I studied and trained at one of the only year programs in the country for a type of shiatsu called Zen Shiatsu. I integrate Western and Thai Massage techniques into my sessions.
The receiver is fully clothed during the treatment, and it is given on a futon. This is the traditional style of how both Shiatsu and Thai Massage are practiced, it allows for deep stretching and full range of motion, passive yoga postures. Many call it lazy man’s yoga. The friction from clothing also works to deepen the effects of the acupressure. I have been practicing since 2002, and graduated in 2003.
I enjoy helping people enter a relaxed and blissful state where they can let go of stress, muscular aches and tension and experience the beauty of their own energy flowing in the body to balance their energy. I enjoy the meditative state it can offer me.
“A current curled up and down like a gentle river flowing around my back for three full days following the message. I have no idea how Courtney’s elfishly-delicate finger pushes, seemingly systematic, certainly accumulative and persistent, ever led up to the moment when the tips of her fingers, in a quick swirl, dispensed with something in the middle of my spine. I wanted to write this sooner, but it was hard to find words for magic, long-dormant, but my body was awake and awakened unlike any other treatment. I think of that moment still now as I write.”
Courtney has that mix of real skills and intuitive sense that make for a treatment that is both effective and a bit hypnotic. I've had the good fortune to experience her work several times, and each time I come out of the session a little almost woozy with relaxation (blood pressure probably drops ten points!). The next day whatever ached - back, shoulders, etc. - is much much better. Highly recommend!
Courtney is an extraordinary healer with a soothing presence. Just being around her is relaxing! I truly appreciated that she listened to my concerns and customized the massage for me. I have had both thai and traditional massage by Courtney--best of all, she combines them when I ask--just a magical experience all around. Receommended highly.
To me, the act of massage is an experience that the mind and body crave so as to naturally maintain the balance of spirit. The touch of another who is trained to deliver your form from the mental and physical bindings of stress or strain can be the best part of ones ways of staying alive and thriving. My banged up stuntman kinda lifestyle has left its mark on me. Yoga helps greatly, yes, but massage is the next level of restful release. I took massage from Courtney during and after her getting certified. I was lost quickly to her medicine touch. She asked the qualifying question's and then, within minutes, I was asleep. Her steady, strong and learned touch was seamless and delicious to my soul. Even that first time, as she was still a student, I came out of that exhausted blissfully. It felt as though her touch had gone thru me in its reach of depth. I was completely at ease. Flawless, and rare. Thank you Courtney!
I ask clients what their goals are for the session, what their predominant issues and concerns are; if they have any injuries or contraindications and I do a hara assessment to determine what meridians need the most attention. I also ask them what their goals are for the session. I combine all of this information, with my intuition and give them a treatment based on that. Based on the person’s individual needs and lifestyle I recommend how often receiving would benefit them.
Oregon School of Massage 2001-2002 (Swedish Massage, polarity and Thai massage training)
Desert Institute of Healing Arts 2002-2003 (Zen Shiatsu certification (600 hrs), further training in Reiki (Level II certification), Chi Ne Tsang, Thai Massage and Swedish)
Thai Massage Spa (2011-12) (Thai Massage certifications)
I try to keep my prices competitive for the area. When I practiced in NYC and Boston, my fees were $100/hr and $140/90 min. I understand in San Antonio the rate averages $70/hr and $110/90 min, so I am willing to lower them. For outcalls there is an additional fee depending on the client’s location.
I had amazing massage sessions that were life changing and healing. I saw the power of the work. I also had friends who were massage therapists asking me to work on them and they told me I had natural abilities.
I’ve worked with everyone from athletes, to people with repetitive motion issues, clients with cancer, people looking for creative and spiritual guidance, businessmen and children.
I love to travel and take photos of the beauty I see along the way.
Be willing to try new styles of work and be open.
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