Deep Tissue - Rolfing - Medical Massage

To book sessions call 575-779-5785

By Appointment: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat. Office on Taos Ski Valley Rd.

Bodywork:   60 min $75,   75 min $93,   90 min $110.


Deep Tissue, Medical Massage Treatment List

Medical Massage and Deep Tissue helps:

  • Sciatic pain
  • Neck, back and hip pain
  • Frozen neck, shoulder
  • Migraines from muscular tension
  • Scoliosis
  • Accident recovery / rehabilitation
  • Joint pain: knee, ankle, elbow, shoulder, etc.
  • Chronic overuse / repetitive movement injuries
  • Optimum performance for: Competitive Sports, Dance, Martial Arts, Yoga
  • Sports: skiing, hiking, tennis, running, horseback riding, golf, bicycling, etc.

If You are Seeing A Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or Doctor

If You are Seeing a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or Doctor

If you have been referred to massage by your chiropractor, physical therapist or doctor ask them if they have any notes or information for your massage therapist. I regularly work with clients who see physical therapists, chiropractors or physicians for their conditions. Some of my clients are recovering from surgery or have on-going conditions they are treating.

I like to get all the information that I can about your situation. Bring any charts, notes or printouts that your practitioner has given you to your appointment. This helps me be an informed part of your care team. For example, understanding what muscles your chiropractor needs loosened up will help me design your treatment.

Dancers, Movement Artists, Competitive Athletes

Dancers, Movement Artists, Competitive Athletes

If you are a dancer, martial artist, yogi, outdoors enthusiast, or competitive athlete I want you to know that I am a dancer, and have studied martial arts and yoga myself. I continue to be committed to dancing and movement expression. I know what it is to train hard. This means I understand it's possible to be very strong and a bit delicate at the same time. As movement artists, we are tuned machines. If dancers and competitive athletes were cars, they would Ferraris, not dump trucks.

In performance arts and sports competition the timing of your massage matters. You want to get a massage a week or so before your big event, not immediately before your performance. The body needs a day to readjust to the changes in your muscle tensions from the massage. Scheduling a massage immediately following your performance or event is a great idea, as you will have the recovery time you need after the massage.

Listening to my Clients - That's You!

Listening to my Clients - That's You!

The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.
— Dr. Ralph Nichols

I have found that listening to my clients deeply, I learn. You teach me. You tell me what you need and I stretch to meet that need. I make up new strokes if I need to. I ask deeply to be shown what needs to happen to sort out what you need. I have learned most of what I know from my clients.

The best sessions are collaborative. You tell me what you are feeling inside your body and what you have discovered over time. I can communicate what I'm feeling in my hands. Together we are a much more effective bodywork team. Your feedback allows me to shape the bodywork session more effectively.

About Structural Integration (Rolfing)


About Structural Integration (Rolfing)

My primary training is in a bodywork style called “Structural Integration.” Because Ida Rolf was the creator of this type of bodywork, it got to be called "Rolfing" because of Ida Rolf’s last name. However, Ida Rolf herself referred to it as "Structural Integration."

This style got a bad name in the 1970's when practitioners got a reputation for using too much strength and causing a lot of pain. The style has since matured. Now days, Structural Integration practitioners use less pressure and are mindful of client's comfort level.

I have always felt that there was a way to make the bodywork process as comfortable as possible for my clients. I check in throughout every session to be sure you are comfortable. If I am doing technical bodywork regarding a tricky area, or injury recovery, I check in many times throughout the session. I will check if the amount of pressure is OK for you.

It's important that you can relax and breath throughout the session. If you find yourself recoiling from the pressure, or in too much discomfort to relax, the amount of pressure is too much. In fact it's counter productive. Never feel you have to "put up with" that kind of discomfort to get what you need! I will change to a different technique to get the work done.

I have a broad range from deep, medium and soft and almost no touch energy work that can get the work done. I need to know how you are doing so I can adjust to you.

I never assume that I will give you the session you had last time I saw you. Each session I check in and see what you need today. When I ask you what you need and how you are doing, I am sincerely asking. I need to know what to focus on. It might be you need to relax today, or that you have a migraine, your neck hurts and you can't turn you head.


Tight Muscles can Cause Joint Pain

Tight Muscles can Cause Joint Pain

Muscles can be too tight and pull on joint attachments causing pain in the joint. Often nothing is structurally wrong with the joint aside from a few tight muscles pulling on the joint unevenly.

Better Posture Means Less Pain


Better Posture Means Less Pain

Curvature of the spine seen in "normal" aging and over sitting. This is preventable. With bodywork and movement homeworkit can generally be corrected.

Curvature of the spine seen in "normal" aging and over sitting. This is preventable. With bodywork and movement homeworkit can generally be corrected.

Structural Integration (Rolfing) can help re-align posture. Bad posture causes undue stress on the body. This in turn causes pain at the stress points. Living at peace with gravity is a good idea!


Help for Scoliosis

Help for Scoliosis

Left A: Untreated extreme scoliosis curvature. Right B: Treated. Although the scoliosis may not be gone, it's a heck of a lot easier to live with!

Left A: Untreated extreme scoliosis curvature. Right B: Treated. Although the scoliosis may not be gone, it's a heck of a lot easier to live with!

Structural Integration is particularly suited to help with Scoliosis. By stretching the connective tissue (fascia), the muscular torque from over tight muscles is relieved. This helps reduce pain. Knowing where to work is everything in this case. A Swedish circulatory massage will not produce the same result. This is why scoliosis clients are so thrilled to discover a style of bodywork that truly helps them feel better. Often it's the initial time any treatment has really helped.

Body Reading


Body Reading:  Finding the Tension Patterns

Structural Integration works by knowing which specific muscles and attachments to work on. We loosen the muscles causing torsion in the body. Noticing how the body parts spiral in or out tells us where to work.

Tensegrity


The Magic of Tensegrity

In these models the bones are the solid parts. The muscles are the elastic parts holding the structure together. All the joints work best when the muscular forces are evenly distributed across the structure. Bodywork focuses on evening out the muscular tensions of the elastic parts, allowing the body to relax into gravity and comfort.

Tensegrity model being distorted and springing back to life.

Tensegrity model being distorted and springing back to life.

A healthy body’s structure can withstand strong forces and spring back. When the muscles get so tight they no longer spring back, the pull through the structure becomes ‘chronic.’ Meaning the body changes to adapt to the distortion in the muscles.

This can happen from a particular activity, repetitive use, or an accidental injury. A situation is chronic when the muscles forget how to relax over an extended period of time. You could think of the muscles as stuck ‘on’. This is a form muscle tissue ‘amnesia.’ Manual manipulation helps the muscle fibers remember they can let go.

Fascial Trains


Patterns of Tension in the Fascia

Image from Thomas W. Myers’ book, Anatomy Trains.  http://www.anatomytrains.com

Image from Thomas W. Myers’ book, Anatomy Trains. http://www.anatomytrains.com

Tension pulls through the fascia of the body in distinct patterns. The brilliance of Structural Integration is being able to discover the overuse or injury stress patterns. I call this "mapping." Knowing WHERE to work muscle by muscle, attachment by attachment, is the art of Structural Integration.

The lateral facial train is show in blue down the outside of the legs. The sides of the legs are often too tight in situations like sciatic pain, skiers, tennis players and golfers that need a to use lot of lateral stabilization.