Massage Modalities Offered
Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles, and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
NMT is very effective and gives consistent results. By lengthening contracted muscles, and relieving other soft tissue restrictions, normal functioning of the area is restored (e.g. normal blood flow, reduction of inflammation, normal loading of the body with gravity, etc.). By working on Trigger Points and their referred areas, we calm the nervous system and reduce/eliminate the irritation in the sensory nerves. When both of these are accomplished, pain goes away, and you feel dramatically better.
I utilize the Janet Travell method of Neuromuscular Therapy. When I teach NMT my material comes from the "Travell and Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Trigger Point Manuals."
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompresses rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
Orthopedic Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy go hand in hand with one another. It's all about ridding the body of pain and dysfunction, and restoring normal flow, posture, and function.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.
Active Isolated Stretching
Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation.
Not only will I stretch tight muscles during your massage session, but I will also provide you with some stretching techniques that will help you at home.