After our initial consultation and my assessment, I'll use an integrative approach to massage and stretch your muscles to promote healing in your body. This integrative approach applies a variety of massage modalities, stretching techniques, the MELT Method® and The Kinesio Taping Method®. A description of the various massage types follows.
Swedish massage is a system of treatment designed to both relax and energize the body by releasing muscular tension, increasing circulation, ridding muscles of toxins, breaking down scar tissue, reducing joint stiffness and increasing flexibility. Basic strokes are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body including gliding, kneading, friction, joint movement, stretching, vibration and percussion. All of these promote healing.
Myofascial massage is a very slow yet deep technique that affects the muscles and their connective tissues to eliminate fascial restrictions, improve range of motion, free nerves from impingement and reduce pain. While it may be slow, myofascial massage is an extremely powerful technique for addressing painful conditions caused by reduced range of motion or conditions such as chronic headaches, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder and more.
trigger point massage
Trigger point massage is a deep tissue technique that includes slow gliding strokes and compression to release trigger points. Trigger points can mimic migraines, cause other headache pain, low back or hip pain or pain in the arms and legs. Occasionally, trigger points are found unexpectedly in the course of Swedish or myofascial massage. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas of the body or cause autonomic phenomena such as sweating, chills, nausea or even tears. With a little patience, once found, most trigger points will release within 20-30 seconds and the referred pain will dissipate. All massage techniques benefit from good communication between the client and massage therapist but is essential for trigger point massage.
manual lymphatic drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a very light touch technique. Originally developed in Europe to treat sinus infections, it is now used by many people for a variety of reasons. Despite requiring very light touch, it is very productive for ridding the body of edema and can help those who are prone to cellulitis infections. It also boosts the body's immune system by flushing the lymphatic system and results in the increase of white blood cell production. It temporarily increases the rate at which lymph flows through the body by tenfold. This has the effect of eliminating toxins. People who struggle with autoimmune conditions frequently find they benefit from MLD.