Modalities & Services
The length of all treatments include any necessary consultation time.
120 minute full body treatments are the most preferred treatments and are excellent for extended overall wellness, relaxation, pain management and injury prevention.
90 minute full body treatments are excellent overall wellness, relaxation, pain management and injury prevention.
60 minute treatments are excellent for pain management and injury prevention. These treatments are reserved for detailing and maintenance of one area, this is not a full body massage. A 60 minute detailing/maintenance massage is a good way to keep your upper back, shoulders, neck, lower back, hips, legs, hands or feet detailed during each treatment and then maintained with each subsequent treatment. Occasionally, a treatment is effective in less than 60 minutes. If this is the case, it is your option to have the remaining time filled with additional work or for the treatment to end for the day.
The preferred way to receive a massage is in my studio. However, I do understand that some clients are unable to travel to my studio or prefer to not drive after receiving a massage. I am available to come to you as an outcall.
This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.
Neuromuscular therapy is generally not painful and can be very nurturing. Pain exists for a reason and must be respected. Neuromuscular therapy is also known as deep tissue massage.
Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, hydrotherapy (hot and/or cold), range of motion/flexibility/stretching protocols and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating an athlete.
The essence of stretching is that it lengthens soft tissues. Taut soft tissues limit motion, whether they are tight muscles or any soft tissue that has accumulated fascial adhesions. Stretching can help to reverse this process. Even better, stretching on a regular basis can prevent soft tissues from becoming taut in the first place. By using various massage modalities to warm up muscles and other soft tissue will relax muscles, enabling increased stretching and therefore increased range of motion. Full body stretching sessions are 60 minutes in length, strictly include stretching without massage and are received while fully clothed, comfortable fitness shorts and top are recommended. General massage sessions include stretching if desired.
With an objective of restoring structural balance in muscle groups throughout the body and decompressing arthritic or painful joints, orthopedic massage is generally effective in treating musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. Due to prolonged poor posture or repetitive motions, muscle groups shorten. Shortened muscle groups need to be stretched out or they will pull bones onto nerves and blood vessels, and cause or contribute to various sorts of orthopedic conditions. Conditions like joint arthritis are generally symptoms that result from tight muscles around a joint; thus, thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndrome are actually orthopedic conditions.
A type of soft tissue therapy used to release restricted musculoskeletal groups. All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. It is believed that chronic tension and trauma cause the fascia, which envelopes muscles and the entire body, to become fixed in a particular position, known as myofascial restriction. Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. Manipulation of the myofascial group can greatly reduce or fully resolve the restriction. Cremes and oils are often never used for this modality.
Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece and Italy. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping and shaking motions with the application of oil or creme, to reduce friction on the skin. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation. It promotes reduction of swelling from injury, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and overall health and well-being.
Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder Treatment (aka TMJ or TMD)
Jaw pain, clicking, popping, locking and limited opening of the mouth can be signs of a TMJ disorder. Muscles that attach to the mandible, extending down the neck as well as further up the skull, can also be responsible for or help to relieve cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. Your first treatment includes evaluation and examination of your shoulders, neck, temporal mandibular joint and skull as well as a basic visual postural analysis. Your first and follow-up treatments include massage as well as consultation.
Treatments generally include intra-oral massage where the therapist works inside of your mouth through gloved fingers. Your initial evaluation and treatment is approximately 60-90 minutes. Follow-up treatments are approximately 45-60 minutes. The muscles that attach to the jaw are some of the most powerful, highly used and innervated muscles in your body, therefore communication between you and your therapist regarding pressure is key. Your jaw might feel tender for approximately 12 hours after each treatment. Most issues can be resolved in one session. Extended issues can usually be resolved in 3-4 weeks by receiving one treatment per week.