A variety of techniques are incorporated to tailor each treatment to your needs
This is the most common type of massage and can be used as a foundation for most massage styles practiced. One of the main goals for this type of massage is to relax the body. Swedish Massage movements can be slow and gentle, or fast and stimulating. It all depends on your main focus for the message.
A trigger point is a tight spot within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. The pain may be intense or dull. Trigger Point Massage helps to relieve this pain with the use of repeated isolated pressure and release. Communication between you and your therapist is important in targeting the location and handling the level of discomfort. Deactivating a trigger point can lower pain and improve function.
Refers to various massage styles that are focused on the deeper tissue of the muscle and fascia.
Myofascial Release or MFR is a gentle technique focusing on the stretching and lengthening of the connective tissues in and around muscles. The therapist uses pressure that is gentle and constant to ease into the connective tissue restriction. The goal of this type of treatment is to assuage pain and restore motion.
Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT)
SMRT involves the passive contraction of muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and bones to allow spontaneous release. This technique stimulates lymphatic flow and creates a natural unwinding of connective tissue. SMRT allows the joints of the body to realign which helps to re-establish correct posture.
Cupping can be considered the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. This method involves placing specially crafted plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain and pull out toxins that linger in your body's tissues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect when I arrive for my first massage?
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your appointment so you can fill out a health questionnaire. Prior to your treatment, I will go over your questionnaire with you and answer any questions you may have. If there are no medical concerns for receiving a massage, I will explain how to situate yourself on the message table, how you will be kept modestly covered, and discuss the overall focus of the session. Then I will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress and lay on the massage table.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed. But it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except on the area being worked on. The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with the top sheet.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Depending on the length of the message and what you would like to focus on, your session will be adapted.
Will the massage oils or lotions used make me breakout?
I only use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. If you are sensitive to certain types of oils or lotions, please let me know prior to our session.
What can I expect during a cupping session?
You may feel a tight sensation in the area the cups are applied. This application sedates the central nervous system which will place the body into a more relaxed state. The cups will be moved around or remain in place based on assessment of individual need. The skin may be mildly discolored after treatment, but is temporary.