Who can Benefit?

People with chronic disease problems including:
• Arthritis
• Parkinson’s
• Cerebral Palsy
• MS
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Whiplash
• Hypertension
• Stress
• Athletes
• Actors
• Performers
• Business Teams

Anyone who wants to increase their physical vitality, healing capacity, flexibility and joy
in their bodies.

P.O. Box 31
Rowe, NM 87562


High Desert Healthcare
& Massage

The Movement Workshop

"Have you ever had a raven's wing emerge from your back? My first massage by Cathy caused this sensation (or was it an angel's wing?) and although I've not had that occur again, her hands always work some sort of magic on my body."
—Diane Moreno, artist, San Isidro, NM

Creator of ZinTins, see ZinTin made for Cathy with the session example




Hands-On Methods

What is Therapeutic Massage?

In Therapeutic Massage, a certified or licensed massage therapist or other licensed professional manipulates body tissues, muscles and joints. The professional often uses massage oil on the skin to ease the gliding strokes along and into the muscles. Some styles, such as Barefoot Shiatsu and Cranial Osteopathy are often done through loose comfortable clothing.

My Therapeutic Massage integrates all the techniques I've studied in my 30 years of practice. These include Swedish, Chi Nei Tsang, Barefoot Shiatsu, Cranial Osteopathy, Passive & Active Range of Motion and Assisted Stretching, and Neo-Reichian, and are matched to the individual's needs.

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

A holistic approach to massage therapy of Taoist Chinese origin, it integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects to go to the very origin of the health problem. Concentrating on the abdomen, soft, deep and gentle touch trains the internal organs to work more efficiently and process emotional charges.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy evaluates and enhances the function of the cranial sacral system. This physiological system is comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The practitioner contacts the movement of the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid with gentle touch to the cranium, spine and sacrum. This contact stimulates the receiver’s innate healing capacity while releasing restrictions in the cranial sacral system that improves the function of the central nervous system. People report feeling deeply rested and a sense of well being.


What is Barefoot Shiatsu?

Barefoot Shiatsu is a combination of joint mobilization, shiatsu (acupressure) and rolling and compression movements with the practitioner’s feet on the receiver’s back, legs, arms, chest and abdomen. The foot pressure is applied with great care to the receiver's acceptable level of comfort and therapeutic effect. Following the opening of the receiver’s tissue with the foot massage, specific acupressure points are stimulated with the practitioner’s thumbs, fingers or shiatsu point tools. Barefoot Shiatsu activates and supports the integration of a healthy mind, body, emotions and spirit.

Session example: Basic Hands-on

In a safe environment that explores the client's needs, the client and I design the session's direction leaving room for the pleasant surprises that occur with healing.

We may start immediately with one of my primary hands-on techniques such as Therapeutic Massage, Barefoot Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang or Cranial Osteopathy.

Or we may start with breath and polyrhythmic movement exercises that relax muscle tissue and disrupt negative patterns fixed in the body. Following these exercises, I may do hands-on bodywork to release areas of rigidity. This combination speeds recovery time after intense activity such as athletics or dance and lessens the possibility for injury.