WHY "MAKE :: SPACE"?
The body's natural response to stress - whether from a rigorous workout or a routine workday - is to tense up. What once was expansive in us narrows and tightens, in an effort to protect us against injury and help us cope with life's demands.
Massage therapy disrupts those stress-induced restrictions, creating room for the body's innate healing mechanisms to kick in. As bodywork starts to make :: space. in constricted areas, freshly oxygenated blood enlivens once guarded spaces - rejuvenating scar tissue, breaking down adhesions, restoring flexibility and range of motion, and allowing taut bands of muscle to decompress.
But this idea of creating room goes beyond what happens in us physiologically. Stress causes us to tense up psychologically, too. When we're in pain or under pressure - physically or mentally - we start to live in less expansive ways. Our schedules and relationships cramp up. We find it harder to pursue what we love. We find it harder to cultivate healthy habits. We find it harder to be kind and open-minded. But when we make :: space. for our well-being, we make :: space. for our best selves. And when we feel better, we live more fully.
So investments in wellness really do make :: space. - for healing, for fitness, for life. At its root, this is the philosophy underlying all self-care practice.
Many of massage therapy's benefits are intuitive - we feel the results and just know, on some level, that massage works. But research also backs up the benefits of bodywork. According to the official position statements of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage:
- relieves stress and reduces anxiety.
- decreases insomnia and improves sleep.
- enhances fitness gains and training recovery.
- alleviates headaches and neck and back pain.
- complements treatment for fibromyalgia.
- lessens symptoms of depression.
- aids post-operative pain and rehabilitation.
- diminishes pain and nausea in cancer patients.
- benefits postpartum care and infant attachment.
Some of the techniques make :: space. integrates into each client-centered session are:
- initial health intake and postural assessment.
- deep tissue, swedish, and neuromuscular work.
- myofascial techniques.
- sports massage and movement education.
- aromatherapy and simple breathwork.
Throughout each session, the focus is on encouraging the nervous system and senses to relax. Because when bodies experience peace, healing can begin.
60 Minutes - $80
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90 Minutes - $110
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make :: space. doesn't accept tips or gratuities. Rather than accept the idea of massage as occasional luxury, natalie believes therapeutic bodywork has an integral role to play in every person's ongoing healthcare and preventative wellness plan. So instead of leaving a tip, consider including massage therapy a bit more often in your self-care budget. And as you benefit from receiving regular work, refer friends or family members who could benefit from doing the same. Massage offers each of us a drug-free, surgery-free, side-effect-free path toward wellness. And every single one of us is worth that pursuit.
"I was blessed to find a gifted massage artist in my new locale. Come if you get a chance." - Erin T.
"I absolutely love coming to visit natalie. She is so attentive to her customers' needs and wishes. I have never felt so relaxed and rejuvenated after a massage!" - Hali D.
"The best! Wonderful atmosphere, welcoming space and excellent practitioner who knows massage and what works for your body." - Kay F.
"Amazing help with sports recovery! Convenient location, relaxing studio atmosphere, and (most importantly) a therapist who communicates wonderfully." - Beth B.
"The best massages I've ever had. She always seems to find the source of the problem. A natural - none better!" - George L.
"Top notch on every level: professional, awesome atmosphere, great technique. In my opinion, unmatched in the Richmond area." - Josie D.