Finding Calm in the Midst of Stress

The other day, I had a client in Virginia Beach who requested an in-home massage. It was the day before her vacation and she needed to unwind from the stressors of life and go into that period of downtime in a relaxed and pain free state. It had been quite some time since she had a massage and while she was looking forward to it, the weight of circumstances were blocking her ability to receive. I began working on her and noticed that she was slow to relax. Many people are like this. It simply takes the ability to go in with long sustained strokes and slight persistant pressure to get the body to relax. It also takes the ability to simply just be in the moment. Sometimes our mind doesn’t want to shut down. It wants to continue in it’s chatter, to think and speak about the concerns and stress we are trying to get away from. I find that by focusing on the breath and simply not allowing a verbalization of that chatter, you help to guide the mind to a place of relaxation. You have to be willing to break that pattern to get to a place of simply submitting to calm. Easier said than done sometimes. The mind is a powerful thing. Channeling that power and redirecting it’s pattern can have a profound effect on the body. I gave her a little extra time because I saw that she really needed it. We don’t always give ourselves what we need. It took very little from me to give her something that shifted and expanded her experience. To simply see the peace in her face afterwards was thanks enough. It is why I do this work.
So how does one maintain this calm after the massage has come and gone? Beginning a practice of yoga and meditation does wonders for the mind and the soul. After all we are essentially our soul and our mind. Our body is just a manifestation of that. When we take care of those elements, everything else starts to fall into place. It is a slow and disciplined practice to engage the mind is such a way, and the rewards are tremendous. And it is never too late to begin to engage in a daily practice. It is what keeps us sane.

9 Reasons to Get A Massage!

Huffington Post put together this slide show that demonstrates the many reasons to choose massage. If you suffer from anxiety and depression, aches and pains, PMS, lowered immunity, sleep issues, migraines and headaches then massage is for you. Many people have the belief that massage is about pampering, and while this is part of it, the health benefits of massage far outweigh just the idea of something that is a luxury used to pamper oneself. The idea is to see massage as complementary and alternative medicine. Medication may seem like an easy solution, and one that is widely accepted, but if you are like me, all of those side effects start to diminish the one benefit you’re trying to achieve. Massage offers all of the relief without those side effects.

It is important to keep in mind that all types of massage may not work for you. If you have issues with blood clotting, medical conditions that are contra-indicative to massage, deep vein thrombosis, and any other questionable circumstances is it best to first check with your doctor to see what your limitations may be. While some types may not work, other types that are more energetic based and limited to specific areas can be a viable option.


Mobile Massage Therapy

Understanding that there is a need for relaxation, calm, and tranquility in this chaotic world, I have designed a service of massage therapy that I bring directly to the client. There is nothing quite like the luxury of unwinding in the comfort of your own home.

I operate from a baseline of Swedish and Deep Tissue/Sports while incorporating the Eastern Modalities of Shiatsu, Thai, and Reflexology. Assisted and PNF stretching is also utilized to help bring the body into alignment. Energy work is also another arm of my practice, as the mind and body are intricately connected.

Aromatherapy and essential oils are also shown to have soothing, healing, and meditative effects on the body. Sessions can be tailored to meet those needs using a variety of essential oils in the process.

I make all my own products, ensuring that everything that touches your skin is natural with no preservatives or chemicals. It’s very important that we be mindful what goes on the skin, for those are the things that enter into our body.

I was trained in Los Angeles at the National Holistic Institute and am Nationally and State Certified. The school taught from a holistic and homeopathic place and my time on the West Coast taught me much about approaching the body in this way. It is something that I incorporate into every aspect of my services.

I look forward to working with you