The Massage Toxin Myth

The Water-Toxin Myth

You may have heard that it’s necessary to drink water after a massage because some massage therapists claim that getting a massage releases toxins directly into the bloodstream, and that the best way to flush them out is to drink plenty of water to encourage your kidneys and the rest of your digestive system to process these and remove them from your body.

It never hurts to drink plenty of water, so definitely rehydrate after a massage session because its good for you. But massages don’t flush toxins into the bloodstream, and water wouldn’t help if it did.

There are a lot of scientific reasons why this is the case, but know that massage doesn’t liberate these environmental pollutants from cells or “squish” them into your bloodstream or excretory systems to be expelled. Again, that’s what your kidneys and digestive system are designed to do.

The Lactic Acid Myth

Another myth about massages? That massage is a great way to release lactic acid in the muscles after a long run or hard workout. The soreness and stiffness you experience after your first run of the season actually isn’t from lactic acid building up in your muscles, it’s what’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

When you work out, it’s like pulling on a long rope - some of the fibers in your muscles may break during the workout, in what are essentially tiny microtears. Unlike pulling on a rope that loses some of its strength though, your muscles rebuild themselves and become larger and stronger.

Your muscles do create lactic acid, but this is something they do all the time, even when your body is at rest. So the idea that your muscles are sore from lactic acid buildup is false. When you exercise, your body needs fuel, and breaks down some of its stored energy to get this, becoming acidic. Lactate is just a by-product of this process that is created all the time.

That doesn’t mean you should give up your post-run massage! There are still plenty of benefits to a good sports massage. Your massage therapist can reduce the pain and stiffness after a hard workout, which moves blood and fluid around your body, helping to heal microtrauma from your workout.

When you heavily work out a muscle group, it loses some of its flexibility and tenses up, making it easier to tear. A thorough sports massage eases this tension. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, and lessens fatigue, gearing you up to conquer your next race, conditioning class, or sweat session.

Other Benefits to Massage Therapy

Don’t worry. There are still plenty of reasons for regular massages, and benefits to even the occasional massage. Each massage is a great way to reduce stress and pamper yourself, sure, but there are major health perks as well. With massage, you can:

  • Reduce stress hormones like cortisol

  • Improve joint function and range of motion

  • Lessen muscle soreness after a hard workout

  • Speed healing of overworked, sore muscles

  • Reduce inflammation and helping the muscles’ repair process

  • Help with anxiety and insomnia

Massage has countless health benefits, but flushing toxins isn’t one of them. If you’re looking to remove pollutants and poisons from your life, there’s no quick fix: you have to do so with conscious lifestyle changes. Enjoy your massage and relish in the many other benefits you’re receiving from your time on the table.

Life on the Cycle Oregon Massage Team

2019 marked my 10th year as a part of the Cycle Oregon Massage Team (including the year the event was cancelled due to wild fires in 2017.)

The first ride I worked in 2010 was during my final year of massage therapy school. I worked the front desk for the Cycle Oregon Massage Team scheduling and taking payments, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but it sounded like it could be fun. I remember being in awe as I witnessed the veterans in this field working therapeutically and efficiently to help ease the cyclists pain so they could continue on the ride. At the time it felt like a fun adventure, but the experience clearly influenced the direction of my whole career as a massage therapist, it ignited my passion to work with active people, and develop my skills as an LMT that resolved clients pain and help them move with more ease.

Let me set the scene as it’s quite a bit different from the cozy little treatment rooms you find yourself in during massages in town. There are 15 massage therapists all working together in a 20’ x 40’ tent amongst the elements of rain, wind, cold, and sun. Its an organized chaos and I often joke that its like a massage conveyer belt because each massage is 55 or 85 minutes in duration and sessions start on the hour, leaving us 5 minutes in between to change sheets, drink water or snack, say goodbye to our client and greet the next. We usually arrive at the site around 11am to begin setting up our massage station for the day. The location of the massage tent is always a bit of a surprise, we’ve worked in cow pastures, sticker patches, and perfectly manicured grassy golf greens (my favorite) We wait for the cyclists to complete their ride (anywhere from 50 -1 00 miles!) and the sessions usually begin around 1pm or 2pm and we work until 10pm averaging 8 hours of sports massage each day. There’s also the ‘layover’ day which is the only day we stay in the same location vs moving on to another site. We start working at 8am and finish at 10pm (I did 12 hours of massage that day during the week, although my record is 14 while working on another ride. )

You won’t hear flutes or Enya during this massage. One of the bodyworkers on the ride curates a lively mix of music that almost all my clients comment on: “who’s singing?” “Do you know the name of this artist?” “This isn’t normal massage music.” I love working to the variety of sounds coming through the speakers, it keeps everyones mood elevated and vibe energized during the long workdays. You can take a listen to the playlist on Spotify and let me know if you ever want to here something else during your massage in Portland!

It’s so much fun to work in an open room with massage therapists, since we are usually quite isolated working in our offices, its so refreshing to have the community and camaraderie of the massage team. We are all putting in crazy hours, working hard, and we all lift each other up and are there to help when needed. Being on the road there are a fair share of misadventures. I’ve been there to help when someone locks their keys in the car, when they need a jumpstart, when they bump their head and need help securing bandages, and the list goes on.

This year it rained heavily for the first three days of the ride. Setting up our tents in the dark, getting our stuff soaked was a real bummer. So when enough was enough I sprung for a hotel with my colleague and friend Samantha Hargrove. Best night of sleep I’ve ever had. And since we didnt have to be at the massage then until 11am then next morning we ventured to The Cottonwood Cafe in Sisters OR for brunch.. it was the best brunch ever.. I’m still thinking about it today. Do yourself a favor next time your in the area and try it out - We got the veggie hash and veggie B&G. You won’t be disappointed!

I’ve developed friendships with the riders over the last 10 years. I have repeat clients that I look forward to seeing every year. Some who live in Portland have come to see me at home. I treasure this experience and am so happy to be a part of the Cycle Oregon Massage Team and to help the cyclists enjoy their week on the ride.

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Enjoy these Cycle Oregon highlights from over the years

SELF CARE MASSAGE TECHNIQUES: FOREARMS

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Hello!

Climbers, musicians, phone junkies, humans, this ones for you!

We are talking about the muscles that live in your glorious forearms and control all the movement in your wrist, hands, and fingers. 

These supportive muscles can help us hang on to a cliffs ledge or give someone the bird.. Not that we ever do that... I guess this post is for my road ragers as well.

Anyway...

When clients come in discussing pain in their arms it typically shows up in the wrist, near the base of the thumb, or near the elbow. These areas are the attachment points for the big juicy muscle bellies of your arm. Sometimes you'll notice your lower arm can feel tired and fatigued.. but rarely painful. 

Well I'm here to tell you to pay attention to that space between your wrist and elbow.

Repetitive motion injury could be prevented by Spending a few minutes throughout the day with these self-care massage techniques. 

These are the techniques I use to keep my arms poised to work on muscles all day! 

Step 1. Whats going on.

Examine and familiarize yourself with your own muscles and the movement of your arm. 

DO THIS: Hold your arms outstretched, there are muscles attached to bones under your skin and they move your wrists and fingers. Go ahead and move your hand around now. You will most likely be able to see your muscles in your forearm moving with each grip and release of your hand. Grab your forearm with your other hand and now move those fingers around again. Can you feel the muscles moving under your hand?

Step 2. Squeeze your Antagonists. 

The muscles in your forearm that flex your wrist and fingers have directly opposing muscles that extend your wrist and fingers.

DO THIS: Take your opposite hand and grip your forearm right under your wrist. Squeeze and move your wrist slowly forward and backward. Hello! Can you feel this magical facial stretch? Do this movement all the way down to your elbow. Hold as long as you want as many times as you want. 

Step 3. Wring it out.

All these muscles are bundled together in a relatively tight space, and I like to create more space by doing a little twist and shout. 

DO THIS: Same as before when you grabbed your own forearm below the wrist, but instead of moving your hand back and forth you are going to rotate your forearm back and forth. You can feel those ropey bundles sliding around and thats good! If you find a spot that feel especially good, hang out there for awhile. 

Step 4. Dig In

Another explorative tension excavation exercise. This is most effective in the meaty muscle on the top of your arm near your elbow. 

DO THIS: Squeeze your forearm down by your elbow. Find the little ridges and bumps, and once you've found a good spot -you'll know when you're on one - start rotating your forearm back and forth, move your wrist forward and back. Feel the muscles move under your finger tips and explore the tender spots. This will loosen the tension and bring blood flow to the area and I am constantly doing this move throughout my day. 

Step 5. Notice. 

The biggest favor we can do for our bodies is just noticing whats going on.

Notice if you've been typing away for an hour on your phone or computer and how it feels. Notice if You keep your wrist at an awkward angle on the steering wheel of your car, or the angle of your wrists on your bikes handle bars and how it feels.

Taking time to check in with your muscles and bones before they require attention makes all the difference. DO THIS. 

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Good luck and if you have questions feel free to reach out, pun definitely intended...

I'm Sick. Should I cancel my massage?

YES

You've waited weeks and planned ahead for this reprieve for your mind and muscles. As the time etches closer to your appointment you feel the symptoms of a cold. Nobody ever wants to cancel their massage, but this is a time that rescheduling is necessary. If you come in for a massage while suffering a head cold or symptoms from the flu, massage could actually increase these symptoms. 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving bodywork is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. 

Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, your therapist could pass the cooties along to more clients before they even know it’s happening. Further, when we bodyworkers get sick, we have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. This derails others self-care planning and our ability to make the world a better place one massage at a time. 

When to cancel

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on the table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling funky from a recent bout of such things.

If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

Prevention

Prevent colds with frequent hand washing, stay hydrated, well rested, and a little vitamin C wont hurt. 

Stay healthy! 

-Miranda

10 Waywest Ways to Stay on Top of Stress

Welcome my fellow stressed humans!

None of us are immune, but we all handle the tense times differently. I thought it would be helpful to share the steps I take to stay on top of the stress mountain in my life. You may be surprised, but even massage therapists can't always get in to see their favorite bodyworker for a mini-escape the moment some stress goes down.

1. Take a minute.

When things are feeling chaotic, out of your control, and just legit bonkers its easy to get wrapped up in the moment. Remove yourself from the constant swirling craziness just for even a minute. Take a big breath and sigh it out. Giving yourself a timeout can work wonders, it worked when we were toddlers, why not now?

2. Get Outside.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I like to be outside. And turns out, nature has stress reducing effects on us humans. The trees, the sky, the songs that the birds sing. Its a wonderful distraction for anything stressful. I love the book The Nature Fix for some insight as to why being outside can calm you down so much. 

3. Move.

Getting my heart pumping and my blood flowing. The gym, a trail, just some pushups or jumping jacks, a brisk walk around the block. The ultimate quick fix to stress. *You may need to schedule a massage after you've overdone it with the push ups. 

4. Music. 

Sometimes the stress is all up in my head, a worrying situation that is looping in the mind. So I give myself a different ear worm to distract and it works out. Sometimes the messages in music are enough to shake me out of my stressful thought loop. Check out our Waywest Spotify playlists for relaxing. 

5. Audiobooks/Podcasts.

This is has been my cure for road rage. I used to walk to work when I lived in the neighborhood, but now I'm one of those people who spend almost an hour every day in the car (OMG!). Irritability with traffic, news feeling frustrating, and the top hits on the radio weren't cutting it. I needed a change so I downloaded an audiobook out of boredom and the effects of listening to a story have totally transformed my driving experience. Stress way less. 

6. Good Smells.

Have you tried essential oils? Lavender quells the stress for me. I keep some in my bag and every once in a while I just take a hit off the ole bottle and let the switch flip and it helps. 

7. Talk it out.

Mom, friends, my dog, the walls.. sometimes just saying whats stressing me out takes the power away from it and I can move on. 

8. Speaking of dogs. 

To me, animal time is the stress cure all. I have fantasized about creating a massage space that is also an animal sanctuary. Just imagine, you could cuddle furry friends before and after massages, or maybe a sweet kitty could curl up on your belly while you get your temples massaged... The dream. 

9.  Down with the screen.

Maybe this correlates to my nature time, but looking at memes, responding to emails, and getting lost in the instagram/facebook blackhole are little stress pools that can be avoided. Setting screen time works for me to manage stress around time and other feelings that crop up from the blessing/curse of social media. 

10. Practice Gratitude.

That is such a buzz-wordy new age way to phrase it, but damn if they aren't right. You mad, be glad.. Listing what I'm thankful for in my life on a regular basis combats the stress. Doing this before you're stressed makes it that much easier to stay out of the state of stress. 

Example: "I'm so grateful for my job, I get to make people feel better everyday, I am thankful for my clients, for the light they bring to the office and my life.." And just writing that I connected to the serious joy that work brings me and I can't wait to get in there! Thank you!

Hope some of these practices help find their way into your stress less routine, and if not make sure to book a massage in advance to help combat the stress out there! 

Thank you!

Leg Hair, Don't Care.

We care about a lot of things big and small, but body hair isn't on our list.

We want you to know that there is no need to apologize for not shaving your legs or having hair there at all.

Don't Worry About It.

"If you're not worried about my leg hair, then what are you thinking about?"

When we're working our mind is on making sure we are applying pressure at the right depth, feeling the constancy of muscle tissue on the right compared to the left, noticing the attachments of Gastrocnemius and its relationship to the Soleous muscle, and whether it could be the culprit to the pain you have when you point your toes. 

We want you to feel at ease during your massage sessions.

We want the ambiance to make you feel comfortable and able to let go of stress.

We want to give you the best massage you've ever had.  

Leg hair, dont care. 

The Big WHY?

“So, why did you become a massage therapist?”

Massage therapy was not a calling. I didn’t have a miraculous recovery from an injury that inspired me to do the work. I didn’t want to massage all my friends shoulders and am not even that much of a 'touchy - feely' person. I hardly had a grasp on the potential of massage beyond relaxation.

I've always been an active person - so muscles were something I was familiar with. But aside from that I had no connection to the work.

I became a massage therapist because I was looking for something to do, and I struck gold. 

Why are you a massage therapist?

I’m a massage therapist because this work is endlessly rewarding! I've facilitated healing in ways I never thought possible! I get to help others by using intentional, positive touch combined with therapeutic knowledge.

I've watched my clients of every age, gender, and physical ability have more ease in their body, let go of emotional burdens, heal injuries, release restrictions, and feel better overall body and mind.

I feel lucky to have a job that enhances my life keeping me connected to my own body and mind while helping others connect to theirs.

Massage isn't just about relaxation or working out knots, it can be a tool to help people continue down the path of life with a little more ease.

This work to me is meaningful. Massage fulfills my desire to do good in the world and it makes me happy.

I suppose that’s why.

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Active Lifestyle

Wear out or rust out.

At Waywest we believe movement is the secret to vitality.

When we talk about movement, its whatever movement feels good to you. From a gentle walk around town to the long slog up a mountainside. We value the varying degrees of movement all of you adventurous souls are up to, and we will meet you wherever you are.

You can see we don’t necessarily mean you have to be an athlete for our massage to be beneficial, thats why we use the term Active Lifestyle instead of Sports Massage.

A lot of our active lifestyle folks are indeed athletes. We work with rock climbers, mountaineers, cyclists, runners, backpackers etc and we love to push our bodies in those ways as well.

But a lot of the active lifestyle work we do is for those of you with repetitive movement in your job and daily life. Think of nurses, parents with small children, hair stylists, those of you working on your house projects and gardens..see what we mean?

On the flip side, some of you have sedentary jobs: sitting at desks, driving around town etc. And you yearn to feel less stiff in your movement when you transition from work to play. This is another example of the goals for an active lifestyle. We want you help you feel the best you can in your body.

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To us, an active lifestyle is a variety of adventures big and small.

Waywest Walkabouts

The inspiration for Waywest Massage came while I was walking uphill.

I Walked uphill for a long time. Noticed my breathing, felt my muscles, became aware of tight areas, and was so thankful for my body and the presence I felt mentally.

And then I realized how I notice similar thoughts bubbling up when I receive a massage. Deeper inhalations, nervous system tuned in, feeling grateful, mentally clear. The connection of our outer and inner world.

The perfect peace and ease I feel in nature can be found when I connect back to my body. Bringing awareness to your own body, movements, and where you are in space and time. Getting in tune with the outside to help notice what’s going on inside.

Thats what Waywest Massage is. A venture into thoughtful self care.

I love going outside. I love massage. And I love our capable bodies.

Wandering around the Wallowa Mountains with my four-legged friend.

Wandering around the Wallowa Mountains with my four-legged friend.

whats different about thai massage?

Some things that are different from the table massage you’re used to:

  1. Theres no table. The massage is still in our beautiful treatment room, but the table is moved to the side and we put a supportive mat on the floor where you will lie comfortably during the session.

  2. You are fully clothed. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable about the idea of getting undressed for a massage this is a great option for you. Wear loose fitting clothing similar to what you would wear to a yoga class. This allows your massage therapist to move your limbs and stretch your body with ease.

  3. More movement. Your massage therapist will use their hands, elbows, feet, and knees to apply different pressure and stretches to your muscles. During some stretches your therapists creates leverage by using their own body to stabilize yours. With a focus on joint mobilization and increasing your range of motion there will be plenty of passive stretching during your session.

  4. Pain Relief. Massage can be deeply relaxing, but Thai massage has the ability to create deep change in your muscle tissue releasing tension, restrictions and leaving you with a lot less pain in your body.

Some people report that Thai massage can be painful, but I think that comes down to communication, same with regular Table Massage. Just let your therapist know if anything feels too deep or uncomfortable and they will adjust for you.

“I encourage my clients to try Thai massage – an ancient healing system involving deep compressions, stretches, and gentle passive movements to increase range of motion, loosen tight muscles, and improve circulation. It can leave you feeling invigorated or deeply relaxed, help alleviate pain, and generally leaves one with an overall sense of wellbeing.

-Monica Fong, Massage Therapist.

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Testimonials

I have had countless massages over the years but, Miranda's massages are hands-down the best I've ever received.  Her technique is strong and knowledgeable, finding all the trouble spots and working them out with a skill I've never before experienced.  She does not give frou frou massages, but a true healing experience.  The results are immediately felt and long-lasting.  She also gives stretching tips to help the massage work last longer, which I find to be incredibly beneficial.  The euphoria created inside my body and mind stretches for many days, when many massages lose their effects within a few hours.  Her energy is positive, confident and relaxing.  Her prices are a steal for her incredible services and her studio is cozy and comfortable.  She puts you at ease and then blows your mind.  Once you've had a Miranda massage, you won't want to go to anyone else.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

-Kate G.


I've been to massage therapists all over Portland and have been more impressed with this service than I've ever been elsewhere. 
I have chronic headaches and pains in my back and legs. Getting massages consistently has helped with daily pain, sleeping, digestion and all over well being. I've been impressed with what the routine practice has done for my health. 
Miranda is great! She's attentive and listens to the words you say and what your body is expressing. It's not lip service when she asks how you're feeling. I've never had the same massage twice which is unreal! Every time the experience is different and catered to what my body needs. Definitely go see her if you can!

-Katie S.


Monica's Thai Massage helped me out a ton.  After years of accrued sports related injuries and cranky stiff muscles, Thai massage is the perfect wellness addition to staying limber.  Monica's technique is perfect and she creates a welcoming and supportive space to work.  Already can't wait to go back!

-Amy D.


At Waywest, you'll find more than just a massage... You will discover a new way of life. Miranda, Mariana, and Monica comprise the health team I choose to go with and would recommend to anybody who is interested in professional massage therapy.

The first time I was in a motor vehicle accident, Waywest made it SO easy to go through the insurance companies and get the care I needed fast. They really do care about helping me recover by increasing my range of motion, and decreasing pain. 

I always look forward to my sessions because these women are very knowledgable. I have learned so much about anatomy in general through their work.  Each with their own unique style, the 1 thing they all have in common is that they know exactly how to improvise and effectively craft each session to my specific requests. 

The benefit of going with Waywest extends beyond just the sessions themselves, too. I always see them on my phone or computer providing helpful self-care health tips - or even just reminding me to take a break from the screens and go stretch! So, GET INTO their blog, and start believing in the power of stress relief!

Oh yeah - and they do everything here by the way: deep tissue, swedish, thai, gua sha, cupping, hot stone massage, yoga, you name it...

-Wes Y.


Miranda is a healer in every way.  I first started going to Waywest to help with the healing process of a surgery.  My dr prescribed acupuncture as part of my rehabilitation and my acupuncturist recommended I visit Miranda to aid in my muscle healing.  The combination of care, along with my physical therapy, was just what I needed.
The care I received from Miranda kept me returning as a religious customer.
The best way I can describe it is:  I enter the space on Dekum thinking about everything I HAVE to do.  It is scheduled on one of my days off and like most people my to do list is extremely difficult.  I leave Waywest thinking about what I WANT to do.  It is crucial that we find a way to get to that point.  
I am eternally grateful for the care I get.  I feel heard.  I feel relaxed.  I feel cared for.
My side note would be that I am body sensitive and I have only felt 100 percent comfortable with Miranda.  
Do something good for yourself!  See Miranda!  She is an incredible ray of light and goodness!  She will heal your physical and mental pain!

-Gina L.


One of my best ever massages, as she anticipated where I needed the most work after a half marathon. Came away energized and ready to run again and the next day I wasn't even sore!!

-Donovan M.


My massage with Mariana was wonderful! The booking experience was very easy. I liked the massage space, it was beautiful and calm. I asked the owner Miranda a question while I was booking and she was very responsive, I felt like I was in great hands. Mariana gave me the best massage I've had in Oregon. I can't recommend this team enough!


-Sarah Kate N.


I highly recommend Waywest Massage if you're looking for a lovely massage in a bright and calm space. I've had appointments with both Miranda and Mariana and I would highly recommend each of them. With appointment times in the evenings and on Saturday & Sundays, there is plenty of flexibility with scheduling. Mariana showed me a number of stretches and gave me a few tips to manage tension in the weeks between massages which I really appreciated, too. Enjoy!

-Anne K.


I visited Miranda due to a sport's related overuse injury. She asked me thoughtful questions prior to the massage so that she fully understand what type of treatment I needed. The massage was great and successfully eased my pain and helped me recovery from my injury quickly. Highly recommended!

-Erik N.

Meet Monica

My fascination with the human body – how it moves and functions – initially developed through my studies of anatomy and physiology during my undergraduate degree in Nutrition. I, then, completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at The Bhaktishop Yoga Center in Portland. This expanded my passion for helping people live healthy and active lives and eventually led me to pursue a career as a licensed massage therapist. Through massage and yoga I get to share my knowledge about anatomy and physiology, alignment, and structure to empower my clients to understand their own bodies and leave them feeling balanced and at ease.

I bring a calm, grounded presence to the space I’m working in which translates to my clients so they can feel relaxed and more present in their own bodies. I encourage my clients to try Thai massage – an ancient healing system involving deep compressions, stretches, and gentle passive movements to increase range of motion, loosen tight muscles, and improve circulation. It can leave you feeling invigorated or deeply relaxed, help alleviate pain, and generally leaves one with an overall sense of wellbeing.

 My approach to massage is to bring the body back into optimal shape to prevent injuries and illness so clients can enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle. As an avid rock climber and yoga practitioner I know and appreciate firsthand the importance of having a healthy body in order to enjoy my favorite activities.

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Meet Mariana

I don’t want to give a standardized massage, a formula to apply to all clients.

 I want to hear about what you need the day of your massage. 

  • Do you want to conquer an old injury? 

  • Do you have an achy elbow but also your school finals are days away? 

  • Or, is relaxation the goal...

    If we work together, you communicating and me listening, we can acknowledge where you are and make space for change.

Our body is our oldest friend. When we strain one area, our muscles recruit their resources to keep us from re-injuring the area or from feeling weakness or pain. In time the body’s well-meaning support can cost us our natural balance and ease of movement.

My work is directed at your body’s holding patterns, letting them know that it is okay to relax, okay to share their work, and okay to be strong again.

Art in it's many forms has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  When I create a new body of artwork I research the subject, imagine a new interpretation and express this using my hands to create.  For me, massage has a similar creative element.  I research and continue to learn about the body and its many varieties, I imagine through the surface of the skin to build a picture of your unique structures.  Through my hands I work to create the change, relaxation, and restoration that you ask for.  

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