Assisted Healing Massage

benefits for every body

Massage Modalities

Never Underestimate the Power of Massage!

  • Restorative Massage (aka Swedish) geared mainly towards relaxation and stress reduction.  Massage strokes are long and broad, encompassing all major muscles.  Massage can be of varying degrees of pressure.  Swedish techniques can be incorporated into any massage session.
  • Therapeutic Deep Tissue focus is on 2-3 muscle groups and on the deeper layers of connective tissue. Immediate improvement in flexibility and pain reduction.
  • Assisted Therapeutic Stretching prevent fascial adhesions and soft tissue injuries. Improve flexibility and mobility. 
  • Myofascial Release focuses mainly on the fascia which has recently been reclassified as a system in the human body. Fascia surrounds and protects every muscle, tendon, blood vessel, organ and nerve.  It is our fascia that takes a direct hit when we are injured. Scar tissue develops here and becomes immobile over time. This immobility affects every muscle, tendon, blood vessel, organ and nerve. Releasing the fascia allows for the return of optimal movement and tissue health. No oil is used for this type of massage with very slow movements and stretching directly into the muscle belly. Friction is therefore felt with Myofascial Release, creating localized heat and creating space within. Many clients have commented on a softening sensation in tissues affected by this technique. Although subtle, changes are made which improve overall health.   
  • Medical Massage evidence-based massage with clinical results for specific conditions
  • CBD Massage a full body massage using CBD infused oil for its anti-inflammatory, anti oxidative and calming effects
  • Hot Stone dense basalt stones are heated and either placed on tight muscles or used as a massage tool.  Benefits include reduced tension in connective tissue, improved range of motion, a warming sensation throughout the body and of course, it feels great!  
  • Pregnancy Massage therapeutic massage during pregnancy. When I was in massage school in 2003, I learned the side-lying method. It is the style I choose to provide in my practice to this day.  I have used various supports and pregnancy tables in the past, however due to the controversy of potential hazards to mom and baby, I provide pregnancy massage the "old-fashioned" way.  In fact, Claire Marie Miller, a pioneer in Pregnancy Massage education, teaches the side-lying method exclusively.
  • Comfort Touch massage therapy for anybody who cannot receive circulatory massage due to age, illness or injury. Client can remain fully clothed during the 40 or 60 minute session. It can be done while sitting in a chair or lying in a hospital bed. There are no limits to its use. Anyone from the tiniest infant to the elderly can receive.
  • Oncology Massage Therapy  although not a specific technique, clients with cancer are safe to receive massage during and after treatment. Massages are given by trained therapists who know of the contraindications for massage and make modifications when necessary.  The American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network advocate massage for pain relief.  The MD Anderson Cancer Center states that massage therapy enhances Quality of Life.
  • Massage Cupping an ancient technique originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, and lifts connective tissue by bringing blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  Circulation and heat are the keys to healing.  Massage cupping is result-oriented and has been found to affect the body up to 4 inches into the tissues.  Cupping is very useful and safe.
  • Gua Sha a healing technique used throughout Asia, dating back more than 200 years which uses soft, round-edged instruments made of buffalo horn or stone to stroke the surface of the skin.  Gua Sha moves stuck blood, promoting normal circulation to the tissues and organs directly beneath the surface treated. Clients report immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility.  Fluid movement restores normal metabolic processes as nutrients are carried to the tissues and wastes are carried away.  Gua Sha is a warming treatment with numerous benefits.
  • Reiki an energy technique originating in Japan which brings relaxation and peace to each individual who receives it.  Can be added to any modality. On its own, clients remain fully clothed while the practitioner rests hands lightly on head, torso, limbs and feet.  Deep breathing and quiet is recommended during Reiki to facilitate deeper relaxation and renewal.  Reiki allows for clarity and invigorates the spirit. It creates balance within all the body's systems.

 

 

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