To find out more about the types of Bodywork services Kristen offers, please click the titles below.
Swedish massage is perfect for maintaining and improving overall health and wellness. Swedish strokes smooth away tension, improve circulation, soothe aching muscles, and relieve physical and emotional stress. I use a variety of strokes for an individualized massage that will revitalize, restore and rebalance your body-mind-spirit connection.
Deep tissue is used primarily to encourage optimum function of the body’s connective tissue and/or muscles that may have become adhered or hypertonic. My approach is non-invasive, yet deeply focused. I use sensitivity and compassion to invite the body to release into the deeper layers of the body’s tissues and muscles. Because I work with the muscle fibers rather than against them, deep tissue massage can have a profound effect on the body’s own healing process.
While honoring the mother-to-be, this specialized massage helps develop sensory awareness and relaxation necessary for the birth experience and this sacred time. Pregnancy massage can alleviate stress on weight bearing joints and increase blood and lymph flow, reducing edema. My intent is to create sacred space and bring balance, comfort and total relaxation to the body, mind and spirit for all stages of pregnancy. I individualize each session to address the needs of the expectant mother in the present moment, emphasizing the connection between mother and baby. Specialized bolsters and pillows are used for maximum comfort and release. When a women’s maternity experience is enhanced with compassion and nurturance their babies’ births are enhanced as well. I can also provide information on exercises and activities for stress-reduction and pain relief for labor and the postpartum period.
Massage for Youth
Even younger folks have the tendency to hold tension and stress in their bodies. The expectations of school, family and potentially work can bring about discomfort and stress in the muscular system as well as the entire nervous system. Swedish, Deep Tissue & Reiki are used to bring a calming sense to the nervous system while alleviating tension and stagnation in the muscles. Parent are welcome to be present for the session.
Postnatal massage focuses on the restoration and structural alignment of organs, muscles and tissues after giving birth. This is an opportunity to gently return the body to a relaxed state, to alleviate pain, and to bring about a renewed sense of body and self. Specifically, my approach restores functional muscles used in the lumbar spine area and strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles stretched during pregnancy. After childbirth, many women have an intrinsic need to recount the details of their birthing experience. My Postnatal massage sessions may help release any emotional or psychosomatic experiences that she may have encountered during her pregnancy, labor or birth, easing the journey into motherhood. Postnatal massage can promote recovery from cesarean birth, including healing of an incision. Newborns are welcome to these sessions.
Acupressure restores the flow of energy (chi) in the meridian system of the body, restoring the bodies own healing powers to their natural state. I follow the principle that there are reflex areas and meridians in the feet that correspond to all of our glands, organs and all parts of the body. Using specific pressure points, I apply firm pressure to release blockages and stagnation in the body, inviting the body towards homeostasis. This improves circulation, eases pain, increases relaxation and restores energy flow through the entire system. Pressure is applied with fingers as well as tuning forks.
Reiki is an ancient healing art of light hand placements that channels healing energies to the client. Reiki is gentle and soothing for the entire body, mind and spirit fostering a sense of groundedness and universal peace. Reiki can be used to enhance greater wellness throughout the entire system when incorporated with massage or acutonics sessions. Reiki can be done while the client is fully clothed, with the laying of hands over the chakra points and major organs. Reiki acts as a channel for universal life energy to flow into the body.