I offer a range of massage techniques learned from school, personal experience, and intuition gained within 15 years that can help you relax and heal the connection between your body and mind. I have found that every individual is unique, yet everyone tends to store tension and stress in their body somewhere. I adapt the techniques used to the individual, with special attention to difficult areas. Explore some of the options below if you know what you want, or allow me to choose an integration of techniques for you if uncertain.
Massage Modalities and Rates
Sessions are rated by time, not by technique or style. If you do not see a style that you like listed, please inquire as I do practice other modalities, I just tend to use the ones below the most:
•Introductory rate for first session : $60
•Normal rate : $80 for 1 hour or $120 for 1.5 hours
•Discounts available for frequent customers.
Myofascial Release: A form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. Techniques include manual massage for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, muscles, and bones are applied. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, to allow the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion.
Esalen: Developed in the 1960s, this style originated at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California., and is based on a combination of Oriental( Oriental massage works on the theory of balancing the flow of energy (qi) throughout the body) and Swedish ( a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.) Light and gentle in nature, emphasizing nurturing and empathy. The strokes are soft, easy, and slow, prompting deep relaxation. It is used to reduce stress, relieve pain, improve sleep, aid digestion, and promote healing.
Deep Tissue: A technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. I will also be employing range of motion and can address postural issues.
Chakra Balancing and Reiki: These are good for individuals who are open to experiencing subtle forms of healing. Results can vary depending on intent, but all sessions are relaxing and can lead to greater balance physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Intuitive Integration: Based on my own assessment of your body, I will employ both esalen and deep tissue techniques, using the lighter strokes of esalen to warm the body and prepare it for deeper work.
Ways to make the most of your session
Whatever modality you choose, there are ways to make the massage or bodywork you receive even more pleasurable and effective. They are not requirements, but if you choose to, the benefits will speak for themselves.
1. If you have the time available to you, do some kind of warm up exercises or sport before the massage. The activity will warm up your body and increase your metabolism, which will in turn make your muscles more flexible and I will be able to do deeper work. You could also take a hot bath or spend some time in a sauna.
2. Drink lots of water on the day of the massage, and if possible the day after. Water will keep you hydrated, help flush your system of toxins, and may help mitigate soreness.
3. Avoid having caffeine on the day of the massage, or at least stick to some green tea. Caffeine can affect the body in a way that is counterproductive to massage, in that it can make some people nervous and jumpy and actually cause the contraction of muscles,
4. It would probably go without saying, but just it case, having alcohol or drugs of any kind the day of the massage can and probably will effect the quality of the massage. Depending on what you have in your system, you may have varying degrees of numbness that defeats the purpose of getting bodywork in the first place. You will most likely enjoy and benefit from the massage more if you can feel what is happening.
5. Allow yourself an extra 5 minutes to arrive early for your first session in order to fill out a brief intake form. All information is completely confidential and will be viewed by myself only.
I have worked on a wide variety of body types and on both genders, and am completely comfortable with the human body. It is my goal for you to be both relaxed AND comfortable for the session, and your frame of mind is extremely important towards those ends.
About Your Massage Therapist
My name is Paul and I have 15 years of massage therapy and bodywork experience. I graduated from a, 615 hour, holistic massage program at the Spa Tech Institute in Westboro, Massachusetts. I also spent time attending bodywork workshops at the Easton Mountain Retreat Center in New York, an interfaith community.
I am now currently licensed to practice massage in Rhode Island (MT01656).
I believe strongly in the importance of the connection first between a person's mental and emotional state to their body, in order to then make a healthy connection to community and society.