Pain Relief • Stress Reduction • Relaxation
SWEDISH MASSAGE. Swedish Massage is the style most people usually associate with relaxation massage. It employs long, flowing strokes using lotion or oil as a lubricant and pressure is typically light to moderate.
NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE. Neuromuscular massage is more treatment-oriented and takes a muscle-by-muscle approach with focus on the origin, insertion, and belly of the muscle. It also treats “trigger points” which are points of dense tissue which can refer pain. Deeper pressure is achieved by using minimal lubrication. Neuromuscular massage often includes treatment of muscles not included in a relaxation massage.
MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE. Myofascial massage is also treatment-oriented . It uses minimal or no lubrication to achieve depth and to engage, stretch and release the myofascial sheath which envelops all muscle fibers. This fascia can become “stuck” and restrictive to muscle lengthening.
POSITIONAL RELEASE. Positional Release is a technique used to release chronically tight muscles by positioning the body in a way that brings the muscle’s origin and insertion closer together. By passively shortening the muscle and maintaining that position for a specified time, the now slackened muscle enables the nervous system to “release” its chronic pattern of muscle contraction.
COMPASSIONATE TOUCH. Compassionate Touch is gentle, focused touch/sensitive massage for the frail, elderly and those in long-term care. It is, first and foremost, about providing comfort. Technique is less important than understanding and working around the limitations imposed by illness or physical incapacities. The massage is always geared to be soothing but, unlike Swedish, I will adapt to work through clothing and in whatever position, seated or reclining, the individual is most comfortable. Gentle and caring touch provides a powerful connection to those who are often touch-deprived.