Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Therapeutic Massage and Structural Bodywork in Providence Rhode Island. Offering Deep Tissue, Muscular Therapy, Thai Massage, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage, and Structural Integration.
At Motion Center we strongly believe in the therapeutic benefits of massage and bodywork. These include:
• decreased stress/increased relaxation
• injury healing and prevention
• structural/postural support and education
• increased immune function
• increased physiological function
• increased athletic/physical performance
• increased energy and wellbeing
• heightened body awareness
Our massage therapists are state licensed and adhere to the American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics.
All of our massage therapy and bodywork practitioners hold certifications or advanced training in each of the modalities they practice, and are committed to respecting and supporting each client’s personal goals.
Please feel free to call us at any time to learn more about our practitioners and the modalities they practice. Our FAQ page offers answers to some of the more common questions about massage therapy and the additional forms of bodywork we offer.
MASSAGE THERAPY MODALITIES
Our massage therapists are trained in several modalities, and will draw upon multiple techniques in a single session as they work to address a client’s goals. These may include:
Myofascial release: A style of bodywork that engages the structural support system (the fascial system) of our bodies. Fascia surrounds and weaves through our muscles, bones, and organs. Like muscle, fascia can become stuck in tension patterns and cause discomfort or movement restriction. The goal of myofascial release is to open and realign the fascia to achieve a more balanced state within the body and increase range of motion and a sense of ease to joints and muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage: A broadly used term that generally refers to working with the deeper layers of muscle. Our philosophy at Motion Center is that deep tissue massage means specific and focused work with muscles or muscle groups, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This may mean working on deep or superficial layers, depending on the level of restriction. We strive to maintain client comfort and work slowly into the deeper layers realizing that it is possible to work deeply without pain.
Muscular Therapy: An integrative system of massage based in Swedish massage, but also incorporating techniques from Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports massage, and other modalities. Both modalities have similar benefits, however Swedish massage focuses on supporting the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, while Muscular Therapy works to support and bring positive change to the musculo-skeletal system.
Prenatal & Postnatal Massage: Therapeutic massage specially structured to decrease the common physical discomforts of pregnancy, help prepare the body for labor, and support faster healing after labor. Sessions may incorporate numerous massage therapy techniques, breath and postural education, and labor preparation exercises. Each session is modified to address the specific physical, mental and emotional goals, of the client. In addition to the physical benefits of prenatal massage, mothers are offered a safe and quiet space in which to connect to their growing baby and to be present with the excitement, fears and hopes that arise throughout pregnancy and childbearing. Please visit our Mom & Baby page for more information.
Thai Yoga Massage
Kaeli Abrahams Sutton, NCLMT, RYT, is the founder and Co-Director of Motion Center. Deeply intrigued by the way the physical form embodies and informs our “self”, she has spent the last 19 years investigating the interweaving of body, heart and mind. Her study of modern, classical and ethnic dance has included specialized training at the Hypaxis Conservatory in N.H.; the Alvin Ailey School, Dancespace, and Djoniba Dance and Drum in New York; and Senemeew and Ballet Foret Sacre in Senegal West Africa.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Culture and Dance from Long Island University and continues to study with American and African teachers in Boston and New York.
Seeking a deeper connection to the structure and movement of her own body, Kaeli began to practice yoga over 15 years ago. She has been a registered yoga teacher for the past six years, and holds certifications in Ishta Yoga and Gyrokinesis. Additionally, Kaeli has pursed the study of pre- and postnatal yoga.
To further her understanding of the structure and function of the body, Kaeli attended the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. She has been a Rhode Island Licensed and nationally certified Massage Therapist for the past nine years. With advanced training from Kam Thye Chow in Thai Yoga Massage and Carol Osbourne-Sheets in Prenatal, Labor and Postnatal massage, she specializes in Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage, Thai Yoga Massage and Pre- and Perinatal Massage.
With her extensive background in yoga, dance, bodywork, and anatomy and kinesiology, Kaeli brings to her work a deep understanding of the body's capacity for movement, and its primary importance in finding an authentic connection to self and a compassionate connection with others.
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Simone Lukas-Jogl discovered Rolfing Structural Integration after almost twenty years of struggling to accommodate a recalcitrant body with a passion for dance. After two surgeries, she had found “her” form of dance (Latin ballroom) and she developed a keen interest in learning how to reconcile competitive ballroom dance with the biomechanical limits of her body. Of course, this quickly developed into a search for ways to change her body's limits. Receiving Rolfing bodywork turned out to be an amazingly effective way to push the envelope - so much so, that she decided to become a Rolfer herself.
Simone took her Rolfing training with the European Rolfing Association in Germany and the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO and was certified in 1998. Since then, she has studied extensively with Hubert Godard to understand Structural Integration from a movement perspective, taken classes in Rolfing technique and visceral manipulation, and started a personal practice of Continuum movement in order to delve more deeply into the world of somatic movement.
She has worked as a Rolfer on three continents and is fascinated by the ways our body's physical structure responds to culture, trauma, and emotional states. She continues to be amazed at the wide variety of effects people experience when she helps them free their body structure from no-longer-useful patterns of holding: relief from pain, ease in movement, deep relaxation, or emotional break-throughs.
At Motion Center, Simone offers not only hands-on bodywork, but also one-on-one movement sessions which are an opportunity to deepen structural changes, build somatic awareness, and find ways to evoke one's most structurally sound movement patterns.
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