Megan Hopkins, LMT
Hello! Here are some things to know about me.
I grew up in Warrensburg and graduated from WHS in 2002. I was lucky enough to travel the world and parts of our beautiful country, landing in Hawaii for a few years. While there I attended Remington College and completed their massage therapy program in December 2008. I have a beautiful daughter and together we are both very active and participate in several activities within our community.
I'm a licensed massage therapist specializing in prenatal massages. I also apply a holistic approach to an integrated massage by using techniques found in lomilomi, deep tissue, trigger point release, in some cases hot stone therapy.
"A Lomi Lomi usually commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioners hands gently resting on the clients back. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. Alternatively or as well, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The masseuse then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical," says Tracey Lakainapali. But the goal is the same: To rejuvenate mind, body and spirit by removing energy blockages and opening energy pathways within the body.
"The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance," says Tracey Lakainapali. "It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing."
Again, the goal is to rid the body of "negative" energy -- including tension, toxins, and even injury -- and allow it to find a better, more harmonic state.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling.
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety due to hormone changes.
It helps you to keep good posture and relaxes and provides flexibility to birthing muscles.
Post Natal Massage (Post Partum Massage)
Post natal can help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition. It helps to realign your body weight, and tones the over-stretched skin over the belly. It also relieves muscle tension and both physical and emotional stress from having a new baby in the home.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
A hot stone massage helps to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness and increase circulation and metabolism. Each session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, heated stones at key points on the body, along with a customized massage.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
-Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
-Decreases pain and muscle spasms
-Reduces chronic stress and tension
-Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
-Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
-Expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body.