"SanDee is incredible - knowledgable and professional, yet personal. She is thorough, asks lots of questions to make sure she knows what your body is experiencing and what help it needs, and works to make sure she meets your needs. I highly recommend her to anyone - a great massage therapist, and more!" Judy S. - Springlake, MI
What to Expect from a session with me: You are stressed, in pain and sooo looking forward to a relaxing, and/or pain relieving massage, only to be disappointed because the massage therapist never even touched the places you told them hurt the worst and/or the work wasn’t what you needed to feel better. Now, you are still in pain ,more stressed and angry for feeling like you wasted your time and money.
I will interview you and ask what is going on and what you are experiencing. I might have you move for me so I can make a better assessment of how I can help. Pain and discomfort settle in layers in the body. By relieving one area another might show up and then we work on that. Finding balance is an ongoing journey. Working to better connect with your body, you will find that your body has an amazing ability to heal and protect you. I will usually follow up with clients to see how they are feeling after their session.
In a session, I integrate several styles of massage and/or bodywork, depending on what the client is needing; Myofascial Release, Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue and stretching. In some sessions, I incorporate Craniosacral Therapy, cupping or Gua Sha/Blading. Clients with special circumstances such as pregnancy, those with mobility issues or currently undergoing cancer treatment or those that have beat it, might require different techniques. Some sessions require more pressure and work and others just want a nice, relaxing massage to relieve stress and tension. My intention with any session is to be as gentle as I can and still be effective, facilitating release of pain and spasm. If the work is too deep and you feel yourself guarding, the work is too deep and ineffective.
Let me spoil you...leave your stress at the door, your phone in the car and let your poor, tired, over-worked and sore body lay on the table and relax.
What is CranioSacral Therapy? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work? Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system - the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with. Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment. Clients do not remove clothing for treatment.
What is Oncology Massage? Chemotherapy can affect the tissues and require less pressure and more gentle work. If lymph nodes have been removed, there is a risk for edema (swelling) but with massage therapist certified in these techniques, the risk is much less. PICC lines, ports or surgical sites should be worked around at certain distances to avoid possible infection.
What is Reiki? Reiki is the Japanese word for "Universal Life Force. We all have Reiki energy. What makes Reiki different from other healing methods, is the attunement process., which the student experiences at the different levels of Reiki training. Anyone can lay their hands on another person to accelerate healing, but someone with Reiki training has learned to fine tune the physical and etheric bodies to a higher vibratory level.
Most people experience a very relaxing session and feel much more grounded, and deep relaxation. Clients remain clothed for treatment.
What is Reflexology? The aim of reflexology is to correct the three negative factors involved in the dis-ease process: congestion, inflammation and tension. Reflexology can be done on hands, feet and ears. I focus my work on the feet. All the systems of the body; circulation, respiration, elimination, are represented in points and zones of the feet. By working these areas, dis-ease and discomfort can be acdressed and improved. Many clients find the work to be very relaxing and pleasant. Clients remain clothed during treatment.
Benefits of Blading/Gua Sha:
Improve Soft Tissue Mobility.
Increase Blood Flow to Tissue.
Decrease Scar Tissue.
Release scar tissue and fascial adhesions.
Reduce painful trigger points.
Improve circulation, blood and lymph circulation.
Promote mobility and range of motion.
Improves mature scars.
There are 2 styles of using cups; active and passive. Active is gently moving and working the cup, loosening the fascia. Passive is leaving the cups in place to work.