Therapeutic Massage Services
60 Min Swedish Massage
Relax into the table and find yourself in good hands for this one hour massage appointment. The general relaxation session (separate from the Deep Tissue/Advanced Techniques session) uses basic massage techniques to work out stress, relieve pain and work on injuries.
This is a good choice for someone new to massage or someone without a lot of problem areas to tackle.
60 Min Deep Tissue Massage
This 60 min massage uses advanced techniques such a Deep Tissue, Myofascial, CST, Muscle Relief Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Orthopedic Massage techniques to work on specific issues and problems areas.
If you've got chronic pain in several areas, and want to try a more focused massage to target very specific problem areas, you should choose this integrative massage.
90 Min Massage
The 90 min massage can include both general relaxation and Deep Tissue/Advanced techniques. It is the perfect blend of therapeutic massage work with relaxing techniques. This massage is an excellent choice for clients with several problem areas to focus on in addition to general relaxation work. This duration lets Heather work on specific injuries or areas of tension in addition to working the full body. It's also a good selection for someone who wants deep relaxation during the session.
"I honestly feel that without Heather's continued therapy, I would not have the pain free body that allows me the strength and flexibility to pursue all of my passions." - A.S.
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About the Types of Massage Heather Uses
In my sessions with clients I have many types of massage I integrate into the massage according to what the client needs and what the client's goals are for massage. Here is a short list of some of the types of massage I integrate into sessions:
- Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is what we currently think of when we hear the word "massage." It induces relaxation and consists of gliding, kneading or tapping strokes on lubricated skin. Swedish massage is used for anything from general relaxation, healing muscular injuries to improving joint mobility and range of motion. This form of massage arose in the late 1800s and has formed the basis of many modalities of massage created in the past 100 years.
- Acupressure: Based on the meridian energy theory of traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure sees illness and disease and physical manifestations of blocked or disrupted energy flow. Within humans, the energy flow follows certain patterns (meridians) and specific points can be stimulated to regulate the flow of energy. In acupressure, we work on the meridians applying finger pressure to specific points and areas. Acupressure can relieve almost any kind of physical symptom in the body, from headaches, nausea, cramping, digestion problems, coughs and aches, to emotional distress such as depression, anxiety, nervousness. I call this "still work" because I find a point and hold it for 30s to 2 min.
- Myofascial Work: Beneath the skin and surrounding all the muscles and organs, the fascial tissue acts like saran wrap that holds all the pieces of us together and in place. Restrictions in this tissue can cause problems locally or refer dysfunction to other areas of the body. Fascial work consists of slow, unlubricated work to warm and soften the fascial tissue and repair restrictions or holds in the tissue. It often uses streches and traction to release fascial adhesions. It's one of my favorite massage modalities.
- Lymphatic Drainage: Lymphatic drainage massage uses gentle, repetitive strokes to facilitate the lymphatic system. Lymphatic fluids drain in specific flows throughout the body; symptoms such as congestion and edema can be eased through this technique, where those fluids are moved into the normal patterns for drainage into the lymph system. LDM works well on sinus issues, allergies and other forms of congestion around the head and neck. PLEASE NOTE I DO NOT TREAT LYMPHEDEMA IN MY PRACTICE, and refer out all clients needing lymphedema treatment to facilities that do complete decongestive lymphatic therapy.
- Stretching: While this is not recognized as a separate modality, passive stretching is a pleasurable and useful technique as part of a session. Passive stretching can be done to any part of the body, and can be done in conjunction with general relaxation or injury recovery sessions. Stretches to the arms, legs, hips, back and neck (without adjustments) facilitate the loosening and relaxation of muscles.
- Deep Tissue: This type of massage concentrates on the deeper layers of muscle, tissue and fascia with a goal toward increasing function and range of motion through manipulation of these deeper structures. While it sometimes uses deeper pressure, it is really a means to work through more superficial muscles with kneading, deep forearm or finger work or static pressure holds in order to affect the tissue beneath. It can be intense and I generally only use it for part of a session.
- Neuromuscular Therapy: Trigger Point Theory asserts that small spots in muscles can refer pain out to other areas when pressed – and these referral areas form patterns which allows the therapist to locate and work the trigger points. Relief of the trigger points can take place through compression, stretching, deep friction and vibration. Because this therapy usually entails some discomfort and pain on the part of the patient, NMT is often used within a longer session, and is only used specifically for 15 minutes or less in the session.
- Muscle Release Therapy: This technique places tight muscles in a stretch and works them with kneading, knuckling or stripping through a short duration stretch. As the muscle is stretched for 2-3 seconds, it is working with moderate to deep pressure to release the knots, tension and adhesions within. It is especially helpful for repetitive use injuries.
- Craniosacral Therapy: CST is a light, still modality that uses gentle pressure on the skull, spine and pelvis to affect change to the cranialsacral system. This system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the protective layers surrounding them. It can produce deep relaxation of the body and help issues ranging from headaches to digestion to dizziness.