I always ask you what you want from your massage. I will know right away which areas need special attention, but I encourage you to share with me any special needs or wants that you have. I will offer suggestions and together we create a session that leaves you understanding what your body needs and wants.
Even when we are engaging in activities that are good for us (exercise, sports, weight-lifting) we are still breaking down the body's tissues. I am a strong believer in balancing physical activities with regular bodywork, good nutrition, and adequate rest. Massage is one piece of this holistic approach to your health.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body and restore function and health to the muscles. I use various techniques with my hands, forearms, and elbows and apply focused pressure on trigger points in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for flushing out the lactic acid and toxins that build up after excessive exercise, repetitive motions, and injuries. You may feel some soreness after the treatment.
This is a massage technique that stretches the fascia and releases bonds between fascia and muscles using various degrees of pressure. It usually involves sustained compression in various directions. Myofascial release increases range of motion and helps eliminate pain and dysfunction.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
An advanced flexibility therapy, PNF is based on a series of movements that first contract, then relax muscles against static resistance. PNF is very effective in improving flexibility, strength, and range of motion in damaged or tight muscles.
I have been an athlete since I was young and am a strong believer in the value of daily exercise, whether it’s cycling, organized sports, yoga, or your daily 2-mile run. But I know that playing sports and exercising regularly can also lead to overuse injuries which in turn can lead to chronic joint pain and dysfunction.
Sports Massage enhances performance and dramatically improves muscle recovery by helping to prevent injury, reduce pain and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and improve recovery rates.
This is a gentle, relaxing, and therapeutic style of bodywork. I use different strokes such as kneading, percussion, gentle pressure, and rolling to improve circulation and ease aches and pains. Among other things, the benefits of regular massage can reduce stress levels in the body, relax the mind, promote muscle recovery, and increase flexibility You will leave feeling relaxed and energized
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a hyper-irritable, painful spot in the muscle. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers," or actively refers pain either locally or elsewhere in the body along nerve pathways. I use sufficient deep sustained pressure to the knotted-up area to deactivate the trigger point. As I work the trigger points, your body will undergo soft tissue release, allowing for increased blood flow, improved muscle efficiency, and a reduction in muscle spasm.