You work hard, and you play hard. You expect a lot from your body. Most of the time, it delivers. But you can’t expect it to deliver constantly without care and maintenance. We all have our issues; maybe it’s lower back pain, shin splits, shoulder immobility, tight hamstrings, plantar fasciitis. The list goes on.
At your initial appointment, we’ll talk about how you’re feeling and what you need. Knowledge about you is just as important as my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and massage techniques to help you feel better.
Each session is customized to meet your needs each time, which usually consists of a combination of the following massage modalities.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage relieves tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It’s a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress due to misalignment, repetitive motions and lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment; you should always drink plenty of water to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins during the session.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ form as a result of physical, mental and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. The process can be quite painful at times, but the effects are lasting and profoundly transforming.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Engaging in sports is hard on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping prevent injuring, reducing pain and swelling, relaxing the mind, increasing flexibility and dramatically improving recovery rates. Sports massage also aids the rapid recovery of an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance and greater flexibility.