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Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve specific conditions or disorders especially those diagnosed by a medical doctor. I will use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.
Now, don't be surprised if I work a completely different area than where the pain is occuring. We'll put together a session plan and hopefully a short/long term treatment plan that will comminicate the areas I would like to work to reduce the main pain complaint.
pain is sometimes "referred" meaning it occurs elsewhere than where the actual issue is. For example, a trigger point or adhesed tissues in the shoulder can sometimes refer pain up into the head. A trigger point in the hip can send pain down the leg - and so on. I'll try to explain to the best of my ability what I suspect is going on and get permission before we begin.
This specific work is great for TMJ disorder, postural distortions, chronic pain referals, repetitive strains from life's patterns, and so much more.
I have had the upper body portion of this training and have been integrating it into my practice beautifully. It's non-invasive and doesn't use lotion to get the job done. Here's a link to share more about this great work which is similar to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and assisted passive stretching. Tapping and jostling are involved to speak more clearly to the nervous system. Ask me more when we meet.
Throughout our body, there is a matrix of tissue called fascia or connective tissue. Sometimes it has to be addressed just as specifically as our muscles do (more so for some folks.)
If sometimes you feel "stuck" or "sticky" it may be your body telling you that your fascia and/or muslces are dehydrated or may be just a little eschemic (lack of blood flow.) This work can help get that blood flow into all those little nooks and crannies and warm the tissue so that more specific work can be done to the muscles to increase quality and range of motion.
You'll feel a lot more broad pressure, firm gripping, torquing and manipulation of groups of muscles rather than singular muscle. It's also used as a warming technique before even more specific neuromuscular work can be done to create what we call "solation" which is that promotion of blood flow and softening of the tissues.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the muscles rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure paired with guided breathwork is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be uncomfortable at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. Communicaiton is vital in this type of work. The discomfort should never be more than "hurt so good" or a 6/7 on a 1-10 pain scale. The saying, "No pain, no gain" is not allowed in my treatment room!
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the hydrating of tissues and promotion of blood flow. Deep Tissue does NOT necessarily mean hard pressure. If I feel I need to get down the the bottom layers of tissue, I'll go in one layer at a time and work WITH your nervous system to make sure we release those tensions affectively.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain. On occasion you may have images or sensations that can help you find balance.
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. Swedish Massage is the base from which ALL bodywork originates. Do not underestimate the power of the Swedish Session and it's positive affects on the whole body.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Unless your doctor has permitted, I generally do not work with expecting mothers until after the first trimester. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. I have tons of bolsters and pillows to help you find comfort! I do NOT administer techniques to induce labor.