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    Massage Therapy

    “The body remains our way of knowing. It is through our bodies that we can know ourselves, others, and the world. –Hillary McBride

    IN-PERSON SESSIONS AVAILABLE

    Touch is vitally important for our existence. Every body deserves a massage and has a story to tell. Are you curious to explore your story and gain insights into who you are? Our bodies are constantly talking to us, are you listening? Do you struggle with knowing how to listen? Our bodies tell our stories-the good, the bad, and everything in between. You might not even realize that your hunched shoulders, lower back pain, or tight jaw is how your body is attempting to communicate with you. By turning inward and being present, you may find what you seek.

    At Mind Body Co-op, we focus on a holistic approach to well-being that places a balanced emphasis on the mind and the body. Massage is a wonderful tool that can help restore and rejuvenate you. It helps ease the tensions of daily life, decreases stress, and increases a sense of calm. We provide a trauma-informed tailored approach to meet your treatment needs and goals. Modalities include myofascial release, relaxation, (re)introduction to therapeutic touch, trigger point, clinical massage, craniosacral therapy, and stay tuned for when hot stone will be available (currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this modality cannot be offered at this time).

    Massage for Befriending Your Body

    There are many reasons you may be at war with your body. The world is full of uncertainty and it makes sense to find ways to stay safe usually by protecting, detaching, or controlling something. Oftentimes, that something ends up being the body. Anyone who feels at war with themselves/their body can benefit from a massage. Here are just a few examples of how therapeutic touch can benefit you:

    Eating disorders- Massage can help you regain a healthy sense of self and learn that it is ok to exist just the way you are. As a colleague of mine said “the body can be viewed as a meat sack.” This is the eating disoder’s way of disconnecting you from yourself. When you begin to accept that you have a body, you can begin to slowly befriend it and shift your current relationship into something neutral and then with time, befriend it. At Mind Body Co-op our sessions allow you to feel into your emotions rather than avoid; challenge thoughts and rigid rules; and improve body image—all without saying a word. By allowing yourself to be vulnerable with another person, you learn to be at ease in your body.

    Abuse/trauma- As Dr. Van Der Kolk says, “the body keeps the score.” If you’ve experienced any kind of abuse or trauma growing up or in adulthood, your body may still be in protective mode. Massage can help integrate, cultivate safety from within, and most importantly reclaim your life. Massage can be particularly important if you’ve experienced any type of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, abuse, or trauma as our sessions together provide a safe space for you to learn to trust and (re)build a loving relationship with your body.

    Chronic pain and illness- Managing a chronic pain condition or chronic illness can be difficult. Massage can help you by activating the nervous system, relaxing stiff muscles, and improving physical function.

    Autoimmune diseases- It can be extremely difficult to connect to your body when it feels like it’s constantly attacking you. Massage can help you regain a connection to your body. It reduces inflammation, a key component to all autoimmune diseases, and helps alleviate stress symptoms.

    Sleep disorders- Do you struggle with getting a good night’s rest? Luckily massage can help! Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a sleep disorder or have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up, there is hope. By lowering stress levels and signaling to your body it’s time to rest you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

    Healing for Addiction Recovery

    You’re doing a lot right now—and you deserve a chance to rest. By allowing your body and mind the space to relax, you can begin to integrate all the new skills you’re learning without exuding any effort. Massage at Mind Body Co-op offers a holistic approach to your care. It can be especially beneficial during the early stages of recovery when dopamine levels typically drop. During a session, serotonin and dopamine are released, offering a healthy and safer alternative. You may even notice a decrease in urges with regular massage appointments and an added bonus—have better sleep, greater capacity to sit with discomfort, and less anxiety.

    Weaving it All Together 

    There are more reasons than not to get a massage—and everyone can benefit from some form of therapeutic touch. If you’ve never received a massage before or you can’t get enough, here’s a helpful article on what to expect during a session together. To get the most out of our time together, it is helpful to have some specific concerns or goals. If you need help creating them, no problem, at Mind Body Co-op we can collaborate and help you get back to being your fabulous self. You have a body and can choose how to treat it. Why not show it some kindness, and in the process, allow yourself to gain a deeper connection with your mind and body. Whether you are seeking support for a mental illness, eating disorder, chronic illness/pain condition, autoimmune disease, sleep disorder, or addiction, we have a massage therapist on your side. It’s time to listen to what your body is saying and learn from its deep wisdom.

    Conditions that may benefit from Massage Therapy:

    Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, C-PTSD, trauma and abuse, developmental trauma (and neglect), eating disorders and disordered eating (including binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, ARFID, and OSFED), body dysmorphic disorder, OCD, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, disorders relating to stress, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and chronic illness, asthma, addictions (including an alternative to opioids), migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Crohn’s disease (in remission), fibromyalgia, sprains/strains, muscle injuries, musculoskeletal pain/disorders, soft-tissue damage, post-surgery, spondylosis, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Lupus, autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders (IBS), pregnancy, phantom limb pain, and many more. Please consult with our massage therapist to see if massage is right for you.

    Services:

    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Relaxation and Clinical Massage
    • Prenatal Massage
    • Myofascial release
    • Trigger Point Therapy
    • Massage for Depression
    • Massage for Anxiety
    • Hot stone Massage (coming soon)
    • Virtual Reality Massage (coming soon)

    If you are interested in learning more about Massage Therapy, please contact Singeli Zaparaniuk, LMT, CH, our Massage Therapist. We will walk you through our process, arrange an initial intake session and discuss individual healing options. If you decide to book an Massage Therapy appointment, here is what you should know before your session –

    Please wear comfortable, loose clothing to your bodywork session. We recommend you eat something light about an hour beforehand so your blood sugar remains steady. After we conduct a detailed interview, you will lie on a massage table to receive the treatment. Massage Therapy can induce feelings of deep relaxation and even euphoria, so please allow yourself some free time after your session to enjoy your renewed wellbeing.

    Meet Singeli & get acquainted with our space with these quick videos!