Hands-on Therapy

It all started when...

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My road to being a massage therapist started with my own love for receiving massage. To be touched is an amazing experience, I'd love to share that with all! In early 2017 I attended Carlson College of Massage Therapy in Stone City, Iowa. This journey was very introspective and a deep work on oneself while learning all of the different modalities of massage, anatomy, physiology, and many other complimenting classes to learn about the body, mind and soul. I am certified in the state of Iowa and am excited to continue my learning journey. 

As of the end of June 2019 I am thrilled to be in my own space inside Breathing Room yoga. My services include hands-on massage and offer Swedish, integrative massage (includes wellness coaching), reflexology, neuromuscular massage, Thai massage, deep tissue, lymph drainage therapy, and craniosacral therapy. In winter 2019 I will be offering yoga classes as well.


Thai Massage

Thai massage, long considered a medical treatment in Thailand, the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. (That's why it's often called lazy man's yoga.) ... Thai massage also includes deep-pressure point work to stimulate the sen, or the body's energy pathways. During the massage, you will be pulled, stretched, and rocked at the hands of your Thai massage therapist. They will use every part of their body in order to do this, including their thumbs, elbows, and knees. You will remain fully clothed for a Thai massage, so you should wear clothing that is comfortable and can stretch easily. The therapist and client are on a very soft mat on the floor for the duration of the appointment. A Thai appointment is best served in a 90 minute appointment.


Lymphatic Drainage Technique

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I first learned of lymphatic drainage from a friend and colleague Dr CJ Kleene at Back in Line Chiropractic and PC. in Hiawatha, Iowa. She advised of it's helpful uses reducing swelling and fluid retention. I had always had a bit of a salt tooth and my upper legs were often swollen and even my calves at times. My first appointment was with Therese Malloy, she was kind, helpful, and very informative. After just one session and seeing the benefits for myself I knew this was something I wanted to one day share with my clients. 
In 2017 I became an LMT, licensed massage therapist, and this allowed me to further pursue LDT, lymphatic drainage technique, training. In May 2018 I traveled to St Paul, Minnesota and took my first of many LDT course. This service has so many uses beyond what I even imaged, I'm ready to share this with the community! 

CHIKLY METHOD

This training method is gentle and uses a systematic approach. 

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Who is it for?

This technique can be widely used and I often want to integrate it with almost everyone I see since training, however a full hours session would be ideal for a lot of cases. This list is not the entire exclusive list that can be helped, and each person would be treated on a per case basis after reviewing their full health history intake form. 

  • pre and post surgery

  • gynecology premenstrual, breast swelling and pain, stretch marks

  • dentistry ailments like tooth pain

  • dermatology issues such as acne

  • wrinkles, LDT hydrates skin regenerates tissue, tones and relaxes muscles

  • digestion concerns such as chronic gastritis, IBS

  • general issues like stress, fatigue, fibromyalgia, sleeping issues, detoxing from things like dieting, tobacco, fasting, jet lag, alcohol, toxic chemical poisoning

  • LDT is helpful for elderly people due to oxygenation, tissue regeneration, it is gentle enough for their fair skin

  • this also addresses things like chronic sinusitis and other inflammatory ailments

  • neurology issues like headaches, concussions

  • ophthalmology needs like visual acuity, chronic glaucoma, cataracts

  • orthopedics like trauma, sprain, fracture, low back pain, whiplash, sciatica

  • otorhinolaryngology issues tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, dry eyes and mouth

  • pneumology such as chronic bronchitis, hay fever, asthma

  • rheumatology issues like athrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic issues, bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbago

  • sports needs such as to improve the condition and quality of the muscles, sports trauma, sprains, muscle cramps and pain, scars

  • burns

The technique and history of the service


Silent Waves is the bible in the field of lymph drainage therapy. Author Bruno Chikly, MD, is a skilled physician and true healer, and he is the Einstein of this rapidly developing field.
Larry Dossey, MD, Executive Director, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Author of nine books including Healing beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an innovative hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO.


It has been created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system consistent with recent scientific discoveries. LDT is the first technique that enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. With these skills, practitioners can practice Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the lymphatic vessels. With developed listening skills LDT practitioners are able to use their hands to assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…). Lymph Drainage Therapy has been taught for almost 20 years to about 14,000 therapists throughout the world. 
LDT is a gentle technique that works through the body's interstitial and lymphatic system to activate the body liquid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Trained students learn how to work with muscles, fascia, tendons, periosteum, viscera, synovial fluid, chambers of the eyes, dura, pia, and blood vessels. LDT also includes advanced techniques such as Lympho-Fascia Release (LFR) to simultaneously release lesions in the fascia and fluid of the body. These techniques can be applied to fascia, viscera, ligaments, tendons or trigger points in the body.

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Craniosacral Therapy

"CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life and wellness. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

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Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.

Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system – and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.

CranioSacral Therapy releases these tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch — starting with about the weight of a nickel — practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being. And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy has proven effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.

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SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.

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The body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces due to an accident, injury, or emotional trauma. The dysfunctional area is isolated, creating what is called an "energy cyst". Although a reasonably healthy body can adapt to “energy cysts,” extra energy is required to perform normal bodily functions. As time passes, the body's ability to adapt decreases and symptoms begin to appear, becoming more difficult to suppress.

The SomatoEmotional Release process allows the body to let go of these "energy cysts" and return to a state of wellness. SomatoEmotional Release requires sensitivity on the part of the therapist and a positive attitude and trust from the patient as you work together in the healing process.

What can I expect from a CranioSacral Therapy Session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. As a client you remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded massage or treatment table. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of your head, torso or feet. At times your practitioner may also support your limbs and spine while helping your body release accumulated tension.

What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. While it doesn't occur in every session, this aspect of the process – called SomatoEmotional Release – is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.

Because each individual response to CST is unique, the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. While one session may give you the relief you need, your situation may require more therapy before it's completely alleviated. Your therapist can best advise you in this area.

What will I experience after a session?

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Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours. Or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days.

Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it's common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session. You may also experience a reorganization phase as your body releases previously held patterns and adapts to a new state of wellness." excerpt from upledgerclinic.com


Do you have any other questions?

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