Let Go Of Pain

Deep tissue

As its name implies, deep tissue massage is the manual treatment of deep anatomical structures. The work is slow, deep, and very specific – working either parallel with or perpendicular to the targeted muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Among the many benefits of deep tissue massage:

  • Pain reduction
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase range of motion (ROM)
  • Restore ease of movement
  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity, tension, and spasm
  • Reduce scar tissue and other fascial adhesions (which can impair both circulatory and nerve function in addition to creating mechanical restrictions)
  • Promote circulation (of both blood and lymph)
  • Reduce ischemia (by releasing hypertoned muscles and reducing fascial adhesions, thereby improving circulation)

I use my fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during deep tissue massage. A classic deep tissue move is slow running the point of the elbow (olecranon process) down the length of the spine, next to the spinous processes of the vertebrae. This releases both the superficial erector spinae muscles and the deeper transversospinalis muscles.

I will often ask you to breathe into the area I’m working on during a deep tissue session. This both gets you to focus on the affected area and promotes movement that improves the efficacy of the work.

Contrary to a widely held myth, deep tissue massage doesn’t have to hurt to be effective. One of my deep tissue massage teachers said, “If you are specific, you can go deep.” If you have thorough anatomical knowledge – if you know the origin, insertion, and action of each muscle – and understand how muscles and tendons work, then you can work effectively on very deep structures without causing pain. This is how I most often do deep tissue massage.

I no longer believe in the “no pain, no gain” school of massage. All of my work falls safely in my clients “comfort zone.”

Lily Ilnitsky
Lily Ilnitsky
Lily Ilnitsky


I think that Swedish massage is what most people first imagine when they think of massage.

Swedish massage is the foundation of most modern Western massage education for a reason. It is a well-established, systematic way to manipulate muscles and other tissues in a very relaxing way. Among the many benefits of Swedish massage:

  • Reduce stress/increase relaxation
  • Improve circulation (both blood and lymph)
  • Increase state of well-being
  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity, tension, and spasm
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase range of motion (ROM)
  • Restore ease of movement

A classic Swedish massage involves an hour or more of flowing (effleurage), squeezing (petrissage), rubbing (friction), and gentle, passive manipulation of joints (Swedish gymnastics). It’s profoundly relaxing and often leaves my clients on the verge of a nap.

Sports massage

Sports massage can mean a lot of different things. Many people first learn about it when they see rows of massage tables in tents at the end of a marathon or other event – that’s called event sports massage.

Sports massage also encompasses preventative and treatment work performed on athletes during the long non-performing stretches of their athletic lives between races, games, matches, and other events. This is what I do. I don’t do on-site sports massage at athletic events. Instead, I work on athletes in my office, helping them with:

  • Performance improvement
  • Injury treatment
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Injury prevention
  • Health maintenan

Lymphatic Drainage for Soft Tissue Injuries

You got swelling? Is it from an injury or surgery? I can help you with Lymphatic Drainage for Soft Tissue Injuries? Decreasing edema from injuries is an essential technique when doing treatment work. Swelling in the tissue is much more prevalent than it might seem, especially with car accidents, impact injuries, post-surgical conditions and flared chronic injuries. This technique can begin to release the energetic trauma of an injury as a precursor to cranial work. This modality is crucial for supporting the body when clients have been managing long-term pain when both the tissue is guarded, inflamed, and the nervous system stuck in sympathetic mode or ‘freeze’.

  • Decrease swelling
  • Decrease pressure and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase ease of motion
  • Minimize adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Help facilitate rapid injury recovery

*Swelling as a result of injury/surgery only!

  • Whiplash
  • Contusions
  • Burns
  • Sergeries
  • Dental Surgery
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Cronic Conditions

Thai Yoga Massage

Are you tired? Thai Massage is maybe for you! What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage has been practiced more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, monks performed Thai massage as one component of Thai medicine.

What Does Thai Massage Feel Like?

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.

Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

What Should I Expect During My Visit?

Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor but I adopted techniques to the table due to clients comfort. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage.

A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes to two hours long.

Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:

  • Relaxes
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases energy
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves range of motion
  • Centers the mind and body

Ashiatsu is great for clients who desire a gratifying, results-driven treatment session. It’s well suited and adaptable to meet the needs of physically fit individuals, larger clients and those who can never seem to get enough pressure in a massage. It can of course be modified for those who prefer moderate pressure as well. It’s also great for chronic upper and low back pain relief, improved posture and joint mobility, sciatica, tight hamstrings, IT bands and kyphosis to name few. Whether the work you do is physically active, or involves working at a computer, this form of massage is definitely worth considering to help you feel better and more balanced in your body. Discover for yourself why Ashiatsu called the deepest and the most luxurious massage!

Book an appointment

Also for your convenience you may call derectly to Alexis Spa and Skincare to book your appointment at (253) 874-8888

Lily is the best! She is knowledgable about her craft and constantly seeks to learn more. It’s not just a job for her, she loves what she does and it is evident. I have never had a better massage, and I’ve had massages in many places around the world. I recommend her highly!

Pam Manfred, Puallup, WA
Pam Manfred, Puallup, WA

If you have any questions feel free to contact me!