Services & Rates
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as long flowing efflurage, petrissage, rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body relax and 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, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
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. Minimal lubrcant is used in order to engage the muscle tissue at a deeper level. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Oncology Massage is a special type of massage adapted specifically for people with cancer or cancer histories. Those who are dealing with cancer or have had cancer in the past have unique needs which must be addressed to make sure that a massage is beneficial to their health. I focus my attention on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for you to relax into. As an oncology nurse I am able to work carefully with your chemotherapy/radiation regimen and can coordinate care with your oncology team. Permission from your Oncologist may be required, but in general there is always some type of massage that can be done with modifications. Special reduced rates apply for those in active treatment. Arrangements may be made for massage in the hospital or hospice setting.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger, DO this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment. Melissa has studied this technique with the prestigious Upledger Institute and is in the process of earning her certification in this gentle modality.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, Lymphatic Drainage can be used for a wide range of purposes. Most commonly, MLD is used in the treatment of lymphedema that results from cancer related surgery or radiation. In addition to treatment of lymphedema, manual lymphatic drainage can aid in faster recovery from surgery or injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. Melissa received her training for manual lymphatic drainage from the Klose Training Group. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) who can perform MLD and complete decongestive therapy.
Complete Decongestive Therapy
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a part of lymphedema management. In addition to manual lymphatic drainage, complete decongestive therapy aims to decrease the swelling and pain associated with lymphedema. The components of complete decongestive therapy consist of skin care, compression bandaging, and exercise. Melissa is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) who is able to work with your physician and perform all components of lymphedema care. She completed her training with the well respected Klose Training Group. Klose Training is associated with the world-renown Foeldi Clinic in Germany, innovators in lymphedema care. CDT sessions are combined with MLD. A session typically consist of measurements of the affected body part(s), manual lymph drainage and skin care, specialized compression bandaging, and review of exercises to promote lymph drainage and reduction of volume. Once reduction goals are met, clients will be fitted for specialized compression garments to maintain therapeutic results.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins. Assessments and treatment in Neuromuscular therapy generally address ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow), myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred pain), neural entrapement (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissue structures) and nerve compression ( pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike structures), postural assessment (assessment of the body as a whole), and dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking), with special consideration of other perpetuating factors such as hydration status, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress. NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body utilizing a variety of massage techniqes. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being. Melissa has studied orthopedic massage techniques with Ben Benjamin, Whitney Lowe, James Waslaski, and Eric Dalton - all leaders in the field of complex orthopedic 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 emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy is an adaptation of Swedish massage where heated Basalt stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. Using basalt stones which are fine-grained, high-density volcanic rocks with an exceptional ability to store heat in hot stone massage not only dispels tensions and soothes the soul but also enhances lymph flow, removes toxins, and fortifies the immune system.The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating. Additional benefits are incurred from the energy of the stones. The treament can be enhanced with gemstone chakra therapy which stimulates the meridians and chakras, gently dissipating energetic blockages and improving energy flow and wellbeing.
Lomi Lomi is the Hawaiian word for "massage", and it is part of a larger native Hawaiian tradition of healing and natural body care. According to Hawaiian tradition, all living beings are seeking a state of balance and love in the world. Lomi lomi is referred to as a "loving hands massage". During a Lomi Lomi session, therefore, I focus on not only relaxing your body through gentle touch, but also reviving your spirit and filling your body with the energy of love. Together we set a healing intention and harness in the spirit of Aloha through prayer. Lomi lomi massage uses long flowing strokes with copious amounts of oil. This treatment is performed with minimal draping in a hot room with heated table. Advanced notice is required when selecting this modailty in order to prepare the treatment room properly.
Ease your tired, sore feet into a beautiful bowl filled with warm water. Small polished river rocks are placed on the bottom of each bowl to provide a natural way for the reflex points on the bottoms of the feet to be stimulated. Soaking the feet in warm water helps to hydrate the tissue, relax the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and absorb the therapeutic properties of salts, oils or teas that can be added to the foot soak. Enjoy a selection of complimentary herbal tea to sip as you relax. A wonderful addition to any massage or enjoyed on its own.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork based on ancient Egyptian and Chinese Medicine that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your hands or feet that correspond and affect other organs and structures in the body. In the United States, Dr. William Fizgerald and Dr. Shelby Riley mapped several reflexology zones on the body around 1917. The modern interpretation of reflexology was developed by Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist in the 1930s. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet 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 hands or feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression. Additionally, most people find the treatment to be very relaxing. Add this treatment to a foot soak for added benefit.
Sit back and relax as your hands or feet enjoy the warming, therapeutic heat of a paraffin dip infused with essential oils selected specifically for your needs. Warm paraffin treatments rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish skin making it silky soft. This penetrating heat is especially good for arthritic joints. Your hands or feet will be immersed in warm paraffin, then warm mitts or booties will be slipped over your hands or feet to improve heat retention. Enjoy a mini hand or foot massage to complete the treatment. The perfect addition to your custom massage or enjoyed on its own.
Aromatherapy is the use of plant material and plant oils to enhance or alter physical or psycological health and wellbeing. Therapeutic grade essential oils are carefully selected and custom blended to work synergistically to increase health. The oil can be aerosolized or applied topically depending on desired affect. Aromatherapy can be added on to any treatment or service and may greatly enhance relaxation.
Polarity therapy is a type of bodywork which is focused on the energy fields of the body, rather than the physical body itself. This type of body work is also called energy work, because the practitioner attempts to adjust the skewed energy fields of the body and bring them into balance. During a polarity therapy session, the therapist and client usually work together in a very calm, relaxed environment. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. This modality was developed by Dr. Randolf Stone - a naturopath, osteopath, and chiropractor in 1945. Dr. Stone's work was highly influenced by his early training in Naturopathy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic, but his many travels eventually brought him to India where it is the 6000 year old Indian system of Ayurveda (Ayu=life, Veda=Study) that forms the cornerstone of Polarity energetic theory. Ayurveda perceives all form in the universe as a manifestation of 5 energies, or elements - ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These energies influence the body. Polarity Therapy is based on the belief that the body is surrounded by the human energy field, through which this universal energy is constantly flowing and moving between the head and feet, or poles, of the body. Polarity Therapy strives to balance this energy. The therapist first completes an energy assessment by moving their hands from the head to the feet and over the chakras.They will then apply differing amounts of pressure to the body to stimulate and balance energy flow. This treament is performed fully clothed or may be incorporated into a traditional massage session.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct energy. Sometimes this may be accomplished without touching the body. A session is typically conducted fully clothed while lying on a comfortable massage table, however, Reiki can be incorporated into any type of bodywork session. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain. I practice both Kundalini and Usui Reiki and have achieved the level of Reiki Master/Teacher in Kundalini Reiki.
Raindrop Technique is a powerfully relaxing method of aromatherapy application using therapeutic grade essential oils. The technique was developed by D. Gary Young (Young Living Essential Oils) in the 1980s based on Native American traditions. It combines several modalities to bring balance and transformation to the body supporting it on a physical and emotional level. Using light feathering touch the oils are gently dropped (simulating rain drops) and systematically applied to the neck, spine, and feet. The session is very relaxing and grounding. This technique is thought to help detox the body, boost the immune system, relax the muscles, and realign the energy centers of the body. Young Living essential oils are used - including Valor, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Wintergreen, Cypress, Oregano, Peppermint, AromaSiez, and Ortho Ease. It is not uncommon to relax the spine so much that one achieves a lengthening in height!