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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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