Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage where heated stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
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.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you donâ€™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 deep tissue during the session.
Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the time needed to recover from injuriers.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing â€œtrigger pointsâ€ in your body.Â Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body.Â These â€˜knotsâ€™ are built up throughout a personâ€™s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress.Â During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points.Â This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Aromatherapy is an ancient practice of using essential oil to heal by stimulating the olfactory senses, mental responses, circulatory andrespiratory functions. It is one of the fastest growing forms of the healing arts in this country. It employs highly concentrated essential oils extracted from herbs and flowers that contain hormones, vitamins, antibiotics and antiseptics. Applied to the skin during a massage or through inhalation, the oil or combination of oils can be used for medicinal, meditative, restorative, or relaxation purposes.
TMJ massage can be a great aid in reducing or eliminating most of the pain that a TMJ patient is having. In fact, almost 90% of the pain in these patients comes from stressed muscles. The muscles are attempting to protect the jaw joint and reposition the whole jaw to avoid pain. However, because this is a constant activity, the muscle's work never ends and the muscles begin to have problems. At first, the healthy muscle goes into spasm while holding the jaw in a protected position. The muscle then becomes inflamed and tightens.TMJ massage can help a muscle that has overly tightened. A tight muscle can squeeze the arteries and veins going into and out of the muscles. Then, blood cannot get into the tight muscle so there is a build up of waste products inside the muscle. This could cause more TMJ pain and can escalate into a vicious cycle of further tightening and pain.Â TMJ massage relaxes the muscles and allows nourishing blood to get into the hurting jaw muscles. This allows the healing process to begin. However, if the bad jaw joint continues to be a problem when the patient goes home, the muscle will again overwork holding the joint out of proper alignment and the muscle pain may return.
Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow.Â Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality I use my hands to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.