Massage Therapy and Bodywork Techniques

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I understand that everyone is an individual, so every session will be skillfully designed to meet your specific needs. Below, you will find descriptions of the most common massage therapy and bodywork techniques that I apply.

Massage Therapy is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures.

Bodywork is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy work. Bodywork techniques also aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “bodymind connection”, or to manipulate a putative “energy field” surrounding the human body and affecting health. All forms of bodywork (including Rolfing, chiropractic, and acupuncture) primarily involve and treat the nervous system, which is constantly adjusting muscle tension, movement patterns, perception, and pain sensitivity in response to new sensory information, including the highly novel sensory information resulting from bodywork. 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is an evidence-based, gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Cupping Therapy is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device, cup, on the skin. The cups are positioned at the area to be treated and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and cellular waste out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

Reiki is a Japanese energy technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Simply put, Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the client by means of touch or hovering hands, to activate the natural healing processes of the client’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Swedish Massage is the most common form of massage.  Swedish massage involves long, gliding strokes, kneading, friction, and other forms of tissue manipulation to relax and ease muscle tension and pain. Swedish is an integration of ancient Eastern techniques with modern Western principles of anatomy and physiology. Swedish is typically a full-body massage. Techniques and session length can vary.

Myofascial Techniques are used to free the body from the grip of tight connective tissue. Therapists apply mild, yet deep, sustained pressure to stretch and soften the fascia. Results include: restoring more ideal alignment and function, and reducing pain.

Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger points are tender, congested spots within the muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas. Trigger point therapy is a technique where the  practitioner applies pressure to these points. Results include: eliminating pain, improving muscle function, and re-educating the muscles to adapt pain-free patterns.

Deep Tissue massage is a general term for a range of therapies that are used to improve the function of the body’s connective tissues and muscles. This specialized massage technique is intended to release chronic tension by working the deeper layers of muscle tissues. Deep Tissue techniques are used to encourage the softening of adhesion in areas of chronic muscle tension or injury and increase circulation. Results include: improving muscular health and decreasing pain.

Neuromuscular Therapy is a system of soft-tissue manipulation techniques used to treat chronic pain caused by injury, strain, sprain or stress. Neuromuscular techniques manipulate the muscles, tendons, and connective tissue to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses to the body at a healthy rate. Injury, trauma, postural distortion, or stress causes nerves to increase the speed of their transmission, preventing equilibrium, and leaving the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. Neuromuscular Therapy enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics as it encourages realignment of collagen fibers and decreases muscle spasms, normalizing soft tissues (bodywork of any kind does NOT break up scar tissue, but it can be effective in the remodeling process and can improve range of motion in areas restricted by scar tissue).

Sports Massage, for the athlete, Sports massage techniques are used at all stages of pre/post-event training. Sports massage helps to prevent injury, enhance and maximize athletic performance, and reduce recovery time. Sports massage is typically focused on the muscles relevant to the planned athletic event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury, and shorten the time needed to recover from an event (& decrease inflammation). Sports massage may include a variety of techniques such as Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, and hydrotherapy (cold / heat treatment).


Disclaimer: Any and all information contained on this website is purely for informational purposes only, and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.