Still Waters Massage Therapy

Our Services

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Therapists trained in Swedish Massage:
Susan Dexter
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Therapists trained in Deep Tissue Massage:
Susan Dexter
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant


Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics.  Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term.  Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates.  Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Therapists trained in Sports Massage:
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant
Susan Dexter


CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system.CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:

    • Central Nervous System Disorders
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • TMJ
    • Fibromyalgia

Therapists trained in CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute):
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant


Acupressure

Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow.  Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality hands are used to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.
Therapists trained in Acupressure:
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant


Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet.  Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body.  According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet.  Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Therapists trained in Reflexology:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant
Ken Andrade


Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.
During a session, an energetic connection is made in order to remove blockages, detoxify your energy system, and restore your vital life force energy.  The Reiki technique utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us.  The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Therapists trained in Reiki (master level):
Susan Dexter
Ken Andrade


Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system.  As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
Therapist trained in Lymphatic Drainage:
Ken Andrade


Stone Therapy

Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones.  The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms.  This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
Therapists trained in Stone Therapy:
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant


Stretching Techniques

Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. Stretching activities are an important part of any exercise or rehabilitation program. They help warm the body up prior to activity thus decreasing the risk of injury as well as muscle soreness. The benefits of stretching are many and have been proven through various studies over time. Stretching benefits people of all ages, and is intended for the young as well as the old. According to the Mayo Clinic, the top five benefits of stretching include: increased flexibility and joint range of motion, improved circulation, better posture, stress relief and enhanced coordination.
Stretching is useful for both injury prevention and injury treatment. If done correctly, stretching increases flexibility which plays a key role in reducing the risk of injury. The reason for this reduced risk of injury is because muscles/tendons with a greater flexibility are less likely to experience pulls, stresses, strains or tears when used. Stretching is also thought to improve recovery from injuries and surgery and may enhance athletic performance. Additionally, increased flexibility of the neck, shoulders and upper back may improve respiratory functions.
Therapists trained in Stretching Techniques:
Ken Andrade
Romain Payant


Structural Balancing

Structural Balancing Massage is a combination of acupressure techniques of Japanese style massage, and the stroking and gliding techniques of Swedish massage. This blended massage modality is very effective in providing increased blood circulation, as well as stress reduction.
Therapist trained in Structural Balancing:
Romain Payant


On-Site Chair Massage


Chair Massage is a massage routine given in a specially designed chair with comfortable support for the face, arms, legs and torso, and requires no oil or removal of clothing. Chair massage is designed to decrease tension and increase feelings of physical relaxation and mental renewal. A typical session takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
Still Waters Massage Therapy has performed Chair Massage at numerous charitable events, and is available for on-site services year round.
Therapists trained in On-Site Chair Massage:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant
Ken Andrade


Equine Sports Massage

Equine Sports Massage enhances muscle tone and range of motion. It reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain. It promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids. ESMT also creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles....releasing tension.....relaxing muscles. It stimulates circulation by "defrosting" muscles, thereby releasing endorphins--the equine body's natural pain killers. All these benefits help to maintain your equine companion in better physical condition, and the nurturing helps to calm the nerves. 
Therapist trained (by Mary Schreiber of Equissage) in Equine Sports Massage:
Susan Dexter


Kriya Massage

Kriya uses energy patterns that are spirals, figure eights and circles. The effect is a continuous flow, with the hands always in contact with the person's body.
A Kriya massage goes through four cycles within the session.
1) The connection (centripetal energy)
2)The interaction (centrifugal energy)
3)The grounding (gravity energy)
4) The bringing of life into movement (electromagnetic energy)
Utilizing these four forces causes a rotation of energy to create a circle as a pathway for the experience.

Therapists trained in Kriya massage:
Ken Andrade


Salt Glow

A salt glow takes place on a massage table. The therapist applies a mixture of sea salt, oil and aromatics, such as lemon or lavender. The mixture is then rubbed into the skin, gently exfoliating and creating a radiant glow.
The salt glow is customarily followed by a therapeutic, relaxing massage.

Therapists trained in Salt Glow:
Ken Andrade


AMMA

AMMA is an extremely specialized form of massage and acupressure that combines deep tissue manipulation with the application of pressure, friction and touch to specific points and the channels on which they are found. These channels are the pathways along which energy travels throughout the body.
AMMA is rooted in the same fundamental medical principals as acupuncture and herbalism, focusing on the balance and movement of energy within the body.
The techniques of AMMA aim to remove blockages and free the flow of energy in the body, thereby restoring, promoting and maintaining optimum health.
While acupuncturists insert needles into the energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the AMMA therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands.

Therapist trained in AMMA:
Romain Payant


Therapeutic Heated Massage

Therapeutic Heated Massage is an integrative massage modality created by Ken Andrade.
Hot stones are utilized, but instead of placing the stones on the client, Ken transfers the heat of the stones to his hands first.
Therapeutic Heated Massage may then be adapted to any style of massage, from gentle Swedish to Deep Tissue work, all with the extra benefit of penetrating, therapeutic heat to help rehabilitate sore muscles and aching joints.

Therapist trained in Therapeutic Heated Massage:
Ken Andrade (modality developer)


Everflowing Touch

Everflowing Touch is a specialized modality created for the elderly, seriously ill or the dying. It is a very gentle and slow form of bodywork during which the practitioner creates a safe environment through concious presence and mindful touch. Everflowing Touch helps ease attitudinal symptoms such as anger and depression, allowing the client to more easily receive care.

Everflowing

41 Carl Street, #C; San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 564-1750 everflowing@earthlink.net www.everflowing.org

Mindful Touching as a Means of Comfort

by Irene Smith

After 26 years of providing massage for dying persons and teaching care givers mindful

touching as an integral component to the delivery of everyday care giving tasks, I stay amazed at the profoundly positive outcomes of what seems to be the most organic gesture in the care giving relationship; the act of touching.

Touch is the first sense to develop in our bodies and may be the last sense to fade.

Touch is our instinctive form of communication; an organic need as is food and water, and a

natural healing act.

Research from the Touch Research Institute in the Miami School of Medicine, proves that

a seemingly simple touch of a hand can stabilize heart rate, lower blood pressure and stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain suppressors. Therefore, as care givers, we have the ability, through focused or mindful touching, to assist in bringing physical comfort to dying persons.

A very good practice is to bring your awareness to the physical touching aspect of the following

care giving tasks and procedures; feeding, dressing, changing, wound care, turning a patient

in bed, brushing hair, swabbing a mouth, making a transfer from bed to a chair, etc. These tasks and procedures are touch sessions. They are opportunities for healing and comforting when mindful touch is performed.

Bringing awareness to the touching aspect of care giving also includes being aware that your

eye contact and the tone and cadence of your voice are major components to the touch relationship.

Bringing a mindful presence into your physical touch can transform the experience of care

for both you and the dying person.

Physical comfort; however is only part of the equation. For me the emotional support that

may be provided by mindful touching offers a major contribution to the daily coping strategies in hospice care.

Touch provides dying persons with an opportunity for quiet reflection on one’s personal life

experiences, and may also offer the opportunity for the release of feelings associated with these memories.

Focused or mindful touch may also convey a message of being cared for, being safe, of being

worthwhile, and being connected to a greater whole or community, thus creating a sense of

belonging, as in the womb. The feelings of safety and of belonging to a greater whole help the

dying person to develop a more positive relationship with his/her physical body and in turn with

the dying process. This helps to ease attitudinal symptoms such as anger, depression and fear that complicate the ability to receive care and contribute to the experience of discomfort.

One afternoon a client of mine, Susan, called me from a hospital psychiatric unit and asked

me if I could come over and give her a foot massage. Susan had previously tried to commit suicide

and was in deep depression. During the massage I noticed tears running down her face and

a short while later she opened her eyes and reached out took my hand. “Thank you, Irene,” she

said. “This is the first time I’ve loved myself in a very long time.”

One-on-one social contact provided through mindful touching assists in easing feelings of isolation and loneliness.. Easing these stressors, which contribute to the experience of discomfort, in conjunction with the stimulation of endorphins elicits mindful touch as a viable partner in controlling pain.

In some cases the dying person will not have friends and family present to provide the kind

of support that encourages feelings of emotional safety and nurturing. Mindful touch can serve as the missing family link by promoting these feelings.

Being our first language, and also possibly the last sense to fade, touch provides a natural alternative method of communication as the dying person loses the ability to utilize verbal language. This eases feelings of helplessness for the dying person, family and health care team thus providing a way of re-establishing hopeful relationships.

Within the fabric of caring, touch is the integral thread that weaves the physical, psychological,

and spiritual aspects of the fabric together. Bringing mindfulness to this organic gesture of

human contact creates what is truly the essence of comfort care.

Blessings,

Irene Smith

www.everflowing.org



Therapist trained in Everflowing Touch:
Romain Payant


Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women.  Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes.  Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy.  The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues. Available for use, upon request, is the "Prego Pillow", designed for comfort and safety in a prone position at any time during pregnancy. 

Therapists trained in Pre-natal Massage:

Susan Dexter


Exfoliation

Exfoliation gently sloughs off old surface skin cells, leaving the skin soft and glowing...

 

Ken Andrade and Leanne LeBlanc offer this service in combination with your massage.