You will reap the benefits of massage if it becomes a regular part of your life. My goal is for us to work together to take better care of your health long-term.
Communication is key. I need to know what you're feeling, experiencing and what you're looking to gain in order to best help you. In turn, I will explain the treatment and what you can expect to gain from it.
Massage is a tool to help heal. Whether it's stress, illness or simply to pamper yourself, the benefits of massage can be life changing. I create a safe space that engenders healing, calmness and stress relief. Calming music sets the tone, a trickling fountain and an awesome celestial feature. I would be honored to take that journey with you.
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.
Swedish Massage is now known as traditional massage. In the 1820's a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Swedish Massage includes long, gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well being.
This special form of massage is typically used before, during and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injury. Depending upon the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used, including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) in Japanese means "universal life energy". It is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently in specific positions either on or above the body. This laying-on of hands is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality, heal illness, and aid in spiritual growth. It was developed by Dr. Mikao Usua, a Christian monk in Japan, who came upon ancient manuscripts revealing the healing system in the 19th Century. It was introduced to the United States in the 1930's by Hawayo Takata.
Dating back 5,000 years, acupressure is part of traditional Chinese Medicine and is often described as "acupuncture without needles". As a non-intrusive precursor of acupuncture, acupressure uses deep finger pressure applied at points located along a system of energy channels within the body called meridians. Because these points directly relate to organs and glands of the body, constrictions in the flow of energy at these points cause disease and discomfort. Acupressure stimulates these points to remove blockages, to increase energy flow, to reduce stress, and to promote health and harmony in the body.
Within the craniosacral system is the cerebrospinal fluid that moves in a slight but perceptible tide-like manner. Craniosacral therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of constriction where this tide-like motion is limited, confined, and immobilized. By using a gentle, light touch, this fluid becomes more rhythmic and balanced, and the central nervous system is restored. Craniosacral therapy is helpful to those with nervous disorders, motor-coordination impairments, attention deficit disorders, insomnia and other problems. Craniosacral therapy was originally developed in the early 1900's by an osteopath named William G. Sutherland, and later refined and promoted by Dr. John Upledger.
Theragun (electronic power massage) is available as an adjunct to the above massage modalities for those seeking deep muscle treatment to relieve chronic pain.
Manscaping and Body Scrub
Personal grooming services are also available on premises. For more information contact ScruffandBuff@gmail.com.
Complete and Total Relaxation. Michael identifies trouble areas, and works them out. When you're done, your body will be totally relaxed. It will be the best massage that you could give your body. 01/20
Mike is a master masseur. He found pressure points and worked out the tightness with amazing techniques during his great massage. Amazing experience! 12/19
I went to Mike for a 60-minute massage. I had communicated to him that my upper back was very sore from stress and standing on my feet all day. The session started with some breathing exercises in his very comfortable massage room. Then I climbed onto the table, and Mike began his magic. I felt so relaxed, and I could tell that Mike knew what he was doing. During the massage he also had me do stretches, which he recommended I do regularly. Mike is a very kind, generous man. He told me that the next day I might feel a little bit sluggish, but I ended up feeling incredible, and the days that followed felt absolutely great. Typically, after a massage, I have 24-48 hours of feeling the effects of the massage, but Mike's skills prolonged that to almost four days. I definitely recommend Mike to anyone who is interested in a great, relaxing and effective massage. 10/18
The room was serene, and it was the most comfortable massage table I have ever laid on. The body work was by a highly skilled, experienced man, and I remember a personal, diagnostic, and sincere experience. An hour with Mike was an excellent value for complete mind - body - soul massage. I was in the care of a healer. 10/18
I was experiencing some pain and tenderness in my lower back, and I was able to schedule an appointment with Mike the same day. He welcomed me to his attractive apartment and well appointed massage studio. We began with some breathing, centering warmups. His massage table is large and comfortable. He took his time assessing my body and its physical tensions, and is very intuitive in his touch. Mike is obviously an experienced therapist, and I appreciated his thoroughness and caring attitude. He even provided ice packs to relieve my back pain. If you are looking for a professional massage therapist who takes his time, knows the body well, and has a gentle spirit, Mike is your guy! 10/18
What a pleasure to meet Mike and receive his skills and talents! The appointment was easy to book, comfortable/calm environment, and Mike provides a calm, sensitive approach. I have a number of injuries, and all were taken into account. The result was a relaxed feeling, but also an increased sensitivity to myself and my surroundings. When in Palm Springs, I will definitely return again. Thanks you, Mike. 3/16
Mike is truly a great masseur. The session was incredibly relaxing, and hours later my muscles are still more subtle than when I arrived at his home. He readily found my trigger points, which he worked on 'til they relaxed. My back and neck are the worst areas for me, because they get tense, they lock up, with decreased range of motion. Now Im moving my neck with full range of motion and my back has a lot less pain. Can't wait to go back to him. 8/15
Mike is an exceptional, experienced massage therapist. He creates an environment where you can reconnect to yourself. I arrived scrambled and left feeling centered and feeling my best. 1/15
This was my second visit to Mike, and first at his new location. My massage experience with Mike is practically beyond words. He is the best masseur that I've ever had. His attitude, empathy and marvelous touch leave me only wanting more! This man gives you his all and then some. Thank you, Mike! 2/14
I called Mike for a last minute appointment. He returned my call immediately to set up an appointment which began 30 minutes later. Mike was gracious and charming, welcoming me to his home and making me comfortable form the start. Mike's skill as a therapist is apparent both physically and emotionally. He remained delightfully present during the entire session. I especially appreciated that Mike was a terrific massage provider as well as someone who takes good care of himself. After the session I was able to shower without feeling the least bit rushed. 1/14
I have used many a masseur, but rarely have I found anyone with the intuitive ability and talent possessed by Mike. He is so good at not just finding the areas needing work, but in "reading" the energy of the person upon whom he is working and making the whole experience without a doubt the best massage one can find. If you need an intuitive, sensitive, talented kind and thorough person to work on you, there is none better than Mike. The BEST remains the BEST! 1/14
A beautiful and peaceful experience. He identified and paid attention to the muscles that needed work. My shoulders and neck felt much better afterwards, and they had been in pain beforehand. Additionally, and most important, the session was calming and stress-relieving. A wonderful experience! 12/13
I was warmly welcomed at the door, and guided to the massage studio room. He is soft spoken, and genuinely interested in the massage client, asking what type of massage would be best suited for me. I was impressed. The atmosphere was very serene, and I felt an immediate connection. I asked for a therapeutic massage with an emphasis on long, deep strokes. During the massage I found myself drifting offat times, and then coming to an awareness of those gentle strokes from his magic fingers. The cream was perfect and easily absorbed into my skin. He used just the right amount. It was a full body therapy massage with soft, eastern "new age" style music in the background. It was also very therapeutic, especially for my back problems which seemed to vanish as he led me into complete relaxation. At times I felt like I was floating, both when I was on my back, and when I was on my stomach. At the end of the massage he sued chimes to sooth and bring healing. If you are looking for a therapeutic massage that envelopes you, caresses you, heals you, then you need this kind of work. It is blissful. 7/13
Mike's sensitive nature, intuitive touch, and healing energy is an absolute gift. He treated me with great care as he worked my body. I arrived at Mike's in pain and left pain-free. He knows the human body and treats it with great respect. I have received massages from Mike in the past, and I always leave feeling wonderful. He is a strong man who really knows how to deliver a massage. He is very thorough and he takes his time. I have never felt rushed and it feels like I am his only focus when he is working on me. I recommend Mike to anyone seeking a quality massage! 6/13
Having never had a massage before, I didn't know what to expect and was a bit nervous. Mike put me instantly at ease, both mentally and physically. This is a total mind and body experience. Mike truly has a gift. This is not to be missed. It's so much more than just a massage for the body. I would recommend Mike to anyone from a first timer like me to those who have had massages before. Your body and your mind will thank you. Mike is an amazing man with a truly amazing gift that transcends what one thinks of when it comes to a massage experience. 1/12
This message is to let everyone know that my massage experience with Mike was was probably the best I've ever had. He has a very warm, inviting and cozy and very clean apartment in Palm Springs. Mike starts with a breathing exercise that allows him to feel me first before I lie down on the table. Once there, his hands never left my body, which is a good sign of a real pro. Mike zero'd right in on the areas of my middle back where happen to carry all my tension. He kneaded and stroked and pushed an d pulled and didn't miss a spot on my body. After it was over, I cold barely walk back to my car to drive home. I would recommend Mike to anyone, especially another CMT professional who is looking for a good masseur themselves. Thanks so much, Mike. 9/11
Friends had highly recommended Mike, so I set up an appointment with him. His studio is easy to find, and he greeted me at the gate and guided me back to his softly lit space with relaxing music and a large, sturdy table. Mike used his hands to scan me from head to toe to find any unevenness in my spine, or tight spots, before putting me on his table and getting to work. He then proceeded to give me the best sports massage I've ever had. He is gifted with enormous intuition, and was able to find and work out the tight spots. As a body builder, I find few massage therapists who are able to really dig in and manipulate the muscle and loosen it up the way Mike has been able to. He was amazingly thorough -- focusing on often ignored tight spots in the groin where muscles meet as well as on hands, feet and cranium. He left me feeling like a new man -- I left without any of the tightness and tension with which I'd entered. I'd highly recommend Mike to anyone needing a professional, deep tissue sports massage. 9/11
It's always nerve wracking truing out a new massage therapist not knowing if they can deliver an effective massage. Not with Mike. He truly understands the body and muscles. You will not be disappointed with his approach to massage. I went in with extreme tension and stress, and walked out relaxed. He approaches the session with a total focus on you and identifies trouble spots effectively and works them out. You will certainly return after one visit with Mike. 8/11
As a personal fitness trainer and lifestyle coach in Palm Springs. I rarely have the opportunity to avail myself of a massage due to my full and changing schedule. I recently had the opportunity to schedule a first time appointment with Mike, and now fully realize and greatly appreciate my good fortune in having done so! My words alone will never be able to describe my experience with Mike's obviously vast knowledge base in various massage techniques. He is a true and sincere professional, well versed, and educated above and beyond what is required. However, it is his quiet grace, connection to each individual, his naturally loving concern for others, and unconditional acceptance of what and who is before him that has impressed me beyond any expectations I may have had. My experience with Mike, under his strong, knowing hands, is now something I consider a beautiful gift that I was given by the universe. I cherish this gift, and I will be a client of Mike's for life... no question. 12/12