Massage involves numerous modalities (styles) designed to relax, heal, and contribute to overall wellness of the body. Below are brief descriptions of the modalities I am trained to practice. Feel free to discuss your particular needs or ask any questions you may have about my services.
- Acupressure-Tui Na: Acupressure uses pressure in points of energy flow. Pressure at these points is supposed to balance energy in the body (Chi). The points are very close to acupuncture points and in reality probably are the same points.
- Biofeedback/SCENAR Therapy: The S.C.E.N.A.R. (Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation) was developed for the Russian space program to overcome the unique problems of space travel. The scenar uses biofeedback: by stimulating the nervous system, it is able to teach the body to heal itself. Tests conducted in Russia have shown the Scenar to be effective in 80% of cases treated.
- Cupping: Cupping has been and still is used in many healing traditions throughout the world. It can be used to soothe coughs, treat common colds, relieve tension and pain in the body, treat sports injuries, lower back pain, stress, assist in cellulite reduction and menstrual problems. Cupping encourages circulation of Qi and blood in the body and detoxifies the organs by drawing out the impurities through the pores. For plastic cups, the therapist places the cup on the body surface by using a simple vacuum to draw out the air from inside the cup. This pulls and raises the skin inside the cup.
- Deep Tissue: This massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to loosen the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.
- Facelift: A facial massage will enliven your complexion, tone and condition your skin, relax your facial muscles, improve circulation, break down fatty deposits, release toxins, reduce wrinkles, and leave your skin feeling smoother and more vibrant.
- Hawaiian Lomi Lomi: Lomi Lomi means ‘rub rub’ in Hawaiian. The therapists use their forearms to glide over the body with long flowing, quick strokes.
- Hot Stone: The stones are placed on the client’s body at critical energy points. Some practitioners also use the stones to massage the client, while others simply place the stones on the body and massage with their hands.
- Medical Massage: Medical massage is performed with the intent of improving conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician; a wide variety of modalities or procedures are utilized to focus the treatment based on the diagnosed condition.
- Moxibustion: Moxibustion therapy has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Moxibustion uses the common herb Aiye, usually in combination with other herbs. The herbal compound is burned over certain acupuncture points or areas of the body. The dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a cigar-like stick or used loose over protected skin to create warmth and facilitate healing.
- Myofascial Bodywork This modality provides access to the superficial and deeper layers of fascia for the major areas of the body in order to relieve tension, speed up injury rehabilitation, and free up movement restrictions.
- Pre-/Post-Pregnancy: A pregnancy massage is performed with consideration for the special needs of a pregnant woman. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
- Shiatsu: Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure,” and consists of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques.
- Soft Tissue Release: This type of therapy focuses on increasing recovery rates of muscular injuries, fixing muscular imbalances, and relieving chronic pain. Soft tissue release is a popular form of therapy among athletes as it is a quick and effective way of achieving strength and flexibility after muscular injuries. The basic idea behind this approach is to apply pressure to the muscles while it is being stretched. This integrated movement technique helps to correct muscular imbalances, including areas that have been injured or have scar tissue. It’s important to remember that this therapy allows you to communicate with your nervous system–it’s not just a manipulation of tissue. The application of rhythmic pressure during a stretching routine communicates to the nervous system the re-programming of the muscles.
- Sports: Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. There are four types of sports massages:
- Pre-event sports massage–a short, stimulating massage 15 to 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion
- Post-event sports massage–given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissue
- Restorative sports massage–given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage–aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
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- Swedish: Four strokes make up a Swedish massage: effleurage; petrissage; friction; and tapotement. Effleurage is the long flowing strokes, petrissage is the kneading strokes, friction is used to generate heat and bring blood to the surface, and tapotement is the hitting type strokes. The aim of a Swedish massage is to relax the tissues of the body, relieve stress and improve circulation.
- Swe-Thai: A Swe-Thai massage involves a lot of stretching of muscles and balancing the positive and negative energies in the body (Yin & Yang). Although traditional Thai massage is done on a mat on the floor, this is done on a massage table.
- Thai Foot Reflexology: This massage involves the therapist massaging various areas of the feet to promote health in various areas of the body. In general, the big toe represents the top part of the body (the head), the bottom of the heel represents the lower part of the body and the middle part of the foot represents the middle parts of the body.
- Trigger Point Therapy: A Trigger point is an area of muscle tissue that is hypercontracted (a knot). The therapist pushes on this point to relax the entire muscle. Trigger point therapy should never be done without massage.
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