Services

  • Therapeutic Massage

    Using a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Lymphatic Drainage, and Energy techniques can help chronic conditions and reduce pain.  These techniques are excellent for conditions such as arthritis, musculo-skeletal pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, injuries, and other conditions.

    $75 / hr.
  • Oncology Massage

    Oncology massage benefits those who have a history of cancer, whether they are in treatment, remission, palliative stage or have been cured.  Massage can help relieve or manage the short and long-term side effects of treatment such as anxiety, pain, insomnia, low blood counts, fatigue, nausea, and depression.

    The difference between an “oncology” massage and a regular massage is that the oncology massage is adjusted for your safety and engages the current symptoms you may be experiencing.  The oncology massage therapist has been trained to be aware of treatment concerns, such as low blood counts, positioning restrictions, medical devices, and risk of lymphedema.

    What to expect:

    •a detailed intake during your first visit, including the type of cancer you have (or had), past and current treatment, symptoms or side-effects you are experiencing, medical devices or lymph node involvement.

    •light and soothing pressure, especially around any areas that have been compromised.

    •organic, ayurvedic oils may be used for areas of pain or neuropathy.

    •time will be given to the feet for reflexology and the back for gentle acupressure.

    •warm stones may be used on immune-boosting acupressure points.

    If you are currently in treatment, you may need permission from your Oncologist before booking an appointment.  I can send you a letter explaining Oncology Massage that you can give to your doctor if needed.

    $75 / hr.
  • Medical Qigong

    Medical qigong is the therapeutic use of qi to regulate the body’s energy according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It involves a practitioner skilled at sensing and relieving qi blockages, emitting external qi and prescribing exercises to specifically counteract the energetic imbalances that have been diagnosed.

    Medical qigong is much like acupuncture without needles.  In the same way that acupuncture does not require belief, qigong does not require belief, only an open mind, a willingness to heal and perform the prescription exercises.

    Medical qigong provides excellent support for patients undergoing cancer treatment, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and other chronic conditions.  It helps improve circulation, reduce stress and empowers the individual with techniques to support their own immune system.

    Medical qigong sessions are 1 hour and consist of a 10-15 min. intake, a 20-30 min qi emission session where the client will sit or lie clothed and comfortable on a massage table to receive treatment, and a 10-15 min. discussion where the client will learn prescription exercises to perform at home.

    Like acupuncture, the number of sessions needed may vary based on the condition, but anywhere from 4-8 sessions are appropriate.  Results should start to be experienced within the first several sessions.

    $75 / hr.
  • Classes

    In this class, we will learn simple exercises, meditations, and acupressure points to address nausea, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, decreased immunity and other related side-effects of surgery, chemo, and radiation.  You will come away with specific tools for managing side-effects and gain a deeper understanding of how a qigong practice can empower healing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Medical qigong is not strenuous and can be practiced while standing, sitting, or lying down, making it adaptable to the abilities of each participant.

    UPCOMING CLASSES:  3rd Saturday of the month, 2pm-3pm.

    Register with WomenCARE (831) 457-2273  FREE!

    ADDRESS: Pacific Cultural Center, Studio, 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    Free
  • Touch and Cancer Care

    TouchCancerCare

    How can you touch a patient or loved one with cancer without worrying that you are doing something wrong?  This workshop is designed for caregivers, health aides, friends and family of people living with cancer. Gentle massage and touch techniques will be taught that are safe for all stages of the cancer journey. Massage is supported by evidence-based research to alleviate common side effects of cancer treatment such as pain, anxiety, depression, neuropathy and nausea. Our simple touch protocol is adapted from the Society for Oncology Massage and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

     

    Cabrillo College Extension or Contact to Offer Class in Private Location

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage

    MLD is a type of light massage that works to increase the flow of lymph fluid in the body.  MLD is recognized as a primary tool in managing lymphadema, and can also be used pre-and post-operatively to manage swelling and pain.  MLD is also indicated for sprains and injuries, congestion and allergies, arthritis and auto-immune disorders.  I have been certified in the Vodder Technique of MLD.

    $75 / hr.