Massage by Nicole
We experience the world through our bodies, yet rarely do we have the chance to simply relax and experience our bodies through compassionate touch. As a patient of Dr. Lenarz, I understand that receiving bodywork, much like dealing with chronic pain, can be an emotional time, as the healing process brings about many changes that impact daily life. I invite you to enjoy a session with me to find comfort, relief, escape, or a chance to simply notice your body. My goal for every session is always to listen intently and to make space for what needs to occur.
I attended DiscoveryPoint School of Massage in 2018 and simultaneously studied LomiLomi-inspired massage, and later studied Thai massage and dynamic myofascial therapeutic techniques. I am currently pursuing a Craniosacral certification.
A typical massage from me generally includes long, relaxing, full-body strokes; broad, heavy pressure; myofascial work, and intuitive muscle-specific work. I also can incorporate Thai stretches, cupping, passive movement, neuromuscular techniques, and gentle oscillation of joints and muscles. I am constantly learning from my clients and I encourage you to guide me toward the massage techniques that will be most effective for you. I strive to make each massage as unique as the individual I’m working with, and I sincerely look forward to working with you!
Craniosacral therapy is about enhancing the body’s innate healing capacity, and easing restrictions that surround the central nervous system that inhibit the flow of health. Nicole’s gentle touch is an invitation to dive into the experience of your body, and enjoy all of it’s subtlety and its power. You probably will NOT discover a quick fix or a miracle cure (although you might!) but you will discover a deep relaxation state that will show you just how much comfort and ease is possible – like a light at the end of the tunnel! You should be able to walk away from each session making note of something that feels improved.
Craniosacral Therapy by Nicole
Craniosacral Therapy began as a form of Osteopathy in the late 1800’s, and is now studied by bodyworkers of many disciplines. Like upper cervical chiropractic care, the intent of cranisacral therapy is not to impose changes on the body, but rather to ease restrictions surrounding the central nervous system so that the body is better equipped to heal itself. The brain is essentially the body’s command center governing all of it’s functions, and in order for the brain do it’s wonderful work to the best of it’s ability, it needs to bathe constantly in a nutrient bath (cerebral spinal fluid), which washes over the brain and spinal cord with the help of the dance of the cranial bones. Every cranium (and sacrum) has it’s own unique and beautiful rhythm. This rhythm is never “wrong”, although it can become a bit challenged, especially following a traumatic head injury or when the body is placed under extreme stress. An intuitive cranialsacral therapist is able to listen with their hands to your unique cranial rhythm, and follow it, support it, and enhance it when the moment is right. This process, if done correctly, is deeply relaxing, as the recipient will usually drop into the blissful realm of the third eye chakra, and float there for the entirety of the session. A series of consecutive craniosacral sessions is the most effective way to support the cranium in finding its optimal rhythm and optimal cerebral spinal fluid flow. A full craniosacral session with me generally lasts one hour, which is approximately the amount of time the body needs to process the work and make its desired changes. This work can be combined with any of the styles listed below in a 90-minute session. **note: I am currently in a craniosacral therapy certification program, studying with Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST.
Your massage can include one or more of the following, in any combination:
Deep, broad, heel-to-head strokes are applied using a warm shea butter emollient and combined with fluid, passive movement for an ultra-relaxing full-body experience.
Fascial adhesions can delay the healing process, and you’ll find this style of massage to be one of the most relaxing ways to treat them. Because it takes intuition, patience and listening skills, not force, in order to guide a fascia to a relaxed state, myofascial response is perfect for treating sensitive areas and acute conditions.
An ancient healing art practiced throughout various cultures for a variety of reasons, Nicole mainly uses cups in her practice to apply reverse pressure to fascia. Cups are useful when a fascial adhesion is stubborn, or is restricting a nerve pathway, making direct pressure on the area uncomfortable. They are also a great self-care tool to have at home!
Did you know that subluxation in the spine and rib cage can cause breast pain? Did you know that bras inhibit the flow of lymphatic fluid, and can lead to the development of breast cancer? There are many reasons breast massage can improve breast health, regardless of size or shape. Nicole can provide specific massage treatment if you’re experiencing breast pain or facing challenges with your breast health. She can also incorporate breast massage into the flow of a full body, or upper body massage. She will talk with you prior to your session about your specific need and preferences. Your modesty and any emotional needs you have in this area will be treated with utmost sensitivity and respect.
If you stretch at yoga class or before and after your workout, receiving passive stretches in combination with massage is a whole different experience, and provides benefit to joints and muscles.
Relief for TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, headaches, and other pain conditions can be found by working with muscles and bones inside the mouth. Intra-oral massage is surprisingly relaxing, and Nicole’s touch, as always, is gentle and conscientious. A thorough intake will be provided to assess your needs, including any emotional needs you may have regarding work inside the mouth.