"Kijrstin's calm, pleasant personality always puts a person at ease. She has spent years learning many techniques. Her form of therapeutic massage includes Craniosacral Therapy, Unwinding, Myofascial Techniques, and Polarity Therapy (energy balancing). I feel very fortunate to have been a client of Kijrstin's every other week for several years. When I get off her table my body feels pain-free, refreshed and renewed." ~Joan L. Brown
I draw from a variety of modalities, and I always love the chance to learn new skills. Here is a description of the techniques I most frequently use.
Therapeutic Massage: If you gravitate toward the "No pain, no gain" approach to massage, my work may not be for you. I combine Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Techniques to stretch and tone muscles and other soft tissues, improve circulation, release areas of adhesion and pain, and bring about more freedom of movement. My style tends to be slow and patient as I feel for restrictions or blockages, apply appropriate pressure, and wait for things to soften and let go. My work may occasionally cause some temporary discomfort, but I avoid using pressure that will lead you to tense up, hold your breath, or "grit your teeth and bear it". In this way I hope to minimize any results that may be counter-productive, such as increased inflammation, nerve irritation, muscle spasm, and undue pain or soreness following the treatment. I encourage you to always communicate with me about what type of pressure feels best for you.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST): Craniosacral Therapy uses a light, stationary touch to palpate the motion of cerebrospinal fluid as it is pumped through the brain and spinal cord. "Cranio" and "Sacral" refer to the head and sacrum, the opposite poles of the spine where it is quite easy to palpate this motion; however, it can be felt throughout the body as a rhythm, an ebb and flow in the bones and soft tissues. As I follow this rhythm I support gentle corrections in your alignment, and facilitate access to your body's own powerful ability to self-regulate and heal. CST often feels deeply relaxing, subtle yet profound. It can assist in correcting misalignments from accidents, falls, habitual postures, even imbalances sustained from the process of being born! It is often effective in treating headaches, whiplash, neck and back pain, vertigo, sinus pressure, stress, emotional difficulties, and many other conditions. It can improve your overall well-being and vitality even if you have no specific ailments. Craniosacral Therapy may be received while fully clothed, or as integrated with massage.