Types of Massage & Therapy
Full Body Relaxation Massage
This technique is used for people without any specific needs. It helps to reduce stress, headache and tension.
Deep Tissue Massage
This method of massage is used to relieve tension in muscles and fascia or connective tissue. Deep tissue massage focuses on the deep muscles located below the superficial muscles by using a set of techniques and strokes to achieve the relief of pain and relaxation of the deep muscles. I use this type of massage for clients who suffer from consistent pain or who have physical injury.
Deep Pressure Massage
"Deep Pressure" is not used for the full body. It is performed with strong, intense pressure for part or all of the session. This type of massage is used for injured muscles, ligaments and nerves.
Pregnancy Massage can reduce pain or discomfort of the low back, neck and calves and also can help with headaches, fatigue and insomnia. This massage provides relaxation which is helpful for anxiety or depression, as well as increasing flexibility. In addition, pregnancy massage can decrease tension and swelling, while improving circulation for a mother and her baby.
Medical Massage is the combined methods of deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and neuromuscular re-education. As needed, other types of massage and therapy can also be used for different varienties of medical conditions.
Myofascial Release is a very gentle variety of massage, which consists of the combination of massage and stretching. During the massage session, I work with light, gentle pressure in kneading-type strokes to stretch, soften, loosen and lengthen the muscles. Usually, I hold the pressure in one area for 1 to 2 minutes to relax and stretch the muscles. This can be done 3 or 4 times until the muscle completely releases and relaxes. This method is used to prevent scar tissue after trauma, injury, chronic pain and tension associated with conditions including headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthrosis and arthritis, muscle spasm, cramps and fibromyalgia.
Craniosacral Therapy is based on the subtle cranial rhythms. The cranial bones have subtle, identifiable and patterned motions. These motions are the result of fluctuations in the production and flow of cerebrospinal fluid. The rhythm consists of tow movements--cranial flexion and extension--and occurs at a rate of six to twelve cycles per minute. I use craniosacral therapy for treating chronic pain, visceral dysfunctions, headaches and TMJ dysfunction, and herniated disks.
Trigger Points are the parts of the muscles that can be the cause of pain in different parts of the body. For example, the trigger point in the back can be the reason for pain in the shoulder, resulting in a headache. Usually, I press a trigger point for 16 to 18 seconds for 5 or 6 times in order to relax the muscle; then, I gently overstretch the whole area. Clients can feel a decrease in pain after one or two treatments.
Massage techniques move lymph (the fluid in the lymphatic system) by mechanically pumping the lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic capillaries. Compression empties the capillaries, while decompression allows them to refill. Pressure within the capillaries is reduced, allowing the lymph to flow. I use this method to reduce edema, ease pain secondary to edema, preventing scar tissue and remove metabolic waste secondary to inflammation and edema.
Joint & Muscle Rehabilitation
This type of therapy session includes stretching, range of motion exercises, strength training, joint mobilization, neuromuscular and postural re-education.
NOTE: All of the types of massages and therapies listed above are availabe for 60 and 90-minute sessions.
Due to the short session, this massage is performed on only one or two specific areas that are causing the most discomfort, such neck, neck and shoulders, low back, etc.