I love problems.
Few things are more satisfying than relieving pain and restoring range of motion. I am sometimes embarrassed by how excited I get about injuries. Please forgive my confidence, but I am really good at this. If you come in with a problem, let me know if you want to focus exclusively on that problem. I love the full body massage and mixing it up can be beneficial, but sometimes injuries need all the time we have. If you want the best of both worlds, consider a longer massage.
My expertise and interest in anatomy may not be obvious, so I am going to detail it for you: I have had three full-size model skeletons living with me at various times. I have six life-size anatomical charts and, for years, they were the first things I saw when I woke up in the morning. I have also taught anatomy as part of movement, pilates, and advanced yoga teacher training programs. When I was in massage school, I was accused of cheating because no one had ever gotten all of the questions right on the anatomy test before. I am a little bit proud of the nerd I have become.
This anatomical knowledge coupled with my wrestling and dance experience has given me a kinesiological advantage. I know the musculoskeletal and visceral body very well. The effectiveness of your massage depends largely on the cause of the problem. I can tell you the probability of your problem being resolved by my work.
Massage can sometimes be like a magic bullet, making everything right in one session. Depending on the nature and history of an injury, it may require several sessions. In the worst-case scenario, you may have to supplement massage with stretching, exercises, change your ergonomics, lower your stress, sleep more, change your diet, wait to be reincarnated as a jellyfish or talk to your doctor.
Best of all, massage is excellent preventative maintenance. Massage can help prevent injury and can increase your physical and mental capacity. Your muscles will start from a healthy uncontracted state, giving you more potential strength. Breaking the pain-spasm-pain feedback loop can dissipate tension headaches even when they are below the awareness threshold. This freedom from biomechanical white noise allows higher cognitive functioning and lessens muscle binding stress.
Pictured above is me in my bedroom in 2005 pointing to one of my favorite muscles, infraspinatus (lateral rotator cuff muscle).
Pictured above is me again in my bedroom in 2005 standing next to Aundray, my first articulated model skeleton. We were close.