HEALING PRESENCE MASSAGE & BODYWORK
Discover your path to balance and wellness
Per state law and professional massage association guidelines, I am not providing in-person services at this time. However, I am offering reduced-rate virtual consultations (via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime) during which I can demonstrate self-care techniques (self-massage and stretches) and/or lead you through a Reiki mediation. Contact me if you're interested in trying a session. Self-massage is a great way to counteract anxiety and stress by supporting our proprioception (body awareness) as well as oxytocin and endorphin production!
Lisa Chan, LMT
I’ve been a bodyworker since 2012. After completing the three levels of Reiki training and certification to become a Reiki Master, I began helping friends and family, as well as patients at BWH's Reiki program. I enrolled in massage school and discovered a love of learning about the body and figuring out how to best support it.
Now I seek to share my passion for caring for the body through a combination of therapy and education. I’m dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most effective and nurturing way possible.
When I'm not seeing clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as working on my own health and fitness. I'm the proud owner of a barbell system, which I train with 3 times per week (see more about that on my blog!).
I look forward to accompanying you on your journey to wellness and balance!
MY HOLISTIC SERVICES
SWEDISH MASSAGE & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
WHAT I DO
A Typical Session
Each session, I offer a personalized blend of tools that work best for you and your body. I may include elements of Shiatsu, Reiki, Swedish massage, and Myofascial Release depending on your preferences and your current state of being (body, heart, and mind).
Shiatsu and Reiki are typically done through clothing, but they can also be incorporated into a more traditional massage session, where clients undress to their level of comfort and lie on a warm table, covered by a sheet and blanket except for the areas being treated.
Sessions often start with a "checking in" as I offer Reiki and/or breathing techniques to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Shiatsu techniques (compressions and stretches) are a great way to get an overview of the body's current state and begin addressing muscular imbalances. Massage and Myofascial techniques help to address specific areas of restriction and tension. A final check-in with Reiki and/or visualization and breathing exercises helps bring the session to its peaceful conclusion.
I take careful notes, not only to monitor clients' goals and progress, but also to make sure that important medical issues are discussed and adjusted for.
“I have benefited a great deal from my Reiki sessions with Lisa... Sometimes my anxiety level is very high when I arrive. As soon as I’m settled on the comfortable table, listening to soothing music, I start to relax. It keeps surprising me that her hands always know where I’m hurting. Again and again her touch, sometimes gentle, sometimes firm, draws out the pain, leaving me feeling as if I’m floating in a warm, serene space. I retain that feeling for the rest of the day, sometimes longer."
"As a breast cancer patient, Lisa took my special needs to heart. She was calm, patient, and very understanding during one of the most turbulent times of my life. Cancer treatment can be very disfiguring but Lisa always made me feel completely comfortable. I appreciated that each session with Lisa was individualized targeted treatment for what issues I was having that day. Lisa’s Reiki and healing massage technique calmed my anxiety and went to work treating the very serious side effects I had from chemotherapy... Any chronic illness patient can benefit from her advanced knowledge, comfortable presence, and specialized care on their path to wellness."
“I can't imagine a better massage therapist. Her technique is firm but gentle, she's very smart and a good listener, and she has helped me greatly by addressing specific issues... she always varies the treatment in response to my changing situation. I recommend her in the highest possible terms.”
“Lisa has really helped me get my recurring back pain under control. I get immediate relief from massage sessions with her, and she gives great advice on strategies to help prevent relapses. Her Reiki sessions are also incredibly relaxing and restorative. I’m always impressed by the depth of her knowledge about the human body and self-care practices, and by her dedication to helping people feel better.”
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to receive bodywork from Lisa twice a month. Her intuition, intelligence and skill have made me feel like we are always on a path of healing and curiosity in my body and in my brain. If she doesn’t know the why or how of something she finds out, by patiently sitting with the questions while also researching the researchable aspects of the concerns. Her gentle work is profoundly deep while her deeper pressure techniques are precise and attentive; every session has felt effective on multiple levels. ”
“Lisa is fantastic! She is extremely mindful and has an innate ability to understand the mind/body relationship. Her knowledge of how muscles work and how they effect everyday life has been extremely beneficial. Besides feeling relaxed and refreshed after a session, I always leave having learned something new. Anyone looking to improve their overall wellness should make an appointment with Lisa. She will listen to you, stay in check with you and combine her skills and knowledge to fit your personal needs.”
"Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself"
For more information about Healing Presence Massage & Bodywork℠ - my services and availability, don’t hesitate to contact me!