Massage Therapy Services
Deep Tissue Massage
When areas of the body are "locked up" or "armoured" with excessive tension light pressure is not effective. This massage is for times when you are wound tight experiencing discomfort or pain. A deep tissue session will release and lengthen the affected areas, restore proper circulation, and reduce or eliminate discomfort and pain. My deep tissue sessions include myofascial release & trigger point therapy to areas in need. Multiple sessions are usually needed for full restoration, but expect notable improvement after the first session.
Sports Massage Pre & Post Event
Sports massage includes therapeutic massage and stretching that will prepare the athlete for competition & aid in recovery from activity.
Pre-Event massage is performed 30 minutes - 2 hours before competition. It is short in duration lasting just 20 - 30 minutes focusing on warming and broadening the areas of muscles to be used during the event and is performed at an upbeat pace to get your blood flowing & you pumped up to compete!
Post-Event massage is performed 30 minutes up to 24 hours after activity.
Post-Event massage is for the purpose of improving circulation, removing Lactic acid from the tissues inturn reducing post event soreness, reducing muscle tension cause by intense activity, and stretching to return muscles to a normal state. No Deep Tissue work will be performed at this time, because your muscles have miro-tears due to activity, but you can return a few days later. This is a 30 minute session or longer and will be performed at a slower pace to help you calm and restore.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are often referred to as pressure points, because when they are pressed upon they elicit a pain response what feels like an increase in pressure. Pressure points are actually areas where you press to stop blood flow. There are millions of tiny structures called sarcomeres within a muscle that interlock like fingers during a contraction. During muscular trauma the sarcomere do not stop contracting. Because the sarcomeres also act as tiny pumps pumping blood through capillaries, blow flow becomes restricted in the affected area causing stagnation, and the constant contraction produces a build up of metabolic waste. The affected tissues become swollen and very irritated sending it into emergency mode which produces a PAIN response. Trigger points will not just go away on there own. What does happen if left untreated is secondary trigger points will form around the primary. These secondary tp's are called Constellation trigger points. They can go into sleep mode where active pain is not felt, but a motion in the body can awaken them causing active pain once again. Everyone can get trigger points, even babies. Ex. One cause of pain felt behind our eyes while experiencing a headache is an active trigger point in the neck or shoulder area referring pain behind the eyes. There are things we can all do to help reduce the incidence of trigger points. This will be discussed during your session.
Pre-Natal massage is for the purpose of supporting your changing body through all 3 trimesters. This session will be tailored to relieve aches and discomforts caused by shifting and changes in your body. This is a gentler massage. Due to the increase in blood volume during pregnancy is it unsafe to receive deep tissue massage. Low back pain, tired feet, Sciatica, & Round ligament pain are all things that would be addressed during this massage. Massage is very supportive during pregnancy because it reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body which is great for both mom and baby. This is typically a 60 minute session, but can be reduced or extended based on personal preference.
Post-Natal is all about restoration! You have had a workout giving birth! This massage will condition all of your muscles and help with the process of restoring normal proprioception. Deeper pressure can be used at this time.
Relaxation/ Swedish Massage
Relaxation massage employs traditional Swedish massage techniques, Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Friction, and Vibration. Long gliding strokes and kneading of the muscles oxygenates the blood and sweeps out the build up of lactic and uric acids in the tissues that cause soreness and pain . This form of massage not only releases physical stress but also emotional stress and can have other medical and therapeutic benefits. The goal of this massage is to relax and be wonderfully rejuvenated feeling bliss!