Types of Massage Include:
--Trigger Point Therapy
--Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular
--Theraputic and Swedish-Esalen For Stress and Relaxation
--Pregnancy Massage and Infant Massage
Utilizing American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant Massage Table
Deep Tissue Massage is muscle manipulation using a combination of slower, deeper muscular techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. May include some stretching. Works well on acute and chronic pain, upper and lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, gluteal tightness, leg pain, plantar fasciitis and many other conditions.
Trigger Point Therapy focuses on muscular pain and referral pain caused by active and latent trigger points. This therapy works best for pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. Trigger points are very common and may be the most common cause of lost work time.
Myofascial Release provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The theory of myofascial release requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or sweater. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses it ability to move. When it becomes tight and restricted it becomes a source of tension to the rest of the body and, therefore, pain. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress motions can have a cumulative effect on one's myofascial.
Neuromuscular Therapy manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress can cause the nerves to speed up their transmission, causing an imbalance and make the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction.
Therapeutic and Swedish-Esalen Massage is muscle manipuation using a combination of techniques and bodywork modalities. Some techniques include long, flowing strokes as well as petrissage, cupping, cross-fiber friction are just a few. These massages are typically very relaxing and soothing for tension and stress relief.
CranioSacral Therapy is not a massage but a full clothed gentle therapy that induces deep relaxation by stabilizing the cerebral spinal fluid. Relieves headaches, neck and back pain as well as muscle pain.
Pregnancy/Pre-Natal Massage has the same benefits as regular massage with special emphasis on lower and upper back pain and edema. Depending on the pregnancy, the position and posturing is modified. High risk pregnancy massage must be approved by one's health care provider.
Infant Massage is a set of massage techniques specially designed for the little ones. Massage enables a smoother transition from the comfortable womb to that of humankind. The benefits of massage for the infant include: helps baby learn to relax, improves immune system, promotes sounder and longer sleep, helps regular digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, relieves discomforts from gas, colic, constipation and teething. Benefits for parents include bonding, helps parents understand baby's nonverbal cues, eases stress of parent and promotes competence and confidence in caring for one's baby, increases parent's ability to help child relax in times of stress. Not only do I massage the infant during the session I share the techniques with the parents so they can massage on their own.