MASSAGE THERAPY

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CONFESSION OF A MASSAGE THERAPIST

I have to admit, I was skeptical about massage therapy until about 20 years when I had to make an appointment to treat severe, chronic pain in both shoulders and lumbar spine. Being a gymnast throughout my childhood and most of my young adult years finally caught up with me! Despite a few cortisone shots and some physical therapy, the pain persisted and if anyone has ever experienced chronic pain, you know it can affect the quality of your life! A friend of mine recommended that I try her massage therapist who had helped relieve her back pain, so in desperation, I made the appointment. To make a long story short, it REALLY worked, and I've been hooked ever since!  

Massage not only works to relieve chronic pain, but is also beneficial in the following ways:

  • Reduces stress, depression, anxiety and enhance quality of sleep by relaxing the nervous system, releasing endorphins (our natural pain killers) and reducing chronic pain;
  • Enhance sports performance by helping athletes prepare for or recover from strenuous workouts; 
  • Improve range of motion and joint flexibility by helping to release tension and promote new blood flow in tight muscles;
  • Ease medication dependance by decreasing chronic pain, resulting in less of a need for pain medication;
  • Stimulates nerves and soft tissue fibers which can help release weak, tight or atrophied muscles;
  • Helps improve the condition of the skin by stimulating blood flow and circulation, along with the use of nourishing, high quality massage cream;
  • Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks;
  • Relieve migraine pain by increasing blood flow, releasing tension in the scalp, neck and shoulder muscles;
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling by keeping the tissues pliable, stimulating circulation and lymph flow.
  • Fibromyalgia because deep relaxation reduces stress, pain and muscle tension;
  • Digestive disorders that are caused by chronic stress.  Massage may help relieve tension in the intestines and help stimulate bowel movements, relieving constipation.

For more information and current research about the benefits of massage therapy, check out www.amtamassage.org, Massage Research Roundups.

If any of this appeals to you, please consider the safest and least invasive way to manage pain and stress management and book your appointment today!

COST OF SERVICES
30 minutes        $45.00
One hour           $80.00
90 minutes        $110.00

DISCOUNT ON PACKAGES

ONE HOUR SESSIONS OF 4  $280.00

ONE HOUR SESSIONS OF 10 $670.00  

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TYPES OF MASSAGE TREATMENTS
Everyone has different needs, so treatments are customized to address individual concerns. Different modalities listed below, including gentle stretching, may be incorporated.

Trigger Point Therapy:
Addresses primary complaint.  For example: when a client presents with shoulder pain, upper extremity protocol will be used as the primary examination. Prolonged pain can cause dysfunctions within the affected area, so adjoining muscles are noted due to the compensatory patterns in movement. Deep, sustained pressure is applied to the sensitive points in muscles to help release muscular pain and spasm.

Myofascial Release:
Safe and effective technique that involves applying gently sustained pressure in deep or superficial myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  What is myofascial tissue? It's a thin, strong fibrous connective tissue that extends throughout the entire body like tight-knit webbing. It provides support and protection to muscles and bones.

Swedish Massage:
A general systemic massage of soft tissues of the body to induce a state of deep relaxation. Do not underestimate the power of a gentle massage!

Reflexology:
Organized around a system of points on the head, hands and feet that correspond to the major joints and organs of the the body.

Manual Lymph Drainage:
A technique that addresses the lymphatic system, the largest circulatory system in our body. In order to encourage lymph fluid movement, extremely gentle pressure is applied over dry skin and directed towards the heart. What is the lymphatic system?  The lymphatic system is a complex network of delicate vessels that branch throughout all parts of the body and is the primary structure of the immune system. It helps to remove toxins and other impurities from the body, and defends the body against virus causing germs, bacteria, and fungi. If lymph fluid builds up in the body, it causes swelling which is known as edema or lymphedema. Have you ever seen someone with swollen ankles, sometimes leaking clear fluid? That's lymph.  

The lymphatic system also builds immunity by making special white blood cells (called lymphocytes), Pac-man like cells that attack and destroy foreign bacteria and viruses, even abnormal cells like cancer cells. The lymph fluid moves through the lymph nodes-found in the neck, armpits, abdomen, chest, pelvis, groin and tops of legs- which act as as filters, attacking any bacteria or viruses found in the lymph fluid, which is then is pumped back to the heart. 

Who benefits from a manual lymphatic drainage treatment?  Everyone, really. If you're feeling sick or fighting to get back on track, manually moving the lymph can help clear out toxins, viruses and bacteria.  In addition, athletes, surgical patients, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue sufferers greatly benefit as well.  

For more information about manual lymphatic drainage, go to www.massagetherapy.com, Massage Therapy Articles; The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage.