Our relationships with our bodies can be complicated. Our bodies physically connect us to the world and to others. This connection can be a source of great joy as well as great pain. Massage therapy is much more than just getting knots out of muscles or a relaxing time out; massage therapy connects us to our bodies and to others.
I pride myself on practicing massage therapy in a space that welcomes all. Here you will find no judgment, only healing touch.
Massage benefits everyone.
Research suggests massage activates the genes that help muscles heal while deactivating genes associated with inflammation.
Massage therapy is recommended as a pain treatment.
Massage therapy is an accepted treatment to relieve stress and muscle tension. Much research also seems to indicate that massage can help in the treatment of a wide range of physical conditions, including digestive disorders, headache, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, sports injuries and insomnia.
Research supports some claims that massage improves sleep, enhances athletic performance, lowers blood pressure, improves range of motion, mitigates the onset of dementia, improves cardiovascular health, helps improve the balance of older people, reduces nausea (especially chemotherapy-induced nausea) and many other benefits.
For many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) community, the body has become a battleground on a personal and political level, whether physically in the form of violence, theoretically in debates about morality and choices or spiritually in the form of body dysphoria. The body becomes disconnected to many in the community. Through nurturing touch, massage therapists can create opportunities for healing of emotional, physical and spiritual scars. I strive to be a source of that healing process.
Research shows that LGBTQ persons can be more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. For people who are transitioning in their physical expression of gender, massage can offer, in addition to emotional benefits, physical benefits:
Massage therapy can ease muscular imbalances from binding as well as support better deep breathing.
Massage aids the lymphatic system's circulation and facilitates its processing of supplemental hormones, which reduces side-effects of hormone treatment.
Post-operative massage can smooth and release scar tissue (from mastectomy, facial reconstruction, etc.)
You Are Welcome Here
Your body should be a safe place. Massage therapy should not cause further discomfort, whether physical or emotional. Positive touch can help heal disconnection from our bodies.
Too often, LGBTQ persons experience barriers to pain relief and to health and wellness in general. There are reasons members of the community are statistically less likely to seek out health care. One of those reasons is that, historically, we were discriminated against when seeking health care. Even when not discriminated against outright, we experience misunderstanding, misgendered assumptions, confrontational communication and judgment. We avoid bodywork because uncomfortable questions often accompany the treatment, including questions about family or questions based on assumptions related to sexual or gender identity.
Please know, you are welcome on my massage table, regardless of how you identify. Your identity (or identities) will be respected. The goal is for you to find comfort, so the massage treatment should not cause any discomfort. You are encouraged to communicate any concerns, sensitivities and restrictions. Additionally, you are encouraged to communicate before the session, during the bodywork and after your treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me in advance of scheduling an appointment. If there is anything I can do to make your session more comfortable, please share it with me.