Styles of Massage and Bodywork I Offer
I am trained in many types of therapeutic massage. I use each one to suit your needs when you need it.
Relaxation massage, often just referred to as "Swedish Massage". Often we specialize later in our careers, but relaxing Swedish Massage is the primary type of massage that every massage therapist gets trained in to begin with. My teacher, Mary, always said to us students, "Never underestimate the power of a good relaxing Swedish Massage!" and she was right. Swedish Massage totally rocks!
- Deep Tissue Massage, which accesses deeper structures in the tissues and is great for working out knots and painful areas. Deep Tissue Massage takes more skill to be effective.
- Connective Tissue Massage, also referred to as Myofascial Massage or "Fascia Work", this specialized style of massage targets the connective tissues in the body. When connective tissue binds together, this can cause pain and reduce movement. We call this Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
- Neuromuscular Therapy, also known as Trigger Point Therapy or Trigger Point Massage. Trigger Points are tender spots of contraction in muscles which refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger Points form within the connective tissue, and cause pain and increased neurological traffic in the nervous system.
- Acupressure, finger-pressure applied to points in the Chinese Medicine system of energy meridians and flows. Acupressure massage is excellent at resolving chronic muscular tensions and muscular armoring patterns. It is best at producing deep relaxation while also bringing peace and calming the spirit. Wonderful for stress.
- Lymphatic Massage is a specialized form of manual therapy which helps reduce lymphedema and assists the lymphatic system in clearing cell wastes from the tissues. I am trained in full-body lymphatic drainage techniques.
- Massage for people during and after treatment for cancer. This is very skilled and highly specialized work. Cancer treatments change the physiology of the body permanently; the massage therapist must be very knowledgeable about anatomy and about the effects of various treatment modalities in order to work with the body's new limitations, some of which may include an altered lymphatic system and capacity, and tissues altered and damaged by radiation.