Philosophy

I’ve really enjoyed the path massage has taken me on. It’s been wonderful making a difference in the lives of my clients, utilizing my deeper therapeutic massage style to change posture and restore proper movement and balance to the body while soothing pain, tension, and stress.  After the wide variety of clientele I’ve seen in this business, I’ve become more effective at honing in on where problems originate, able to discern that where the pain is located is not necessarily where the problem starts.

This realization in turn helped me to see that, in addition to the physical issues my clients and I were working on, there were other more subtle, often unspoken, problems that they were dealing with. I came to truly care about all of my clients’ issues both physical and emotional and had a strong desire to work with them on multiple levels in order to help them find a deeper sense of peace and happiness in their lives. Based upon its proven effectiveness and my background as a musician, I decided to integrate sound therapy into my massage therapy practice to provide my clients with a more complete healing experience. Now I am able to help my clients’ physical needs with highly effective, customized massage treatments, as well as provide a soothing, meditative, healing experience using sound tools such as crystal bowls, tibetan bowls, shaman drum, wind chimes and more.

About Me

I completed my initial certification in 2010 at the Utah College of Massage Therapy, one of the top ranked programs in massage, where I learned twelve different bodywork modalities. Upon graduation I attended the Structural Integration Institute where I received additional training and certification as a postural alignment therapist.  After completing my education I felt it best to return home to my Ann Arbor roots and begin my massage career. Thus, Healing River Therapy was born..

Today I am proud to say that Healing River Therapy has grown exponentially, built on a foundation of training, hard work, wonderful clients, and lots of love. Through helping others I have found my soul enriched and my heart filled, which has enabled me to be more compassionate and empathetic with the needs of my clients. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, sound therapy, relaxation, or any combination thereof, I am passionate and excited about working with all in need.

Swedish Massage

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. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but with a deeper pressure application which is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may induce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release that relax constricted areas in the muscles. In this type of massage, the client actively participates through deep breathing and by identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. A significant decrease in pain can be experienced after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Sport Massage

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are tailored to the athlete's sport of choice, focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Sports massage therapy has become increasingly utilized as a useful component to be integrated into a balanced training regimen. It can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, and prepares them, body and mind, for optimal performance.

Reflexology

Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play.  It is an  application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.  

Structural Integration

Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.

Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones.  Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.

Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of ten sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity and eliminate  chronic pain.

 

Sound Therapy

 Here we have a couple of paiste gongs , several chakra crystal singing bowls , and wind chimes 

Here we have a couple of paiste gongs , several chakra crystal singing bowls , and wind chimes 

Sound therapy sessions are approximately an hour long and can be for one person or a group. It is best to bring something comfortable to lay down on, like a yoga mat or blanket, and a pillow. Once you’ve settled in for your session you can just relax and take in the soothing sounds and vibrations.

 crystal singing bowls , gongs , wind chime , shaman drum , tibetan bowls.

crystal singing bowls , gongs , wind chime , shaman drum , tibetan bowls.

I utilize a blend of gongs, crystal singing bowls, wind chimes, shaman drum, water and nature sounds to help you slip into a state of deep relaxation. In this space, stress melts away and healing can begin. Although every person experiences sound differently, the feedback I’ve received ranges anywhere from finding a sense of higher purpose, to discovering the strength to move forward from a painful emotional trauma, to sensations of warmth and healing in locations of physical illness, to reconnecting with self and higher power, to falling into a state of presence, peace, and harmony.