As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
Skin that is regularly exfoliated is healthier skin, both in appearance and function. Cleansed of dead skin, the largest organ can circulate more efficiently, breathing in good nourishment and expelling toxins. It also glows, is more uniform in appearance with tighter pores, and is soft to the touch. Scrubs can also aid in reducing acne and future breakouts.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.
I am a native to San Francisco where I got my start in massage and bodywork. I attended Everest College in 2010 and enrolled in the massage program with the goal of learning how to balance the body from within and bringing a fresh look at the importance of preventative care.
While attending Everest I had many opportunities to explore massage including working with athletes at the Bay to Breakers Run, assisting clients in somatic release due to mental or physical trauma, and aiding those affected by old injuries to regain range of motion (ROM) in the effected limbs.