_4-Rivers Massage Therapy and Bodywork
Gently Touching ~ Gently Healing
_Specializing in the integration of Body, Mind, Emotion and Spirit
My Bodywork Practice
I am currently in private practice specializing in Therapeutic Massage, Warm Stone Therapy, Massage for People Living with Cancer, End of Life Care, and Body/Mind Interrelationship. I have immense passion for what I do, and feel deep gratitude for the people that allow me into their world through the gentle art of touch. Please take a look below at the depth and diversity of my work.
Swedish Massage is the most well-known or “traditional” type of massage. Works well for pain management or for the client who wants to relax.
Subtle Touch approach offers a safe space to rest, breathe and just “Be.” The touch offered is very gentle and slow, at times using long flowing strokes that feel like water gliding over the body. The client will also experience cradling of the muscle, which invites the tissue to relax and soften—a sense of being held. This approach assists in slowing down the client’s world and invites inner attentiveness.
Esalen Massage combines long, flowing gliding movement with gentle rocking and stretching. This method offers general stress reduction and mind-body-spirit unity. It is a personal service rather than a medical treatment. For fragmented bodies living in a fragmented world, this method offers the client a sense of wholeness. The client will experience the magic of slowing down, quiet and non-doing. People who have experienced Esalen massage agree that it is extraordinary.
Warm Stone Therapy offers a unique way to use “mother earth” in a massage to bring about emotional and physical well being. Warm stone massage is a combination of hot stones with Swedish massage strokes, creating a very nurturing, relaxing and effective treatment.
Massage for People Living with Cancer offers specialized massage that incorporates reflexology, gentle touch and warm stone application with healing oils that stimulate special points on the body to support and enhance the inherent healing abilities of the body. This form of therapy provides relaxation along with helping the body to cope with common side effects of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. The practitioner also offers a safe and honoring space for the feelings and emotions that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. These sessions are typically 75 minutes in length.
End of Life Touch Therapy offers gentle therapeutic touch during this fragile time of a person’s life. Gentle hand massage has been shown to calm anxiety, worry and fearfulness. Kathy offers a presence that holds gentleness, compassion and a listening heart to those she holds in her hands. Kathy also offers massage therapy for the family care-givers.
Bodywork in the Spirit of Hakomi offers healing work that explores the emotional holding behind the physical tension. Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a set of universal principles: Mindfulness, Unity, Wholism, Nonviolence and Organicity. The premise of this approach is gently working with the body’s sensation, breath and movement, which is the body’s form of speech. This body speech often arises from our unconscious. This can manifest as aches and pains, chronic health conditions, or postural habits. Often our held beliefs, feelings and past experiences constrict muscle tissue, causing chronic muscle tension and pain. As I touch a client, I recognize that I touch a whole person with a unique history that has formed their body. This approach invites the client space to explore how the mind, body, heart and spirit weave together to form their world. This integrative method of working can result in profound and lasting change. Each session integrates transformation-oriented bodywork with insightful dialogue. (You may visit: www.hakomiinstitute.com)
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“Your body is truly your beloved partner.”