What to expect from my Therapeutic Bodywork

I’ve been a Therapeutic Bodyworker (LMT) for over 8+ years. I love learning and taking continuing education credits. Here is a list of some of the modalities (different forms of massage) I specialize in, am certified in, or completed continuing education courses in.

Throwback to 2011/2012 Massage School….


•Therapeutic/Medical

Therapeutic massage is more pressure than a Swedish massage (relaxation) and incorporates many other modalities.

Therapeutic is more for pain relief & therapy than to relax (but many find it relaxing). Therapeutic or Medical is most beneficial for those who have injuries such as whiplash, frozen shoulder, TMJ, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. I’ve learned from working at chiropractic offices how to effectively treat these issues and many others.

•Deep Tissue/Sports

Many of my repeat clients receive deep tissue massages and a lot of athletes prefer deep tissue for recovery. Deep tissue works deeper into the muscle and connective tissue. Many clients have gone elsewhere to receive Deep Tissue but have said the therapist never went deep enough, they definitely do not have that issue with me. If anything clients usually ask that I “lighten up” or say “man you’re strong”.

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Trigger point & Instrument- assisted soft tissue therapy helps break up scar tissue, soft tissue fascia restrictions, ease radiating pain and increase range of motion.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and Thai Massage-

Basically these fancy words in not so many words mean different forms of stretching. I add stretches or what I like to call lengthening (muscles do not stretch they release or lengthen) into my massages this helps rehabilitate and lengthen your muscles.

Thai massage is a full body stretch and usually you are fully clothed. As a certified yoga instructor I enjoy incorporating some of these stretches into my massages. Zen Body does offer full Thai massages with Amy Miller.

Pre-natal read my other blog on Pre-natal massage it goes into detail about my pre-natal massages.

Pre-natal Massage

Ashiatsu means “foot pressure” I am certified in Ashiatsu meaning I massage with my feet. With the feet the pressure is deeper but broader pressure, usually you aren’t as sore as you might be with deep tissue. Right now I do not have the bars I need for balance to offer full body Ashiatsu however I do have a stool and can work the shoulders with it. I usually don’t incorporate it into every massage but if you’re interested please let me know! It feels amazing.

•Craniosacral I add a little craniosacrall into most of my massages. When I do this I apply lighter pressure at the base of the skull/neck and hold for a few breaths. A lot of times I can feel the whole spine lengthen while doing this. I also love adding this one to savasana or final relaxation in my yoga classes.

Hot Stone Massage A great way to warm up your muscles, improve circulation, promote relaxation and ease tension.

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Aromatherapy

I have experience with aromatherapy wraps and have taken many classes on essential oils. I add essential oils into most of my massages, they have many benefits from helping ease tension, acts as a decongestant, pain reliever, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and more depending on which essential oil is used.

Now let me tell you about some of the modalities I do not specialize in or offer.

•Energy work, Chakra Balancing, & Reflexology – but Amy Miller (owner at Zen Body Yoga & Wellness) excels at and offers them and Thai massage.

I do some reflexology (more pressure points) on the feet & hands to benefit the muscles and nerves. (I don’t use reflexology as a tool to treat internal issues, illnesses, or to move energy)

•Swedish Massage which is light pressure for benefit of relaxation. I do not offer very light pressure.

Last but not least pictures of my favorite client…

For more information or to schedule a massage with me, Toni Caroline Meeks you can contact me at 918-710-8896

Zen Body is now closed. I am now located inside Tulsa Yoga Quest.
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All about that bass

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Gluteus Maximus
What’s the big deal?

Behinds everyone has one! I have new massage clients who are modest and don’t want anyone working on their backside. I understand but let me explain why you may change your mind.

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle we have. It does a lot of work. There are lots of muscles/layers included in the posterior chain.
Releasing the glutes can affect the whole body especially the back, legs, glutes, even the hip flexors and neck!

Some say the glutes are the most important area worked during a massage. These muscles are the connection between your upper and lower body.

I know people may be shy or modest but you can always have that area worked on over the sheet and with underwear on or commando. Many therapist will say “undress to your comfort level” meaning bottom underwear on or off.

As a massage therapist I have seen many derrières and they all look the same on the table. I was trying to do the math on how many bodies (people) I’ve worked on and it would be easily over 1,000. That’s over 1,000 butts I’ve touched 😂(finding nemo reference) so you don’t have anything I haven’t seen or worked on before.

Now let’s get back to how the glutes affect the rest of the body. Look at all these muscles, the layers of muscles and the ones that connect / run through the sacrum area. I will not go into a long anatomy lessons but just take a look at the anatomy of the derrière.

Working the glutes helps tremendously with lower back pain, hip pain, sciatic, knee pain and more…

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So when I try to talk you into having your glutes worked on I’m really trying to help your whole body.

If you come to be with back, hip
or knee pain for a massage or yoga you will now have an understanding of why we focus on the glutes. Trust me you will feel so much better after getting the pain in the backside worked out.

Side note: I do understand that it takes a lot of courage to get a massage and everyone has their own comfort levels. If you say you don’t want areas worked I will not work them but I will write this blog to try and educate on the benefits.

#sorrynotsorry #Ihadto 😂
-Toni Caroline Meeks

Tulsa, OK

918-710-8896

411 on getting on the table…

Just some 411 for new clients or massage regulars to make your massage the best experience!
If you are a new client try to arrive 10mins before your appointment time to fill out paperwork, go over what you need worked on, use restroom, and be ready for your massage.
If you are a regular client show up about 5-10 mins early so we can start your massage at the scheduled time and get your full time.

If we start late I may have to cut your time to not go into the next clients time.

Please give at least 24hr (prefer 48hrs) minimum notice for cancelation or rescheduling. If we don’t get enough time it’s hard to fill that spot. Of course I understand emergency situations. If it becomes a regular issue you’ll be charged.

Please turn your cell phones off. Your phone going off doesn’t bother me however I notice that when your phone rings/text alert clients tend to not be relaxed any more or tense up.

This is your time to relax and enjoy your quiet time away from the real world. Of course if you need it on for let’s say an emergency that’s understandable.
Speak up- if the pressure is too much for you let your therapist know. Sometimes we can tell from body language or muscles not relaxing but not always so if you feel as if you are going to jump off the table from pressure please tell me! You know your body better then anyone. I want you to feel better not worse after your massage. It is normal to be sore the next day but if you feel too sore or in pain please let me know. Also if it’s not enough pressure let me know.

Drink lots of water it helps you not be as sore the next day, helps muscles heal, and keeps the skin healthy, skin is the largest organ. 🙂(no it’s not to “flush out toxins”)

Butts that’s right butts everyone has one. If you have sciatica or back pain working your glute muscles helps tremendously.

For massage therapist’s undergarments just get in the way. We keep areas covered when we aren’t working on them and private areas are kept covered. I can work better without underwear in the way however I understand modesty. If you feel more comfortable leaving your underwear on then do. Remember it’s your massage and all about your comfort.

Women- I get this one a lot “Sorry I forgot to shave”. Trust me that is nothing to worry about. Think about it we work on guys with hair. Wether you are growing out your leg hair to get waxed or forgot to shave it really doesn’t bother us. So don’t worry!

Tips: “Don’t Pee in the Snow” no not that kind of tip. Not all therapist feel this way… I appreciate tips very much but I don’t expect them. I understand that not everyone knows to tip their massage therapist or maybe they only have enough $ in the budget for a massage, massages can be expensive. I would rather someone not be in pain then to stress about waiting till they can tip me. On another note I have had clients say “oh must be nice to get paid a dollar a minute” 😂😂😂. Most massage therapist don’t make a $1 a minute there is overhead cost, insurance, continuing education cost and more.. or if they are an employee they get a % of what you pay usually anywhere from 30%-50%. Long story short I am very grateful for tips but if for whatever reason you can’t tip I won’t be angry or give you a bad massage next time. I have to pay bills just like everyone else but I love helping others especially those who need it the most. If you do like to or are able to tip they suggest 15%-20% like you would for hair stylist, server, etc.

Last one for today. Please don’t call massage therapist “Masseuse” in the USA that is slang for the dirty unprofessional type people. We are Massage Therapist.

Thank you for taking the time to read my massage etiquette 101.
Other therapist or clients who have thoughts please feel free to comment.

Just my opinion not speaking for all therapist’s.

I hope to make your massage an escape from the real world and for you to leave feeling much better then when you came in.

Toni Caroline Meeks

http://www.vagaro.com/embodiedworks Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pre-natal Bodywork

I get asked often if I offer pre-natal massage the answer is yes I do. Mostly Therapeutic/deep tissue pre-natal massages. Most of my clientele are deep tissue clients second most is pre-natal massages. Swedish or light massages are not my forte.

I know moms need pain relief especially while expecting. I hear a lot from pre-natal clients that massage therapists are afraid to work on them.

I am not afraid, I’m here to help. I studied pre-natal while in massage school and enjoy taking continuing education pre-natal massage classes.

I do understand why some therapist have concern with doing pre-natal, there are certain points to be cautious of, on these areas I do massage lightly or avoid them. For example blood clots in the legs can be common in pregnancy and we don’t want them moving up to the heart so if I do I work on the legs durning your massage I do so lightly. That being said I won’t work on you if you are high risk and don’t have approval from your doctor. If you have concerns always ask your doctor.

In my experience pre-natal clients love having their shoulders, neck, feet and especially the glutes and low back worked on. I enjoy that I can help ease some of their pain and discomfort.

If you come to me for a pre-natal massage and want pressure I’m your person. I won’t just “rub lotion” on you. (I suggest Deep Tissue while pregnant for those who have had it in the past but we can still do Therapeutic/Medium Pressure if it’s your first massage)

Pillows!!!!!!

How I set up for pre-natal:

If you aren’t very far along and can lay on your tummy comfortably I will place a pillow right below the belly as you lay face down just to help take any pressure on the tummy. I do not have a pre-natal table (they have holes with a place for belly and breast to hang) I have heard that these tables can cause ligament damage. Since gravity will be pulling the tummy and breast down and there isn’t any support.

I prefer to use lots of pillows. If you have pillows that you prefer for example a pregnancy pillow bring it with you otherwise I have lots of pillows to support you and mini you or 2 minis…

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I do my best to be sure you are as comfortable as possibly. As always speak up if the pressure isn’t right or you aren’t comfortable let me know. Remember it’s your massage, I will never be upset if you ask me to make adjustments this time is about you!

Link with more info on pre-natal tables and massage http://www.turningtidesmidwifery.com/blog/pregnancy-massage-tables-versus-positioning

And Deep Tissue Massage and Pregnancy

http://www.babymed.com/pregnancy-safety/deep-tissue-massage-during-pregnancy

Caroline Meeks Licensed Massage Therapist inside Tulsa Yoga Quest.

Call/text me at 918-710-8896 to schedule.

Thank you friends for allowing me to use your maternity pictures and information.

FYI….

  • Beth Richmond Yoga Instructor specializing in Pre-natal yoga you can contact her at 918-521-4920
  • Chelsea Skogen Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Pilates, and Exercise Recovery. You can contact Chelsea at Chelsea.elizabeth2206@gmail.com
  • Lisa Eshenour check her out on Usborne great books for kids https://g5565.myubam.com/699022
  • Bailey Stephens-Johns Yoga Instructor and Professional Doula. E-mail baileystephensyoga@gmail.com

Reviews (Therapeutic Bodywork & Yoga Sessions)

What my clients and students have to say about Caroline’s massages and yoga classes. 

“Caroline’s yoga and barre classes are accessible to all levels of yogis.  She is welcoming, her classes are playful and she has an awesome sense of humor. Caroline’s classes are great at focusing on alignment and have a great variety of poses. She always plays great music too! :)” -Vivian

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“Caroline is wonderful. She has done several in home private sessions with me abd I couldn’t be happier. She takes the time to do a thorough intake and really gain an understanding of what you want and need. She then creates a customized plan for you. I found her workouts to be just what I needed. She is available if I have questions and will help in any way she can.”- Hannah

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“I have been seeing Caroline for almost 2 years now. She is courteous, knowledgeable, responsive to your needs, and excellent at what she does. I have chronic pain issues and she helps keep me pain-free. I wouldn’t go see anyone else!!” -Joanna

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“Caroline is one of the best massage therapists I’ve ever had. She is strong yet gentle. She has an amazing diversity of knowledge and was able to help me with everything from migraine headaches to tmj. I highly, highly recommend her!!”-Dilene

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“Everytime I get a massage with Caroline she does a great job! She is especially good at deep tissue massage!” -Lisa

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“You need Caroline in your life! She is an amazing massage therapist. She might be tiny but she is mighty. One it the best deep tissue massages I’ve ever had. Check her out!!” -Kim

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“Great girl that gives a Great massage!!  Will continue to see her every chance I get.”- Nick

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“Caroline is great, in my recovery after my accident it was recommend to do deep tissue massages to help heal and help keep everything in line, A++++ to her i feel great, better then in a long time, neck is staying in place. Great job Caroline and thanks.” -Paul

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“Caroline took my low back problems away…with her feet and hands! It was not painful at all. She was attentive through the entire massage ensuring I was getting the right amount of pressure on every spot. Thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to go back!” -Angel

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“Caroline has been the best for my recovery. My muscles were so tight that I was having knee and back pain to an extreme level. With Caroline’s help my pain is gone.”-Deanna

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“I have had many massage from Caroline ranging from relaxation to Ashiatsu, I enjoy them all. She listens to the needs of her clients.” -Minnie

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“Yoga with Caroline is the best! So relaxing yet refreshing afterwards!”-Amanda

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“Caroline Meeks does a fantastic job with both Swedish and Deep Tissue massages. She always puts me at ease and creates a perfect environment. I appreciate it that she always does the full 90 minutes and knows just the right amount of pressure for a very therapeutic and yet relaxing experience. I highly recommend Caroline to anyone looking for an expert Massage Therapist!” -Michael

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“Caroline has amazing pressure! Told her about some pain I was having and she worked on that area for me. I’m very pleased to say that I am now pain free.” -Esther

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“Caroline is awesome! She does an amazing job! I highly recommend her to anyone.” -C’Ann

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“She is so good at her craft. I’ve taken family members to her and we all love her massages. Caroline is the best.” -Lynn

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“Caroline is absolutely amazing! Perfect deep tissue and ashiatsu massage!!!” -Jacie

http://www.Facebook.com/sweetcarolinein918

Licensed Massage Therapist at Zen Body Yoga & Wellness Tulsa, OK

918-388-8799 Zen Body

918-710-8896 Caroline Meeks
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Update: Caroline Meek’s legally changed her name from Carolyn to Caroline in January of 2019.