We are always Whole, even when we feel fragmented and lost, we are whole and holy.
Bodywork and comfort touch support our integration and alignment to feeling and knowing our whole-ness.
Bodywork, massage, and energy work offerings with Jess:
Please be on time, arrive 5 to 10 minutes early before your scheduled start time. YOUR SESSION WILL NOT BE EXTENDED DUE TO A LATE ARRIVAL.
Please give 24-hour notice if you are canceling or need to reschedule your session unless of course there is an emergency. If 24-hour notice is not given, payment for the session is expected and appreciated.
Please do not come to receive your session if you are ill. If you are not clear if you are contagious, please err on the side of caution and cancel your session as soon as you are able. It isn’t ideal to receive massage/bodywork as a treatment for infectious and contagious illnesses/diseases.
No fragrant perfumes, colognes, and laundry detergents. Please do not come smelling of cigarette smoke or alcohol.
Please let Jess know if you have taken pain medication, anti-inflammatories, have had alcohol and/or partaken of medical/recreational cannabis before your session.
Bodywork and Massage | Detailed Descriptions of Techniques
Reiki (Usui line)
Reiki is the foundation for Jess’ bodywork practice, starting in 1996 and becoming a Reiki Master under Mara Evenstar in 2019, and currently apprenticing with Mara to earn her Reiki Master Teacher Training Certificate. Rei-universal and Ki=vital life force energy that interpenetrates and connects all. Reiki means the universal life-force energy. It comes from a lineage of Reiki Masters in Japan, acknowledging this long line of healers, master’s and their lineage and offerings. Offering Reiki is the art of activating, directing and applying this life-force energy to promote energy balancing, healing and maintenance of our well-ness and our innate whole-ness/holy-ness. Reiki helps to balance the energies on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes. Reiki is a powerful teacher and a beautiful gift. Reiki sessions are blissful, powerful, relaxing, motivating, like a deep connection to source, to our own inner-knowing, and so loving. Folx can remain fully clothed for these sessions.
Remote Reiki sessions, also known as Distance or Absentee Healing, allow for you to be in your own sacred space, to be quiet and surround yourself with the comforts of home. You don’t need to drive to a session! However, I have shared remote sessions with folks who weren’t in a quiet space or able to be at home when Jess was sending Reiki healing. And that is ok. You will still receive the benefits of Reiki, no matter where you are (in the world) or who you are with. Jess has been attuned (empowered) with the symbol for distance healing. The distance symbol that is used along with other symbols during the session facilitates an energy connection between us, it’s so cool and so powerful. You will have a focused scheduled window of time that Jess will be sending intentional Reiki energy to you! How cool is that? Reach out to Jess for more information about remote Reiki sessions.
CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Method)
Another foundational modality in Jess’s practice since 2000. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, profound hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain, the nervous system and spinal cord. CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch, manual therapy that releases tensions, as well as restrictions deep in the body, especially in the nervous system, to relieve pain, trauma, dysfunction and improve overall health and well-being. Jess has been studying and practicing CST since 1999. Receiving CST is like connecting to your inner river, feeling the flow and the ebb in the body, allowing stuck places to move, to be held, witnessed and released. CranioSacral sessions are relaxing and transformative. Folx can remain fully clothed for these sessions.
Intra-oral/TMJD/Avenue of Expression work
These modalities are also very foundational and unique to Jess’s offerings. These modalities focus on tension, soft tissue/muscle release, imbalance, and discomfort in the mouth. The use of these techniques is applied with gloves on. These modalities provided comfort and release to those who suffer from headaches, forward-head posture (text neck), migraines, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD), issues around using our voice in a useful way, shame, and muscle tension in the mouth and jaw.
The Avenue of Expression (AOE) is a specific CST modality that works and starts with the membranes within the thoracic region (upper chest), neck and jaw and the intraoral CranioSacral Therapy, the "mouth work" is the completion of the avenue. Clients share an increased ability to communicate clearly and effectively, even in long-standing difficult and complicated situations after receiving AOE. Clients report relaxation, release and more opening in creativity and communication. This work is very client-specific and is certainly another way to see and experience how the body, our experiences in life and how we communicate in and with the world are deeply connected.
SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help clear the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. This technique focuses on the “issues that are held in the tissues, in that undischarged emotional stress caused by a traumatic event or period in one’s life creates concentric tensions within the body. A dialogue will be initiated, as well as, the use of different craniosacral techniques to allow the body to slowly unwind in this therapeutic process so that the emotional energy that is being freed up can be lovingly supported and integrated into one’s life. Jess has witnessed and held space for clients who tap into pre-verbal trauma, in-utero trauma, sexuality, and sexual orientation wounding, ancestral/lineage trauma, sexual abuse, pregnancy, and birth trauma, domestic violence wounding, a trauma that has been locked and forgotten about and released. Jess shares an experience that going into an SER session, she was in a horrific pain pattern from a recent crown placement. The pain had lasted from June until September when the first SER session occurred. She seriously thought she would be living with this pain forever. She was scared and not living her best life living in this pain. After several sessions of SER and Avenue of Expression, the pain from the tooth and in the mouth ceased. This work is deeply moving and incredible. It is brave work. It is scary work but vital to come into our wholeness/holy-ness. Jess will be taking advanced level training in SER in the fall of 2020. In addition, Jess is currently studying under Irene Lyon, who is a nervous system specialist and neuroplasticity expert.
Lymph Drainage Technique (Chikly Method)
Lymph Drainage Technique is another foundational technique used in most of Jess’ sessions. She has been practicing LDT since 2005. This modality taps into the lymph layer of the body, including the superficial, deep lymph and even the lymph layer in the blood, muscle, and organs. It is a beautiful gently powerful modality that supports the movement of stagnation, allows the body to find balance and homeostasis when the immune system is taxed. The technique creates a vacuum for lymph to flow up toward the heart and be moved out toward the organs of elimination via gentle hands-on movements. These movements assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…). This is another technique that taps directly into the water/fluid layer of the body so you may feel as if you are sinking into a calm body of water. LDT is a gentle technique that works through the body's interstitial and lymphatic system to activate the body liquid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. Receiving an LDT session from Jess will support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Jess has offered LDT to folks experiencing long term illness, to support folx while cleansing, as a preventative for cancer’s return, to support while in cancer treatment, ease and support after top surgery, for overall well-being, to support after injury, to support before and after surgery, after lymph node removal and mastectomies, for swelling in the limbs (especially the feet and legs), for movement in the neck, for breaking up and movement of cellulite, for uplifting facial tissue as well as focused work for migraines and sinuses.
Final Touch Technique™
This offering is for those who are in all stages of dying and for those looking for and needing massage/comfort touch that is gentle and skilled. This technique is great for frail and compromised bodies. Jess’s teachers for FTT would often talk about “having a strong back and soft heart”. This is that kind of work. Jess is there to make this part of the journey just a small bit better. In these sessions nothing is trying to be fixed or healed, space is held for comfort, touch and the beautiful unfolding of the death mystery. “We don’t try and solve the mystery, we live in the mystery (FTT teachers)”. Jess finds this work to be the most humbling of all her offerings. To sit bedside and share comfort touch as someone winds their way to death is an honor of the utmost. These times are calm, quiet and peaceful, like a prayer., These sessions are mobile, I do not bring a massage table, they are done either in a bed, on a couch or in a comfy chair, wherever the dying is most comfortable. Along with the regular rate, there is a mileage fee. Contact Jess for more information.
Jess schooled in over 600 hours of in-class study and hands-on experience in varying techniques and is at the core of Jess’ massage training. We live in a stressful world, our lives are busy, active, and can be very stressful, at times. Many of us don’t take the time to slow down, sink in and recognize what is going on in our bodies, to feel our bodies and what they are saying to us. Massage allows for embodiment, to check into the layers of our being-body, mind and spirit/soul-essence and feel and notice. Massage sessions are therapeutic in nature even if relaxation and de-stressing are requested. Focus for massage sessions varies by client, but is mainly the muscles, joints, and fascial layer of the body, but with Jess’ whole-istic and intuitive approach don’t be surprised if you experience, reiki, CST, lymph and some plant medicine with essential oils/AromaTouch Technique ™ to support your massage session.
Please inquire about these other techniques:
-AromaTouch Technique ™ (ATT)
-Massage Cupping ™
-Gua Sha (coming soont)
-Grief Massage Sessions-see end of life doula info
Clients recommend a blend of AromaTouch Technique (ATT ™) and Reflexolo-chi ™ modalities-bliss beyond words! ATT uses 4 single note and 4 proprietary blended essential oils applied along energy lines and organ points of the back, feet and hands to support in balancing and supporting the nervous system and combined with Reflexolo-chi ™-a variation on tradition foot reflexolgy developed by my teacher Gloria Zimet.