One part of the journey to find myself was to discover what I was interested in, not what society said I should do. Through meditation and guidance, I knew I wanted to be in a healing field. But what profession? I continued to pray and meditate, and two options came to me…a nurse or a massage therapist. I convinced myself I was too old to become a nurse plus the schooling was too long. I couldn’t be in college that long while I was caretaking grandkids who were six and seven at that time. I chose massage therapy. Even at 50, choosing to be a Massage Therapist was one of the best things I’ve done. I’m able to set my schedule so I’m home for the kids. I graduated with an AAT in Massage Studies with a certificate in Swedish Massage or relaxation massage and a certificate in Clinical/Medical Massage (see description below). In Washington state we are considered health care providers so massage may be covered by your insurance.
My massage technique is centralized on the connection of mind, body, and spirit. I use intention, prayer, energy work, and massage skills with each patient dependent on their needs. I am a conduit and partner in one’s healing.
Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician or Chiropractor. We may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) Treatment
TMJD is pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw and the joints which connect the mandible to the skull. The most important feature is pain, followed by restricted jaw movement, and noises from the joints during jaw movement. TMJD affects 20% to 30% of the population. People suffering with TMJ Dysfunction, headaches, whiplash and other neck problems, ear and sinus problems, as well as muscular tension and pain throughout the body often need TMJ massage therapy.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Your lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system. It slowly moves fluids through the body and returns it to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system is the body’s waste disposal. Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage increases lymphatic circulation and helps detoxify the body. The purpose of lymphatic drainage is to cleanse and regenerate tissues and organs, to decrease swelling, and to promote balance of chemistry.
In the Hawaiian healing philosophy Lomilomi we hold space for our client opening up for ke Akua (God) and Mother Earth’s healing energy. The client sets the intention and are lifted in prayer. Using Lomilomi strokes and focused touch the massage, allows for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being and healing.