FAQ

Massage

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, and peaceful room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lay on a padded and heated (if you like) massage table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?

Short answer – No.  My massage work is primarily Shiatsu massage which is performed on a massage table with the client fully dressed in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.   No oil or lotion is used in this style of massage.  During a session pressure is applied using thumbs, fingers, palms, and elbows  It also involves assisted stretching, body rocking, and pressure to specific points along the body’s energy channels.  Depending on the needs of the client, it can be very gentle or with deep pressure.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

In general the massage session may start with light pressure and rhythmic rocking to help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm or taking a deep breath). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, I will ask you general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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Other Questions

What sets you apart from other healers?

I treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. We are often unaware of the subconscious emotional blocks and traumas held physically on a cellular level. These blocks are the root of disease and imbalance. I work using several healing modalities to help people discover these blocks, and then to heal and release them.

In individual sessions or long-term customized healing, I tap into the universal energy and am guided to help clients tap into their own inner resources for healing. I work as a catalyst to help clients transform their places of ‘stuckness’ from obstacles into guideposts that signal necessary changes and shifts to make in their lives. If you are looking for perspective in your life, physical or emotional breakthroughs, to reclaim energy and reconnect to and restore your unlimited potential, let’s get to work! In our sessions, we’ll dig into who you are and where you’re headed, till the soil of the soul and plant the seeds of growth and transformation.

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Reiki

What is Reiki and how does it work?

It is a vibrational practice where Universal life force is channeled through the giver to the receiver by hand positions held at various points on the body. This energy has its own innate wisdom – it knows where to go and what to do. It is a powerful yet gentle practice which well supports medical and other complimentary healing practices.

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Can anyone learn Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient healing method that is passed down from Master to student through ‘attunements’.   Anyone may learn Reiki, from young children to the oldest among us.   There only need be a desire to learn and to begin practicing.

Sign up for a Reiki class now. I look forward to supporting you in learning this wonderful practice.

What can be treated with Reiki?

There is nothing that can not be beneficially treated with Reiki.  It can be used to treat any condition.  Reiki reduces stress, promotes deep relaxation, can reduce or eliminate pain and alleviate anxiety and depression.   It may reduce medical side effects and aid in recovery.  Reiki also works on mental and emotional states; clearing emotions and promoting a sense of clarity and balance.

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John of God Event

I want to know more about Tours to John of God. 

Allow me to support you on a healing journey of deep spiritual significance.

I regularly take small groups to see John of God at the Casa de Dom Inacio in Abadiania, Brazil.  I have lived in Brazil for a year, speak Portuguese, and am familiar with the Posada (inn) where we will stay.  Since 2007 I have been visiting the Casa  regularly.   I provide tour participants logistical and emotional support, scheduling, and information  so that so that they know where they’re supposed to be, and what to do when they’re there.

Find out more about tour dates and details of my John of God Tours.   

What is the John of God Meditation Event?

In 2013 I was given permission by the Casa Entities to host John of God Meditation groups in Portland, Oregon.   Here you are invited to personally experience the healing energies of the Entities who work with John of God at the Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil.  Find out more about the John of God Meditation Group,  and join the mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

What is a Crystal Light Bed?

The Crystal Light Bed is a healing treatment used at the Casa, John of God‘s healing center in Brazil.  Crystal Light Bed Therapy is a form of chromotherapy (color therapy) which helps balance your energy field on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. As lights pulse through pure Vogel cut quartz crystals, your chakras (energy centers) will be cleansed, cleared and rebalanced.   In 2009 I received permission to bring the Crystal Light Bed back home in order to help others with their health and healing.

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