Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue: This is good for releasing old injuries or chronically tight muscles, adhesion removal and scar tissue removal. Firm pressure is applied to the area of focus with attention on freeing up and unsticking the muscles from one another so they can regain the ability to function in their optimal way.
Swedish: A relaxing full body integrative massage. Pressure is applied directly on the skin using oil with long smoothing strokes, kneading and frictioning to help release tight muscles.
Orthopedic Massage, as taught by Ben Benjamin: This method is used specifically to help you heal injured tendons and ligaments. Using deep frictioning techniques along with ice and heat therapies to resolve: subscapularis syndrome, lateral and medial epicondylitis, iliolumbar ligament injury, patellar tendonitis and ankle sprain.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy: A trigger point is a hypersensitive spot in a muscle or its surrounding fascia that radiates pain in the immediate area and refers pain into another area of the body. A trigger point can cause numbness, muscular weakness, hypersensitivity to touch and nerve-like pain. Releasing myofascial trigger points, helps to increase circulation, resolve pain, relax chronically tight muscles and restore function to the muscle. This method is great for resolving problems such as sciatica, piriformis syndrome, headaches, tennis or golfers elbow, shoulder and forearm pain, plantar fasciitis and knee pain.
Shiatsu: This is a Japanese form of massage. Also known as acupressure, shiastu is given on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed. This method works with the ancient maps of meridians (energy pathways) in the body. The session starts with gentle palpation of the abdomen or Hara, where all of the meridians can be found. The practitioner feels for the different quality of energy in each meridian, finding the most kyo (depleted) and the most jitsu (overactive). This then guides the focus of the session. Pressure is applied with fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, knees and sometimes feet, to balance the meridians in the body. Working from head to toe, shiatsu is wonderful for mobilizing joints, loosening tight muscles and restoring life energy to the body.
Reiki: Meaning universal life force energy. This is energy work used to open up the life force throughout the body and chakra system. Reiki can be used to help clear emotional and physical discomfort, restoring a sense or overall wellbeing and balance to the body, mind and spirit. A Reiki session can be subtle and soothing or profoundly transformational, depending on the level of work the client’s body and energy field are requiring or allowing.
Medicupping: special cups are used for suctioning congested soft tissue in muscles and around joints to increase lymphatic drainage and circulation in tissue. The cups are moved across the skin with gliding, popping, shaking, and rotating motion to help deeply separate tissue. This method can pull inflammation and toxins from tissues and organs, increase lymphatic drainage, reduce swelling, and unwind scar tissue.
Let’s talk about it!
Feel free to contact me to discuss or ask questions about any of these modalities. We can design a plan for you that incorporates one or more methods to directly address your needs.