hands holding healing stones with birdsMassage like other alternative health opportunities is planned between the therapist and the client. Looking at tasks of daily living and working within time and budget constraints, I will lay out a plan that works for you.

The following breakdown of massage techniques offers you an idea of what you might expect in your integrated massage. Keep in mind that this is only a glimpse. A detailed explanation will be given at the time of your session.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massages include long, relaxing strokes to warm and soothe stress away.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massages help to eliminate the knots and regain smoothness of the muscle fiber. They release a lot of trigger points and eliminate pain. This massage is best suited for athletes, people who do repetitive work, and people who are regularly in high stress situations.

Range of Motion and Stretching

Range of motion and stretching is done on all clients to check for restricted movement before, during and at the end of the massage. This technique is a guide to show where there might be restricted movement. Isometric stretches help the range of motion on the spot in many cases.

Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massages open the abdominal cavity and release the fascia so the organs can lay unrestricted in their natural positions in the abdominal cavity. It’s good for people with IBS, Crone’s and Ulcerative Colitis, Spastic colons, acid reflux, constipation, and those recently released from surgery. It is also good for lower back pain and opens up the pelvic floor. See my essay about Abdominal Massage for more information.

Intracranial Massage

Intracranial massages are good for people with TMJ, who grind their teeth, have sinus infections, headaches, and neck and upper shoulder stress. See my essay about Intracranial Massage for more information.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a system of alternative medicine intended to relieve pain and tension by gentle manipulations of the skull regarded as harmonizing with a natural rhythm in the central nervous system. Balancing the flow of spinal fluid through the spinal cord from the occiput to the sacrum allows the messages to pass from the brain to the muscles and nerves.

This therapy is particularly good for infants just after birth and can be performed with their mothers. It is also good post stroke in some cases. I have seen many children with ADHD in my practice, patients with chronic migraines, and PTSD. Please be sure to specify you are interested in this therapy when making an appointment.


Reflexology is an ancient Eastern energy practice that recognizes many centers of energy that refer to the entire body. Many people are familiar with FOOT reflexology, however there are other centers in the hands, ears, mouth, belly, around the eye and even inside the mouth. The Reflexology that I subscribe to integrates 4 theories to address actual structural balance, stimulates nerve endings, unblocks restricted energy flow and finally helps to balance the meridians of the body. You may choose a session of Reflexology or have it integrated with your regular massage.


Reiki is a Japanese based healing energy modality based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy of Unconditional Love for the patient via touch/hovering over energy points of the body. This technique activates the natural healing processes of the body and restores physical and emotional well-being. Clients remain fully clothed and will lie on a warm adjustable bed which is ADA accessible, and services are open for children and adults.

I am a Reiki Master offering Reiki practitioner training, open Reiki, and private Sessions, along with Reiki and Aromatherapy sessions Quarterly. See Events for details.

For my massage clients, Reiki is a part of all massage sessions and is usually felt specifically toward the end of the massage as the session is winding down. You may wish to have this hands on energy work done separately without massage. Clients choosing Reiki only, need not disrobe for the session.

Breathing Space is excited to announce something NEW for 2020

Anyone interested in having a Reiki Healing Session may do so with our trained Reiki Practitioners 7 days a week. While Breathing Space offers a Monthly open Reiki session every 4th Sunday, the following practitioners will be available throughout the week, evenings and Weekends. The cost for an hour session is $50 payable to the practitioner.

Please schedule today with one of these trained practitioners:

Amy Rifkin-Marks: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 347-631-4242
Catherine Carver: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, 919-836-0445
Joanne Wisnosky: Sunday afternoons, 919-744-7935
Lynda Lyles: Thursdays and evenings, 919-649-9671
Christina Hertzfeldt, Reiki II: Every 3rd Tuesday, 262-370-1565

We look forward to offering you this wonderful modality of healing. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Amy Rifkin-Marks Reiki PractitionerCatherine Carver Massage Therapist and Reiki MasterJoanne Wisnosky Reiki PractitionerLynda Lyles Reiki PractitionerChristina Hertzfield Reiki Practictioner

Home Service

I also have a unique mobile service for my clients. I will come to your home. I do work on clients with multiple challenges, such as paralyzation, CP, polio, and debilitating diseases that will not allow for my clients to travel to my office.

Part of my home service is dedicated to couples who just want a massage at home. Perhaps a celebration of a birthday, anniversary, or just the end of a long week.

In-home services need to be scheduled in advance for best availability.


One integrated massage session is $70/hour or $100/90 minutes. Home services cost an additional $30, within 20 miles. Need-based financial assistance may be available.

For all services, tips are accepted, but not expected. Visa, MasterCard and other major credit cards, checks and cash are accepted.