Techniques

Several different massage techniques are effective at decreasing adhesions and muscle knots, increasing circulation, and promoting structural balance and healing within the muscles and fascia, I provide the following techniques and more:

Benefits 

        • Reduced pain from acute or chronic injuries
        • Improved circulation
        • Increased range of motion
        • Faster recovery time from exercise-related soreness
        • Decreased stress and anxiety
        • Increased energy
        • Increased motivation to practice self-care

Thai massage: Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy. It's also called Thai Yoga massage, because I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches. My clients say Thai massage is like doing yoga without doing any of the work. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed during the session. A single Thai massage session will help you release stress and relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and home.

 Myofascial release: 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. Usually performed without any emollient such as oil.

Deep Tissue:  molds and sculpts muscles, and includes several additional “strokes” to lengthen, loosen tense muscles and free bound up fibers.  Direct pressure is applied to areas that feel “knotted up” with motion applied either in line with or against the muscle fibers.  This technique may also be used on tendons and ligaments.  Oil is used to facilitate deep, gliding movements along muscles.

Triggerpoint therapy:  Tight muscle fibers and fascia layers can stick together, creating a feeling of a small bundled mass, like a pencil eraser head, that will refer pain to another area when pressed.  This “eraser head” is called a “triggerpoint,” and direct pressure applied to the area for a sustained period of time deactivates it.  Sometimes there are several triggerpoints – the “main” one which was formed first, and then several more that form later as the muscle continues to hold unreleased tension.

Tenderpoint:  Tight muscle fibers can also stick together creating a fingertip size area of pain that will create an involuntary reflex, or “jump” response when pressed.  Shortening the affected muscles in a specific area for a designated period of time releases the tenderpoint.  

Swedish Massage:  Light to moderate pressure is used along with oil to provide  long, gliding strokes over the skin.  This technique increases circulation, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, and flushes out an area after applying myofascial release, deep tissue, triggerpoint and tenderpoint techniques.  Swedish massage is known for it’s nurturing quality, and it’s ability to promote deep relaxation, and increased feelings of increased wellness

How many sessions does it take?

The number of sessions it takes to reach a client’s goals, depends on what the goals of the client are.

How long the complaint area has been affected?

Has there has been an injury to the area?

What is the level of injury?

What is the overall health of client?

What is the client’s self care routine outside of the massage sessions?

Each person is different, and so each session is unique and individualized for each client.  Your practitioner will assess your situation, and let you know what they feel is the appropriate plan of action in terms of your massage sessions.  You always make the decision on how many sessions feel right to you.

How can you get the most from your massage?

Drink water to help support the healing process within and between sessions.  Use ice or heat as directed by your practitioner to help decrease inflammation and manage pain levels.  Perform stretches given to you by your practitioner to support the improvement of muscle function, and joint range of motion.  Clients who actively follow these guidelines notice they get more out of each massage, the effects of each massage last longer, and goals are reached more quickly.