Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy can offer enormous benefits, ranging from helping to minimize the impact of chronic diseases, neurological disorders and injuries, to alleviating the stress of modern lifestyles.
It can positively impact almost every system of the body, including the skin, the muscular and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the digestive and urinary systems. From injury prevention to recovery and rehabilitation, massage therapy can enhance every part of an athlete’s training program.
Useful for a variety of conditions, massage can:
- Treat of pain or injury
- Improve range of motion or performance
- Ease medication dependence
- Enhance immunity
- Lengthen weak or tight muscles
- Increase joint flexibility
- Help athletes prepare for and recover from training or competition
- Reduce fatigue
- Lesson depression and anxiety
- Improve quality of sleep
- Enhance concentration
- Reduce scar tissue and swelling
- Improve circulation
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Provide relaxation, stress reduction and well being
- Integrate body, mind and spirit
I will customize your treatment based on your needs, expectations and goals. In addition to common modalities, such as Swedish massage, sports massage and deep tissue massage, I will build on the specialized training I haved received from veteran therapists Erik Dalton, Aaron Mattes, Stuart Taws and Michael Young, and utilize techniques that are most likely to benefit you. These may include:
- Myoskeletal Alignment Technique is a revolutionary therapeutic system rooted in the principles of structural integration and osteopathy. The work is very detailed and involves active participation by the client during sessions. It identifies common muscular and joint imbalances and incorporates specific deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, muscle energy and stretching to correct dysfunctional strain patterns before they turn into chronic pain.
- Muscle Release Technique/Soft Tissue Release is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. Muscle Release Technique/Soft Tissue Release breaks up scar tissue, lengthens the muscle, restores muscle memory and can generate relief from pain immediately.
- Active Isolated Stretching involves holding a variety of stretches for up to two seconds, working with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the flexibility of muscle joints and fascia. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma. AIS is one of the methods of stretching most frequently used by top athletes, therapists, trainers and professionals worldwide.
Some clients experience some aches after their first treatment. This is a normal response to the healing process, and the discomfort typically subsides within a couple of days. Thereafter, clients generally find that they feel much better than they did before the treatment.
Subsequent appointments are typically scheduled as part of a collaborative process. Many issues can be addressed in just one session. Others may require follow up on a routine or occasional basis. Some clients prefer regular appointments as part of their overall strategy for injury prevention and well being. After your initial massage, I will work with you to determine the most appropriate plan for ensuring your continued progress and health.