Swedish (Relaxation) Massage
Therapeutic Massage + Deep tissue
Shiatsu /Eastern-style Massage
Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage
Coming Soon: Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Optional Add On Treatments:
Complimentary (no charge) add-ons:
Essential Oil/Aromatherapy, Hot Towel Service, & Theragun.
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Payments Accepted: Cash, Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Union Pay. Medical payment methods: HSA and FSA.
If you have a Medical Insurance plan that covers massage therapy, please call me to see if I am a provider under your plan. (209) 818-8869
Payments NOT accepted: I can not guarantee your government or military card will be approved on my payment system. Prepaid-credit cards work only if you have registered the card into your name and there is a corresponding zip code. I do not accept checks.
Give at least two hours notice to cancel your appointment, otherwise you will be charged $30 "no show" fee.
Descriptions of Massage Therapy Modalities Offered:
During a Swedish massage, the client will be wearing only a sheet (and blanket/s in winter.) I will use high grade massage oils, and essential oils to massage the superficial layer of muscle. I will use long flowing strokes (gliding), knead the muscles, wring the muscles, and apply cross-fiber friction. I can integrate some stretching (I will ask you if you would like to be stretched), and may integrate deep tissue techniques into tight areas upon the client's request. Swedish Massage is one of the most popular types of massage, it is based on Western concepts of anatomy/physiology as opposed to Eastern style massages which focus on energy healing and balancing the qi.
During this massage the client is also asked to undress while I step out of the room, the client will lay on the massage table under the sheet and blankets provided to draped over the body. Massage oil is used to lubricate the skin and prevent friction. Techniques used: gliding, kneading, wringing, cross fiber friction, compressions, as well as deeper friction with elbow/forearm/thumbs and trigger point therapy will be applied to work the superficial and deeper muscles of the body. Deep tissue massage is based on Western concepts of anatomy/physiology.
A much more vigorous massage with integrated stretching designed for athletes, to improve muscle mobility, range of motion in joints, flexibility and release the areas of tension that may have shortened muscles due to repetitive movements from sport. (This is not a relaxing massage.)
I primarily do recovery and maintenance sports massage, as I do not travel to events for pre-event, inter-event and post-event massage therapy. I will only see clients at my office at this time.
A pregnancy massage is basically a Swedish (but can be integrated with some deeper massage work) that has some alterations for pregnant women.
The massage is done with oils on clients who are asked to undress to their comfort level while I step out of the room and are instructed how to drape themselves with sheets and blankets that are provided. An assortment of pillows are provided for the comfort of the client who will be laying in side-lying positions on the table (or will be lying face down on a special massage table pillow made for pregnant women!)
If you have any health issues related to your pregnancy please inform me when you call to schedule so that I can assess whether it is safe for you to get a massage.
Shiatsu massage therapy is an Eastern style of massage from Japan which focuses on the meridians in the body. The goal is to balance your qi, the energy flow in your body. This style of massage therapy can be done on the floor, on a futon mat, or on a table. Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure" and the massage is a series of compressions, performed with fingers, palms (hands), elbows, forearms, knees, and feet. Along with compressions, there is more stretching with a shiatsu massage, because the client is not limited by the sheet draping. I usually recommend this type of massage therapy for clients who need to improve mobility/flexibility, those who are interested in the "energy balance" aspect of Eastern massage, or for those who prefer to stay clothed during a massage. If you book a shiatsu massage please wear loose-fitting sweatpants or stretchy yoga pants and a loose-fitting shirt. No shorts, no skirts, no jeans. There is a lot of stretching during shiatsu massages.
Gua Sha Scraping is one of the add-ons I offer. It involves using jade, rose quartz or obsidian (volcanic glass) which is cut into thin, smooth pieces of stone and then pressed into the skin, scraping it to create friction. Lighter strokes stimulate the lymphatic system of the body, which controls your immune system. Deeper strokes can work into the muscle tissue (which lies beneath your lymphatic vessels) these strokes promote circulation and help release hypertonic tight muscle tissue thereby allowing for greater mobility and pain-relief. Sometimes gua-sha can leave red or purple blotches on the skin in sensitive individuals. These marks go away on their own over time.
In Chinese medicine gua sha is used to help balance the chi or energy of a person*
This hand mask treatment contains collagen, vitamin E, shea butter and 10 plant extracts, it will moisturize and soften your hands, reduce wrinkles and age spots. I put the mask (gloves) over your hands for 20 minutes during your massage.
Cryotherapy facial treatment involves using cold therapy to massage the face, it promotes blood flow, reduces inflammation and puffiness, reduces wrinkles, reduce symptoms of atopic dermatitis, reduce sebum/oil production, reduce acne and help clear skin, promote firmer more elastic skin over time! I will also apply a mask to the face after the cryotherapy face massage, you can choose which type of mask you prefer based on your needs.
Basalt stones are heated up and places strategically on the body at specific points, and are also used to massage the body. I can do lighter or deeper massage work with the stones. The heat helps relax muscles and feels amazing to clients. The stones can be used on the whole body: feet, legs, stomach (if desired), arms, neck, shoulders, back, and glutes (depending on how much time you have booked and what your goals of the session are).
I offer cold dry cupping (NO glass fire cups, NO blood letting), I have two sets of cups, I have silicone cups OR can use glass cups that come with a pump, I place them on the skin then pump to create a suction in order to loosen muscle tissue, fascia, connective tissue and promote blood flow to an area of tension. There is an additional form to fill out if you want to add cupping to your session. Please be aware there are certain health contraindications for cupping, so some clients may not be able to add this service to their massage treatment.
I will scrub your feet with a sugar exfoliant, then remove with hot towels & put on a moisturizing foot mask sock for 20 minutes to soften the rough skin on your feet.
I offer different types of CBD oils (you can get CBD with or without THC). CBD oil can be used for pain-relief, inflammation and arthritis-relief, and to help relieve anxiety and stress. Each CBD oil contains different amounts of cannabinoids. Visit this website to learn more about CBD oil: 7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects) (healthline.com)
Some of the essential oils I use on my clients
Forms to Complete:
Health History and Consent forms will need to be filled out at your first appointment, so you may want to be 5-10 minutes early. Please bring I.D. with you. If you are under 18 yrs old, bring your parent or guardian. If you are more than 10min early I will not be ready for you---please sit in the chair outside of suite B office suites.
There will be paperwork that will inform you of the risk of getting a massage during the COVID-19 outbreak, and you will be informed that if any client or myself contracts it, we are obligated to report this to the health department.. You may be asked to fill out a covid questionaire and sign a consent form that you understand the risks of getting a massage (that it is possible to contract covid19 as we are not maintaining 6 ft social distance during a massage).
Note: I am fully vaccinated and will wear a mask during the massage upon the client's request. Mask is optional for clients to wear.
No small children should be coming with you to your massage appointment. I do not allow animals unless they are trained service or support animals.
Draping is provided for modesty, comfort and warmth.
Draping is MANDATORY unless you have booked a shiatsu massage where you will be fully clothed.
Inappropriate requests for unprofessional or illegal services will result in you being escorted off the premises immediately. Assault or harassment will be reported to the police.
Sonia Alese Massage Therapy
1003 10th st. Suite B-7
Modesto, Ca 95354
Call or Text Message: (209) 818-8869
Book online: www.MassageBook.com/Sonia-Alese-Killsgard