For many centuries in almost every culture, the soothing touch of therapeutic massage has been recognized as a healing treatment to ease the pains of the body and mind. As infants, we receive gentle stroking to calm our cries and fears. In childhood, a mother's touch helps us forget our bumps and bruises and get back to the important business of play. But as adults in this high tech society, we become increasingly isolated and deprived of therapeutic touch.
“Touch is a form of emotional food for people–an essential nutrient. Anyone who is isolated from being touched will get an added benefit from massage.”—Elliot Greene, American Massage Therapy Association.
Advocates of massage therapy believe that touch is “good for whatever ails you.” Now, research by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health supports this belief. Not only does therapeutic massage enhance relaxation, reduce muscular tension, and boost immune system functioning, there is also evidence that it is directly related to mental and emotional well-being. Massage complements many other treatments and therapies such as physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic, and psychotherapy. Besides, it just feels great!
“ Hello, Susan!
“Just wanted to touch base quickly & let you know how successful I've been with my Indian Champissage & Kansa Vatki treatments. I've been doing a couple a week, so I'm thrilled! And my clients are, too!
“So just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful instruction & training. It has really helped my practice!”
“After my Indian Head Massages, I always felt so relaxed and, at the same time, I felt very invigorated. Initially, it would take me up to 30 minutes to fully integrate the energy I felt when I first began having this type of head massage. I could feel an increase of energy in my head and also my body. Later when I was more accustomed to this massage, I could integrate the energy shift much quicker. I always eagerly look forward to this gentle massage and find the increased energy of the head chakras to be sooooo uplifting.”—Mary E. Hurst, R.N., L.Ac., Burke, VA
“I came to know about Susan through a recommendation from a friend. Due to a problem I had dealing with a hip joint which needed replacing, it was believed that a massage therapist could help. Susan was asked to ease my pains and increase my limited mobility associated with this hip problem, thus allowing me to sustain some degree of normality with my life. I needed help because my Orthopedist said I was too young for a hip replacement and to try and hang on as long as I could before having this surgery. Susan delivered as promised! I went to her once a week for over a year. As a result of her fantastic work, not only did I realize some degree of pain reduction and increased mobility, but the greatest benefit was not realized until after my hip replacement surgery. I truly believe that my quick and complete recovery from the hip replacement surgery was directly due to Susan's massage treatments. Susan's expert attention to the specific muscles and tendons on the affected leg and hip areas ensured good blood flow and eliminated the atrophy that most encounter with the long debilitating ordeal before their surgery. Even my doctor was pleased and amazed at my quick recovery and agreed that the tissue and muscles in the area around the damaged hip did not suffer as they normally would, and it was due to the attention from Susan's massages. I continue to visit Susan on a regular basis to maintain a healthier and happier existence all due to her amazing massage techniques. Susan is my body's 'Guardian Angel!' Her dedication and continued quest to know and master all the disciplines of massage amaze me, and I know anyone seeking a better existence should visit Susan.”—John Purvis, Sr., Falls Church, VA
“I was referred to Susan by a friend from church over three years ago. I suffer from osteoporosis, with consistent back pain. I started out with a 30-minute upper body massage every other Saturday. Then, I went to a 60-minute full body massage every other Friday evening for relaxation. I am now up to a 90-minute full body massage twice a month. It is one of two pleasures I give to myself monthly (the other is having my house cleaned). I work in a stress-filled law firm, and Susan is 'just what the doctor ordered.' I confess that I sometimes fade off into la-la land while she is doing her magic (this aggravates me since I then miss parts of the massage, but Susan says it's a good sign that I am relaxed). So much so that by the end of the massage, I just don't want to get up. I am worthless for the rest of the day.”—Maggie Ball, Annandale, VA
“I have been enjoying the relaxing massages with Susan for over 4 years and look forward to my appointment every 2 weeks. I used to carry a lot of tension in my neck and upper back causing pain, but Susan has helped me to relax and relieved the pain. Susan not only provides a great massage, she also is a wonderful person to know.”—B. Draudt, Annandale, VA
Susan has been treating my aches, pains, and stress for 4 years. My wife introduced me to Susan with a gift massage, and Susan has been treating me about every 2 weeks ever since. Susan is proficient in various massage techniques and is able to provide custom treatment. I cannot recommend Susan highly enough.—J. Draudt, Annandale, VA
I have been receiving massage therapy from Susan for many years. I have always found her professional, competent and respectful. Susan listens well to whatever physical complaint I might have, and always takes time at the beginning of each session to inquire about the results of the last treatment. I have recommended Susan to others and would be pleased to do so again.—Judy Cousins, Alexandria, VA