Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy can help with pain management, flexibility and relaxation. Plus it just feels good to get a massage!
Therapeutic massage targets painful areas, relieves tension, increases circulation, and reduces recovery time. It is also a great way to fit some self-care into your life even if you are not currently experiencing pain. Making time for relaxation and reducing stress is important for both physical and mental health.
Like exercise (or eating chocolate!) massage promotes the release of endorphins, your very own painkilling and stress-reducing chemicals. This produces a sense of calm and relaxation and can reduce the levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Hot stone massage
Hot stones are used to massage the body. The weight and warmth of the stones cut through muscle tension and pain.
You may have seen athletes walk around with what looks like large, round, bruises on their skin. This is because they utilizing the benefits of cupping. Cupping uses special cups placed on the skin to create suction. The suctioning causes an increase in blood flow and a corresponding decrease in pain and inflammation. Cupping can cause non-painful bruising.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial pain is caused by the fascia around the muscle becoming tense, stretched and knotted. It often results in trigger points or particular points in the body that are painful. Myofascial release is a modality that uses stretching of the myofascial, skin rolling and IASTM tools. The fascia responds well to hot stones and FSM.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Tools (IASTM)
These are a set of massage tools made out of stainless steel used for myofascial release, breaking down abnormal densities in tissue, stimulating the nervous system, and jump-starting the healing process. Ideal for scar tissue, fascia tension, muscle shortening, and trigger points.
In the Japenese language, “Ashi” translates to foot and “Atsu” into pressure. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Ashiatsu therapists are able to provide an effective therapeutic massage that is deep tissue and relaxing. This type of massage is done on the floor on a mat and the massage therapist uses one foot at a time to massage the client. The massage therapist may use a chair or stool to assist with balance.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage targets the inner muscles and connective tissue by applying sustained pressure and using deep strokes. For those who are interested in deep pressure check out Ashiatsu massage, hot stone massage, and IASTM tools. It can be effective in treating sports injuries and chronic pain.
Swedish Massage and Stretching
Swedish massage is similar to deep tissue massage but gentler and used to promote relaxation, circulation, and recovery. Swedish stretching improves your performance in physical activities and decreases your risk of injuries. It can help your joints move through their full range of motion and enable your muscles to work most effectively.
Energy work is just as much about mental and emotional healing as it is about physical healing. I apply a bit of polarity, traditional Chinese, and Core Synchronicity.
My massage philosophy is to focus on finding the right amount of pressure for each client. The pressure should be enough to release muscle tension but not too much that it causes tension. Everyone is different, and I focus on finding a rhythm and a modality that resonates with my client.
Massage is not only a physical practice but is similar to meditation in that is provides a time and space for being present and being at home in your body. I foster this by creating an inviting and accepting atmosphere where my clients can feel relaxed. I place emphasis on open lines of communication and feedback. This can increase the effectiveness of our work together, and we can target your specific concerns.