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.
While 60 minutes is my usual massage length, I also offer a 30-minute session for $60, or an extended 90-minute session for $135. This is standard for all techniques I offer.
Neuromuscular Therapy is also commonly called Trigger Point Therapy. This work focuses on finding and treating trigger points in muscles and fascia that may be contributing to pain, weakness, or overcontraction. Trigger points often create patterns of referred pain or sensation. Releasing trigger points can reduce pain and restore normal muscle length and function.
Massage to treat Tempromandibular Joint (jaw) pain focuses externally on releasing tension in the fascia and muscles of the head, neck and face, particularly on the muscles involved in mastication (chewing). During the intra-oral component of treatment, the therapist carefully targets the three main muscles that move and stabilize the jaw. Massage for Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is an effective treatment to relieve pain and tension and help restore normal jaw function.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are an effective way to target and relax muscles that are shortened, tight or in spasm due to a variety of causes. For most of this work, the client remains fully clothed and participates in the work of alternately engaging and relaxing muscles that require treatment, while the therapist provides resistance and stretches the muscles. I am also certified in the use of MET to assess and treat Iliosacral Dysfunction and Sacroiliac Dysfunction, which often contribute to low back pain.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.
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 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.