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A neuromuscular therapeutic massage is the idea that the body's soft tissues (muscle) can get so tight that it remains contracted. This can be caused by overuse (too much exercise) or underuse (sedentary lifestyle) of the muscle, nutritional inadequacies & dehydration, injuries, and illnesses. These overly-contracted muscles -each of which are made of thousands of fibers wrapped together- can twist and turn (think of a string twisting on itself) so much over time that it will stay twisted inside your body in the form of a very sensitive knot! As a result, it messes up the signal from the nerves and creates pain on other areas of the body! This is where I step in...
A neuromuscular therapy session begins with a good consultation! I'll begin with taking your history & asking pertinent questions about your physical history.
Questions to think about before our session include:
What medications are you currently taking? (This includes aspirin/ibuprofen!)
Have you had any injuries? Surgeries? Major illnesses?
What is your occupation?
Do you exercise or are you active?
After I ask you questions, and inquire about your reason for our visit, I will take you through some ranges of motion (example: if your knee hurts, I will ask you to bend it gently until you feel discomfort) so we have something to reference to when we finish. The neuromuscular therapy work is specific to the area of complaint, and I will warm up and palpate the tissue before beginning my specific work. After that, I will see if we can find any trigger points that refer pain. We may or may not find any on the first try/area that I introduce the work to. There are many different muscles that refer pain in similar areas, so it is a process of discovery! This may take several sessions, please be patient. Our session will end with assessing what your pain level is at, and if your range of motion has increased.
This work is designed to aid in pain management & rehabilitation, and is not for everybody. This work is specific, sometimes painful before getting better, but can result in improving your quality of life!
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit. Thai massage originating in Thailand, sometimes goes on for 3-4 hours. Thai has many of the same principles as Shiatsu, but with more interaction & connection between therapist & client, with rhythmic motions. It is very meditative, especially when the client-therapist 'make a connection'. This mixed massage is traditionally performed on a soft mat on the floor, but can also be done on a table. This type of massage is focused on relaxation & stretching (can also be described as "assisted yoga"), and not on any specific part of the body in detail. You do not remove your clothes, and I do not use oil/lotion.
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.
This is the type of massage everyone thinks of first! You will undress to your comfort level, get under the blankets & sheets, and I will use lotion/oil to help your body relax & unwind. If you're not looking for any specific work, and want to pay me so you can take a nap on my table, then this massage is the way to go!
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Since our muscles are layered, the tension you feel may be coming from a muscle closer to the bones in our bodies. Even though it is called "deep tissue", it is only because it feels as though we are going 'deeper' into the muscle. In actuality, therapists are trained in knowing at which direction to approach the muscles we are attempting to reach. This work is slower and not performed over the entire body (site-specific). Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deeper layers of muscle tissue during the session.
Everyone gets massages for some sort of discomfort, and this is a nice addition to your Swedish to get out a couple of those good old-fashioned knots! The session will be mainly Swedish, and I will use anywhere from 10-30 minutes of your session to work these areas with a goal of helping you release some long-held tension.