First of all, there are several popular styles of massage. Each is focused on certain goals. Some massages use deeper pressure than others. Always make sure the pressure is right for you. Swedish and Esalen are the basis of many techniques. I am trained in many different styles to meet your needs.
How Massage Helps You
Therapeutic massage is an age old remedy recognized for its health enhancing effects. From infancy to old age there are many benefits to getting a massage and many conditions massage can help. Generally, people use massage for both general relaxation and well-being, or to address a specific complaint, such as pain or limited range of motion. Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals. Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:
- Physical relaxation
- Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
- Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
- Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)
- Greater flexibility and range of motion
- Enhanced energy and vitality
- Some clinical styles may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears
What specific conditions can massage therapy help?
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function. Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have great value in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues). Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.
These effects suggest that massage may be helpful in decreasing pain or increasing functioning for a wide range of conditions. Some of these are listed below.
- Carpal tunnel
- Tension headaches
- Tendon and muscle tears
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Varicose veins
- Pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort
- Myofascial pain
- Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
- Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)
Helps treat, manage, and reduce risk of chronic diseases:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscular dystrophies
- Hypertension and congestive heart failure
- Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases
Other psychological, emotional, and physical benefits:
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Lessening of depression
- Reduced anger and aggression
- Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
- Reduced fatigue
- Enhances immune system
- Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery
What massage makes sense for you? Get a little more insight into what these massages mean. We are trained in many different styles that will meet your needs, each focused on certain goals. Since some massages use deeper pressure than others, always make sure the pressure is right for you. Swedish and Esalen are the basis of many techniques. Here is full list of types of massage Connect With Massage offers. A description of each type of massage is below.
- Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Medical Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
- Sports Massage
- Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
- Muscle Release Technique
- Pregnancy Massage
- Seated Chair Massage
Esalen uses long, flowing, gentle strokes and is very relaxing and soothing.
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.
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 flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. We may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but we focus the treatment 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. With your doctors referral, we will bill your Auto Insurance or Workmans Comp.
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that 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 a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. These structures would not be able to provide the stability without the constant pull of the fascial system. In fact, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium.
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, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effects. The changes they cause in the fascial system influence comfort and the functioning of our body.
The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain. The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
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 belly of the muscle tissue 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 is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
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.
Aromatherapy – the use of aromatic plant oil essences to enhance the massage experience and help promote health and wellness
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) as it releases endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities.
Therapists who have training in NMT can locate, treat and normalize myofascial dysfunctions (within the soft-tissue system which are muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) fibrotic adhesions, and trigger points. NMT utilizes specifically applied pressure which interrupts nerve impulses to the spinal cord, reducing the intensity of the sympathetic nervous system and activated injury patterns. Direct pressure on the area of chronic pain pattern mechanically forces out toxic irritants that have accumulated at nerve receptor sites.
NMT often dramatically increases flexibility, balance, strength and vital life energy by interrupting the pain pathways, improving circulation of the system of muscles that are in a deeper level and upgrading the health of the body on all levels. Six factors which might cause or aggravate pain patterns are taken into account: ischemia, trigger points, nerve compression, postural distortions, nutrition, and emotional well-being.
Myokinesthic is a treatment that clears impingements in the peripheral nervous system along a specific nerve pathway, thus having a great impact on the entire nervous system.
Muscle Release Technique is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement, and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the Muscle Release Technique, scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. There seems to be a ‘mind set’, a trained way of looking at any injury, that can be very self limiting. There is an attitude, when looking at some injuries, that it’s just impossible. I believe, with all my heart, that the answer for millions of chronic pain sufferers, rests in the knowledgeable and capable hands of massage therapists in this country.
Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues.
Reiki is a japanese form of massage that seeks to adjust the body’s energy.
Seated Chair Massage is specifically suited to relieve stress in high tension areas and promote energy. These are shorter sessions done on a massage chair which you are fully clothed.