Massage Therapy Services
I strive to customize each session based on my clients' individual needs and preferences. My work tends to be very detail oriented; I enjoy and experience great fulfillment from working with specific areas of pain and tracking postural patterns throughout the rest of the body that are connected to the client's initial complaints.
I use a blend of each modality listed below to alleviate muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and increase freedom and ease of movement.
Deep tissue massage
A modality that relies on petrissage (a massage technique of "kneading" the soft tissue) to access and relieve knots in the deeper muscles of the body.
Quick note: A frequently misunderstood modality, deep tissue massage is often thought to hurt - being associated with the "no pain, no gain" mentality. This is not true.
There can be a tenderness that is felt in the deeper muscles as knots are melted and released; it is not uncommon for individuals to feel a "more productive" kind of soreness for a day or two after their session. That being said, if you ever experience pain that forces you to hold your breath or tense and push against the pressure, please let your therapist know immediately. These actions cause your nervous system to switch into fight-or-flight mode, and the healing process that massage opens to door for cannot take place.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are knots that can exist in any layer of muscle or connective tissue, and create a pain pattern through an associated area of the body. Trigger point therapy is employed by using localized pressure to these tender areas to release the knots and corresponding pain.
Targets adhesions in the fascia (connective tissue that surrounds every muscles, bone, and organ in the body) with gentle traction and stretching. Fascia can become knotted up just like muscles, but because fascia is similar to a web, when one area is affected, the rest of the web picks up the slack. This leads to compensation patterns throughout seemingly unrelated parts of the body.
Using a lighter pressure accompanied by long, gliding strokes, Swedish relaxation massage is the most commonly known massage modality. Perfect for restoring tired muscles back to their naturally healthy, elastic state.