What are the benefits of massage? |
Are there medical conditions that would make massage unwise? |
Where will my massage take place? |
Must I be completely undressed? |
Will you be watching me while I undress? |
What parts of my body will be massaged? |
What type of lotions do you use? |
What does the Upper Body Massage cover? |
What does the Lower Body Massage cover? |
What does the Full Body Massage cover? |
What is the Asian Inspired Massage like? |
What is Swedish Massage? |
What is Deep Tissue Massage? |
What is Site Specific Pain Relief Massage? |
What is a Clinical Trigger Point Massage? |
What are trigger points? |
What is referred pain? |
Does Trigger Point Massage hurt? |
What is Tension Headache Reduction Massage? |
What is a Chronic Pain Reduction Two Hour Massage? |
Fluff Versus Pain Relief? |
Last Minute Availability |
Massage Discounts For Weight Loss Class Participants|
Benefits of Post Exercise Massage|
Condtions I Treat Often|
|What are the benefits of massage?|
Massage has been shown to reduce or even eliminate muscular tension and pain. It can also improve circulation, increase joint flexibility and reduce both mental and physical fatigue. In addition to reducing stress it also promotes faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improves posture and reduces blood pressure. Other benefits of massage include more restful sleep, improved concentration and the reduction of anxiety. It also creates an overall sense of well-being.
|Are there medical conditions that would make massage unwise?|
|Yes. If you are under a doctor’s care it is important that you seek and receive written clearance from your doctor. Some medical conditions that make receiving a massage inadvisable include but are not limited to certain skin and spinal conditions as well as some forms of cancer.|
|Where will my massage take place?|
|Must I be completely undressed?|
It is not a requirement to be completely undressed.
How much you undress depends on your level of comfort and the specific parts of your
body you would like the massage to focus on.
In addition to whatever clothing you decide to leave on, you will be draped during the massage.
It is important to note that, with very few exceptions, my most effective pain relief and relaxation table massage techniques involve working directly on the skin.
|Will you be watching me while I undress?|
|No. I leave the room while you undress. You then get on the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet and a blanket.|
|What parts of my body will be massaged?|
You will let me know the desired outcome of your session.
This will determine which parts of the body are massaged. On a typical full-body session,
I would work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders.
Effective treatment of lower back and hip pain often involves massage of the buttocks. In such cases, clients request and consent to massage of the buttocks on the intake form.
Any massage involving the genitals, and anal cavities is beyond my scope of practice.
|What type of lotions do you use?|
|I use scent free lotions.|
|What does the Upper Back Massage cover?|
|This service is for the relief of back pain or tightness. It is performed with the client lying on a massage table. Areas covered include the neck, shoulders and back. Back discomfort located below the waist but above the thighs, including hip pain, may be included with this service or with the Lower Body service. For some conditions the client may need to shift to a side-lying position.|
|What does the Lower Body Massage cover?|
|This service covers the front, back and sides of the legs. It does include the feet. Back pain or tightness located below the waist but above the thighs, including hip pain, may be included with this service or with the Upper Back Massage. The client may start off either lying face up for face down and then switch.|
|What does the Full Body Massage cover?|
It is important to remember that no one part of the body works alone. It is not unusual for pain in one part of the body to be caused by a different part that does not hurt - or hurts less. Clients discuss in person, on a case by case basis, what parts need to be worked on. Clients have the option determining areas of focus.
Full Body Massage covers the back, arms, hands, legs, feet, neck and shoulders. Hip, sacral and issues involving the buttocks are addressed according to the wishes of the client. It should be noted that these areas are known to contribute to lower back pain as well as pain that radiates down the leg.
Regarding Pain Relief Through Massage: It is important for clients to have their medical practitioners rule out more serious causes of back pain prior to requesting back pain relief through massage.
Upper Back Massage covers the back, from the neck to the waist. However, some forms of lower back pain and hip pain require work below the waist. One example of lower back pain is sacral related pain. The sacrum is the lowest part of the spine, which extends to the tailbone. There are numerous muscles that attach to the sacrum and may be the reason behind the discomfort. Once again, it is important for clients to have their medical practitioners rule out more serious causes of back pain prior to requesting back pain relief through massage.
Hip pain: Techniques used for the alleviation of hip pain are similar to those used for sacral pain. The main difference is that sometimes there is one muscle that if correctly targeted will relieve the pain. The muscle in question is the piriformis. It is often implicated in sciatic pain but can cause hip discomfort without sciatic issues. The piriformis is connected to the sacrum and the top/hip part of the thigh bone. A tight piriformis can cause hip pain. For some people the pain is experienced only when they are lying down. For others it can be at any time.
|What is the Asian Inspired Massage like?|
|The Asian Inspired Massage that I provide is performed without the use of massage lotions. Depending on the texture of the fabric, Asian Inspired Massage can be performed with the client fully clothed. However, it is my opinion that efficacy is greatly improved when I work directly on the skin. This is a choice that is left to the client. When receiving Asian Inspired Massage clients have a choice of light, moderate or deep pressure. Techniques used are similar to those of Swedish Massage but with different ratios of pressing, kneading and gliding strokes. No chiropractic adjustments take place.|
|What Swedish Massage?|
|Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage in the US. It is performed with the use of massage oils or lotions. Various strokes are used to warm up and then relax muscle tissue. The pressure that is used is generally light or moderate. It provides the types of benefits shown here.|
|What is Deep Tissue Massage?|
|Deep Tissue Massage generally uses some of the same strokes or techniques as Swedish Massage. The main difference, as the name suggests, is that its aim is to reach deeper tissue. Deep tissue massage may involve different body positions that facilitate greater access to deeper layers of tissue. These positions are designed to lengthen, relax and melt away tissue tightness as the massage progresses. It provides the types of benefits shown here.|
|What is Site Specific Pain Relief Massage?|
A Site Specific Massage refers to a massage restricted to just the area that the client is having problems with. Examples of Site Specific Massages would be massages for wrist pain, hip pain or foot pain. In each of the instances above, massage is performed only on areas that are most likely causing the pain. It is important to note that the site of the pain is not always the cause of the pain. For example, pain in the wrist or fingers may be caused by muscles just below the elbow. Pain in the knee may be caused by muscles that stretch all the way to the hip. Pain on the hip may be caused by muscles on the buttocks or thighs.
Site Specific Pain Relief Massage can be broken into the areas shown below. Depending on presenting problems, there may be some overlap:
Shoulder & Upper Arm
Forearm & Hand
Spine & Thorax
Pelvis & Thigh
Lower Leg & Foot
|What is a Clinical Trigger Point Massage?|
|When providing a clinical trigger point massage, I focus on locating trigger points and subsequently working on them to relieve pain or tension. Depending on the problems presented by the client, I may go through 40 muscle groups and 90 trigger points.|
|What are Trigger Points?|
|Trigger points can be described as areas of muscle that remain contracted even when the muscle is relaxed. They feel like small bumps. Trigger points occur in areas of the muscle where nerves that control muscles connect to the muscle. Trigger points commonly produce referred pain in another part of the body. About 75 percent of all trigger points produce referred pain. The other 25 percent of trigger points produce pain that is directly on the trigger point or very close to it.|
|What is referred pain?|
Referred pain is pain that is experienced away from the source of the
pain. One of the easiest ways of understanding referred pain is to
think about the symptoms of a heart attack. People experiencing a heart
attack often feel pain, numbness or tingling in the left arm or
shoulder. The source of these pain is the heart, but the pain is
referred to the left arm or shoulder.
|Does Trigger Point Massage hurt?|
|When done gently, Trigger Point Massage produces some slight pain that does not go beyond the tolerance level of the client. Some clients refer to this type of pain as "good" pain or pain that "hurts so good."|
|What is Tension Headache Reduction Massage?|
This is a massage session designed to target muscles that contribute to tension
headache pain. The areas I work are the neck, shoulders and upper back.
As is the case with most problem areas, the best results are received from treating the right area with the right amount of pressure, duration and frequency.
My Tension Headache Reduction Massages are an hour long. They currently cost $85/hr.
|What is a Chronic Pain Reduction Two Hour Massage?|
For people living with chronic pain, I recommend and offer weekly pain relief massages.
Depending on the problems I find, I may further recommend a two hour duration for each weekly
massage. Pricing is customized on a per client basis. Two hour weekly massages are offered to
people who need them as opposed to those who just want them.
The best results are received from treating the right area with the right amount of pressure, duration and frequency.
|Fluff Versus Pain Relief?|
|A Fluff Massage can feel heavenly, put you to sleep but address none of your problems. A pain relief massage addresses the areas associated with the pain you feel. I provide both. The choice is yours.|
|Last Minute Availability|
There are periodic lengthy waiting times for an appointment with me. In such cases,
if you wish to be contacted when I have last minute openings, you must have already
signed up here.
You should then contact me
with a phone number I can text you with when a last minute opening comes up.
If I can not text you, I can always call.
There are no assurances about what time slots, if any, are going to be available on a last minute basis.
|Massage Discounts For Weight Loss Class Participants|
|Generously discounted massage rates may apply for participants who complete a given number of classes in a given time frame. Discount criteria will be discussed after first class and may be tailored to individual fitness levels. An example of discount criteria would be the completion of X minutes of cardio per day for X consecutive days.|
|Benefits of Post Exercise Massage|
|Post exercise massage speeds up muscle recovery time by reducing muscle inflammation and helping muscles adapt to exercise. It should be noted that post exercise massage DOES NOT COMPLETLY eliminate delayed onset muscle soreness. Please see the article I've linked to below about the benefits of post exercise massage. Article|
|Conditions I Treat Often|
Lower Back Pain
Night Foot/Leg Cramps
Numbness in Extremities
Carpal Tunnel Pain
Common new client complaints I have treated.
New client diagnostic session $45. Session may be up to 50 minutes depending on conditions that the client has. Clients with physician diagnosed fibromyalgia are discouraged from booking a diagnostic session. A two hour massage is recommended.
Weight Loss Sessions
Free sessions - depending on space availability