come as you are.
Everyone comes to a session with an intention. Sometimes it's straightforward and specific: a stiff neck, painful lower back, tightness in the legs, or whatever. For some it’s a matter of needing an hour of peace, an hour in which to gather their wits and relax, which is just as important.
My goal is to work with your intention, to meet you where you are, to work symmetrically, rhythmically and as much in sync with the noble animal of your body as is possible. I allow plenty of time before the work begins, so I can listen. Please let me know what you need. If you don't know, that's OK, too.
It’s ideal for the person on the table to experience lots of sensation and release, but not pain. If you’re like most people, you will respond to different amounts of pressure depending on where I’m working. Some areas welcome depth, others do not. Pain is the body’s way of saying STOP.
Bodywork that increases sensation and awareness, yet is not painful or stressful, enhances immunity, lowers blood pressure, deepens respiration and improves the mood of the receiver. “How can I help you relax? What would make you most comfortable?” Those are questions I frequently ask.
Please undress to the level of your comfort. Your ease is more important than the clothing you do or don’t remove. You will always be respectfully draped, no matter what.
If there is any area of your body where you’re ticklish or extra sensitive, please mention it. Almost everyone has a place of heightened sensation or somewhere they prefer I avoid. I can always work around it.
Sound and Rhythm
I have a large collection of music and nature sounds that works well for massage, depending on what you prefer. For some people, the choice of sound background can make or break a session. Others don’t care at all.
Music has a powerful impact on many people. It can take the person on the treatment table to a deep space of healing, relaxation and contemplation. I consider it part of the therapy whether it’s as simple as a single chime every few minutes or the sound of ocean waves, classical music, yoga music, chanting, jazz or the music of guitar-playing songwriters, singing their hearts out.
We humans are lyrical, melodic, rhythmic beings. Choosing the right soundtrack can greatly enhance a session. I welcome your preferences.