Massage & Bodywork

While many consider regular massage treatments a luxury or indulgence, more and more people are discovering that this ancient therapeutic modality is a major component of an overall stress reducing, health enhancing lifestyle. For individuals with specific health problems bodywork and massage have become an indispensable component of their complementary health care.

We offer advanced prenatal/postpartum, Swedish, myofascial, structural and visceral styles of bodywork. In office or home visits and gift certificates are available.  Massage therapy during and after pregnancy addresses the body’s many adjustments to these physiologic and emotional transformations. Bodywork during and after pregnancy is relaxing and addresses common “trouble spots” to provide relief from persistent discomforts. Emphasis is on relieving swelling, restoring length to muscles which may be compensating for postural changes and promoting a sense of well-being. Visceral massage is a subtle and gentle modality which treats a variety of conditions. It is particularly helpful for gynecological complaints.  Clinical breast massage is also offered to treat a variety of breast discomforts. Many women experience breast tenderness and swelling related to their menstrual cycles, pregnancy, lactation or involution after menopause. Scar tissue formation after any type of breast surgery is another cause of breast discomfort. Breasts are often compressed by tight-fitting clothes, which restrict circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. This can result in pain and a dull aching deep in the breast tissue. Over time, poor circulation can cause breast scarring and disease.  Breast massage can alleviate many of these discomforts.

A skilled massage practitioner with a thorough understanding of breast physiology, health and disease can provide expert hands-on breast care, education and reassurance. Many women are surprised they feel so good following a massage treatment specifically for the breast tissue.  Breast massage can also be incorporated into a full body treatment. An independent breast massage should include drainage of the neck, arms and chest wall. Breasts have many meanings for us. Depending on our culture, family and local environment, they may symbolize femininity, sensuality, fertility or a source of self-consciousness or shame. Society and advertising reinforce ambiguous feelings about our breasts. Breast massage can be given through draping or directly on the skin, according to the comfort of the woman receiving it. These treatments can help women feel a positive connection with this vital, life-giving part of both body and spirit.