Massage / Bodywork

I offer massage therapy and bodywork sessions in Boulder, Colorado. Bodywork sessions range from 1/2 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Each massage session is for your comfort and health, and is designed to meet your needs. The peaceful location, soothing lotion, relaxing music, and personal care all contribute to making your massage a pleasant experience.

Some types or examples of sessions

Therapeutic massage/bodywork sessions may also consist of a blend of techniques woven together to specifically meet your needs.

Before and after a massage, you will have complete privacy to undress or dress. You will be covered with a sheet throughout the massage. Only areas being worked on are exposed. Lotion or oil will be used on the skin. Hot or cold packs may be used. I will be responsive to your communication about your well-being and wish to help you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Contraindications for massage

Some people should NOT receive massage. Some conditions where receiving deep massage could be damaging or dangerous include acute health problems, inflammatory conditions, infectious diseases, some skin conditions, varicose veins, tumors or cysts, abnormal sensitivity to touch, bruises, bacterial or viral infections, phlebitis, fever, cardiovascular/circulatory conditions, thrombosis (blood clots), diabetes, or people taking certain kinds of medications like pain killers. At your first session, you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire which will screen for such conditions.

Some Physical Benefits of Receiving Massage

Some Mental/Emotional Benefits of Receiving Massage

And, massage feels good!

Some Conditions Helped by Massage

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reports that people with the following conditions have stated that therapeutic massage has lessened or relieved many of their symptoms:

The AMTA also states that therapeutic massage is often an alternative to drugs and surgery. Massage improves body image in people suffering from eating disorders, improves weight gain of premature infants, and enhances blood pressure and pulse in geriatric patients. (Source: American Massage Therapy Association)

Of course, since each person is different, no claims can be made for the effectiveness of massage (or any health or medical treatment) for always successfully treating any condition. Research studies are currently being undertaken to prove the effectiveness of massage upon many different ailments. My own experience has shown that many other health problems besides those in the list above can be addressed by massage and related bodywork. In my practice, I have seen massage bring improvements to:

The Benefit of Receiving Regular Massage

Receiving massage and bodywork on a consistent basis (even once every six weeks) is more beneficial than receiving it infrequently. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative. Thus, the more frequently a person receives a massage, the better he or she will feel and the more quickly the body will respond. Receiving regular bodywork also provides a way to learn more about specific body needs and tension patterns to prevent problems before they happen. The increased relaxation typically leads to a feeling of well-being, better mental and physical performance, and increased enjoyment of life.

How often should I receive a massage or bodywork session?

This depends upon your health goals. To obtain relief from muscle spasm or stress during a major life event, often one appointment is enough.

To enhance well-being, for health maintenance and injury prevention, or for self-awareness and personal growth and recovery, regular sessions (such as once a week, every two weeks, every three weeks, or once a month) is more beneficial than infrequent or sporadic sessions. Receiving regular bodywork helps you learn more about your body's needs and tension patterns to prevent problems. The increased relaxation also typically leads to feelings of well-being, better mental and physical performance, and increased enjoyment of life.

Conditions such as chronic tension, repetitive strain injuries, or injuries due to accident may require twice a week sessions until you experience significant relief. Then you may wish to reduce the frequency of visits.

Will massage alter the chiropractic adjustment I just received?

Chiropractic and massage are a great combination for healing injuries and for overall health. A massage can be given either before or after a chiropractic adjustment to help decrease tension, relax the muscles, and promote healing. Some chiropractors wish the massage be given first, but they know that this depends upon scheduling availability. Receiving a massage after an adjustment will not cause any harm or undo an adjustment and is beneficial.

I have a cold, should I still receive a massage?

Feel free to call me to discuss how you are feeling if you have any illness. If you are not feeling very well, or are sneezing and blowing your nose a lot, then staying home to rest would be a good idea. If your cold is mild, a massage will not harm you.

It is said that massage will speed the progression of a cold. Thus, if you are in the beginning stages of a cold, a massage may bring it on faster, but if you are in the ending stages of a cold, it may help it clear up faster. This is probably due to massage's affect upon the circulation of lymph.

What should I wear for my session? During a massage, how much clothing will I need to remove?

For table massage, most clients disrobe completely, but many prefer to keep on undergarments. Please wear whatever makes you feel most relaxed and comfortable. Massage can even be given to someone who is fully clothed.

For Polarity Therapy and AIS sessions, wear loose and comfortable clothing.

For chair massage, thick or bulky clothing should be avoided.

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