Also known as Swedish massage, massage therapy uses various techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body in order to release tension. Kris works with both deep tissue and subtle techniques, as appropriate, with an overall aim to bring the body into a relaxed, receptive state, in order to support change in non-beneficial patterning. Massage therapy can support recovery from injury or strain, and also be used as a restorative method to help support the relief of anxiety and stress, and promote general wellness.
This hands-on session is great for folks who love yoga or have always wanted to try yoga. It’s like experiencing a yoga practice without the work of having to do it. It combines breath awareness, passive stretching and compression of the muscles, activating soft tissue response, energy (meridian) lines and fascial pathways in the body. Clients wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow for easeful movement and relax on a cushioned floor mat. This combination of movement and massage encourages a sense of wholeness, increased energy, flexibility and balance within the body.
In support of your massage, or as a stand alone session ….
Our body sends us messages by giving us physical sensations. These sensations are clues to how we’re holding tension, stress, and past & present experiences in our body. We chat about what patterns are showing up, and come up with strategies and activities that can help you, including breath sequences, movement practices, and other self-care techniques. Somatic awareness supports resilience and adaptability, and can be beneficial in helping release these tendencies of holding. (Available In-person or Virtually)
Registered Massage Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator, Sound & Energy Healing Practitioner.
Sometimes our body sends us messages – tight shoulders, clenched jaw, worried thinking, unhappy feet, restless sleep, anxious breathing, numbness, and so on. Often, these discomforts are compensation patterns. We’ve all been through various injuries, traumas, stressors, fixations, challenges, etc.. Compensation patterns are one way our body ‘gets through stuff’. They are likely necessary at the time they develop – but soon become habit, long after they’re needed, and then eventually what served us, becomes a limitation.
Kris is skilled at noticing and tracking these patterns in posture, movement, breath, tissue nature, fluid rhythms and perceptual states. Awareness is the key to encouraging change, releasing compensation and discovering a more comfortable way.
All sessions are framed in the context of Somatic Awareness; getting curious about the language of the body and noticing what patterns are apparent and desire attention.
Kris has been in full-time private practice and teaching for over 30 years. In that time, she has collectively trained in and taught various healing modalities, body centred therapies and movement methods. She holds master-level certifications in many methods of Bodywork, Yoga, Conscious Dance, Somatic Movement, Energy Healing, Doula Care, Natural Health, Sound Healing, Nature Therapies and Wisdom Traditions. She is a life-long, avid learner with a curious and joyful spirit!