Welcome back to Spot Light where you get to dive into the minds of our professional spa staff. Today, we're talking to Laurie Primus, one of our massage therapists who trained at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic, and has been practicing for 9 years. Laurie offers Shiatsu, Integrative massage, Ashiatsu and Thai yoga massage in both Uptown and Northeast. Read on to find out if she's a good fit for your next treatment!
What's the foundation of your practice and common thread throughout all your treatments?
I believe many of us find comfort in our routines and practices, and I feel that's true with bodywork as well. Being able to work with my clients to discover what works best for them, supporting what their bodies already know, and adding new elements to encourage movement and healing is what I find most inspiring in my practice. I love that there is room for creativity in my sessions. Combining the deep tissue effects of an Ashiatsu, the gentle fluidity of Thai yoga stretches, and specific shiatsu points for grounding, can offer many benefits to someone who is need of relieving muscle tension, emotional stress, or desires overall rejuvenation and balance. Customizing a session for each individual, each time, is what makes the work we do special.
How does Spot support your practice?
After graduating from CenterPoint in 2007, I started my own shiatsu practice, working primarily with individuals who had chronic and autoimmune conditions. In the meantime, I was a client at Spot Spa, receiving massages and other services from Nell, Sarah, Heidi, Karen and Miki. I had an immediate appreciation for each practitioner's individual style and energy, and I loved the feeling of community and support that Spot offered. I happily joined the team in 2013. Being able to nurture my own practice, all the while being surrounded by practitioners who have considerable knowledge, experience, and heart has been wonderfully rewarding!
What treatments are inspiring for you right now?
Lately, I have been incorporating hot stones in with my sessions to warm up the muscles, along with gentle neck stretches. This is the time of year when we need to protect our necks from the chilly fall air! I am also enjoying Ashiatsu sessions with clients; deep, broad pressure for my clients, and it allows me to use the bars above my head as leverage. It's a fun session for both the client and practitioner!
Thanks for opening up for us, Laurie! Give us a call or visit us online to book a treatment with Laurie today!