Techniques and Therapy


TECHNIQUES THAT I USE:

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses effleurage (flowing strokes), petrissage (kneading), friction and percussion to improve circulation, warm up and relax muscles.  Careful draping is used to protect the client’s modesty.  Oil or lotion is used.

Neuromuscular Therapy

This set of techniques is strongly based on anatomical knowledge of origins and insertions of the muscles and focuses on release of muscle tension, loosening restrictions between structures, and stretching the muscles and surrounding connective tissue.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are reactive areas that occur within muscle tissue, often in areas of previous injury.  When activated, they are responsible for triggering pain or other sensations (such as headache, eye pain, sinus pain, dizziness, numbness, and chest, abdominal, or pelvic pain) locally or to more distant areas in specific patterns.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

This is a gentle deep tissue technique that involves stretching tight or restrictive myofascial units (muscles with their associated connective tissue).

Deep Tissue Bodywork

Work is performed on successively deeper layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissue) after first warming up the more superficial layers.  Frictioning can be used to free up adherent structures.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy, a gentle, relaxing therapy, involves light touch of the bones of the cranium and spine to treat chronic pain of the spine, headaches, and insomnia.  It can be a useful first-line treatment for whiplash.

Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese practice in which pressure to areas of the foot and ankle influence linked areas of the body so as to decrease pain and influence organs.