Massage provides relief
to people of all ages
and all walks of life.
For me, as a massage therapist, it is very important that you make an informed decision when taking that important step to improve the quality of your life and possibly allowing me the privilege of assisting you. I strive to embrace the body mind soul connection within the individual. In other words I treat the whole person and not just the symptom that is presenting itself. I strive to understand what is going on in your life so we can work together in forming a treatment plan that is manageable in order for you to obtain success in your path in life. I feel from my own personal experiences that life is too short to live in pain, unhappiness, depression and to feel unfulfilled due to limitations. I am not offering a cure all but I am willing to assist and provide guidance in a safe and powerful environment.
The Benefits of Massage: Is Bodywork Right For Me?
Massage provides relief to people of all ages—from infants to seniors—and from all walks of life—the weekend or competitive athlete to the home gardener or overstressed, overworked executive.
Treating the Body
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few. Here’s why:
Bodywork offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many physiological effects, such as:
- Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles.
- Reducing spasms and cramping.
- Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reducing post-surgery adhesions and edema and reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
It’s important to note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended. For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:
- Certain forms of cancer
- Some cardiac problems
- Some skin conditions
- Infectious diseases
Your practitioner should ask you about your specific health conditions and determine if massage, bodywork or somatic therapies are a good idea. In some cases, the practitioner may need your doctor’s permission before providing services.
Treating the Spirit
Massage also provides another therapeutic component largely absent in today’s world: tactile stimulation, or, more simply, touch. In 1986, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami published groundbreaking research on the effects of massage on premature babies. The preterm babies who received massage therapy showed 47% greater weight gain and six-day shorter hospital stays than the infants who were not receiving massage. But is this study evidence of what loving touch can do spiritually, or rather what massage can do on a physiological level? Regardless, babies are not the only benefactors.
- Many adults have reported cathartic experiences on the massage table. As a therapist carefully unwinds a client’s stressed and tired muscles, the therapist may very well be unwinding the taut, pent-up emotions that one doesn’t always have time to process in the middle of the day. And the feeling of being touched in a safe, caring, compassionate manner can be a very powerful experience, reminding the client that she or he is not alone in the world.
- As studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and physical and emotional health, the effects of massage will be further documented. However, one need only experience a good massage to know it's beneficial to body and soul.
Some of the Modalities I Use
Swedish massage employs a series of long, gliding strokes, kneading of the muscles, and vibrational taps that are so common when one thinks of massage. Five basic strokes gliding, kneading, vibrations, friction and hacking are all applied in the direction of the heart in order to encourage blood circulation and the disposal of bodily waste. There will be the use of massage oils to achieve the smooth, long and deep strokes over the clients’ body. Oil is applied to reduce friction, and essential oils are sometimes used in order to tap into a clients olphactory senses (sense of smell). In order for a Swedish massage to be as effective as possible it is recommended that a client disrobe to the level of comfort that will allow me to properly use oil. Body parts are only uncovered when they are being massaged.
A neuromuscular therapy massage is applied in various pressures by using a combination of effleurage or gliding, petrissage or grasping, friction, muscle energy. If there is a muscle spasm occurring once I locate the source, with your assistance, I will then concentrate the hands-on treatment to this area by applying continuous pressure for short periods of time with using my fingers, knuckles and elbows. The same pressure must be maintained in order to encourage proper blood flow in the area. You may be surprised when you feel some discomfort during the massage. This is normal at first, and as I add more pressure to the stroke the muscle spasm will melt away.
Often clients will experience some muscle soreness following a neuromuscular therapy massage. However, like with exercise, the muscle soreness will disappear within a few days and your body will feel more relaxed.
Deep Connective Tissue Massage
Deep connective tissue massage is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the body’s range of motion, to improve posture and to enhance the natural harmony of the entire body and mind.
Deep connective tissue massage is also said to restore the length and flexibility to the fascia (the fiberous tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs), by normalizing the tissue and by improving the strength and overall health of the entire fascial system (connective tissues throughout the entire body).
The strokes of this type of massage are slower and more pressure is applied in order warm the muscle tissue and reach the deeper layers of muscle. During our session I will focus on releasing tension from the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (or connective tissues) with deep, intense strokes.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those nagging injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
I am always available to answer questions about anything related to my practice. If I don’t have the answer I will research it and point you in the best direction possible. So don’t hesitate to call or send me an e-mail I will respond as soon as possible.
North Carolina LMBT #7324
New Hampshire LMBT#2966M
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Cert. #532103-07
Certified Medical Massage Therapist
Nutritionist Naturopathic Clinic of Concord, Inc.
BS in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
MS in Exercise Physiology
Way of the Shaman
Academic Resource Coordinator
Granite State College
Concord, NH 03301
Certified Medical Massage Therapist
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