Hi everyone! I’m Leah – I am about half way through my second year of working as a licensed Massage Therapist. As I grow and develop in my practice, my interests beyond traditional Swedish and relaxation massage begin to show themselves and find me. During our time at school we spent about 3 months of our hands-on courses learning Shiatsu massage.
Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure” – and follows the same pathways along the body as acupuncture. While there are some core differences both acupuncture and shiatsu follow principles that are based in Tradition Chinese Medicine. Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for at least 2,000 years and focuses on the body as a whole, rather than focusing on one symptom – one issue. Literally holistic health.
This is how I view the body in my massage practice as well. As I listen carefully to what pain or discomforts you have in your neck or low back – I’m also paying close attention to your hip position, how you stand/walk – and what those things tell me about where your pain may be originating other than right where it hurts. This whole body approach to my everyday massage practice made the decision to invest time gaining a more in-depth education in the practice of shiatsu as well as herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine. While I am not yet a certified herbalist or an expert in Shiatsu I am able to integrate many Shiatsu techniques into my current practice.
I would love to see you at Sorella Spa to talk with you about the benefits of holistic wellness, and to help you feel your best with my integrative style of massage!