NCTMB - Licensed Massage Therapist
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I specialize in Swedish, Myofascial release. What techniques I use depends on the client and their
needs at the time.

Introduction to Massage

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. We know this is true on an intuitive level. If even the untrained hands of a friend or partner can soothe aches and pains, and diminish anxiety, then imagine the effect of a therapeutic massage by a trained practitioner. In short, with a therapeutic massage, stress can be significantly reduced. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your outlook on life, and in the process boost your immune system function.

$55 per hour,     All services subject to tax.
Each additional half hour is $25.
** Some Services, may require an extra fee
Seated massage - 15 minutes for $20
$5 for each additional 5 minute interval.
In Home Visit.
The minimum additional fee for travel is $20, however it depends on the distance.

So What Is It Exactly?   Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body.

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. There many variations of massaging.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning of the body. Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.


Massage Therapy Strokes

In addition to there being many different types of massage, therapists also utilize a wide variety of strokes in their practice. Strokes vary in terms of the part of the body that he therapist uses to deliver the stroke, as well as in the part of the recipient´s body to which a particular stroke is administered. Additionally, strokes may very significantly in the intensity of the stroke itself. Following is a description of several common strokes used by massage therapists.

Compression uses a quick rhythmic pumping action to get deep into the muscle. This causes the muscle to relax and become more pliable and spreads the tissue. It is generally performed with full contact of the hand.

This gliding stroke is used a great deal throughout the massage session to apply lubricant to the skin. It is used to relax and stretch a client´s muscles.

Kneading is a firm stroke used on a specific area to help release muscle tension and improve circulation. The therapist gently grasps an area of the body (i.e. calf) with both hands and makes a kneading action similar to that of kneading dough.

Vibrating or jostling the muscle helps to get deep into the muscle.

A light-to medium-pressure stroke which relaxes and stretches the muscles and improves circulation. The therapist will use either the heel of the hand on larger areas (i.e. thigh) or the thumbs on smaller areas (i.e. forearms). With one hand following the other, the therapist applies firm and constant pressure while traveling slowly upward along the muscle.

This stroke can be used to pull and stretch the muscles of the torso and legs. Using alternating hands in a pulling motion, the therapist gradually moves her hands up the client´s body.

This stroke is similar to pulling, but, whereas pulling is performed in an upward motion, wringing is performed across the body or limb.

Friction strokes are deep strokes used around joints and to release adhesions to the muscle. This stroke is typically performed on dense areas of tissue by sinking the thumbs deeply into the muscle and using body weight to gently rock back and forth or in small circular motions.

Percussive strokes, such as rhythmic striking, hacking, and cupping with relaxed hands and wrists stimulate the muscle, improve circulation, and release muscle tension. These strokes are primarily used on, arms, legs, buttocks, shoulders and back (not on spine).

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