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Integrative Therapeutic Massage

Is the manipulation of soft tissue and muscles. 

A combination of Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release 

are used. Although trained in Swedish, Samantha finds 

Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release more effective 

and tailors her massage sessions accordingly.  

This approach is ideal for the removal of lactic 

acid and other toxins. This promotes the circulation

of blood and lymph. 


There is particular focus on assessing one’s: 

  • Posture and structural placement of the body
  • Assessment of muscle groups
  • Assessment of walking
  • Locating areas of tension, shortening, instability


                      Specific stretches, yoga postures and breathing exercises are suggested. 

 ~A wide range of creams, lotions and oils are applied~ 


Swedish Massage

Is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. 

It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such 

as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body 

improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of 

bodywork are wide ranging and include 

  • relief from aches and pains
  • decreased stress levels in the body
  • enhanced mental clarity 
  • improved appearance 
  • greater flexibility.
Samantha incorporates Swedish techniques in her Massage.  
She does not give full Swedish Massage sessions.




Deep Tissue Massage

Is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension 

in the deeper layers of tissue in the body.  

Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method 

for releasing chronic stress areas due to: 


  • Misalignment 
  • Repetitive motions  
  • Past lingering injuries. 


Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, 

open communication during the session is crucial to 

make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable.  

Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after 

the treatment, and that plenty of water

should be ingested to aid with the flushing 

and removal of toxins that will have been 

released from the deep tissue during the session.


Myofascial Release

Is a form of massage that does not use oil or crème.
The connective tissue or fascia is a continuous sheet
that surrounds all of our muscles.  To directly access
this intricate system traction and twisting strokes can
be used. This combined with a subtle and slow
superficial technique can last up to 2 minutes each 
stroke. Because of this continuous connection from 
muscle to muscle, it is common for the receiver to 
feel a light yet deep spreading, stretching and 
release of large muscle groups. Movements are 
encouraged in order to maximize this release.

Shiatsu/Acupressure Massage

Shiatsu is a meditative healing art 

that honors the body, mind and spirit.

It involves stimulating acupoints along an extensive 

energetic-organ networksystem called meridians 

or channels.  Moderate yet powerful pressure is 

applied, combined with facilitated stretches which 

allows the free flow of blood and energy to circulate 

with in the mind-body.  Shiatsu is given fully 

clothed and traditionallyperformed on a mat. 

This ensures free movement of joints and limbs 

during stretches and enhances the ability to access

the chi/energy in meridians rather than muscles 

alone. Being supported by the earth strongly 

roots the practitioner and client and offers 

space and stability for stretches and 

movements to take place. 

Samantha successfully incorporates 

Shiatsu on the tableif a mat is preferred 

please make her aware

of this prior to the session time.


How is Shiatsu similar

to Acupuncture?

Shiatsu is a hands-on bodywork therapy that does 

not use needles. However, Shiatsu follows the same 

theory, philosophy and assessments as Acupuncture, 

hence the umbrella term Chinese Medicine.


Barefoot Shiatsu~ 

Uses various parts of the foot that increases the 

amount of pressure normally given.  Walking along 

the spine and hamstrings is a common protocol.

Zen Shiatsu~

Is a whole body shiatsu style that focuses on 

balancing the energy in the entire channel. 

Abdominal palpation is used for assessment 

and treatment.


Assessment Skills Used In Shiatsu:


The quality of force in the radial artery is 

used to assess the internal condition of the 

body.  The speed, size, shape and force of 

the pulse allows the practitioner to assess 

where blockages in the body-mind are present. 


The color, shape and coating of the tongue 

are indicators of what is occurring internally as well.

Abdominal or Hara Assessment:

Commonly used in Zen Shiatsu, palpation of the 

abdomen assesses areas where there is the most 

excessive and deficient amount of energy in the 

organ network system. Similar to pulse assessment, 

this gives the practitioner a frame of reference 

in which to use to locate the most prominent 

imbalances and ultimately attempt to restore 






Gua means to rub or friction.

Sha describes congestion of blood at the 

surface of the body.A round instrument 

is applied in repeated strokes along the 

muscles that encourage nutritive blood

to rise to the surface of the skin,

creating small red petechiae 

(red or purple dots). The color 

and rate of fading is indicative

of the degree of blood obstruction. 

A practitioner uses Gausha as an

overall corrective method for

  •    Pain, overall tension and knotted tissue
  •    Upper respiratory and digestive problems
  •    It cools over heated conditions (fever, hot flashes) 
  •    Warms cold conditions (loose stools, sluggishness)
  •    Nourishes deficiencies (dizziness, fatigue, malar flush)
  •    Disperses excess (inflammation, headache)




This is a method similar to Guasha.

The difference lies mainly in the 

instrument. Glass cups are quickly 

filled with a lit cotton ball of flame, 

then placed on the body.This creates 

a vacuum, which pulls the surface of the skin. 

The heat from the flame makes this method

especially useful for cold conditions.

Other cupping sets are used with out fire

and for practical reasons are used most often.

Cupping is great for alleviating:


  • Muscle pain & spasms
  • Expels common cold and flu symptoms
  • Flushes out the body of toxins.





Is a traditional Chinese medicine technique 

that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, 

spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has 

been used for healing purposes throughout 

Asia for thousands of years.  Moxibustion is burned

close to the skin at specific acupoints.

The purpose of moxibustion, as with 

most forms of traditional Chinese medicine,

is to strengthen the blood, 

stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), 

and enhance overall vitality and health.

Moxa warms meridians and expels cold 

from the body. Cold causes slow movement and

stagnation of blood and energy.

This method helps to alleviate those symptoms. 

Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.


Is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure 

to the specific nerve zones in your feet.  Unlike other 

foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in 

the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-

depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body.  

Reflexology treatments have been 

found to be highly effective for conditions such as: 


  • Allergies, headaches, and depression.


Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depict stories of 

giving and receiving this form of foot massage.  

Common to Chinese Medical theory, 

the foot is a microcosm of our entire bodies.  

The head including all of its structures and 

organs begin with the toes.  A mirror image of 

the body is mapped out on our feet. 

Areas of congestion are focused on. 

This is combined with regular sessions, 

if extra focus here is desired sessions can 

be tailored as such.  


Jin Shin Do

“The Compassionate Way of the Spirit” 

Is a form of acupressure that uses a combination 

of points that are held for a couple of minutes 

while accessing the body’s master balancing mechanism, 

specifically the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.  

Jin Shin Do uses gentle yet deep finger 

pressure on these specific points to release 

tension and harmonize your Qi (energy) flow.  

A unique synthesis of eastern and western healing 

approach Jin Shin Do aligns the body, mind and spirit 

to help bring you into a deeper state of awareness,

clarity and purpose.  


“Push-Pull” is a vigorous Chinese massage 

using variety of hand movements to increase 

circulation of chi and blood.  I incorporate this 

with Shiatsu and or Massage sessions.  

Please make me aware if this style of bodywork 

is desired, so that I can make it more 

prominent during a session.


Translates as universal energy.

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing 

that cleanses and balances the energy patterns 

in the body. This healing practice uses a non-invasive,

“laying of hands” technique that directs energy 

from giver to receiver as it circulates energy 

where it is needed.  As a result, the body’s natural 

self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to 

establish optimum mental, emotional, and 

physical health. The central charka system 

and energetic aura field are the pathways

used for this method. A pendulum as well as

crystals and stones are often used.

This form of therapy can enable a

person to reach a relaxed meditative state. 

It is often described as having a subtle, 

yet deep and powerful affect on the body-mind.

Samantha introduces Reiki during a

Massage &/or Shiatsu session.

Chakra Balancing

Uses a hands on & visual scanning technique that detects the 

energy flow, color, distortions and blockages in the central chakra 

system and aura field.  Guided imagery may 

be used to help assist the receiver 

feel these areas and work through them.  

Yoga Poses are suggested to help open 

related chakra imbalances.   


Essential Aromatherapy Oils~

Are extracted and distilled from plants. 

A variety of herbs, fruits and flowers are

used in this process. Each oil has a medicinal

effect that assist specific ailments to be alleviated.

The true essence of a plant is captured in the oil.

Specific oils are used on acupoints, along the spine as

well as being inhaled by the receiver for

physical and psychological well being.

Energetic & Holistic Nutrition

Eating for health is a process.  Realistic suggestions 

can be made to help alleviate certain symptoms.  

Specific foods are discussed to avoid or to be added.  

An overview of daily food and beverage consumption is 

examined, along with food cravings.