Services and Bodywork Modalities Offered
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT)
NMT is a brain-based neurological approach to assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. The use of finger, hand or forearm pressure along with novel movement generated by the therapists body combine to elicit a relaxation response from the clients nervous system. Tense muscles oxygenate and relax. Posture or a relative ease in the pattern of tension tends to normalize.
Client objectives, reviewing client intake forms, and also assessing client posture, joint ranges of motion and recognizing any perpetuating factors. If necessary, special orthopedic tests will be carried out to support or negate any findings and a strategy for future sessions suggested. If there is any time remaining bodywork can be initiated. The longer the session the more time there will be available for bodywork. An initial session length of 110 minutes is suggested.
NMT is generally undertaken with the client fully clothed. Clothing should be comfortable and allow for ease of movement with necessary access to the body parts to be worked. Such clothing will be similar to workout clothing including a sports bra for women. Very little to no oil or lotion is used.
Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. Growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Swedish massage is traditionally done on a table in a calm and serene atmosphere. Soothing music, soft lighting and aromatherapy can enhance the experience. Oil or lotion is used and the client can undress down to their own comfort level. Professional draping is maintained to provide warmth and a sense of personal modesty.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.