A variety of long, flowing strokes overlapping joints will be utilized to first warm the muscles, increase circulation and acclimate your body to the therapist's touch. These warming strokes are called "effleurage". More specific movements will be then be introduced alternately to relax and release areas of tension. Areas of tension are worked slowly and deeply through specific and precise strokes (vibration, friction, ischemic pressure, i.e., trigger points, muscle stripping, tapotement, stretching, compressions).
The client controls the amount of pressure by letting the therapist know if too much pressure or not enough pressure is given during the massage. The massage should NOT be excruciatingly painful. MORE PRESSURE ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER. More pain DOES NOT mean more gain!
"The most important piece of information that we need to understand and promote is that the change in tension levels in the body is something caused by changes in the nervous system, not by changes in soft tissues, as noted in the article "Fascial Plasticity - A New Neurobiological Explanation," by Robert Schleip (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, April 2003) "
Muscles release more when the nervous system tells them to. Letting go from the INSIDE out is the best thing you can do for yourself while receiving massage. You ask, "How is that possible?" First, by finding the right therapist for YOU. Second, by the therapist earning your trust through honestly representing what he/she can or cannot do for you and by the therapist LISTENING to you and following your requests within ethical boundaries, of course. Third, by you breathing slowly and deeply during your session.
Scheduling massage sessions on a regular basis will increase your trust in your therapist, as well as your ability to relax from the inside out. The affects of massage are cumulative, so what are you waiting for!?! Schedule your massage today!
This massage is designed for the healthy expectant mother dealing with the many physical changes which occur during the pregnancy. This massage is performed in the side-lying position with pillows strategically placed for comfort. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, edema, and sore, swollen ankles and feet.
*You may have heard that massage should only be performed AFTER completion of the first trimester. There is no basis for this recommendation other than fear. It is a restriction based on potential liability issues in an extremely litigious society, not on the safety of massage. MOST miscarriages occur in the first trimester; and many miscarriages happen without any apparent reason (I know because I had a miscarriage after two healthy pregnancies). Massage cannot cause a miscarriage in a healthy expectant mother. Caution should be given to an expectant mother with gestational diabetes. Please bring an appropriate snack with you to eat after your massage. An open discussion between the doctor, pregnant mother and massage therapist is encouraged and recommended, therefore, I request a doctor’s prescription/note prior to your first prenatal massage.
Chair massage helps desk-bound workers in addition to being a nice introduction to the world of massage. Chair massage is performed onsite at your office or corporate event. Your employees will be seated upright on a special massage chair and remain fully clothed.
A stiff neck, aching wrists, the burning sensation between your shoulder blades; anyone who has sat behind a desk and/or worked on a computer all day recognizes the symptoms of workplace fatigue.
According to David Palmer, co-developer of the first massage chair and founder of the TouchPro Institute in San Francisco, most office-related physical symptoms can be attributed to loss of circulation. Tight muscles caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day, can impede blood and lymph flow through the body. The result is mental fogginess, decreased energy and susceptibility to repetitive stress injuries.
Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor.
Happy, healthy employees contribute to a company’s success. Decreasing stress and increasing energy has positive effects that reverberate throughout the entire organization. Help your company keep its competitive edge by enhancing the well-being and health of your employees.