Hello, my name is Darci LaBonte and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have been practicing massage for close to 17 years now and I specialize in holistic massage treatments such as Hot Stone Therapy and Fire Cupping. I also offer deep tissue, relaxation, and pregnancy massage sessions.
The studio is located in the Preston Center, downstairs in the Salon Boutique. The building is located between Highland Park and Preston Hollow, giving you easy access off of NorthWest Hwy and/or the Tollway.
My journey into the healing arts began many years ago when I had an injury to my back and I realized after a few massages how much better I felt. I wanted to pass on this healing to others and so I pursued my career in massage therapy.
I have taken many courses over the years that have helped me to hone my gift into a healing art. Some of the classes include; Hot Stone Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Fire Cupping, and Pregnancy massage, I also took two extensive programs for Spa & Aromatherapy Treatments and Sports Injury massage.
I truly believe I was called to heal and teach others through massage and I consider it an honor to work on each one of my clients. Thank you for taking the time to review my site and I look forward to working with you in the future.
So much of our lives are spent scurrying here and there. Our bodies are in perpetual motion, and our minds tend to follow the same pattern always thinking about something we need to do or mulling over some problem. Our minds are forever dwelling in the past or racing into the future. It is a rare occurrence for the body and mind to relax and be totally in the present. Attending to the present moment is being in a state of mindfulness. When we are mindful of the present moment we are able to feel refreshed and have mental clarity. Mindfully attending to our lives is a practice we can develop through common daily acts such as walking, eating and breathing. Massage therapy and bodywork, in general, are excellent ways to encourage mindfulness. Therapeutic touch facilitates being present, being in the here and now.
One of the main purposes here at A Healing Art Massage is to help create a space where you attend to the present moment. Therapeutic touch grounds us in the present, physically and emotionally, and frees up energy that is often bound or scattered as a result of our perpetual busy-ness. This liberated energy creates a general sense of well-being. My hope is that as I facilitate relaxation, you will find the refreshed and reenergized state that follows in other areas of your life, and you will be living more fully, mindful of all the amazing experiences each moment manifests.
Swedish massage involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculoskeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesion’s.”)
It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don’t, you might be sore the next day. It’s possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you DO drink water. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. It should pass within a day or so.
Typically, hot stone massage is done in conjunction with traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, and the stones may be used with applied pressure by the massage therapist during the treatment. Often, stones also are placed–and left for a period of time–on certain body parts such as the spine, hands or belly, and replaced once they cool. Cool stones may also be used to address muscle injury.
A heated stone massage is a preferred treatment for those looking to relax and relieve stress. However, it also may be beneficial to those who experience muscle tension or have had a muscle-related injury. It’s also thought to improve energy flow and circulation through the body, relieve pain and release toxins. Other potential benefits include improved mood and relief from symptoms of arthritis and anxiety.
A centuries-old Chinese traditional technique, fire cupping is performed by using any closed cup, could be glass, metal or wooden. In history, animal horns were even used. Applying heat on the body surface with the use of dried herbs or alcohol-soaked cotton, the warm air produced is then trapped with the cup faced down, the skin and body tissues are vacuumed as a result. The action is believed to extract body toxins which are the cause of the many ailments and body pains.
Performing cupping over injured sites promote better circulation, thus, speed up the healing process. The detoxification effect of the blood suction also allows for old blood to vacate the capillaries and be filled with new ones result to renewed energy and vitality.
Though cupping usually leaves a mark on the skin, which goes away in a day or two, it normally shouldn’t hurt and is even performed to children in many Asian countries.
Addresses muscular tension associated with the changes in the body during pregnancy. A gentle yet firm touch is used to help relax the mother to be. Massage is performed in a side-lying position and ensures comfort and safety for both mom and baby. Research also shows that prenatal massage lowers stress hormones, which are a major cause of pregnancy complications.
Medical/Treatment massage can bring incredible relief from many post-traumas (whiplash etc. or overuse/repetitive use injury symptoms (tension, headaches, limited movement, swelling etc.) and enable an injured person to manage pain without the use of drugs. It can also speed up the recovery time and decrease the risk of re-injury while allowing the body to heal properly and move forward in life.
In both medical and treatment massage, the therapist may use a variety of modalities but will focus the treatment on the area(s) related to the diagnosis and prescription. In the case of treatment massage, the focus will be the area of injury, pain or complaint.
* All Charges are ‘at time of service’ fees. If insurance billing occurs charges will be different.