Receiving massage is a blissful way to support your body which serves you 24/7. Massage helps restore balance to the multiple systems in your body that must work collaboratively. When these systems are stressed, the resulting imbalance may lead to illness and chronic pain.
As an attentive massage therapist, I can help you achieve a higher sense of well-being. Massage boosts circulation, steadies posture and balance, increases range of motion and flexibility, and helps reset brainpower. At the same time, it relaxes tight muscles, decreases pain, and relieves anxiety.
Deep Tissue Massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted area(s). Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic as well as corrective. Working deeply does not equate with working harder or with more effort, but is the result of specific deep tissue massage techniques combined with knowledge of the different layers of the body’s soft tissues.
Deep tissue works on all the layers of the body’s soft tissues and particularly the structure which covers and encases them – the fascia. Injury, illness or prolonged immobility can cause fascia to become stiff, hardened or stuck to adjacent structures. This in turn causes pain, reduced mobility and impaired function. Portions of a treatment can be uncomfortable at times but deep tissue’s purpose is to relieve, not impose, pain.
Swedish Massage is smooth and slow. It is the prototypical massage – relaxing, calming, warm bliss. An hour of this massage pushes blood and lymph in the muscle tissues towards the heart and internal organs, replenishing nutrients and ridding the body of toxins. Endorphins are released, decreasing tension and pain. Tight muscles loosen. Your nervous system balances. You leave with a feeling of total relaxation.
Myofascial Release (aka Trigger Point)
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within fascia that may present either local pain or referred pain (e.g. you rotate your head to one side and pain flares up the side of your face). Pressure applied to trigger points releases the fascia, restoring the muscle to a healthier, non-stressed state.
Sports Massage and Stretching helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.
- Pre-event Massage
When competing in a rigorous event, start your day with a pre-event massage. The pre-event massage can be given sometime the day before the event or as soon as 30 minutes before you begin. It readies you for high-intensity tasks without putting you into the blissed stupor of a typical massage. Get a light massage before an event, because deep-tissue massaging irritates the muscles and takes a while to heal.
- Post-event Massage
Post-event massage may be beneficial from one hour up to 72 hours after the event. A good post-event massage will boost circulation, flushing toxins and metabolic waste, as well as reduce muscle tension, improve tissue elasticity, and restore calm to the athlete.
Pregnancy Massage – Pre and Post Natal
Pregnancy massage has so many benefits! This is your time – your time to relax, to take the proverbial load off, and to let someone take care of you. Joint pain is reduced, back strain is eased, fluids are flushed. You will rest easier and sleep better.
Elder Care Massage
I see older clients who are active and able and clients who are enduring devastating illness. While treatment outcomes are always tailored for the individual, the goals that I start most sessions with are to increase comfort, care, and circulation. Gentle massage re-establishes our essential need for touch and can help the client deal with challenges that more often come in later life: loss, grief, significant health issues, diminished activity. This massage lowers blood pressure, re-establishes connection, increases coordination, and reduces pain.
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