Massage Therapy

LMBT 17273

I practice massage therapy at Hot Springs Resort & Spa on most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

A session with me can be requested at (828) 622-7676.

I make home visits by referral only.

Massage therapy is helpful for both physical and emotional stress.

Most of my clients are folks dealing with chronic pain; whether from injuries, work-related repetitive movements (typing, lifting, tool use, etc), arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the like. Massage therapy helps break the cycle of chronic pain and increases self-awareness for better body mechanics.

I also often work with anxiety/depression/PTSD conditions, where massage therapy allows the client to release tension and be present to their body.

My techniques vary based on the needs of the client, but if I had to describe my “style”, I would say it is a deep Swedish massage informed by myofascial release, shiatsu, sports massage, and reflexology. I occasionally utilize tools such as cupping, moxibustion, guasha, ear seeds, and kinesiotape.

What to expect when getting a massage and how to prepare:

I suggest scheduling your massage for a time when you won’t have to rush back into busyness immediately after. This will allow the effects of the massage to settle in deeper after you leave the session.

It is preferable to come to a massage session fairly clean, but don’t overthink it. A washcloth run over the armpits and feet will do. If you have a wound or a wart, please cover it with a bandaid or just let me know beforehand.

*If you have a communicable disease, please wait until a doctor clears you for massage. If you aren’t sure, just ask!

Before the massage, I will leave the room and allow you to undress to the level of your comfort and get under the sheet. Clients do not need to disrobe if they do not prefer to.

During the massage, I will only expose the part of the body that I am working on. All of your personal areas will remain covered and secure. I will be assessing and addressing what I feel in your muscles, and facilitating a space for you to tune in and observe/enjoy the sensations. You don’t need to make small talk, or apologize for anything. Just breathe, relax, and visualize a cooked spaghetti noodle. You also don’t need to stay quiet. If you feel like talking, please do. I will check in throughout the session to make sure my pressure is appropriate and you are comfortable.

I encourage my clients to always speak up when something doesn’t feel right. When it comes to your body, you are the expert.

Remember…

You are wonderful as you are. Your body can be any shape or size. Your skin can sweat, grow hair, or have stretch marks. Your toes can be crooked and un-pedicured. Your stomach can make noises. And if you fall asleep, snoring is just a compliment to the therapist. There is never any need to apologize for these things, and in fact, my hope is for you to feel unapologetically at home in your body.

Warm words

“I am floating on a cloud of happiness,” says a nice client of mine.
“I am drooling,” says another.

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