Traditional Eastern massage modalities such as Barefoot Shiatsu and Thai Massage are received on a comfortable floor futon, recipient wearing loose clothing. This type of session includes massage, assisted stretching, pressure point work, and intention to treat the meridians (energy lines) that connect the acu-points, and bring the body to balance. Treatments are relaxing, yet often energizing, as well; an excellent treatment for opening shoulders, back and hips, while not needing to disrobe.
Lighter bodywork, such as Jin Shin Acupressure, Reiki, Craniosacral work and Polarity treatments are also received fully clothed, but on a massage table. Lighter treatments can address injured areas, emotional distress, and help provide deep relaxation, helping your body to activate its own self-healing powers. Lighter modalities can be combined with massage and foot reflexology to treat the whole body, on the physical as well as the energetic level.
Eastern bodywork sessions can also address difficulties with digestion and the internal organs, through abdominal work. Chi Nei Tsang and Hara work help to detoxify, rejuvenate, and relax the belly, navel and ribcage to assist in releasing both physical discomfort and emotional charges that reside there.
Heather has ongoing interest in alternative healthcare, and integrates that knowledge when appropriate, into her sessions. She uses her knowledge of flower essences and aromatherapy to address emotional stresses, and encourage a relaxing and healing environment, both during your session and afterwards. Heather can help connect you to other professionals/modalities on your healing path: acupuncture, yoga, vibrational medicine, personal training/coaching, chiropractic care, and more.
Traditional Eastern massage sessions last 75-90 minutes. For your convenience, Heather offers sessions ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours, Monday through Friday.
Heather has been providing bodywork in the Davis area since 2000. Her training includes Acupressure & Shiatsu certifications from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. She completed a one-year apprenticeship and teacher training in Barefoot Shiatsu, also in the bay area. Heather has completed further training in Eastern Modalities through the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, and various workshops in northern California. She continues her study of Craniosacral work with the Upledger Institute International. Heather is a member of the Sutter Center for Integrative Health, a consortium of traditional, complementary and alternative healthcare providers located in Davis.