What To Expect

The beauty of Motion Massage is that it is a creative and collaborative combination of mindfulness, bodywork and coaching designed to meet your specific needs. There are no prescribed sequences – each session is an experimental space in which how we work together is based entirely on your own instincts and impulses.

If your body is hurting, we relieve the pain by using various bodywork techniques. If you are struggling with emotional or mental upset, we focus on navigating those challenges with the help of Body-Centered Coaching. Sometimes we’ll use just a single modality during our time together, but often it will be a mix.

Here are some examples of what a session may look like:

  • Begin with Craniosacral Therapy to get deeply connected to the body, and transition to Body-Centered Coaching to find clarity and direction regarding the issues in your life you care about most.
  • Start out with Interactive Movement to increase body awareness, followed up by Thai Massage combined with Integrative Bodywork to both release the physical tightness in your muscles as well as to discover insights about the underlying causes of your tension.
  • Receive a thoroughly gratifying Deep Tissue Massage on the massage table and then move to the cozy foam mats to stretch all the muscles that we just worked the knots out of.

Regardless of the techniques we use, the foundation for all Motion Massage sessions is mindfulness. In an atmosphere of mindfulness we are able to listen to your body and to tap into a deep source of information and wisdom to help you learn about and resolve the causes of your discomfort. Everything we do together is done slowly and patiently, at a pace that allows you to stay fully present to your experience.

Check-In

Motion Massage sessions always start with a check-in, a longer one the first time you come in, shorter ones for subsequent visits. During the check in we talk about the issues you want to address and the goals for our work together. Based on that information, together we come up with a basic flow for your session and possibly a longer range vision if we’ll be working together regularly.

Integration

Sessions end with time for reflection and integration. I’ll also give you suggestions for continuing the work on your own. This may include certain stretches, hydrotherapy, or self-massage, as well as practices to increase body awareness so you can become more aware of the interconnectedness of your physical, emotional and mental experiences.

If you’re not quite sure what kind of session would be best for you, I recommend checking out the Motion Massage Flow Chart to help you discern which techniques will be a good fit for your needs.

“The Motion Massage approach is an amazing experience. Each session is based on what my body and I need. It’s refreshing as a client. I feel that I am much more the center of the work. I am not simply a passive recepient of some a priori modality of massage. I am active with the work. Felix offers an informed involvement and guides me, physically, to very deep physical releases for both my everyday sort of stress (and strain as a dancer) and that deep nagging stuff that rises to the surface from time to time. I can choose to work on the table or the floor. I can lay, sit, stand, or move about open space. At first, there was an adjustment to engaging in these types of options. As I have become accustomed to Motion Massage, I am able to listen to what my body is sensing and make choices based on those needs. And yes, there are times when I have no idea what I want or need, and Felix responds with a glorious massage of his own making.”

Lisa Hillyard