In the massage industry it’s possible to craft your massage style into a very unique and customized skill set or as I like to consider it my Massage Toolbox. My interests lean towards skills that promote self-care, restoration, clinical applications & comforting techniques. Below are a selection of skills I am honing to best help my clientele.
Clinical Massage is an outcome-based massage. By combining techniques from my massage therapy toolbox my bodywork sessions are designed to ease pain, rejuvenate use and minimize possibility of further injury. The session includes a Postural Assessment, pre | post treatment.
I specialize in conditions such as Sciatica, Whiplash, Carpal Tunnel, Chronic Pain, Tendonitis, Headaches, Chronic Systemic Inflammatory Conditions, Strains & Sprains as well as Surgery(pre|post).
Clinical Massage utilizes a combination of the following bodywork therapies:
- Deep Tissue massage
- Swedish Massage
- Lymphatic Drainage Techniques
- Myofascial Techniques
- Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Structural Integration
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Guided Breath work
- Cryotherapy (Ice)
- Hydrotherapy (Moist heat)
Thai Table Massage
The session can be described as energetic, rigorous & relaxing. Treatments involve compressions, muscle stretching, joint manipulation and rhythmic movements. Clients are positioned in a variety of positions, while the therapist uses hands, knees, legs and feet to create deep static and rhythmic pressure. During the session the client wears loose clothes that allow free movement. This is a dry therapy meaning no oil is applied to the skin.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Movement education uses a custom-tailored approach to improving your body awareness and movement skills. Combining problem-solving, guided-discovery, and exploratory methods, this practice inevitably leads to a stronger connection between the mind and body, creating a more natural and graceful experience of movement and interaction with other people.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This can yield effects that are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.