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1172 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231, USA

©2017 BY GARDEN OF WELLNESS

What is holistic massage?

At the garden of wellness I focus on holistic and clinical massage therapy.

I’m always asked what is “holistic / whole” massage and why does it differ from regular massage.

I always say what sets me apart  from other therapist is that If you come to me for specific problem., for an example shoulder pain I will not  simply just rub your shoulder. I look at all aspects of you as a “whole” from physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. As to why you are having that shoulder pain. I will look at your sleep patterns your nutrition, stress etc.

When I massage I am present, “whole” and connected to you in every session. Every session is unique and different from client to client and not the same for everyone as if I am just going through motions.

I also offer other alternative therapies and specialty services to help me connect to you on all all levels for well-being . I manage to unlock the potential of self-healing in each client. I can joyfully say that many of them never return to traditional medical treatments after their first visit

 

When should I get a massage?

The shortest and most honest answer is whenever you want one. When your body needs nurturing touch, you will feel it. You may be tired, anxious, sore, depressed, tense, stressed, in pain. The longer you deny your body the work it is calling for, the harder it will be to undo.

When should I "NOT" get a massage?

If you have any of these conditions, you should not come in for a massage:

  • fever

  • uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • blood clots

  • infectious/contagious diseases

  • burns, sunburns, or open sores (area may be avoided)

  • vertigo

  • phlebitis or lymphangitis

  • uncontrolled diabetes

  • acute infection of joint or skin (area may be avoided)

  • If you are ill

Many other conditions require caution by your massage therapist. Please be thorough when filling out your health history!

 

What can massage help me with?

Just a few of the conditions I am accustomed to treating with massage:

  • anxiety

  • back pain

  • bloating

  • chronic tension

  • decreased joint mobility

  • depression

  • fatigue

  • gastrointestinal problems

  • headaches

  • irritability

  • joint pain

  • low body awareness

  • menstrual cramps

  • muscular soreness and pain

  • neck pain

  • poor circulation

  • poor posture

  • sleep problems

  • stress

  • sub acute and chronic injuries

 

How often should I get a massage?

SESSION FOCUS SUGGESTED FREQUENCY

 

Pain management:

Every 1-2 weeks or more often, increasing the interval as the source of the pain is addressed. When you’re in pain, your muscles tend to tense up even more, which prolongs the pain you are feeling. Then you develop patterns of movement to mitigate pain which may instead cause pain in another area. Massage helps to break this cycle.

 

Relaxation/Stress Reduction

Every 2-4 weeks or more often, depending on stress level The direct relaxation effects of massage last only a day or two at most. However, with the right session frequency, your body will be able to remember how it feels to be relaxed and stress-free for longer periods.

Improving posture. Once a weekImproving posture is as much about releasing chronic tension patterns as it is relearning how to stand and walk. You wouldn’t go to a dance class once a month and expect to retain much.

 

 

Reducing muscle soreness.

Every 2-4 weeks, as needed Massage helps remove metabolic wastes from the muscle tissue, while lengthening and reconditioning it to be able to handle the exercises you are doing.

 

General health maintenance

Every 4-6 weeksAt this frequency, most people will still be able to notice the cumulative benefits of massage. Any longer than 6 week intervals is just an occasional treat for your body.

 

How long should my appointment last?

A 45-minute massage is great for focusing on a specific region or two, i.e. just addressing the upper torso, or focusing on the lower body from feet to hips. Trying to fit a full body session into a 45-minute appointment can end up feeling rushed; I feel it’s more beneficial to focus on just a couple of trouble areas rather than try to do too much.


I can give a balanced full body massage in 60 minutes and still give some specific attention to one or two spots. I do find that being able to move through the body more slowly and with greater attention to detail can yield deeper results–I recommend at least 75 minutes if you’d like a full body session as well as extra focus on a region or two. 90 and 105-minute sessions can yield the greatest benefits in term of balancing relaxation and deep, specific work.

…And you can always book a 2-hour session for when you really need to rest and reset =)

 

How does massage work?

There are two main effects: reflexive and mechanical. Massage stimulates a chain of events which tells the body to relax. For example, nerves in the skin and muscles send impulses to the brain, and the brain in turn, tells the muscles to release. These reflexive effects are known as the relaxation response, or “rest and digest”: the heart and breath rate slows, stress hormone production slows, blood pressure goes down. It allows your body necessary time for recuperation a busy life often does not afford.

Massage strokes also move blood and lymph, as well as mechanically lengthening, stretching, spreading, separating, and releasing muscle and connective tissue.

 

What should I wear during the massage?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. A lot of good work can be done right through clothing (like in chair massage). However, even more good work can be done without a layer cloth between my hands and the muscle tissue. Only the part of the body I am working on will be undraped.

 

Is tipping expected?

I accept tips graciously in my private practice, but it is not mandatory.