What Kind of Massage Do You Do?

What kind of massage do you do?

This question has always given me pause. The answer I usually give is “I have 19 years massage experience, have been trained in many modalities and customize your massage based on your needs that day.”  My go to massage is probably best described as a “firm relaxation” type.  I can get into the technical terms but who outside of the trade is going to get Myofascial, Swedish, Esalen, Sports, Deep Tissue, Infant, Pre-/Post-natal, Chair, Lymphatic Massage, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular Massage, Body Mobilization, Aromatherapy, Cupping, Hot Stone, Chair Shiatsu, Oncology, Geriatric, Hospice and Health Care Massage Support?  In fact, they have probably stopped listening around Esalen.

The truth is that I incorporate multiple modalities into each session. I try to work at a pressure level to release your muscles without causing you pain.  I only incorporate deep tissue techniques per clients request or after getting their permission.  Oftentimes in this industry a previous MT has caused pain versus relief causing a person to shy away from massage in the future, which is unfortunate.  I am dumbfounded when a new client exclaims that they didn’t know that massage wasn’t painful.  More client education needs to explain that open communication both before and during, if needed, is the key to an excellent massage.  There is no thing as a typical massage, but the massage your body needs. My aim is to provide you with that massage EVERY TIME.