About Intuitive Healing Hands
As a therapeutic body worker, I am committed to the study and practice of releasing your tensions and getting you back to an optimal range of motion. I am finding, as I tailor my treatment to your specific needs, therapy methods must change during your healing process. Massage is a wonderful, highly effective, multi-faceted therapy that everyone should experience, in any form. I invite you to explore the modalities I have found; the long term benefits of each are equally enticing.
- Traditional Thai Yoga Massage (northern and southern styles)
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains comfortably clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. Southern style Thai massage is taught at the Wat Po temple in Bangkok is mostly focused on firm acupressure pressure and vigorous energy lines work. The Northern style is taught mainly Chiang Mai and has more stretching techniques with a slow, relaxing rhythm.
photo courtesy of Kesuwon
- Contemporary Cupping
Contemporary Cupping is used in combination with facilitated stretching and Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and a vacuum is created to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The cups are parked for a short time (5 – 20 minutes) to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury. The treatment can be static or dynamic, and can range from light to heavy. The benefits of Cupping include but are not limited to alleviating myofascial adhesions, muscle tensions, draining toxins and moving lymph, breaks up cellulite, increases collagen production, and opens the sinuses. Cupping therapy also helps sluggish digestion and elimination when applied abdominally.
- Deep Tissue
Deep tissue does not necessarily mean deep pressure. The difference between traditional massage and deep tissue massage is that deep tissue primarily is used to focus on a specific problem, rather than relaxation and stress relief. This means the therapist reaches a deeper layer of muscle and adhered tissue. Modalities combined can include structural integration,myofascial release, post-isometric relaxation, cross fiber friction, trigger point, and acupressure.
- Rejuvenating Face Lift Massage
This modality is a gentle massage technique, used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine and renowned for eliminating the buildup of wastes and fluids in the face and neck. By stimulating circulation, assisting in lymphatic drainage this technique imparts a more youthful and ‘lifted’ appearance. Other effects include relieving pain associated with sinus congestion and TMJ disorder. This massage incorporates Swedish massage, Chinese Facial Cupping, and a clay mask of choice. Neck, upper shoulders, arms and hands included.
- Hot Stone Massage
The stones, typically river rocks or other smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt for their heat-retaining properties, are heated and kept warm before application. In some cases, cold stones can be used to stroke the body after the application of hot stones in order to reduce swelling and pain, or to stimulate lymphatic drainage. The heat from the stones helps tight, stiff muscles to relax, allowing the therapist's actions to penetrate deeper. The soporific effect is ideal for those seeking relief from stress, chronic tension, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Percussion Massage
Percussion massage is a type of mechanical massage that delivers a series of rapid blows that penetrate deep into the soft tissue to promote pain-relief, relaxation, and tissue repair. This invigorating treatment, used in conjunction with manual massage, produces a deeper, longer lasting effect. Percussion massage adds balance to the targeted muscle group; tones the muscles while relieving tightness, and reduces physical stress on the bones and joints.
Faith Michaels, LMT, CCT
Licensed Massage Therapist, State License: OR #19013
Certified Cupping Therapist
Certified Thai Massage Practioner
AMBP member since 2011
KvK (Chamber of Commerce) : Intuitive Healing Hands, Reg. # 61698938