How can massage therapy help me?

Massage therapy is scientifically proven to benefit a variety of health conditions. Massage is great for general stress management and relaxation, though it can also help with chronic pain conditions and injury rehabilitation. It is important to address your specific needs when calling to make an appointment. I encourage this discussion for first-time massage clients.

What types of massage treatments do you provide?

I have extensive training and experience with neuromuscular and trigger point therapies, using methods developed by Leon Chaitow and Janet Travell. The massage I provide is unique for the needs of individual clients, though they typically include deep tissue Swedish massage with a focus on problem areas using neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, lymphatic massage, sports massage, or abdominal massage for women’s health issues. I also provide prenatal massage, in fact working with pregnant mommas is my favorite thing to do! I find that this integrative treatment provides lasting results, yet has a deep healing benefit that leaves the client feeling either very relaxed or slightly energized after the massage. Though I specialize in a deep tissue approach, I have several clients [such as the elderly population and people with certain health conditions] that can only receive light touch or lymphatic massage. I enjoy working with these populations and they benefit greatly from the power of healing from lighter touch.

I have never had a massage, what should I expect during my first massage?

First, you should call me to discuss your needs and to see if massage can help your specific health goals. First-time clients should schedule a one hour massage. Arrive 10 minutes early to fill out an intake form, which we will then discuss to address your goals for the massage. I then leave the treatment room to give the client privacy to get ready for the massage. The client disrobes to their comfort level, and lays down under a sheet and blanket on the massage table. You are fully covered by a sheet and blanket during the treatment, except for the areas I am working on. For example: I fold-down the sheet to expose the shoulders to work on the shoulders, arm, leg, ect. The draping is very discreet and provides my clients with comfort and security. I typically use organic oils on the skin during the massage treatment, unless my client prefers to be treated over-the-clothes. The massage treatment may also include some assisted stretching. When the massage is finished, I leave the room to allow the recipient to get dressed and have a drink of water. After the treatment, we will discuss any findings, and I will provide recommendations for post-massage self care, such as stretches, rest, nutrition, or referrals for other health care providers.

Are you licenced in Montana?

Yes, I hold a current State of Montana massage therapy license. Additionally, Montana requires licensed massage therapists to take regular continuing education classes. This ensures and validates that Montana massage therapists stay current and ethical in the profession.

How often should I get massage?

In a perfect world, most people can benefit from massage once a week. I know that time and funding doesn’t always allow for a weekly massage, in this case I highly recommend a monthly massage or during seasonal changes. Though every person is different, and some need more or less regular treatments to achieve the desired state of health.

Did you have to go to school to become a massage therapist?

Yes, I attended the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts, School of Massage Therapy in 1998/1999. I received a massage therapy certification in 1999, and applied for my State of Maine massage therapy license in January 2000. I did not apply for my license immediately after massage school, as I was busy enrolling for a college bachelor degree in Maine. I later received my B.S. in community health education, from the University of Maine. My thriving massage practice got me through college, and I continued providing massage therapy with a new set of skills to help my massage clients with their health goals. It’s been a journey of growth and success.

Do you receive massage, and who gives you a massage?

Yes! I love getting massage. I received my first professional massage treatment at 18 years old. This experience was profound, and it felt so good. When I stepped out of the treatment room and looked at the sky, I remember thinking that I saw the world with more clarity. I also couldn’t believe that I’d waited so long to get a massage! For me, getting massage [and other bodywork such as acupuncture] is an important part of my health care system. When time allows, I get a massage once a week, and once a month at the minimum. I see a variety of practitioners as they all have a unique skill-set, but I do have my favorite massage therapists

Where are you located?

I am located inside the Yoga Hive in Kalispell, on the first floor. The address is 328 S. Main Street, Kalispell, MT 59901. My massage studio is on the first floor, at the far end of the yoga room, in the back of the building. Having trouble finding the Yoga Hive? The Yoga Hive is located on the same block as Ceres Bakery and Music One, one block north of Kalispell Brewing Company, and across the street from the Toggery, and Blue Samurai.

Where do I park at your place of business?

Parking on and around Main Street in Kalispell can have challenges on a busy day. My best advice is to drive around near Main and 2nd Street East until you see an open spot, parking is free but be aware that some spots have a two hour limit. And our Kalispell meter readers are very serious abou their jobs. Plan for an extra few minutes to park, just shoot me a text if you are running a bit late due to parking.

Do you accept credit cards, cash, or check?

Yes to all three! I accept all major credit cards, local checks, and cash is always best.

Can I book online?

Yes, you can book online, and it is very easy to do. Though, some weeks I have more availability or flexibility than my online calendar shows. If you do not see a day or time on my online calendar, please feel free to call (406) 871-8609.

What is a Trigger Point?

There are many common trigger points throughout the body; they are characterized by a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia), and can cause pain or discomfort upon compression of the area. Sometimes the associated pain symptoms can refer to other areas in the body. Trigger points may manifest for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: injury, postural or structural imbalance, repetitive motion, stress, and overuse. Many trigger points may exist in areas that feel like "knots" where the soft tissue feels shortened or stressed. Massage therapy helps to elleviate trigger points by re-establishing healthy communication between the muscle and the nervous system, concurrently providing pain relief and increased range of motion. Once trigger points are addressed through massage and manual therapies, the client feels a tremendous sense of relief and can often continue their healing process with strength building and more.