As we navigate the implications of COVID-19, Desert Song wants to make sure we are doing all we can to support your health and the health of our amazing teachers. We are offering over 34 online classes a week to help maintain your health.
All Desert Song therapists are highly skilled with extensive training and experience. You will be asked about your goals and intention for the session. The therapists are able to blend the massage and bodywork modalities and techniques that will best address your needs. You may also request a specific modality.
• Promotes circulation, bringing oxygen and healing to all tissue and body systems
• Increases lymphatic flow, boosting our immune system
• Relieves chronic pain, muscle tension and nerve impingement/entrapment, reducing the need for pain medication
• Enhances joint and muscle function, increasing range of motion
• Supports detoxification, effective digestion and breathing
• Relieves headache and migraine
• Lowers blood pressure
• Increases metabolism
• Reduces stress
• Lessens anxiety and depression
• Induces sleep
• Increases body awareness, enhancing self-esteem
The objective of this full body session is relaxation. It consists of long, flowing strokes, which increase circulation, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. This is a soothing, relaxing, full body massage that is not muscle specific.
This session can entail a full or partial body treatment based on the time requested and/or the client’s needs. The work is more focused and begins to address the deeper muscle groups and chronic pain affecting specific body areas (neck, shoulders, low back, etc.). Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, spasms, and stress, while promoting the health and well-being of the client.
This treatment takes Therapeutic massage to a deeper level accessing and addressing the deeper layers of muscle, fascia and the relationships between the structures of the body to release deep-seated patterns of pain, tension, and dysfunctional movement. The therapist utilizes their advanced skills and techniques to work with tissues in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible. The work is more specific with emphasis on altering structure and muscle/fascial restrictions to bring about better alignment, balance between the structures, improve range of motion, and improve posture. Dense, restricted tissue requires firmer, deeper, slower pressure.
This treatment offers many wonderful benefits for both mother and baby. Our massage tables are designed with a cutout for the belly so that the mom-to-be is able to lie face down. The massage therapist provides skilled and nurturing touch while bringing individualized attention to the client’s needs and /or concerns.
A soothing Swedish massage is combined with aromatherapy oil blends to promote balance for the body, mind, and spirit. Essential oils have a long tradition of providing a variety of therapeutic benefits for all the body’s systems. The client chooses from Young Living’s Aromatherapy blends.
Utilizes very gentle pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow and encourage the natural drainage of lymph, which flushes built up waste products away from the tissues of the body.
A specialized form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure (trigger point therapy) and friction are used to release area of strain and bring circulation into overused and chronically tight muscle tissue.
A step-by-step process implemented to address specific discomforts in the body such as injuries, postural deviations, and emotional holding patterns. With repeated treatments, underlying causes will be discovered and addressed physically, emotionally, and energetically to minimize reoccurrence of the issue.
In combination with Therapeutic or Deep Therapeutic massage, silicone cups are used that can be left in place or slid across an area being treated to break up blockage in the tissue that can be causing pain and restores the body’s natural flow of energy. This aids in promoting blood flow, thereby increasing circulation to muscles and tissue, supplies oxygen to cells, loosens knots, and encourages detoxification of the tissue. It relieves pain, eases sore muscles, and encourages relaxation.
This works with the body’s energy flow by manipulating specific reflex areas in the feet that correspond to other parts of the body stimulating body organs and relieving areas of congestion. It is especially useful in stress-related imbalances.
A soft-tissue treatment designed to quickly, easily, and effectively relieves acute and chronic pain, numbness, and tingling, improves range of motion, improves painful or weak movements, balances and improves posture, and alleviates symptoms of compensation. No oils or creams are used and the client stays fully clothed.
Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing modality that works with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels in restoring and balancing our natural energy and well-being.
A gentle, soft-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body. It is a deeply relaxing method that relieves pain, stress, trauma, and dysfunction while allowing the body to balance and repair itself.
This integrative process is custom-tailored to meet your unique needs. Fully clothed in loose comfortable clothing, the therapist guides movement with non-invasive touch. Limitations are acknowledged and possibilities for movement explored. The body is able to release tension, stress, and patterns of movement contributing to pain. Learn to stand, sit and move with ease.
This treatment offers many wonderful benefits for both mother and baby. Our massage tables are designed with a cutout for the belly so that the mom-to-be is able to lie face down. The Swedish Prenatal’s focus is relaxation. The Therapeutic Prenatal targets areas of discomfort, such as the neck, back, pelvis and legs, to reduce pain and swelling. Receiving massages throughout the course of your pregnancy helps to promote your overall health and comfort level during this time of change in the body. (Written permission from the client’s physician or midwife is required for all prenatal massages. It may be faxed to our office at 602-265-7630.)
BENEFITS OF PRE-NATAL MASSAGE:
• Increases circulation – more nutrients to the baby!
• Reduces stress
• Promotes sleep
• Relieves muscle tension, leg cramps and sciatica
• Relieves pain associated with back labor
• Introduces the unborn child to the sense of touch
|Deep Therapeutic||30 minutes||$65||$240|
|Deep Therapeutic||60 minutes||$90||$340|
|Deep Therapeutic||90 minutes||$125||$480|
|Thai Yoga Massage||60 minutes||$85||$320|
|Thai Yoga Massage||90 minutes||$115||$440|
|TRE® (Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises)||60 minutes||$115|
|Sedona Method||60 minutes||$115|
|The Bodytalk System||60 minutes||$115|
4-Series – valid for four months, non-refundable, may NOT be shared
Note: Prices are the same for prenatal clients.
|Deep Therapeutic||60 minutes||$100||$380|
|Deep Therapeutic||90 minutes||$140||$540|
|Initial Consultation||75 minutes||$100|
|Follow up Sessions||60 minutes||$75||$280|
|Follow up Sessions||90 minutes||$105||$400|
|Initial Consultation||75 minutes||$100|
|Follow up Sessions||60 minutes||$85||$320|
|Follow up Sessions||90 minutes||$120||$460|
Mary Beth Markus is the owner and director of Desert Song Healing Arts Center now in their 35th year. She has studied and has taught extensively in the fields of Yoga, therapeutics, various massage modalities and energy work. Her holistic focus in bodywork began 1979 at ASU while studying interior design. She began practicing yoga consistently for years and met a massage therapist who encouraged her to learn the science and art of massage and combine it with her love of yoga. In 1983, Desert Song was born.
While in massage school at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Holistic Clinic in Phoenix under the tutelage of Dr. Gladys McGarey M.D. and staff, Mary Beth became a LMT with a focus on a broad education in natural remedies and therapeutic modalities including Therapeutic Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Infant Massage and Lymphatic Massage. Over the past 3 decades Mary Beth has taken advanced trainings in therapeutic modalities in both massage and yoga including Chakra Balancing, Reiki, Thai yoga/massage and Trager. Most recently she has been studying Jin Shin Jyutsu through the many teachers trained by Mary Burmeister’s organization, Chakra work with Anodea Judith and Yoga Nidra with Kamini Desai.
Mary Beth draws on her years of practice in yoga and massage to both educate and support her client’s innate ability to heal and create a healthy happy life for themselves. Her sessions will address the needs of each individual where she will intuitively incorporate the modalities that will assist this process.
For decades, her vision and legacy for Desert Song is to be a community oasis of healing arts where people can come to relax, rejuvenate, and thrive. She is honored to be a part of such a devoted and caring group of practitioners and teachers.
Judy is an AZ licensed massage therapist with national board certification and a certified, registered yoga teacher. She has been a part of the Desert Song team since 2007 and has 19 years of experience in therapeutic massage and bodywork.
She has been on a journey for many years exploring and experiencing the how, what, and why of the way we move and the ways we heal.
After 25 years as a professional dancer, singer, actress, she felt drawn to pursue a career in bodywork. In Germany, she became a physical therapist, manual therapist, and Feldenkrais teacher where she practiced for 7 years. Returning to the US in 2006, she received massage therapy certification from Cortiva Institute Scottsdale and NASM personal training certification in 2007. Her interest in yoga and eastern perspectives towards health and well-being led her to complete the Desert Song Yoga Teacher Training, also in 2007 and began teaching yoga in 2008.
The massage therapy Judy offers integrates a variety of massage’s very effective techniques in the treatment of soft-tissue dysfunction, pain, injury, stress, and trauma. Bringing many years of study and experience in the fields of massage therapy, physical and manual therapy, exercise science, dance, Pilates, and Yoga allows her the flexibility to customize the soft-tissue techniques/bodywork/yoga to meet your individual needs – from a soothing relaxation massage, to releasing muscles and deeper connective tissues that hold patterns of tension and pain, to relearning efficient, functional movement patterns. She approaches each session ready to listen to your body’s intelligence and wisdom and to assist you in your healing process.
The modalities and techniques she offers and integrates include Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Muscle-Energy Technique, Postural Release, PNF, Stretching, Thai Massage, Reflexology, Myokinesthetic System, Biomechanical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Marma Therapy, and Kineseo Taping.
With gratitude to her teachers Meg Byerlein and Mary Beth Markus, Judy teaches a yoga class focused on functional alignment and a chair yoga class which is ideal for the elderly and injured.
Judy continues in her studies of Biomechanical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Yoga, and Ayurveda.
Lori has been a massage therapist for over 30 years. She attended massage school in Santa Fe, New Mexico and after a short time on the east coast working at the Omega Institute, she moved to Phoenix and worked at a luxury resort spa for 24 years. While at the spa, she had the honor of being selected to work on First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as a number of celebrities. Currently, Lori is a full time student working towards her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine –she’ll graduate next year. Lori loves working with people to help them feel great and function optimally. Her bodywork modalities include; reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and massage cupping.