Freeform Massage

The Freeform style of massage is unique in that it follows no pattern, no routine. It is more intuition driven rather than routine driven. This gives the client something created just for them, based on their needs. From massage to massage, there may be similar things, but there is always something different, something new (if the needs are different).

When most people go for a massage, they get a routine. Caring Palms is no different in that the basic massages are based on a routine. Now any good therapist will change that routine somewhat with each client as each client has different needs. Those routines for basic massage will change. Some moves will be added, some dropped out so that the client's specific needs are met.

A freeform style does away with routines. Now, some of the moves may come from those routines, and some of those moves may be put together similarly because they go well together, but the overall combination is unique. It is not unusual for new moves to be created in the moment based on the therapist's intuition and connection to what the client needs most.

Now, Caring Palms' version of Freeform massage varies from therapist to therapist, each having their own special take on the style. (This is effectively true for any style of massage as each therapist will put their own spin on it. If this did not happen, every therapist would do exactly the same thing.) Some therapists may use standard draping, some may use minimal draping.

Brian's version is inspired from the Esalen style of massage, which was created and taught in the Big Sur area of California. While not taking the 150 hour training course, Brian did take classes from Ellen Watson of the Esalen Institute. The key factor in what she taught was to keep moving, run the length of the body, and let any moves that come to you, come, to let one's intuition control what they do. This is something Brian took to heart.

He starts moving, working from one area to the next, sweeping the entire length of the body, speeding up or slowing down, adding more pressure as needed. This is what a true freeform is all about. With this style, he uses minimal draping (similar to Temple Lomi Lomi) to be able to move fluidly from one part to another. (In normal massage, the therapist will uncover one area, work it, cover it over, then move to the next area. Effectively, this is parts work. Using minimal draping, the therapist can go form the shoulder to the ankle and back. They can move from one area to another and move back if that is needed. This freedom of movement gives the subject a feeling of oneness.)

The idea is to treat the client like a whole being rather than parts (which is what most massage styles do). The flow of the movements makes all the parts feel integrated into the whole that it is. At the heart of the session is a sense of empowering each individual to regain a sense of harmony, reverence, and balance, and to awaken inner resources for healing.

Freeform massage does not use any special movements, but instead utilizes movements that can be found in other styles to create the slow, relaxing effect that creates healing. In truth, there are only so many types of movements. Many styles use certain ones specifically. Like Lomi Lomi uses the forearm almost exclusively, and Swedish is more geared to the hands. The key with Freeform is that it combines any move to make it into the relaxing flow that makes this style of massage what it is.

Caring Palms performs Freeform Massage in the traditional 1-hour and 90-minute length sessions (2-hour sessions also available). Come in for a very relaxing session. You will feel much better afterwards.