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Maya Ravensong is an Artist working in many different mediums. From dance, to writing, to paintings on canvas, silk and on the body, Maya creates healing art for herself and others.

Maya's art is a mix of strange, beautiful, sometimes humorous or wyrd forms- all of which can bring healing. She paints mostly with her fingers, though she does use other tools as well. She sometimes uses a magnifying glass to get into such small detail that, to some, it would seem pointless- but her, is completely the point. Maya has published one book “BodyArt Therapy” and is currently working on a tome where she explains how to become one with the divine and heal through dance.

Maya attends different events throughout the year. You can find a list of those events here

Welcome to Massage


Therapeutic massage

About Massage

Massage is the systematic manual or mechanical manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by such movements as kneading, rubbing, friction, rolling, tapping, slapping and pressing for therapeutic purposes. Those purposes can be the promotion of blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, pain and stress relief and other physical and mental benefits.

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 can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • 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.

Swedish Massage


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There are four basic strokes used in Swedish Massage. they are:

  • Effleurage: a smooth, gliding superficial stroke used to relax soft tissue
  • Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading of muscle and connective tissues.
  • Friction: movements that press layers of tissue against each other
  • Tapotement: a short, quick, striking movement (like tapping) done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand

Swedish massage is the most common form of massage available and for good reason! The basic nature of Swedish massage is that by using the four strokes mentioned above, a therapist can bring a sense of wellness, balance, and relaxation to the client. When the body relaxes as a whole, specific patterns of restriction, knots and holding can release. This allows for stress relief and a reduction in pain.



Myofascial Release


Therapeutic massage

Myofasical Release is a method of gentle stretching and elongation of the muscles and connective tissues. This technique relieves pain and adds elasticity. Myofascial release is a whole body treatment modality that values the mind/body synergy. It uses sustained pressure, traction, and holding to release fascia that has solidified, is restricted or adhered to other tissues. This release then allows the tissues to return to a more fluid state. This takes pressure off surrounding structures, restores function, and decreases pain. It is very effective and allows the therapist to go deep into tissues without using deep pressure.




Frequently Asked Questions


Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

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the images above are of the actual massage room at UCHA.

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music is played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will you be present when I disrobe?

No. I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the clean top sheet provided.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, scalp, face and shoulders.

Will I be covered during the session?

Yes, you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be uncovered.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

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. a skin nourishing oil 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.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

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. I employ Swedish strokes, Myofascial Release techniques, hot and cold stones, aromatherapy, and mote. We will discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the techniques I use or those you want/don't want. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. It is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. It is quite common to feel stiff as you are getting off the table. This feeling goes away within a few minutes of being off the table and is replaced by a feeling of relaxation.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before we begin your session, you fill out the Health Questionnaire or update it should your health situation change. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking or start to take. If you are under a doctor's care for any condition that cautions bodywork, you must receive written permission for massage or bodywork prior to any session. This will become part of your permanent file.