I've been in practice for over sixteen years, however my journey as a bodyworker started at a very young age when family and friends discovered my intuitive touch and would turn to me for their aches and pains. I approach massage as a therapy in which the client is part of the process. In each session I connect the body with energy flow to reach profound relaxation and healing. My work is deep without being invasive or painful. I work with tuned in attention so that I can truly "listen" with my touch to your aches, strains, and knots. This allows the blockages in the tissues to naturally soften and unwind. In this way, I am able to facilitate the healing of both acute injuries such as post car accident, or chronic issues that inhibit the full expression of wellness in the body. I love the sense of connection in bodywork and feeling the response of the muscle tissue, as well as the underlying energy. It's an amazing process.
Over the course of my career I've studied a variety of modalities and delved into many aspects of alternative health and wellness. I've always been an outdoor athletics enthusiast, so in the beginning of my practice I gravitated naturally towards sports massage and injury recovery/prevention. I lived in Costa Rica for six years and worked mainly on surfers who have chronic neck and shoulder issues. This is where most of us hold everyday tension, therefore, I've come to know this area of the body particularly intimately. As my career grew so did my awareness of the energy bodies and the importance of working with them for deep healing. My strength is in Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Deep Tissue, however I've also been trained in Reiki, Shiatsu, Thai massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Breath Work, Trager and more. I use these modalities in my treatments to promote a fully integrated experience. I've also taken a 200 hour RYT(yoga) training and am a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach.
I am thrilled at the response I receive from my clients. Making a difference in someones sense of well being is the greatest reward of my job.
Mira has really excellent hands and a comprehensive knowledge of the body. I always feel tremendous relief from her work. I refer patients to her weekly and they all come back with a big thumbs up. - Dr. Cynthia Wright
I am also an LMT working in the field for over 22 years, and I am incredibly impressed with Mira’s skills, focused presence and truly caring nature. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking exceptional, transformative, healing bodywork therapy!
- Karin Kiteley, LMT
I found Mira to have a heart of gold and hands of steel. I loved the deep tissue massages. - Beth H.
I love Mira's intuitive sensitivity, consistency, and strength. She has lots of techniques for whatever you need which is incredibly important if you have an injury. She's the perfect combination of warm, personable and professional. I highly recommend her bodywork! You deserve it! - Tina M.
Gua Sha is a Chinese modality which involves using a tool, usually made of stone, wood, or metal, with which the practitioner "scrapes" in strokes along the targeted muscle tissue. This improves circulation in the tissue, breaks up stuck fascia, and promotes healing of chronic injury. I include this in many sessions, should the client desire the treatment.
Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage
With Swedish/Relaxation Massage the primary goal is to relax the body and ease the mind, Using oils and lotions applied to the skin, long gentle strokes are used which help increase blood and lymph circulation, decrease blood pressure, decrease anxiety, increase digestion, and generate over all well being in the body and mind.
Deep Tissue works more deeply into the muscle layers to soften and unwind stored up chronic tension in the muscle tissue. I incorporate deep tissue into all treatments unless a light massage is specifically requested.
Trigger Point Therapy & myofascial Release
Trigger points are the places in the body which feel like "knots" of pain. They can manifest anywhere in the body and can be very painful, and refer pain to other areas, for instance a trigger point in the shoulder may refer to the base of the skull, causing headache. In Trigger point therapy pressure is applied to the point for a period of time, which interrupts the neural signals that cause both the trigger point and the pain. Over several treatments, this can re-educate the muscles into pain free habits, decrease stiffness in the tissue and increase range of motion.
Myofascial Release addresses trigger points and other fascial adhesions by using slow, deep strokes, coupled with stretching the tissue. "Myo" meaning muscle and "fascia" meaning connective tissue, which lies under the skin and wraps around muscle fibers. The list of conditions that benefit from trigger point therapy and myofascial release include arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome; chronic pain in the back, knees, and shoulders; headaches; menstrual cramps; multiple sclerosis ; muscle spasms, tension, and weakness; postoperative pain; sciatica ; temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ); tendinitis ; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; and whiplash injuries.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It's a very relaxing modality that involves a series of hand positions laid on the body while fully clothed. During a session, the client can experience a dreamlike state and will often see colors or feel rushes of warmth as the healing energy moves through the system. At this time I'm not booking full one hour Reiki sessions, but can incorporate it into massage sessions.
A deliciously relaxing addition to any massage, where hot stones are used with oil to massage the muscles, or can be placed at certain points on the body to promote deep warmth and relaxation.
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Ashland, OR 97520