Natascha Marler, LMT, E-RYT,
For me massage is a way of getting in touch with the body. Often we are so busy that we do not pay much attention to all of the amazing ways our body is supporting us, maintaining homeostasis in ever changing environments and constantly adjusting to maintain balance and stability as we move through space. Massage can help us to simply relax and feel our whole body from the head all the way to the soles of the feet or massage can go deeper and help us to identify and release stress patterns in the fascia, the connective tissue that wraps each muscle.
I love to do both relaxation massages and deep therapeutic work. In the deeper work, I incorporate myofascial release techniques to melt the fascia and create space for the muscles to move properly, trigger point therapy to help break up adhesions, and of course, stretching. I do not believe that these techniques have to be painful, instead I listen to the body and move deeper only as it opens up, respecting the body’s own boundaries. I believe healing takes place faster through trust and mindful awareness.
My approach comes from the combined experience of being a dancer, studying world philosophy and healing systems (I earned a BA in Philosophy), 15 years as a massage therapist, and 9 years as a yoga and meditation teacher. I completed both LMT (2001) and YTT (2007) certifications from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
As a yoga teacher and eternal student I understand the mind/body not only as connected but as being one thing and this has led me to meditation. Meditation helps to reduce stress for even deeper and more profound healing.