Wellness massage is a relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. Christine performs Esalen-style Swedish massage which incorporates connecting strokes that are longer and flowing. She utilizes skin lubricants to reduce friction with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and rocking to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decrease of stress hormones, increase of endorphins, improved vigor, and greater flexibility. She adds aspects of energy work as well. The desired effect is to help bring the person into their body and help create a sense of wholeness.
People come in with specific injuries resulting from day to day activities, sports or from accidents. She can evaluate and treat, or follow a treatment plan recommended by other licensed providers. Christine works conservatively while taking into account the ways the person has adapted to or is guarding the injury. Utilizing lymphatic massage, tissue mobilization, myofascial releasing, circulatory massage techniques, joint mobilization, rocking, moist heat, relaxation massage and other techniques specific to injury treatment and stage, she is able to help people accelerate healing and reduce permanent effects.
Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM are founded on ancient Maya techniques of abdominal massage. This therapy guides abdominal organs, muscles and ligaments into an optimal alignment to support proper circulation and function. This therapy can reduce scar tissue, and encourages self care to be applied at home to support therapy goals. The technique works by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of energy and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. It also supports organ function by releasing emotional and energetic congestion from the abdomen. This massage is an external gentle application to the abdomen, back, hips and sacrum, and offers benefits to both men and women. More than one session is almost always recommended. Adjunct therapies, such as heated castor oil packs and self care instruction are offered by Christine as well. Benefits are often profound and can be found in numerous references via the Arvigo website. For more information and supportive references click here
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Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when the body endures stresses due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially helpful for the expecting body, pregnancy massage can ease the discomforts experienced throughout the phases of a pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, relaxation, the relief of joint pain due to hormone changes and postural imbalance, reduction of swelling, and improved breathing. Christine uses sidelying and semi-reclining techniques with lots of cushioning for comfort.
Regular massage after childbirth is beneficial to new parents. Postpartum massage addresses physical discomforts, as well as emotional states during this time of many transitions.
Other Important Benefits of Postpartum Massage Are: Provides deep relaxation-this is very important when exhausted after night feedings. Relieves shoulder, arm and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding a baby. Helps restore the uterus to its original state. Helps to regulate excess body fluids and reduces fluid retention. Helps give new tone to recovering muscles. Increases blood circulation. Helps the parent feel better physically and emotionally- which makes it easier to meet the needs of the newborn.
Massage after giving birth can also help with the following: low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, scar healing, headaches, arm, hand and wrist pain, postural dysfunctions, depression, weakness and fatigue, establishing pelvic alignment, supporting healthy lactation, improving mood, facilitating parent and baby bonding, reducing stress hormones.
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. It is a highly effective method for releasing on-going pain due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is essential in order to make sure you aren't uncomfortable. Soreness can occur after this type of treatment, and plenty of water should be ingested to aid the increase in deep circulation and to dilute circulatory by-products which can be released from the tissues during the session.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle technique based in Osteopathic principles in which the practitioner helps to support the client's body in order for it regulate and adjust itself. It is very effective in releasing neck pain, head pain, jaw pain, sinus pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid around the spine and around the brain via attachments in the cranium and sacrum. This therapy provides a soothing, subtle and relaxing healing experience.
infant massage and craniosacral
Infant massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically to promote the healthy development of the infant. Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging a baby are potent and numerous. For example, many show improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system. Infant massage has also been shown to improve the quality of a baby's sleep, digestion and nursing, as well as strengthening their immune system. Parents who learn infant massage and perform it regularly create deeper bonds with their babes.
Infant craniosacral is particularly helpful for issues in breastfeeding, digestion, teething and sleep.
Often there are reasons to work inside the mouth: accident, traumatic dental work, headaches, head injuries, TMJ, and problems with breastfeeding. Christine is trained in several intraoral modalities, is certified and has a state endorsed license to work inside the mouth. She often combines this work with craniosacral therapy and neck or whiplash work. She uses latex or vinyl gloves when she works inside the mouth.