Licensed Massage Therapist
Professional Training in:
Relaxation / Swedish
Application of strokes including effleurage, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration to the soft tissue of the body with special emphasis on enhancing circulation and relieving muscle tension.
Oil or cream is used on the skin as a lubricant and active and passive joint movement are also employed to increase range of motion.
Detailed massage application to deeper muscles and connective tissues for relief of chronic pain and break up adhesions.
Complete Body Stretching & Massage
My signature massage: This dynamic bodywork includes relaxation and deep tissue massage and combines passive stretching with elements from Thai yoga massage and partner yoga.
I use my whole body as a lever to move your body, lubricating and mobilizing joints and I can still massage with my hands and arms at the same time. It is therapeutic and brings stress relief on a physical as well as on an emotional and spiritual level.
The therapist works according to the needs of the athlete and the type of sport. Sports massage is designed to help prepare an athlete for an event and to help him or her to recover. Research has found that the bodies of athletes recuperate faster from strenuous sports events with massage. Pre-event sports massage may help prevent injury as well.
Compression, jostling, friction, stretches and trigger point work are commonly employed.
Emphasis is on pressing, compressing and stretching techniques. It is intended to open up the energy channels. Looking at the picture you will notice yoga-like postures, which might seem a little extreme for the average person, but because the work is done slowly, there is little chance of injury. Practitioner and client are working together through a series of positions and stretches. Since it is done on floor mats, the practitioner can use his/her body weight as a lever which makes it ideal for working deep into the muscles.
Stretching can be performed in a variety of different ways including passive stretching, active stretching, tense and relax or reciprocal inhibition. Some of the benefits of stretching are:
Increase the body's flexibility, stimulates blood flow, increases joint range of motion and breaks up tissue adhesions. It also increases the resting length of a muscle, can aid in the alignment of new scar tissue after an injury.
Reduces muscle spasm and can reduce next day soreness caused by trigger point therapy or myofascial techniques.
Myofascial Release Techniques
Fascial restrictions can cause pain and limit range of motion. Fascia is mostly made of collagen. When energy in the form of pressure is applied to it for example with the therapist's forearm, heat is created, which causes the collagen mixture to become more fluid. When the pressure is released the fascia resolidifies or gets into a smoother shape. This allows the muscles in their fascial sheaths to contract and relax more peacefully as they glide more easily over one another. Fascia is continuous throughout the body. Releasing binding in one area can also affect other parts of the body.
This is an application of a variety of usually passive movements that commonly include a combination of actions at one or more joints. Body mobilization is a dynamic combination of range of motion and passive stretching which enhances greatly your mobility and flexibility. It also stimulates joint and tendon lubrication (synovial fluid secretion).
Trigger Point Therapy
Over time, areas with poor circulation form trigger points in both muscles and their connective tissue coverings, called fascia. Trigger points are highly irritable spots that can refer pain, tingling or other sensations elsewhere in the body. As muscles tense around referred pain, the pain cycle spreads.
Trigger points respond well to standard massage techniques such as sustained pressure, ice massage, and muscle stretching.