Julieta Benavides, LMT, CMLDT
As your massage therapist, I invest in your well-being by providing a nurturing and knowledgeable foundation for your best self.
Therapeutic massage has the power to address the nervous system as a pathway to deeper healing, whether the need is to calm it into parasympathetic mode or activate proprioceptors through active engagement. A combination of both is often necessary to address deeply ingrained biomechanical tension patterns. I work with your body – not against it – since the healing must come from within in order to last. All details are considered to ensure that you are comfortable while in my care, including propping of any unsupported body part to ensure the best alignment to facilitate release. I understand the vulnerability involved in presenting yourself for massage and the importance of imparting healing with full presence and attention. I combine warmth and intuition with technical skill in order to build trust as the massage unfolds. Once this is established, areas of tension can be more quickly and easily relieved!
My practice involves a good mix of orthopedic work, MLD and perinatal massage (which encompasses prenatal, labor and postpartum). My work surrounding the childbearing year has a special place in my heart, because it is the time during a woman’s life in which she requires the most support (both informative and nurturing) and so often does not get it. This work allows me to be a part of her “village”! In addition to the massage piece, I was a doula for a few years, so I integrate techniques to get mom and baby ready for labor.
I draw from a variety of modalities (Swedish, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, active release, pin & stretch, passive stretching, manual lymphatic drainage, positional release, cupping, hot stone therapy, aromatherapy, Zero Balancing, shiatsu) in order to curate the most therapeutic session for each client. Often clients find they like a combination of all of the above.
Prior to graduating from A New Beginning School of Massage, I managed restaurants for twenty years. After having been in the hospitality industry for much of my life, I have a deep understanding of the importance of compassionately listening to a client, making her feel safe and comfortable and anticipating her needs. Taking care of others is something I have always done naturally and I genuinely love doing it. Prior to receiving schooling for massage therapy, I taught myself basic techniques using DVDs and would practice on others just for fun and to relax myself. After doing this for ten years, I loved it so much that I had to do it full time. I have also been a bootcamp instructor and a running coach. My background in athletics and running gives me an understanding of the basics of human movement and how pathologies can develop, but also the empathy to understand being injured and unable to find solace in the exercise one loves.
I believe that regular massage should be a part of every woman’s maintenance regimen. Our current medical system often addresses illness when it is already a problem in the body and daily life is affected. However, massage can be a powerful preventive tool, especially given that stress is a precursor to and a causative factor in many chronic illnesses. Regular massage calms the nervous system, promotes body awareness, lowers blood pressure and decreases anxiety, allowing the integrated body systems to better function as a whole. It also provides you (and me, ha ha!) with some much needed human connection and one more person checking in on you in your circle of care! Massage is also beneficial for calming autoimmune disorders, addressing repetitive use injuries and postural distortions as well as alleviating pain due to soft tissue injury.
A New Beginning School of Massage – Massage Therapy, 500 hours
Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage – Advanced Program for Clinical Massage and Bodywork, 250 hours
Relieving Chronic Head and Postural Distortion, 6 hours
Releasing the Rotator Cuff: A Massage Perspective, 6 hours
Clinical Massage for Piriformis Syndrome and SI Joint Dysfunction, 6 hours
Advanced Muscular Therapy with Ben Benjamin: Neck and Back, 7 hours
Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
Introduction to Manual Lymphatic Drainage, 6 hours
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification Course (Klose Training, Vodder Method), 45 hours
Introduction to Cupping as a Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue Tool, 6 hours
Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage, 3 hours
Massage After Tummy Tuck, 1 hour
Myofascial Massage after Liposuction, 1 hour
Lymphatic and Fibrosis Massage Cupping after Liposuction, 2 hours
Pre- and Peri-Natal Massage Therapy, Carole Osborne, 32 hours
Childbirth Education and Doula Training Workshop (DONA), 23 hours
Rebozo for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, 7 hours
Breech Basics Online (Spinning Babies), 3 hours
Reiki Levels I, II and III
Pranic Healing, Level I
Monica Marler, LMT, CMLDT
Being born and raised in Austin I have always loved a more holistic approach to life. Becoming a body worker has helped me learn and grow in so many ways. I always used bodywork, and traditional approaches to help heal from injuries I’d get as a young dancer, and beyond. My path of learning and exploration has led me to build a toolkit of skills that have most resonated with my healing journey. I specialize in recovery and maintenance. To help give a complete experience, I love showing people how to incorporate the work we do together in their everyday lives with simple routines to try out.
I have done so much continuing education that it’s difficult to list – but I specialize in Deep Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Perinatal Massage, Scar Work as well as being Certified in Zero Balancing and Reflexology … I love to incorporate all of the above into a customized session to address your current goals.
PRODUCTS I USE:
I support small, women-owned businesses who share my ethical principles. All of the companies I buy from exhibit a commitment to: high quality, ethically sourced and third party tested ingredients, giving back to the community, no testing on animals and concern for the impact on the environment. None of them distribute through Amazon.
The choice varies depending on the goals of the massage:
Pure Pro Ultra Massage Oil: Unscented, nut free, gluten free, cruelty free, vegan. Completely natural – absolutely no chemical dispersants or preservatives. Made in the US by a team of women massage therapists.
Deep Tissue Massage Cream: Unscented, nut free, gluten free, cruelty free, vegan. Free of parabens, formaldehyde & phenoxyethanol. Made in the US by a team of women massage therapists.
La Abeja Herbs Wildcrafted Massage Oils: Everyday Alchemy Small batch, hand-crafted oils made in accordance with the lunar phases by a magical herbalist here in Austin.
MotherHylde: Brigid’s Body Oil: Small batch, hand-crafted plant medicines made by an herbalist and massage therapist in Pennsylvania using plants she’s grown and wildcrafted herself or has sourced locally. This is the “kava oil blend” everyone loves – I dilute it in a 1 to 4 ratio for massage use. I personally also use her Bliss Elixir and Beyond the Veil Elixir.
Barring allergies, clients normally like incorporating one or two essential oils into the session. Topically, I use only the highest quality oils from Aromatics International, as they are responsibly sourced, third-party tested and each one comes with a GC/MS document detailing the chemical make-up of the batch. Essential oils are a wonderful way to support the goals of the massage: I have oils that help lymphatic drainage, oils that combat colds and flu, some that calm muscle spasms, relieve sinus congestion, relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. Oils can be uplifting, promote mental clarity, balance female hormones and even calm obsessive thinking or foster a stronger sense of self. Using the oils in small dilutions on the feet and back can promote calming of the mental state as well as soothing the physical body.
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