Offering size positive massage means working with a Health at Every Size(R) philosophy, which is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).
Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
As a fat person who does not hate my body, it can be a challenge to remain positive about myself and my wellbeing in the midst of extreme bias, stigma and bad medicine which actively seeks to disenfranchise me from my body.
I wasted many years of my life focused on dieting, losing over 60 pounds and regaining that back and adding more, damaging my metabolism and creating a fearful relationship with food.
My own healing process has included incorporating body-mind techniques such as meditation, joyful movement and fat activism. I believe massage is a practice in which I can positively affect people’s connections to their own bodies, beings and wisdom around what good health might look and feel like for them. Massage offers a hands-on opportunity to address physical pain, mechanical issues with joints & muscles and range of motion, and it can have a powerful impact on the emotional body as well.
As a size positive massage therapist, I have specific experience with helping people with bigger bodies receive massage comfortably. I understand that having a larger body doesn’t mean I have to go deep to reach your muscles, or that massage needs to be painful. Whether it’s using a lower set table, extra bolsters, or moving bigger limbs with confidence, all my work is done with a non-judgemental and loving attitude. Every-body can receive the benefits of massage.
My practice is inclusive of people of all sizes, disabled people, lesbian, gay, queer, trans* or gender non-conforming people.