Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

shannon ryan, energy medicine practitioner

images-4Holistic Massage and Bodywork

 Touch is essential to nourishing human life.  It nurtures us from infancy into maturity, calms us when we are afraid, and grounds us when our minds go astray. Truly loving and reverent touch can create miracles, for there is a magic that works through conscious hands, a mystery that modern science is only beginning to understand. Embracing this mystery, is the ancient therapy of Holistic Massage, which is rooted in the understanding that we are whole, composed of body, mind, spirit, and soul. It is a system of stroking, pressing, touching, or kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, to relax, rejuvenate, realign, tone, stimulate, and reawaken balance and flow, thereby promoting health and well-being.

The most potent medicines live within us, but when we are blocked or restricted in flow, it is sometimes difficult to access our innate healing capacity. Through tending to the flow by way of Holistic Massage and Bodywork, we can release stress and tension, access underlying feelings and emotions, and clear blockages that lead to discomfort and disease. Being touched and massaged with skilled and reverent hands supports us in honoring and nourishing our cells, so that we may feel at home in our bodies, in harmony with the universe, and at peace with the Deep Mystery.


Modalities Offered

All modalities arise from the foundational understanding of Holistic Massage and Bodywork.  Most modalities also include Reiki, unless you request otherwise.


Subtle Bodywork | Intuitive Bodywork | Integrative Sound Body | Deep Tissue Massage
Nurturing Therapeutic Massage/ Swedish Massage


Subtle Bodywork
Especially beneficial for working with trauma and deeply sensitive clients, this work embraces the physical body, as well as the larger and more subtle bodies. Subtle bodywork is practiced with light and deeply sensitive touch. The practitioner works intuitively, utilizing advanced skills in listening and presence, to effectively guide the healing process. 
This work has the capacity to penetrate into the deepest layers of our body, including the bones and bone marrow. It also has the ability to work in expanded realms transcendent of the physical.
Clients remain clothed in a subtle bodywork session.


Intuitive Bodywork
A holistic therapy that weaves hands on therapeutic massage techniques with integrative energy medicine modalities to restore and balance the energy flow within the body. The practitioner works intuitively, utilizing advanced skills in listening and presence, to effectively guide the healing process. The approach of intuitive bodywork is similar to a subtle bodyork session.  The main difference is that in an intuitive bodywork session deep physical pressure is often utilized.


Integrative Sound Body Healing Session
A harmonious blend of subtle and intuitive bodywork, master level reiki, and vibrational sound healing with voice, tibeten singing bowls, and therapeutic harp.


Nurturing Therapeutic Massage
The Nurturing Therapeutic Massage style is a variation of Swedish massage, using standard techniques including effleurage, tapotement, and petrissage.  These techniques are blended with the qualities of sensitivity, awareness, and nurturance to powerfully awaken and enhance the therapeutic process.


Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia.  It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the the fibers of the muscles and tendons. Shannon is gifted in meeting pressure and depth needs with the healing presence and refined sensitivity that is essencial in supporting the effectiveness of this therapy.