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Transformative Wellness through Bodywork

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“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - Coco Chanel...


 what's in your self-care arsenal? The power of touch provides some very unique benefits ..

  Even though we are all human beings with basically the same structures and physiological make- up, we are still different from one another.   the importance of self-care and I bring these modalities to your attention so that you can learn more about how to take advantage of their benefits.    to make you thrivedifferent


These techniques are very special to me and I use them frequently in sessions. They are powerful. Some are cutting edge, some are time-tested classics in the field of massage and Bodywork. you can learn more about the modalities I use in my practice. My passion is to create an experience of hospitality and excellence.  Part of this is through the modalities I use. Here is a little about each:


Lymphatic MediCupping Vacuum Therapies have proven to be incredibly effective approaches to face and body contouring services. Excess weight is often not fat but a stagnant overloaded lymphatic system trapping toxins and excess fluids in the body. New research reveals that 80% of overweight women have sluggish lymphatic systems. Excess weight is often not fat but an overloaded lymphatic system trapping toxins and excess fluids in the body. MediCupping Vacuum Therapies are a holistic approach to support self healing and can reverse 25 years off the body for vitality and radiant beauty naturally.


Vacuum therapies are a safe, highly effective and non invasive treatment to open and drain the lymphatic system, release restrictions and shift the polarity and pH of the tissue to assist the body in re-establishing homeostasis. Studies have shown that 78% of stagnant lymph can be pushed back into circulation with lymphatic drainage. This simple treatment has truly impressed those who experience it’s subtle power.


Cellular cleansing is a key support to the immune system. Vacuum therapies achieve this by their ability to clear the body's filtering and purification system of minute layers of dehydrated stagnant lymph, old blood and cellular debris that can accumulate in the body over time.  These layers appear as excess weight, abdominal bloating, cellulite, love handles and those stubborn areas that don't respond to dieting and exercise.




Massage cupping is also a great treatment for a client to have old C-section scars comfortably released, with the restored lymph flow to the upper inguinal nodes significantly diminishing the large belly she carried around for years.

The best possible adjunct therapy for bariatric surgeries is a series of MediCupping™ sessions to open the lymphatic system, dredge and drain old congestion and move it out to be eliminated. When working on a client who is losing a large amount of weight, it is rewarding to reduce or soften a large saddlebag from one leg and have her stand up to compare the difference.


Whether you're a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, or somewhere in between, Lymphatic Vacuum Therapies are becoming an integral part of training for many elite athletes. Vacuum Cupping is highly effective for body conditioning, peak performance preparation and reducing recovery time.



This amazing modality is revolutionizing the way we look at detox, healthy weight loss, cellulite reduction and body sculpting. The results are phenomenal, immediate and long lasting.


Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) is a therapeutic, hands-on method, designed to release spasm in all tissues of the human body. Every organ, nerve, artery, muscle, ligament, tendon, vein and lymphatic vessel in the human body can actively spasm and produce pain in a natural, protective response to injury. Once this reflex spasm is triggered it can persist, spread & form hundreds of tender points. FCS works to release the tissue in spasm and the corresponding tender point by gently unloading the injured structure.

Gentle body positioning and compression or shortening of the strained structure works to effect a therapeutic release. By positioning the body against the strain or by applying a “counterstrain”, the structure quickly relaxes, thus reducing tension and immediately alleviating this primary source of pain. The elimination of this strain is quickly verified by simply checking the point, which is frequently no longer tender.

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Anti-aging, body contouring and cellulite-reducing treatments are becoming vital to the spa and massage therapy industry. Lypossage is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for most women.

Several years ago, I noticed an ad for Lypossage in a massage therapy publication. After looking into it, I found that Lypossage is a manual body contouring program that boasts the reduction of the appearance of cellulite, and as much as a cumulative loss of up to 11 inches of body mass. I wasn't convinced it had any merit at all. Haven't we all heard about "cellulite creams" and body wraps that make similar claims?

I cannot begin to count all of the women who would fall onto my table and plead, "Please rub this fat off!" Or "Can you massage this cellulite off my legs?" My response was always, "No, sorry; I wish I could. I'd be rich!" However, after laughing it off, I always went home and thought, "Why can't I do that?"

The ability to contour the body and smooth cellulite with massage made perfect sense to me. If I were to have enough visits with a client, and if I worked on said client with vigorous myofascial massage, deep tissue work, and a little lymphatic drainage, why couldn't it make a difference in at least the appearance of cellulite? Cellulite is something all women have. Unfortunately, though, these areas of the body tend to act as toxic waste disposal sites. When toxins are not expelled from the body, they have to be stored somewhere. If the "cottage cheese" look of cellulite is present, odds are that the body has stored toxins, and adequate circulation is necessary to get rid of them.

Massage therapist Charles Wiltsie, III developed the massage modality called Lypossage. This health-oriented modality was born from research done by Mr. Wiltsie titled, "Does Deep Tissue Massage Have an Impact on Dimension in the Hips and Thighs?" Thanks to his time and effort, Mr. Wiltsie took the guesswork out of body contouring with massage.

Lypossage is a very natural, non-invasive body-contouring program that reduces inches while leaving one's weight about the same. Lypossage is not for everyone, but most healthy women who have extra bulges and imperfections respond very well to it. Many women who look into liposuction as a means of body contouring prefer Lypossage because there is no surgery, no down time and no recovery involved.

The typical protocol for the Lypossage treatment is 18, 20-minute sessions (three times a week for six weeks). Its focus, according to the Lypossage Course Description found in the Lypossage training manual is "on structural integration through the manipulation of soft tissue, the lymphatic system, circulation, muscle tone and detoxification through the manipulation of soft tissue. It's also connected to Myofascial Massage and Complex Physical Therapy for Lymphoedema (CPT)."

Artevelde College and the University of Gent, Belgium, have done independent research on the effects of Lypossage. So far, Hilde Vandenbroucke, head of the research, has the following preliminary results: HDLs were elevated in the blood, LDLs were lowered in the blood, and total body mass was reduced by using Zone 1 in the study. Early results also show triglycerides elevated slightly.

Ms. Vandenbroucke stated, "I will start another research in February 2006. We will treat another 30 women during six weeks: 15 women only lypossage and 15 women only skin tonic. We'll take blood samples at the beginning of the research, after three weeks, after six weeks, after seven weeks and after eight weeks. The reason why we take a lot of blood samples is to get to know when triglycerides and HDL cholesterol in the blood start to increase and decrease and to get to know if lypossage or skin tonic have the same results on triglycerides and HDL cholesterol." This new research will also be done at the University of Ghent.

Lypossage can stand up to criticism. The massage modality is very successful, and if the protocol is followed properly, it achieves fabulous results. The training course is more than learning a modality; it's also a very good business, ethics, marketing and goal-setting course. The Lypossage body product line and the Esprit de Jeunesse skin care line are of very high quality and are cleanly manufactured with very few preservatives.'

Personally, I have never before seen one scientifically proven modality that is as effective at improving one's skin, fascia, muscles, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and overall health as well as Lypossage. For more information, visit the official Lypossage Web site at

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