What I Do
I do long massages. My sessions are usually about 90 minutes long. Tell me if you have a time limit, so I don't go over it. If, on the other hand, you're someone who always feels that massages are too short, be sure to tell me that.
I do in-home massage: I bring my table to you. I think it's usually it's better for people to be in their own space, and it's much better not to have jump up and drive after a massage.
I work mostly in silence. There are some kinds of work that require talking: for trigger-point and some kinds of stretching I need feedback. I always want to know if something is causing discomfort. But in general I find that talking, during a session, tends to keep the work shallow.
I'm trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger-Point massage. I've absorbed bits of Tui Na, Shiatsu, and Polarity, along the way. I know enough Chinese theory (meridians, accupressure points, and five-element theory) to have passed the National Certification (NCTMB) -- but that barely scratches the surface. I love Thai massage, and have incorporated a few moves from it, but a real Thai massage is very different from what I do. For Thai you'd want to go to someone else.
I have a gentle, skilled hand with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, CFS, Crohn's Disease, and Lupus, which cause generalized, chronic pain and aching.
Stubborn, mysterious pain is often caused by knots -- trigger-points -- in nearby muscles that don't themselves hurt (or at least not until you press on them.) So knee pain may be caused by trigger-points in the thighs, low back pain by trigger-points in the glutes, neck pain by trigger-points in the back, etc. Often this kind of pain is mistakenly attributed to arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and so on. If I find persistent trigger points, I can teach you how to work on them yourself, and keep yourself pain-free.