Descriptions of Services
Choosing the right massage or healing tool may seem like a difficult or even daunting task. This is especially true if you don't know what is available or how it might benefit you. Below, you will find descriptions of the different modalities and services that I offer.
Holistic Health Assessments
Hot & Cold Stone
Deep Tissue + Corrective Bodywork
Trigger Point Therapy
Holistic Health Assessments & Life Coaching
This is a thorough assessment of a client's health & wellbeing as it relates to postural, muscular, nutritional, and emotional states that are the direct result of current or past stresses or trauma. Strategies and plans are individualized and are designed to achieve increases in vitality; clarification of the client's life purpose/life goals; ensuring performance at optimal levels (personal bests); enhancements in healing & recovery; harmonization of spiritual, emotional, mental, physical & energic body systems; and unblocking potential. The process includes muscle testing and identification of structural, energetic, emotional, nutritional (food intake & supplementation) imbalances.
This therapy is based on Native American (Lakota) healing practices. It helps to boost one's immune system through the use of detoxifying and purifying essential oils that are applied along the spine. A full-body therapeutic massage is provided to help the essences penetrate the layers of the skin. Leave recharged, balanced and in a state of bliss.
Hot & Cold Stone
The use of hot and cold stones for therapeutic purposes is recorded in the folk-healing practices of Brazil, America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India. In modern times, this is referred to as Contrast Bath Therapy. Hot and/or cold stones are placed on or under the body in various areas depending upon the needs of the client. A towel or cloth may be placed between the skin and the stone for comfort.
Hot Stone Benefits:
- Warms the tissue
- Increases metabolic waste removal
- Improves lymphatic drainage
- Increases the therapeutic benefits of traditional massage
- Allows for longer-lasting results
Cold Stone Benefits
- A powerful body system decongestant (“unclogs the pipes”)
- Eases inflammation
- Soothes sore, overworked and chronically tense muscles
- Pushes fluid and wastes out of tissues
- Interrupts the pain-spasm-pain cycle
- Tonifies the skin
- Strengthens the immune system
- Does not desensitize the skin (dissimilar to ice)
Hot & Cold Stone Combo Treatment
Relaxing Swedish strokes are incorporated in the application of Hot & Cold stones to release tension and decongest muscles of toxins and metabolic wastes. As an added bonus, Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques are used to flush away toxins.
Swedish massage is known as the "traditional" massage. This style of massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping and shaking motions.
- Increases the oxygen flow in the blood
- Releases toxins from the muscles
- Used to warm up the tissues before deeper or more specific modalities like Deep Tissue and Trigger Point
- Shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes
- Stretches the ligaments and tendons which keeps them supple and pliable and thus less prone to injury
- Reduces stress, both emotional and physical
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deeper pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia (this will not release or break up scar tissue or adhesions that are long-term or chronic issues. See Deep Tissue + Corrective Bodywork for this type of service). Muscles that are overly stressed or hypertonic block oxygen and nutrients from flowing freely through the body. This leads to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue; resulting in pain.
- Loosens muscle tissues
- Releases toxins from muscles
- Allows blood and oxygen to circulate properly
- Reduces pain
NB: Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water before and especially after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body. Deep Tissue massage is specific work and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. Forthright communication between client and therapist helps reduce any discomfort. When done correctly, it is both corrective and therapeutic.
Deep Tissue + Corrective Bodywork
This style of massage combines the best of all worlds. In addition to the long, gliding strokes common in Swedish massage, you are also treated to a deep tissue treatment plus trigger point and myofascial therapies. This is great to eliminate both local and referring pain and break up scar tissue and adhesions while balancing the central nervous system; correcting postural mis-alignments; and decreasing fascial (superficial and deep) tension. PNF stretches may also be employed as warranted.
Releases toxinsEliminates painBreaks up scar tissue & adhesionsTreats chronic issuesProvides injury recovery
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), sometimes known as trigger point therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) with the structure and form of musculoskeletal system (skeleton and muscles of the body). Neuromuscular Therapy can help individuals experiencing structural distortion; biomechanical dysfunction and accompanying pain that is often a symptom of underlying problems. Neuromuscular Therapy is an effective way to decrease toxicity in the body, enhance range or motion and flexibility, improve circulation, improve posture, increase energy and generate a sense of well being.
- Locates and releases spasms and hyper contraction in the tissues
- Eliminates trigger points that cause referred pain (often from old injuries)
- Restores postural alignment, proper biomechanics and flexibility to the tissues
- Rebuilds the strength of injured tissues
- Assists venous and lymphatic flow
NB: The treatments can be intense, but should never be painful. It is crucial that the client and therapist have open communication about pain levels so that the therapist can stay within the client’s tolerance.
Myofascial Release Therapy is an extremely effective hands-on technique that works by applying gentle, sustained pressure to eliminate pain and restore flexibility and motion to the fascia (sheath of connective tissue that covers every muscle, bone, vein, nerve and internal organ). In its healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and has the flexibility to stretch and move without undue restriction. If, however, there has been physical trauma to the body or scarring, the normally pliable fascia becomes tight and restricted, causing tension throughout the rest of the body. Sustained poor posture and improper body mechanics can also damage both muscle and fascia. Many people who suffer from pain or reduced range of motion may be having fascial problems. Unfortunately fascial restrictions do not show up in standard tests (i.e. x-rays, cat scans, MRIs, etc.) and often go undiagnosed.
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced muscle and nerve pain
- Decreased fascial tension beneath scar tissue
- Relief of pain not achieved through conventional therapies
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Loosening constricted connective tissues
- Freeing impinged structures of the muscular and nervous sytems
PNF or Active-Engagement (Assisted) Stretching
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is widely regarded as the best method to increase overall flexibility in target muscle groups. It is sometimes termed partner-assisted stretching or the tense-relax method. The process involves the target muscle group being stretched to its maximum range of movement (ROM), at which stage the muscle is contracted strongly for 7 to 10 seconds. At this point the muscle is relaxed by a reflex triggered by the Golgi tendon organs and deliberately relieved by the stretcher. Once the stretch is reapplied, it should be possible to extend the muscle group slightly further than on the previous attempt, eventually reaching the joint's true maximum ROM. PNF re-educates the neuromuscular response. Benefits:
Joint mobilization is the use of controlled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. Any joint that lacks sufficient motion may be mobilized. Common areas include: head, neck, ankles, feet, pelvis, wrists, and spine.
When a joint’s mobility is impaired, structure and function of the entire region change. Adjacent joints begin to move excessively to compensate for the stiff (hypomobile) joint and begin to break down (overuse). Surrounding muscles lose their ability to contract and relax sufficiently and become hypertonic (extremely tight). In esscence, what happens to the ankle, can impact the knee, the hip, and the back. This is a fairly serious situation because one injury causes other problems that create further imbalances and painful movements (aka ascending and descending pain syndrome).
- Pain relief
- Decreased or eliminated tension
- Improved posture
NB: Joint mobilization is widely used in the treatment of sports related injuries. It has also been shown to be especially effective in the treatment of arthritic joints.