Mindful Hands by Carlos™
I offer therapeutic massage. Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance their function and promote relaxation and well-being. Therapeutic massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. There are countless benefits of Therapeutic Massage including relaxation, stress reduction, drainage of the lymphatic system and better blood circulation among other benefits.
There are no rules of how often one should receive a massage, but the consensus is twice per month at minimum. Give yourself this gift!
Because the therapist is working so deeply, it is not unusual to feel some soreness after the massage, and in some cases to experience bruising. The therapist won’t know if s/he is working too deep unless you say something. An “ouch” is sufficient. Open communication is crucial. Every day your body is different, so what feels good one day may hurt the next. And, what one person calls deep tissue another will call light. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable during your massage.
I use the highest grade of massage oils and creams to enhance the experience during and after the massage and making it easier to remove from the body.
Aromatherapy can be diffused during massage if you so choose for a nominal fee.
Mindfulness is the state of being in the moment without changing anything and being present to whatever arises. Thoughts are to be accepted and not judged to be good or bad, just simply allowing them to be. What is critical in Mindfulness during Therapeutic Massage is to allow thoughts to be intact and to gently, but deliberately focus on the hands massaging the body, the pressure the hands have on the area being massaged along with the breaths you are taking and those of the therapist. Breaths are our inner anchor and safe harbor to return to when mental, physical or other distractions occur. This will enhance the experience and escalate the massage to another level.
Each Therapeutic Massage may begin or end with a simple guided or silent Mindful meditation or Body Scan if you so choose. Read here under My Massage about a Mindful Massage approach and what to do.
Click on the type of massage which provides a link to a source website, but I also provide a basic definition of the different types of massages. I offer Relaxation/Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Hot Stone massages.
During the massage I bring a genuine experience to enhance your massage making each and every session unique and special. I use an individualized approach enhancing a therapeutic partnership to meet your needs. Do let me know what areas you want me to concentrate on. I specialize in incorporating Mindfulness and Aromatherapy if you so choose. Specific aromatic essential oils are blended and added to a carrier oil to be used during the massage by the therapist