Your first appointment
What to expect during your session
Nestled in an East Austin neighborhood in a cozy home overlooking the water, you will be welcomed by Michelle into the Wildflowers office. We will begin by discussing your health history. (If you are a returning client, we will catch up on your current health.) There are both outdoor and indoor treatment areas. Depending on multiple factors and at my discretion, your session will take place either inside the Wildflowers office or outside on the back porch overlooking the water. CURRENTLY, COVID PRECAUTIONS ARE MANDATORY, INCLUDING MASKS.
During your session you will be undressed to the level of your comfort and draped with a sheet, keeping you covered and warm. Your comfort is really so importance to me. When people are in my office receiving treatment, I want every client to feel that they have agency.
The treatment will combine many healing practices that I have learned over the past 40 years. I will massage your neck, shoulders, back and abdomen, and may incorporate Craniosacral therapy, cupping, spiritual bathing, herbal remedies, Jin shin jyitsu, Reflexology, Polarity therapy, Myofascial release, Positional release techniques such as Strain-Counterstrain and Acupressure.
Open Sunday through Thursday
Maya Abdominal Massage
Michelle was Rosita Arvigo's student for more than 12 years and also taught for the Arvigo Institute for several years.
Maya abdominal massage is an external, non-invasive massage technique that moves the organs to their optimal position. This increases circulation and nerve signals to the organs, while also decreasing scar tissue. Achieving pregnancy, relieving constipation and erectile dysfunction, and eliminating pain during menstruation are some of the most well-known uses of Maya abdominal massage.
Michelle uses deep listening and intuition to focus on areas that need healing and restored function. During a session, anxiety is easily relieved by shifting out of sympathetic nervous system dominance.
Craniosacral therapy is a soft-touch therapy that is performed fully clothed. It promotes full-body healing by releasing tension in the soft tissue and fascia that surrounds the central nervous system and organs.
The essence of traditional medicine is holistic care that integrates mind, body and spirit health.Michelle's clients report having a profound sense of peace after their spirit bath.
This Mayan practice recognizes that illness can be created by fear, depression, grief, etc. We use herb-infused water, burning copal, and whatever prayer or intention-setting system the client uses in their own life to relieve tension or illness Typically done outdoors, weather permitting. This is a ritualistic, meditative practice.
I learned cupping when I realized that Rosita's teacher, Don Elijio Panti used it and that its a traditional mayan technique. It is also practiced around the world, notably in African, European, Chinese, and Central American traditional medicines.
Stationary and massage cupping are the two methods that Michelle uses. Stationary cupping detoxifies, releases "heat", and loosens tight fascia. Massage cupping is efficient and pleasurable.
Used to treat chronic pain including menstrual pain, back, neck, jaw and head aches.
Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on therapy where pressure is applied to the myofascial connective tissue, eliminating pain and restoring motion.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu can be applied at home easily and safely, and Michelle is happy to instruct you on appropriate use as well as make it a part of your overall session. Many clients say that they receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu during their session was just like receiving acupuncture with no needles.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese therapeutic "laying on hands" practice that balances the body's energy via opening flow on meridians. JSJ allows emotional equilibrium, relieves pain and can alleviate acute or chronic conditions.
Easy nervous system flow is important for the health of internal organs. Reflexology works directly with the nervous system while being very relaxing.
Reflexology is a massage practice where pressure is applied to the hands and feet. This healing practice derives from the understanding that internal organs and body systems have physical nerve endings in the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet.
Positional Release Techniques
Michelle has had success using PRTs for plantar fasciitis and neck pain, as well as hard to affect muscles like the psoas
Positional Release techniques entail moving the body into a position and holding it there for a certain amount of time and then slowly moving it out of the position. This resets the muscle spindle fibers and makes pain go away...as if by magic.