Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique. In this century Japanese therapists like Namikoshi and Masunaga, developed shiatsu into a professional therapy. My training is based on the Masunaga techniques known as Zen Shiatsu. The theory is based on yin and yang meridians that run through the body, much like acupuncture. The therapy is done by using palming and thumbing techniques in these meridians to facilitate overall well-being. Swedish Swedish massage is performed with oil or lotion directly on the skin. One of the most commonly known modalities, this form of massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension.
Integrative Body Work
Integrative body work uses many techniques with a focus on healing the whole person. When most people hear "Integrative Massage", they think it is a style that integrates other styles. Like the martial art Jeet Kune Do, I think that integrative is the formless art form of massage. By using intuition and being open to what the client is communicating verbally or not, a practitioner of integrative massage can create space for healing to occur; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Deep Tissue or NST (Normalization of Soft Tissue) is commonly thought to be the intense and sometimes painful way of digging deep into the bellies of the muscles to force them to relax. Forcing muscles to relax is like forcing a two year old to be quiet; without engaging them you are lost in a sea of frustration and failure. NST uses muscle testing, muscle energy techniques, and a healthy understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology to increase range of motion, relieve pain, release trigger points, and help the structures function as designed.
Graduate of Boulder College of Massage Therapy
Professional Member of AMTA
Art of Zen - Shiatsu Certified
Also trained in Integrative Body Therapies, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, and Animal Massage (Canine & Equine)
In the summer of 2009, I started my own practice renting space from other therapists. I had a few locations that I worked from including Crossfit Julia in Louisville and Old Town Yoga in Ft. Collins.
With a full time position in education as an instructional coach and professional development facilitator, my time for massage is limited. I have a small number of loyal clients that take up most my time. However, I am always looking for events where I can provide massage.