My Therapeutic Philosophy
massage & bodywork
The stress of life
Exhaustion and disintegration seem to be an inevitable part of human existence. When in a state of stress, the body has an evolutionary response to activate our sympathetic nervous system, otherwise called our "fight or flight" instinct. This response comes with a variety of psycho-physiologic responses such as anxiety, fear, or a change in blood pressure.
The body's burden
If this stimulus is repeated, the body's varied responses will become more generalized and conditioned, and may create holding patterns in the tissue which can interfere with our wellness. In my own life, I have found massage and bodywork to be very helpful practices which lead me further toward rest and integration of my mind, body and spirit. For this reason, I hope to use what I have learned in school and in self-discovery to explore your aches and pains from a holistic and intuitive perspective.
Vis medicatrix naturae
I believe in the body’s intrinsic ability to heal itself given the right environment, and will work with you to attend to what feels most meaningful. I am trained in a variety of techniques, which I will use to create a tailored massage based on your health history, goals, expectations, and preferences.
"The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well"
Massage during a pandemic
Due to the fact that massage therapy work involves maintained touch and close physical proximity over an extended period of time, there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including COVID-19.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that impedes daily life or activities, massage therapy benefits may outweigh the possibility of risk.
I take all of this very seriously and want to continue to provide high quality healthcare through massage. Please see the following slides for the precautions I will be taking in my own practice.
As a person who suffers from severe chronic back pain from scoliosis, I consider massage almost a sacred experience. I am very choosy on who I spend my money and time on because massage is crucial to improving my daily life. Under Shannon’s care I have experienced less chronic pain and more ability to do the things that I love. Shannon is a practitioner who focuses on the whole person and their experience of the world while imparting professional and incredible therapeutic care. She communicates intentionally to make sure I feel I am getting the most out of my massages and is willing to work together with her clients to find the best ways to move with your unique body. I would recommend Shannon to anyone who wants to feel safe and comfortable while having a truly lovely massage.
Shannon has magic hands. Her myofascial work is incredibly effective & as a bodyworker myself I’m a little picky on who I go to for massages - Shannon is the best! I always leave my sessions with less tension & more rejuvenated. I really trust her in her work. She is professional & really listens to your needs. Definitely go to her if you want an incredible massage & experience!