Modalities

Deep tissue

There are many types of massage that can be classified as Deep tissue work, the word deep tissue is based upon the depth of pressure that is used during the massage and is subjective to each individual receiving the massage, as we each posse a different threshold. Deep tissue sessions may include elements of sports massage, myofascial release, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and many other styles to numerous to name here. In general terms, deep tissue is a classification of many different types of work that all have one thing in common: depth of pressure. Almost all deep tissue forms of massage therapy have a treatment-oriented goal and seek to affect the intrinsic layer of muscle tissue. Deep tissue is particularly effective in treating chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, and inflammation.

Sports Massage

The goal of sports massage is to assess movement patterns and muscle groups used in specific physical motions and to assist in the recovery and maintenance of these muscles. I will help to alleviate stress and tension build up in the body’s soft tissue during physical activity, promoting optimum performance and injury-free training while minimizing recovery time. Whether you are a world class athlete, a weekend warrior or desk jockey, minor injuries and muscular tension occur due to overexertion and/or overuse. Sports massage can help to prevent these nagging minor injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement.

Sports massage may be deeper and more focused then Swedish. It is based on various elements of Swedish massage, focusing on circulation, but also incorporates stretching, compression, friction, oscillation, percussion, and trigger point response techniques.

Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Swedish physiologist Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) created this scientific system of massaging movements and techniques, focusing on enhancing circulatory function. This system now consists of five basic strokes that toward the heart: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), Friction (heat), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (oscillation). This is the basis of many therapists work, blending together other techniques to meet the clients needs. Swedish massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue (i.e., the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments) by the way of a gentle, flowing technique using the hands and arms. Varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements are incorporated.

Swedish massage is most commonly used for relaxation and improving well-being. Most Swedish session are between 60- 90 minutes, but can be shorter if treating specific areas such as the back, neck and shoulders, or any other areas experiencing discomfort or pain.

Prenatal/postpartum

Prenatal massage is a swedish-based massage that treats the every changing body of a mother to be. It can offer relaxation in a time where this may be a bit difficult but also treat the ever changing body and issues that seem to couple this change. This modality is to help assist in the adjustments and recovery of prenatal and postpartum shifts. The specific and special bolstering, pillows and wedges make comfort a possibility, while avoiding the contraindications that come with being pregnant.

Benefits of pregnancy massage work include emotional support and nurturing touch: relaxation and decreased insomnia: stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, knees, lower back and pelvis: neck and back pain relief: assistance in maintaining proper posture: reduced swelling in hands and feet: alleviation of sciatic pain, carpel tunnel: fewer calf cramps: and headache and sinus congestion relief. Once your baby is born, the benefits carry over to continue aiding the new mother in recovering from the efforts of labor and the life adjustments that go with parenthood.

Infant massage

Infant massage is a gentle, loving touch between caregiver and child that promotes healthy family development by strengthening the physical and emotional well-being of infants, young children and all family members involved. This a wonderful, loving technique for all, and gives a chance for everyone to be involved with the newest gift to families and friends. Clinical research shows that massage has beneficial effects for both caregivers and children, including stress relief, improved circulation, reduction in digestion issues and gas, colic issues, and increased bonding and sociability. Healthy touch is a key element in promoting bonding and attachment between child and caregivers. In addition, massage promotes early physiological and neurological development and function and is especially helpful for premature infants. The touch research institute at University of Florida demonstrates the powerful effects of infant massage by showing that in some instances infants improve cognitive development at six times the rate of a control group.

As a certified infant massage instructor I will instruct parents and caregivers how to massage their child, beginning at 3 weeks old, or ten pounds. The classes are broken down into 3-4 sessions, each session lasting around 45- 60 minutes, including time for questions, cuddling and feeding.

Lomi Lomi Massage

The word Lomi Lomi simply means massage. What it is, is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii. Alternate name for Lomi Lomi, is “Loving Hands” massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So while this technique is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart.

WorkPlace Massage

With today’s face-paced work environments, one out of four people experience pain or discomfort on the job, including back problems, repetitive strain injuries, and other postural and physical problems. A growing number of businesses are now providing workplace massage to their employees as part of an overall employee health and benefits program. Statistics show that having healthy employees translates into increased productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace, as well as reduction in worksite injuries.

Workplace massage can be both relaxing and invigorating, helping to relieve stress and muscle tension and to renew energy levels. The clients will remain fully clothed while receiving the session on a special massage chair or portable massage table. Typically this a 15-30 minute session. No oils or lotions are needed.

Special thanks to Dirk McCuistion, CMT, NMT,owner and founder of www.massagespecialists.com for the description of the modalities