Sanachi Massage means "healthy energy." My practice is guided by energy work and every session incorporates energy balancing to facilitate your healing and relaxation process. Techniques range from light to deep pressure, always within your comfort zone. By clearing and balancing energy pathways, your own healthy energy will flow more freely and help you continue healing after the session is complete. Energy work can also help release deep restrictions without using a lot of pressure. I follow my intuition and customize each session based on your verbal intake and how your tissue guides me. See below for a list of techniques that I incorporate according to your needs.
Myofascial & Neurofascial Release
Fascia is a soft connective tissue that provides support for most structures within our body. It also encapsulates every muscle and nerve fiber, so if we don't release it we aren't making long-term healing progress. When fascia becomes adhered or "stuck," we may experience nerve pain, restricted range of motion, or the feeling of tension "knots" in our muscles. I use slow, gentle pressure to release this tissue layer by layer, working down to the deep tissues. This gradual and relaxing method is highly effective in restoring free movement and balance to the body.
Trigger Point Therapy
Similar to myofascial release, this method releases adhered tissue causing pain. Trigger points can be local tender spots or sites that refer to other areas of pain. I slowly sink into the the tissue to release the adhered bands of tissue which can feel intense, but I always stay within your comfort zone.
I primarily work with the Chakras and Polarity Therapy techniques. I am almost always hands-on with my energy work, and often incorporate it into massage techniques. I use both moving and stationary techniques, depending on how your body guides me in each session. It is very relaxing to receive and clients often report a sensation of blood flowing better, increased warmth, a sense of weightlessnes or feeling like water is running through the body. Energy balancing can be very helpful for setting intentions, clearing out stagnant energy and returning to a sense of peaceful groundedness. It is the main component to reconnecting to your whole being.
Lymphatic Facilitation for Trauma and Illness
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and can get "backed-up" when we have an injury or illness. Excess inflammation causes pain; decreasing this extra fluid reduces pain after trauma. This method is also very beneficial after any illness with congestion, or as a preventive method to keep the immune system functioning well. The method consists of a gentle rhythmic contact of the skin to stimulate the flow of lymph and its return to the circulatory system. In the blood’s passage through the kidneys, the excess fluid is filtered out and eliminated from the body through urination. This technique can be very beneficial in the acute injury stage when massage may be too painful or contraindicated.
Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage
My approach to Swedish massage still focuses on releasing the fascia, so my pace is slow and I sink as far as your tissue will let me go. I work the very deepest muscles that can be accessed, but through a non-invasive and slow approach so that it will always be within your comfort zone. I wait for the layers to relax and let me go deeper, rather than pushing my way into the tissue and trying to force it to release. (Forcing tissue isn't very effective long-term, because the muscles will actually guard as protection. If you are looking for the type of massage that hurts to receive and will leave you sore the next day or two, I am NOT the best fit for you.)
This is gentle massage inside of the mouth. With a gloved hand, I use either my pinky or thumb to release restricted nerves and small muscles of the jaw. It is far more relaxing than any dental procedure and I guide you through the whole process. Working inside the mouth is highly effective at decreasing TMJD pain, jaw/neck tension and chronic headaches (80% of headaches are caused by jaw nerves).
I work with pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy. I am not certified in pregnancy massage techniques, but I am trained in how to keep you safe and give you a nurturing, relaxing massage. Once you are uncomfortable lying on your belly (usually around 13 weeks) I will position you on your side and teach you how to get comfortable on your own at home too. Massage during pregnancy is very helpful because a lot of stress is placed on the hips and low back as your pelvis changes and often the neck and shoulders get achy from postural shifts. There is also research indicating that regular massage during pregnancy can ease childbirth.
"I had an amazing hot stone massage given by Sanna. I have had tension and pain issues in my back and neck for years. After recently moving to Seattle I'd been on the hunt for a good massage therapist. I'd almost given up after having 3 not-so-spectacular massages. I am so thrilled that I decided to try Sanna. Her new massage studio is comfortable and she is a skilled healer. I wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone looking for pain relief and/or relaxation."
~M.R. (from Yelp)
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