Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body.
AromaTherapy uses fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of massage. Before each session begins, I can custom blend a formula just for your needs to used in your massage lotion.
Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative modality aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
Lymphatic massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow. Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function. Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema, sports injury, pre and post surgery, for individuals experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.
Geriatric massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques. This includes passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.
East Indian Head Massage involves working with a firm gentle rhythm to help unknot blockages and relieve uncomfortable build-up of tension in the upper body. This incorporates deep kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder muscles as well as the scalp using squeezing, rubbing and gentle tapping. In turn this helps create circulation of the vital fluids to the brain, thus creating tension release and headache relief.
Nellie graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. Her goal is to promote better health, relaxation and a higher quality of life for her clients through the practice of Therapeutic Massage techniques and protocols.
Nellie clients have experienced relief from conditions such as chronic joint and muscle pain, fatigue, sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome to name just a few. Therapeutic Massage helps the body attain a place of restoration so healing can begin.
Therapeutic touch is not only on the cutting edge of holistic health care, more than a hundred different types of massage and bodywork–hands on touch–are sky rocketing in popularity. Massage is now being taught at major universities such as Harvard, Duke, and the University of Miami, and some health maintenance organizations and insurance companies are recognizing massage therapy as a legitimate health practice.
It’s becoming more and more apparent to even the most skeptical scientist that touch does have an effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, the calming system that conserves the body’s energy, and that also induces the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones that help to keep the adrenal glands from being overly stressed.
Nellie enjoys swimming, working out, yoga, reading, holistic studies, and volunteering. She loves to take care of her hummingbirds and ensure that they continue to visit her back yard.
One of her favorite sayings and what she endeavors to honor every day comes from a proverb, “before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes”. Compassion, empathy and in general, the ability to think yourself into another person’s shoes, is vital to every relationship. It’s about finding echoes of another person in yourself. And no one puts it best, like Maya Angelou. “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”