Massage

Lorin “Oni” Ingber and Ann Chrisman

Massage therapy is a complimentary healing practice to the yoga teachings and can help practitioners learn more about their movement patterns and areas of tension and holding in the body. The Yoga Shala has a dedicated massage therapy space and is pleased to have two exceptional therapists, Oni and Ann, as a part of the shala team. Massage appointments are made directly with the therapists. Clients do not need to be practicing members of our yoga community, all are welcome.

Session Fees:
1 hour $100
1.5 hours $150

 

Lorin “Oni” Ingber, Licensed Massage Therapist

To schedule an appointment with Oni:
Available appointments on Tues and Fri at 11, Sat at 12, Sun at 1pm
Call or text Oni directly at 203.522.2317
Email Oni at lorin@snet.net
 
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Each massage with Oni is tailored to the needs of the client, using many different therapeutic modalities. Techniques calming to the nervous system, like the long gliding strokes of Swedish and Ayurvedic massage, are used in combination with the specific work of structural integration and trigger point therapy, to bring healing and relief to the client.

How can massage help your yoga practice?

Ideally muscles slide and glide freely and independently of one another. And while each of us has the potential to voluntarily control all of our skeletal muscles, most of us experience obstacles to that depth of control.

Fascia (connective tissue) is forming between the muscles all the time. Lack of movement, long held postural habits, and injury allow the connective tissue to build up over time so that muscles can’t move freely. Getting in between the muscles, and ‘”freeing” them of each other, allows them to slide and glide independently, bringing more control and freedom of movement. Everything in the body is wrapped in fascia. If the fascia is tight (we hold emotions in our fascia!) the muscles can’t lengthen. Massage lengthens and softens the fascia… bringing greater control of muscle tissue and greater flexibility.

Massage also brings greater awareness to the yoga practitioner. Bodywork increases awareness to areas of muscle tension…some of which we did not previously know existed. We learn that there are whole muscle groups which have been “asleep” in our yoga practice, and we “awaken” to their usefulness and begin to access them in our daily practice.

Trigger points are marble or thumb size areas of hypertonic tissue that create pain and restrict movement. Deactivating trigger points through massage therapy techniques relieves pain and creates openness and increased range of motion.

Throughout the session Oni is also working with attention and intention directed towards healing the energetic body. The philosophy of Yoga does not see these two bodies as separate.

Ann Chrisman, Licensed Massage Therapist

To schedule an appointment with Ann:
Appointments scheduled between Mon 9-3, Tue 2-5, Thurs 9-3 and Sat 9-11am and 2-5pm
Call or text Ann directly at 203.216.9244
Email Ann at chrisman31066@yahoo.com
 
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Ann received her training from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and has had been practicing as a licensed therapist for five years. She incorporates techniques from several massage modalities: Swedish Massage, DeepTissue and Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Acupressure and Thai Massage. Muscles are three-dimensional and designed for movement so she works muscles groups from different positions and aspects in combination with movement and stretching techniques. Ann uses full-body massage to help re-balance energy to maintain a sense of well-being for the client and incorporates into the massage more focused work for specific problem areas. Fifty years of life experience, strength of character and positive energy emanate from her hands in the form of healing heat and vitality!

Ann has a BA in Ancient Greek from Vassar College. In addition to massage therapy, her passions include raising her three teenage boys and expressing her inner vision and social conscience through photography and drawing.