MASSAGE THERAPY

Rare Medicine provides Eugene, Oregon with high-quality massage therapy services. 

Over the years, Elena’s style has evolved to integrate Swedish, deep tissue, realignment, and energy work, so as to not fit into a sole category of massage. Her in-the-moment approach is tailored to her client’s needs at the time of presentation.

Stand Alone & Combination Massage

Acupuncture may be combined into the massage session. 

Integrated Offerings

  • Acupressure/Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cupping
  • Deep Tissue (Integrated)
  • Gua Sha
  • Myofascial Work
  • Prenatal
  • Soft Tissue Realignment
  • Sound Therapy
  • Trigger-point Therapy
  • Tui Na

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the topical application or inhalation of essential oils for therapeutic effect. Scent molecules stimulate olfactory nerves in the brain to alert the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes decision-making, memory, and emotions. Few individuals are allergic to pure essential oils (containing no man-made chemicals), but inform your therapist if you think you are allergic to any particular scents.

Sound Therapy

Sound therapy can involve use of music, singing bowls, tuning forks, or other types of sounding during your massage. On the scientific level, everything is made of wave energy and vibrating electrons. Sound therapy intends to restore imbalances in the energy network to improve health and wellbeing. Most people find sound therapy very relaxing.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient practice using negative pressure to draw out and stretch the skin, fascia, and muscles. Glass cups are heated inside to create a vacuum and then applied to the skin. They can be left in place for 3 minutes or moved along the skin. Cupping encourages the circulation, and sometimes round bruises may appear afterwards. These bruises are normal and will fade on their own after a few days. Cupping is generally safe but those on anticoagulants may want to avoid it. It is a great way to loosen tight areas, especially around the shoulders and back.

Tui Na

Tui Na is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic massage subset. The word literally means “pinch and pull”, and it is not typically used for relaxation but to address imbalances to body and health. Acupressure and several specific massage strokes are used in Tui Na with the intent to restore proper energy flow through the body.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha uses tools with a smooth rounded edge to scrape across the skin. Like other massage techniques, it elicits increased blood flow to tissues. In TCM, this type of massage is often used for chronic health conditions with the intent to reduce inflammation, pain, and scar tissue. Some bruising following treatment can occur within a couple of days, but it is usually painless, as well as harmless. For those on blood thinners or having recently completed surgery, Gua Sha may not be appropriate.

Prenatal

Prenatal massage was Elena’s first specialization. She has been part of many pregnant women’s journey to motherhood, including attending and massaging at their births. Elena’s table can comfortably accommodate and properly support a fully pregnant belly and nursing breasts, so that areas like the low back can be better accessed. Women experiencing pregnancy complications should consult their providers to ensure massage is safe for them.