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Provider Review for Swedish Balance; Kicki (Katarina) Hjortmarker CAMTC #18002

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Swedish Balance; Kicki (Katarina) Hjortmarker CAMTC #18002


Location: Los Angeles: Playa del Rey/Venice/Marina del Rey/ LAX/El Segundo/ Westchester/ West-side/ Southbay/Hollywood/SF Valley/Manhattan Beach/Pacific Palisades/Beverly Hills

View map Playa del Rey/Venice, California (US)
Incalls: Available; Outcalls: Available within the provider's 30 mile range.
View map Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Incalls: Available; Outcalls: Available within the provider's 30 mile range.

Style(s): My specialty is Neuromuscular Therapy with Trigger Point and Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue work. I often integrate Craniosacral therapy. In addition I offer Swedish, Pregnancy- and Sports Massage. Energy work is also part of my practice.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 7:30pm. Sunday 1-5pm. Currently I am unable to take same day appointments. I need at least 24-48 hrs, and sometimes one week notice to be able to see you.

Fees: In Office: $/105/60 min, $145/90 min, $185/2hrs

Your location: $150/60 min, $200/90 min, $250/2hrs

There is an additional charge for outcalls outside my area, which is Playa del Rey and the Westside.

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Description: Do you love massages but feel that most of the time you get a massage it "doesn't do anything" or won't make a difference very long after you've left your therapist's hands?

I specialize in Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular work that have longer lasting effect than a "regular" massage.
By going deep into your tissues we can release scar tissue and trigger points that many times are the root of your pain and sometimes poor posture. If these trigger points aren't being released in a muscle or it's connective tissues, only a very temporary release of your tension will take place, and soon after you've left your therapist, your pain will be back.

I also do Cranio Sacral work which can be very valuable after a car accident, dental work or a line of other traumas that the body might have to go through in a lifetime. Cranio Sacral work, which is a light touch technique, can also be an option for those of you who strongly dislike the heavy pressure that characterizes Deep Tissue work.

I also offer a session that I call the "Best of Two Worlds" session, in which I integrate a series of modalities; A combination of Deep Work and a more flowy relaxing style will ease tension and pain in shoulders, back, head, neck, and jaw, all while you let your mind and body relax with a lighter flowier pressure and you can allow yourself to "float away" with this Swedish/Esalen/Deep Tissue combo.

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If you haven•t had Neuromuscular Therapy before, you will most likely be quite amazed of the results. Call me for a free consultation! If I believe I can help you, then we'll set you up for your first session!

I have training from schools in both Sweden and LA; Nordiska Praktor Skolan in Sweden, and at Southbay Massage College, LA Vocational, and the prestigeous Upledger Institute in the US. Further, I am CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council)certified. I have worked intensely as a Massage Therapist on a team with Physical Therapists. I work every day with chronic pain and sports injuries, such as whiplash,stiff neck,frozen shoulder, Sciatica, finger- and hand numbness, after-surgery- stiffness, knee pain, scar tissue removal; stress related tension such as headaches,tight shoulders, TMJ disorder and more.
I also have experience from working at spas in the city and at five star hotels.
In addition to my formal training I have a background in acting, where I have learnt about-, and explored body movements through Feldenkreis, Alexander Technique, Meditation, Voice lessons, and Movement Improvisation.

Further, with a past of injuries and chronic pain myself,and with the thousands and thousands of hours of hands on work, I have developed a sensitivity in hands, fingers and to the energy of a client's body. I always respect what the tissues tell us; too much/ too little pressure, back off, go with ease or go with full force.

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About this Review
Submitted: Tue Mar 31 12:05:59 PDT 2009 Stamped: Tue Mar 31 14:07:31 PDT 2009
Reviewer's Comments
My most recent client appointment with this provider (Swedish Balance; Kicki (Katarina) Hjortmarker CAMTC #18002) was in March 2009.
My overall rating of this provider: Highly Recommended
Would I use this provider again? Absolutely!
The following are my expanded comments regarding my experience with this provider:
Kicki is the first and "only" therapist to identify the primary cause of my chronic neck, shoulder and lower back pain. In my case, the culprits were self-inflicted and recurring due to incorrect stretching and exercise. She was kind enough to demonstrate the correct form and technique and offer practical advice to revise my daily stretching/exercise routine. To address the trio of pain trouble spots, she employed the use of Neuromuscular Therapy(NMT), deep tissue and trigger point over the course of five 90-minute sessions. This combination of healing modalities was very effective in providing me with a noticeable and significant amount of pain relief that has restored my feelings of well being. Additionally, she also provides a great Esalen-inspired Swedish full body massage. FYI, she is one of the few select "competent" therapists that I can highly recommend to address most chronic pain conditions.

Peace & Gratitude,

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