Modality Descriptions


This type of massage is considerably the most basic and well known style of massage in western cultures. It can be range from invigorating- to relaxing- to the point of falling asleep. A variety of effleurage techniques are used to stretch, release and revitalize the body- using light/medium to medium/firm pressure, depending on your preference. It is most similar to a Lomi-Lomi style, which uses long and continuous broad strokes. 


Deep Tissue

"Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two."


 *Deep Tissue massage is DIFFERENT than massage using deep or firm pressure*


     "The term 'deep tissue' is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with 'deep pressure' massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint.

     Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work. When a client asks for a massage and uses the term 'deep tissue,' more often than not he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; it might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive."


Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release: It is very similar to deep tissue except that it involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. “Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.”


Bowen: Also works to release fascia, but using a different technique, which feels a bit like strumming guitar strings (to me anyway). It allows the tissue to vibrate to the effect that it releases itself. It is not hands on the whole time because the muscle tissue and fascia needs to be able to release the heat it generates. It is gentle enough for use with the elderly and newobrn babies. Done with CLOTHES ON.

Cranio-Sacral Balancing 

Craniosacral therapy "is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy focused primarily on the concept of 'primary respiration' and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient's skull, face, spine and pelvis." Cranio-Sacral balancing can help with migraines, anxiety, PTSD, post-natal pain, restore cranial mobility and release restrictions of the nerves, thereby soothing pain and both emotional and physical stress.


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Reiki and Shamanic Reiki aim to release stuck/blocked energy and replenish with new healing energy. It can help with pain management, spiritual guidance, insomnia, brain-fog, depression, and more.
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Vibrational Healing Massage

VHMT: is similar to table Thai crossed with Reiki (energy). Done with CLOTHES ON, or in combination with your Swedish massage session. Stretching, rolling, push-pull motions and kneading of the body, rib work, in combination with energy healing are blended for a relaxing and therapeutic experience. There may be really amazing emotional releases that occur during or after a session, and I am here to support that for you.


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This is a deeply relaxing and detoxifying modality. It helps relieve excess fluid, essentially pushing the metabolic wastes towards the filtering system (lymph nodes), which in turn strengthens the immune system. It also helps relax the nervous system, which is excellent for someone who is anxious or especially tense. Also helps with cullulite reduction and cleansing for those with Lyme disease. It is recommended that the client have 4 (60 min) sessions set up, because the body is divided into 4 so that not all major lymphatic zones are overwhelmed from the treatment (every session works with a different quadrant of the body). You can also ask for a full body treatment, which spends less time in each zone. It is not recommended to receive deep bodywork in combination with a lymphatic massage. Other modalities may be combined, please ask me for more details. 

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Using comfy pillows and posturing your body into the sideline position, this massage is both pampering and efficent. Using a combination of gentle to firm Swedish techniques, the goal includes relieving the strain and pressure from the low back, hips, and feet. 


Similar posturing as Prenatal if you are still nursing and uncomfortable on your stomach. We can do a combination of sacral balancing and deep techniques to help align and relax your tired body.


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Burlingame, Ca 94010

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