This past year, Natalie traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to participate in Buds to Blossoms, a pediatric massage program devoted to helping orphans overcome ailments associated with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. She also studied Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which can be applied to massage while on the massage table.
Additionally, Natalie instructs at the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Longmont, Colorado where she teaches musculoskeletal anatomy, structural kinesiology, and hot stone massage.
SWEDISH Light to medium pressure, aims to relax the entire body with slow, long, drawn-out strokes and increase circulation with creme or oil
DEEP-TISSUE Medium to deep pressure, with specific treatment aimed within a muscle belly or tendon to release adhered tissue and increase blood flow with creme
MYOFASICAL RELEASE Manipulating the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle belly using little to no creme or oil to release adhered muscle bellies, increase range of motion. These techniques can be superficial and deep, and uncomfortable depending on how 'stuck' your muscles are together
NEUROMUSCULAR TRIGGER-POINT Localized treatment on a 'knot' or trigger point that causes nerve entrapment and sensations of referral pain. Most commonly used to treat knots in the neck and back that refer pain to the head and face
HYDROTHERAPY Using both cold and hot applications to decrease and increase circulation in a localized area, pumping new blood into a muscle group so that healing can occur on a cellular level
HOT STONE MASSAGE Massage with heated stones applied to a Swedish and deep-tissue massage. The stones warm up muscle tissues more quickly as well as comforts and grounds the body and mind
THAI Rhythmic compression and stretching of muscle groups to increase the body's energy paths. Can be performed fully-clothed on a massage table, or can be incorporated into a Swedish massage
TMJ RELEASE Treatment of the masseter, temporalis, and pterygoid muscles in the jaw and scalp. A combination of trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and intra-oral massage to increase range of motion in the jaw, relieve pain associated with TMJD, and headaches
PRENATAL Light to medium pressure massage, aimed to relax a prenatal mother while carrying a child. Massage is performed side-lying and supine
RESPIRATORY RELEASE Medium to Deep-tissue massage, Myofascial release, trigger point therapy treatments on the intercostal muscles, diaphragm, scalenes, and posterior serratus muscle groups to release tension with breath, increase respiration and comfortability with breathing
POST-ISOMETRIC RELAXATION Muscle energy technique that aims to increase range of motion within a muscle group by contracting the muscles associated with the movement in an isometric hold so that once the hold is released, the muscle group can relax and become stretched further
MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUE Muscle testing for weakness and imbalances with range of motion and corrected by using light, non-invasive isometric holds within a muscle to activate or 'turn on' a weak muscle. Activating a weak muscle helps support muscle groups and stability of joint movement by ensuring all muscles are turned-on and supportive with motion.
CANCER Light to medium pressure massage, aimed to relax cancer patients undergoing treatment or post-cancer treatment. Fosters peace of mind, while being mindful of delicate lymph nodes, treatment sites, and surgeries
HIV/AIDS MASSAGE Light, gentle, nurturing massage aimed to relax and foster a peace of mind within a body that may be dealing with complications and side-effects from HIV/AIDS, treatments, and social disturbances
CBD MASSAGE Bring your own CBD (Cannibidiol) infused massage oil or creme to be used in a Swedish or deep-tissue massage. CBDs (Cannabinoids) are a natural, non-psychoactive botanical concentrate derived from hemp. CBDs are high in omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, and other phytocannabinoids. These properties help the body reach a natural balance in homeostasis, relieving pain, pressure, stress, anxiety, nausea, inflammation, cancer cell growth, bacterial growth, insomnia, etc. Legally, in Colorado, CBD massage oil and creme can be purchased by a person of 21 years or older. In Illinois, CBD oil or creme must be purchased through a medical marijuana dispensary using a valid medical marijuana license.