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Massage Therapy 

Benefits

As a part of your healthcare regimen, massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.

  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.

  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

  • Increase joint flexibility.

  • Lessen depression and anxiety.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.

  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

We all know that stress can cause or contribute to disease and aging. Massage can, without a doubt, help to manage stress, resulting in

  • Decreased anxiety.

  • Enhanced sleep quality.

  • Greater energy.

  • Improved concentration.

  • Increased circulation.

  • Reduced fatigue.

  • Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.

  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.

     

Commit to taking care of yourself!

Techniques

Each massage session is designed to reduce muscle tension, soften knotted muscle tissues and promote physical health and well-being.  Together we will come up with a plan for your massage so that the treatment will address your body’s needs and suit your preferences. 

During your massage I will use one or more of the following techniques:

  • Swedish Massage uses long, broad, slow, relaxation techniques.

  • Deep Tissue Massage focused on alleviating chronic muscle tension, knots and scar tissue to relieve soreness and pain, increase range-of-motion and aid in healing of injured tissue.

  • Sports Massage  is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery.  Pre-event – get your body ready!  Post-event – calm your nervous system and flush toxins and waste products out of your,  reduce recovery time, enabling you to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow.

  • Trigger Point (TP) used for the relief of soft-tissue pain and dysfunction.  The goal is to ‘deactivate’ the TP using finger pressure in order to alleviate pain, increase range-of-motion and eliminate numbness or tingling.

  • Pregnancy Massage is a wonderful way to take care of and nurture your changing body throughout your pregnancy.

  • Hot Stone Massage is a very relaxing  treatment for both light pressure and deep-tissue massages.  Warm stones of  are placed on muscles to warm and soften  tissue, reducing time spent preparing the body for a deeper massage.  This Service is not offered during the summer.

What to Expect

Before Your Massage

Give yourself enough time to arrive a little early – it’ll take you less time to relax on the table.

Health History

Your appointment begins with an intake process where we will discuss how your body is feeling, where you’re  experiencing muscle tension or pain and what your goals are for the session.  If this is your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out a health history form. This form will ask about:

  • Medical conditions

  • Areas of concern

  • Your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days

  • What helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse

  • Contact information

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Learning about you

I will review your health history and ask questions. Knowing your history allows me to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.  I will ask you questions to better design your session to meets your needs and goals. Let me know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid and if you have any techniques that you would like me to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, please let me know and we will discuss some options.  Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.  I will then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket.

 

During the Massage

It’s important that you are comfortable during the whole massage.  If you’re not comfortable, please let me know. Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.

Draping

You will be covered by a sheet and blankets during your massage.  Only the part of the body I am working on will be exposed.