Take care of YOU and see what happens.
Lisa Lent's integrative massage and therapeutic techniques are focused in serving people with who suffer from chronic generalized day-to-day stress-related issues, pain and discomfort. People with constant and chronic headaches, neck, lower back, and hip pain, and those suffering from emotional issues of anxiety, depression can find relief. Restoring health and vitality does require some hope and commitment to self.
Classically trained in the Swedish and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities, Lisa utilizes the basic principals of circulation and energy flow in every treatment. Her techniques target and release stored and subconscious stress, tension, and metabolic waste, leaving you feeling revitalized. Her own personal experience chronic pain in her neck gave her the ability to relate deeply to those in chronic discomfort. She refers to her massage as "intuitive" for reasons that become obvious when people receive her work.
"Lisa has a knack for finding my trouble spots and knows how to make them better, that's her gift." - Bill W.
The Basics: Your Nervous System
With all the stressful pressures on people nowadays, it is very easy for us to get stuck in the stress-inducing “Fight or Flight” Sympathetic Nervous System, which is exhausting and depleting. Tension in the body festers and causes localized inflammation, causing pain from that trapped tension. Sitting or standing for long periods can literally cause harm, as the new phrase "Sitting is the new smoking" clearly illuminates.
Massage is the perfect gateway to learn how to relax and practice living life in wellness.
- The "Fight or Flight" Sympathetic Nervous System response is deactivated.
- Massage moves stuck tension by activating the “Rest and Repair” Parasympathetic Nervous System function through receiving circulatory movement. This is why massage work revitalizes, replenishes, and heals the body.
- We feel that deep sense of calmness and vitality during and after a great massage.
- As we rest and receive massage, we are able to learn where we hold tension, and then support the body how to release the stored trapped energy.
- Massage is tool for helping our nervous system repair our bodies! Amazing, isn't it? The human body is nothing short of miraculous.
To receive massage is a gift we give ourselves.
When we make ourselves a priority, we learn the immense value of self-care.
Most people have to learn about the importance of self-care and self-responsibility. We owe it to ourselves to take good care of our bodies.
"Every person has different expectations and thresholds for pain."
"I do not like to hurt my clients and communication is very important to me. I listen to your needs and my hands tell me the information I need to give you exactly the pressure and techniques I sense are required to maximize healing, repair, and a sense of well being. I will check in with you to ensure you are satisfied with my techniques and pressure."
All sessions are true time, unlike other spas that often offer only 50 minutes of “table time” for a 60 minute session, which often feels rushed before and after the session.
Swedish massage can increase one’s flexibility because it stretches the ligaments and tendons, and Swedish massage is specifically designed to relax the entire body through continuous contact full of grace and intention. This holistic and classically therapeutic approach helps flush the body tissues of uric and lactic acid and other metabolic waste.
Since Swedish Massage has detoxifying effects,
it is important to drink plenty of water after a massage treatment.
Swedish Massage Therapy Techniques
Effleurage massage strokes In Swedish massage, the effleurage strokes include long gliding strokes that go from the neck down to the base of the spine and/or from the shoulder to the fingertips. All of these strokes should always go towards the heart to aid blood and lymphatic flow. These long strokes are done to the entire body (limbs, back, etc.) The masseur or massage therapist will use his or her whole hand or thumb pads to do this stroke, it is sure to relax anyone.
Petrissage massage strokes In Swedish massage, the petrissage massage stroke goes deeper, and is meant to gently lift muscles up and away from the bone. Then the muscles are gently rolled and squeezed. The kneading and compression motions are to stimulate circulation deep in the muscles. By increasing the circulation this stroke helps clear out toxins from the muscles and nerve tissue.
Friction massage strokes The friction massage stroke in Swedish massage therapy is the deepest penetrating stroke. The masseur or massage therapist will make deep circular and/or transverse movements with their thumb pads or fingertips. This stroke is used near joints and other bony areas such as the side of your spine. When a muscle heals the muscle fibers bond together causing knots (also called adhesions). The friction from this stroke breaks down the adhesions, thus relieving pain and improving the flexibility of your muscles and joints.
Tapotement massage strokes In Swedish massage, the tapotement strokes are better known to ordinary people as the karate chop, since you use your hands to alternately strike or tap the muscles for an invigorating effect. There are variations to this stroke, though the variations are just how your hand is when you strike: Open or closed fist, with the side of the hand or fingertips. It is a good stroke to use on tense, spasming or cramping muscles. Shaking or vibration stroke is not really a stroke, but that is what they call it.
"Since no person is the same, not one massage treatment is the same."
I read with my hands and get inspired from the feedback feel. I do not just treat the body, as if it were mere physical form. I treat the body as a whole complex being."
"I believe that massage doesn't need to hurt in order to be profoundly effective. Respecting boundaries and limitations of my clients pain-threshold is a serious matter. I am opposed to inflicting pain because it's "good for you". The body knows it's limits, and I pride myself in respecting that."
"My pressure ranges from light to deep, and it all depends on every part of you and your personal preferences, NOT what I believe is “for your own good”. What makes me effective, is that I actually listen and respond to your words, as well as your body's signals."
Asian bodywork uses gentle hand and finger pressure along the body’s energy channels. The objective is to restore and balance the flow of the energy meridians throughout the body.
From Lisa: "There are many types of Asian bodywork, I use basic acupressure and energetic principals of Classic Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrate them into my Classic Swedish technique, providing a thorough and integrative massage treatment."
Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET®) is one of the next generation – hands on – power energy therapy systems that get the “issues out of your tissues”. Similar to Reiki, IET is an energetic modality, gentle for anyone who isn't comfortable with pressure, or is uncomfortable with the more traditional Swedish Technique. It is deeply healing, and relaxing.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."