra attention, I'll let you choose your focus areas, which I will incorporate into a full-body massage for a cohesive, individualized experience.
Massage for recent injuries or chronic pain--these sessions are focused on a specific area that's causing you trouble. 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:
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, I may ask you to change positions more frequently or perform specific movements of the affected joints. You can also expect to be given some homework. Because there often isn't enough time in an hour to get really in depth while still doing a full-body massages, 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.
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.
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.