About Cheryl Alderdice
I have been working in the field of Massage Therapy since 2004. In February 2005 I founded A Calmness Within Massage Therapy. My practice has become a sanctuary of peace, connection and healing for my clients and for myself over those past 15 years.
I have had extensive training in Lymph Drainage and Oncology Massage. I am passionate about working with the lymphatic system because of how powerful and influential this system is in the healing process of the body. The technique is gentle, rhythmic and relaxing and yet it has deeply profound results. Oncology Massage is a skilled and compassionate touch to bring ease of pain and discomfort from surgery and the side effects of treatment.
I am certified in Prenatal and Postpartum Massage. Education is a necessary part of a session to help with sleep and understanding postural adjustments as the body changes with the developing fetus and with addressing postpartum adaptations when nursing and carrying the baby.
My approach to Deep Tissue Massage is with a slow, gradual focus encouraging the tissue to release and open on it's own. This allows me to sink into a deeper level. My clients generally drift in and out during the session, giving the body the opportunity to release tension and tightness. Nutrients can then flow to these areas which helps to improve flexibility, mobility and lessen pain and discomfort. "When the head relaxes, the body relaxes."
Energy work is another powerful tool in the healing of body, mind, spirit. Reiki provides balance and well-being by drawing from the energy around us and releasing blockages that restrict our own natural energy flow from within.
During a session I combine a variety of these modalities to address the needs of my clients as presented at that moment and time.
I believe in the power of the body to heal itself. I am merely a facilitator of that healing by providing a safe space, having the ability to listen to the body and by encouraging "letting go." I am humbled and honored to witness this remarkable process.
10605 Concord St. Suite 410
Kensington, MD 20895