Styles & Techniques

Swedish Massage:

Swedish a lighter touch massage, wtih flowy, rhythmic movements to transition the nervous system from stressed out/fight or flight mode, into a relaxed/rest & digest mode, increasing circulation, and mobility as well as decreasing heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, & stress levels.

Firm Pressure Relaxation:

This is where most of my work tends to fall. Using flowy, rhythmic moves, at a slower pace to sink into the soft tissue, and relax the nervous system.

Deep Tissue Massage:

Doesn’t have to be painful. What it means is targeting the deepest lying muscles & structures, usually closest to the bone. The “hurt-so-good” is what we are looking for here.

Myofascial Release:

‘Myo’ means Muscle, & ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue that wraps & interweaves through and around the muscles. It allows the muscles to slide and glide over one another. This connective tissue can restrict movement if the layers become stuck. Myofascial release is dry work, and uses superficial layers against deeper layers to unwind and release.

Trigger Point Therapy & Knotwork:

Targets areas of hyper-irritability, that may be restricting movement, or comrepssing nerves. Pain can be noticed at the site of irritation, or send referal pain to common areas of the body. (ie. tension headaches can be caused by neck and shoulder triggerpoints, sciatic pain down the leg from triggerpoints in the hips. We work the knot, the areas around it, and the muscles working directly opposite, to be really effective at at providing relief.

Cupping (Myofascial Decompression)

Massage uses “positive pressure” to sink into the tissue. Cupping uses “negative pressure” to lift up the layers of skin, fascia & even muscle tissue to separate fibers that have been matted together, to allow for blood & flow more freely, and to pull apart adhesions of the superficial & deep fascial for better range of motion. GREAT for working on scar tissue.

Pre & Post Workout Massage

Pre-workout Massage uses compressions and mobilization gets the joints and muscles ready to move.  Post-work out helps them release their contractions, improving recovery time, and reducing next-day soreness, and

Post-work out helps them release their contractions, improving recovery time, and reducing next-day soreness,.

Stretches & Range of Motion

When we contract muscles they need to be returned to a longer resting length. Cheri completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and using breathing and easy yoga poses on the table and off to stretch muscle, increase range of motion, and reduce tension.

Chair Massage

Great for quick on-site work, especially targeting shoulders, back, and arms. Client sits forward in massage chair, and is able to take a 10-20 minute vacation from their day. Work is done through clothing, so a lot of squeezing, compressing, and easy soft tissue mobilization to take down tension and renergize you for the rest of the day.

Pregnancy & Sidelying Massage

Massage during pregnancy helps the body go through incredible changes while it’s busy creating life. When the hormone relaxin is released to allow the ligaments (which limit movement) to loosen the muscles have to pick up the extra work of creating stability around the joints, as well as the shift in the center of gravity, the muscles are working in new and unexpected ways. Massage helps the muscles adapt to the changes, and keeps you moving.

Sidelying uses bolsters under the head, legs, and chest to safely work the whole body. It’s so comfy, you’ll want to encorporate this bolstering into your sleeping positions!

Aromatherapy (doTERRA)

We can tap into our nervous system’s relaxation-mode with all of our senses. There are academic studies being done on essential oils, but the objective benefits are in the eye of the beholder. By inhaling them we can feel relaxed or energized, and topically they are absorbed into the skin, and go to work enhancing the benefits of the massage. Make sure to mention if you have any allergies, sensetivities, or oil prefrences!