Restorative yoga-inspired massage & meditation
Do you need a mind & body reset, but don't have time for (or simply don't feel like) a typical massage therapy session where you have to get undressed and under the covers, then go back to your day with the feeling of massage lotion in your hair or on your skin? Give Restorative yoga -inspired massage & meditation a try.
What is it?
This form of massage therapy is a combination of mindful breathing, guided meditation (my voice - recorded to give you more hands-on time), and gentle clothed massage with occasional gentle stretching of neck, shoulders, & torso.
A typical session will begin with approximately 3-5 minutes of guided mindful breathing to prepare for the session, time permitting (please arrive a few minutes early so we can start the session at the scheduled time). Once on the massage table you will be guided through a meditation as you receive a combination of gentle restorative stretching & fully-clothed compression massage with light to moderate pressure. There are five restorative positions that you will be guided into, & they can be modified as needed.
GOAL of Restorative yoga-inspired massage & meditation:
The goal for this type of work is deep relaxation using a combination of therapeutic touch, restorative stretch (very gentle and only held for 3 seconds @ a time), and mindfulness through meditation. You will come out of your session feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. Deep pressure is not used because the session's focus is restoration of body, mind & spirit, and avoids eliciting a pain response from your body as can sometimes occur with deep tissue massage
Price: 75 minute 1:1 session for $105
From a client's perspective:
"This type of massage/bodywork was a new experience for me, but it was so amazing & left me feeling stretched, relaxed, & at peace. The gentle stretching mixed with massage, guided meditation & helpful deep breathing cues was a wonderful way to fully relax & cleanse stress from my mind and body. It truly is SELF CARE!" S. A.
What should I wear to the session?
Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga pants, comfy sweatpants, and a t-shirt or tank are always a good choice. It's recommended that you wear layers and bring socks. The room will be heated and blankets provided, however having options in case you get chilly is best.
Is this actually yoga?
No. It is inspired by restorative yoga, but it is not yoga. Restorative yoga-inspired massage & meditation is the union of restorative supported stretching, hands on massage, and mindfulness through breath.
What is restorative stretch?
The positions you'll be in on the massage table are inspired by restorative yoga. In restorative yoga, you relax in gentle, restorative stretches supported by props that allow you to slowly lengthen muscles and get into the deep connective tissue over 10-11 minutes.
Gentle stretching is similar to massage in that it increases dopamine (the happiness hormone) while decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone) and the body's stress response.
And the best part...in this type of bodywork, we add therapeutic touch + mindfulness to each position.
The restorative positions we use are accessible to everyone who can get up and down off of the massage table. You don’t need to be “flexible” at all or have any prior yoga experience.
Why do we combine touch, stretch, and breath?
While all of these modalities are amazing on their own, combining them in a single session provides an opportunity for healing and relaxation like no other. When you experience Restorative-inspired massage & meditation you will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and create an environment for your body to relax and relieve stress like never before. And it only gets better the more you practice!
What should I expect from my session?
You will start with approximately 3-5 minutes of seated meditation with Julie. You will then be guided into your first position as your guided meditation and hands-on massage/restorative stretching starts. You will be in each position approximately 10 minutes.
Position 1: prone on your belly with face in the cradle
Position 2: Child's pose with yoga bolsters
Position 3 & 4: Side Lying with or w/out small blanket roll OR the larger yoga bolster under your side (for a gentle side body stretch if you choose - this should feel 100% comfortable and relaxing)
Position 5: Reclined butterfly (for gentle inner thigh stretch). A gentle chest stretch may also be felt depending on your comfort level with the bolster placement
Position 6: Supine (lying on your back) with bolster roll under knees.
Click arrows to see a slide show of the positions & sample modifications
Meditations You can choose from
Journey Through The Chakras
** More to come as this modality becomes more popular