Massage Therapy

Types of Bodywork Offered:

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

Therapeutic Massage

Individualized massage therapy. A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension.

As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Pregnancy Massage (Prenatal & Postnatal)

Massage specifically tailored to your individual needs depending on overall health.  Lisa will create an individualized plan for your time together.

Postpartum Massage

Massage superficially tailored to your changing needs as a new parent. Structural postpartum issues are addressed and evaluated. Tools are given to create more harmony in movement with consideration to pelvic floor, core and nursing issues. Massage is available with or without baby up to 4 months old.

Partner massage instruction for pregnancy and labor (private or group instruction)

International Association of Infant Massage Educator & Childbirth Educator

Lisa Gallauresi, LMT is an international association of infant massage certified instructor and a certified newborn/preemie instructor. She has been teaching parents and massaging babies in her private massage practice for fourteen years. Lisa is available for private instruction or group classes. Caregivers, siblings and parents are encouraged to participate. Infant massage is a wonderful add on to your mom and baby postpartum massage.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.

  • Enhanced sleep quality.

  • Greater energy.

  • Improved concentration.

  • Increased circulation.

  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage and Bodywork can also help specifically address a number of health issues, including:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.

  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.

  • Ease medication dependence.

  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.

  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.

  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

  • Increase joint flexibility.

  • Lessen depression and anxiety.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.

  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.

  • Reduce spasms and cramping.

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage (or Prenatal Massage)

Perfect for the mother-to-be, pregnancy massage helps to decrease stress and swelling, reduce aches and pains and relieve muscle cramps/spasms all while helping prepare your body for labor. Specialist training allows me to better understand the changes your body is going through, what techniques are safe to apply and how to properly position you throughout the nine months.

Benefits of Infant Massage

Baby massage is another way to say “I love you” to our children.  Connecting and bonding with them from the first days and years of life strengthens family bonds.  It serves as a vehicle for improved communication, both verbal and nonverbal.  These techniques grow with the child and teach them how to “let go” of their stress. The positive effects of infant massage have been well researched.  Babies who were massaged showed improved sleeping patterns, diminished anxious behavior and significantly reduced stress indicators. Premature babies who were regularly massaged gained weight faster, performed better on developmental tasks, acquired mental and motor skills earlier, and were more relaxed.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lisa Gallauresi, LMT

Massachusetts Massage License #4306

By Appointment Only

Fridays at Wellness House Northampton from 2 pm – 7 pm. Please feel free to contact me with questions and availability.

Online booking:

Book Your Appointment On My Website

Phone: (413) 336-0245

Email: Lgallauresi@gmail.com

Lisa’s Locations:

  • Wellness House Northampton, 27 Brewster Ct., Northampton, MA 01060

  • 16 Center Street, Suite 523