Autumn

Level 2+

Availability: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Saturday

Specialties:

  • Swedish/relaxation
  • Deep Swedish
  • Trigger point work 
  • Breath work
  • Intraoral work
  • Muscle-specific treatment work 
  • Injury treatment
  • Sports related massage

Summary:

"To me, massage is always an excellent way to indulge the body and mind in deep relaxation and connection. On the other hand it can also offer goal-oriented, clinical therapy geared at targeting specific muscles for injury treatment, correcting compensation patterns or for maintaining control of chronic pain. For any case, I aim to match the right modality or technique for each client’s goals and needs.”

Massage School:

  • Everest College, 900-hour program. Graduated 2013.

Most Experience Treating: 

  • General stress
  • Jaw clenching
  • Kinked/crooked necks
  • Hands & feet
  • Numbness
  • Adhesions/'knots'
  • Trigger point
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Prenatal (Trimesters I, II, & III)
  • Painless psoas release
  • Sub-scapula release

Success Stories:

“I had a client who came in looking for massage on his upper shoulders and to help reduce the stress and anxieties from his high stress job. In this client’s case, his stress presented as muscle tension in the upper shoulders and chest, accompanied by shallow breath and rushed speech. His first two sessions focused on the tension in his upper shoulders, neck and chest. Next we started including gentle breath-work in his sessions to unlock and mobilize his ribcage. After several sessions he found that not only did his muscle tension stay at a low to reasonable level throughout the work week, but that his anxieties were able to settle significantly. I noticed, too, that his demeanor was noticeably calmer each time we met. He continues to come in regularly to keep his body and mind calm. 
All too often, stress is something we ignore and push aside as it builds and boils. The scientific community is just becoming aware of the extent of damage that long-term stress causes to the body. I’m just happy to know that when my client takes a moment to their self to slow down and relax, the positive effects will ripple and radiate throughout their entire body and mind."

What makes your massages unique?

"I would say that I try very hard to not just give a great massage, but to give a SAFE massage. I will always apply caution, respect and knowledge around an area you would like to be avoided or handled with care. Areas such as an injury site or places which may make you feel uncomfortable due to emotional or energetic reasons each need special and different massage techniques. I will also always make appropriate precautions for other health factors some may not be immediately concerned with including venous return, medication metabolism and stages of inflammation. Clients should always feel safe on the table, feel comfortable as well as receive the work that is most appropriate and beneficial for their body on that day.”

What Continued Education courses interest you?

  • Feldenkrais Method (in progress)
  • Passive Positioning Release
  • Reflexology Certification
  • Polarity Therapy

Completed Continued Education courses:

  • Intraoral Certification with Laura Christman & Richard Polishuk
  • Hot Stones Training 
  • Eclectic Treatment of the Head, Face and Neck with Kathryn Bromley & Pamela Foster

What do you most appreciate when receiving massage?

"When I receive massage I really appreciate a warm table."

What keeps you passionate about massage therapy?

"I try to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in the massage and science worlds. When I watch a video of massage or read an article about communicating with people, it not only refreshes my memory, but it makes me excited to apply it on my clients.”

Preferred Provider for:‚Äč

  • L&I
  • PIP
Christina Straker, LMT, MA60395014

(206) 632-8300

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