Orthopedic massage is a comprehensive system that involves the manipulation and movement of locomotor soft tissue to eliminate pain and dysfunction. The focus of orthopedic massage is to restore structural balance and to prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Utilizing James Waslaski's techniques, this is corrective care that incorporates functional assessment, neuromuscular therapy (NMT), neuromuscular re-education, myofascial release (MFR), soft tissue manipulation, scar tissue mobilization, PNF stretching, strengthening and specific client care protocols to reduce and eliminate physical pain and dysfunction. The goal of orthopedic massage is to restore structural balance throughout the body to provide immediate and long term results.
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
Deep tissue/Sports massage as the name implies utilizes more pressure and techniques such as trigger point therapy and PNF stretching which is in general a more intense, and sometimes uncomfortable massage which can be very effective at relieving chronic muscle pain. This is not a massage you will sleep through. It is a massage that benefits a wide variety of athletes, labor workers and others who are looking for relief from muscle strain and tension, and recovery and from sports training or injuries.
This is massage that is performed with the intent of improving a medical condition that has been diagnosed by a physician. This is only available with a prescription from a physician. I am able to provide this service to clients that are injured with Auto Insurance and Worker's Compensation claims. The insurance is billed directly after verification of benefits is received.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Hot Stone Therapy
This therapy utilizes hot Basalt stones and sometimes cool Marble stones to create a muscle pampering experience. You have the option of getting the "Diamond" Stone massage which is a 90 minute relaxing, sensory experience, or adding stones to your regular massage to enhance the muscle relaxing experience and lessen the overall intensity of a deeper tissue massage, with all of the benefits of the deep tissue techniques, ("Rhinestone" massage.) This massage is done by using the stones as an extension of my hands and using them to combine the massage pressure with the penetrating heat of the stones. In an average session, I use 60-80 stones, or more. The "Diamond" stone massage uses more stones, with hand, feet, face and toe stones used in this relaxing massage. You won't find another therapist that incorporates that many stones into a massage. It makes a difference.
This is a general massage for relaxation and stress relief and can be incorporated with hot stone therapy.
Myoskelatal Alignment Therapy
Mobilizing Joints through Muscle Manipulation from Erik Dalton, Ph.D.
The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques program was developed as a tool to help relieve our nation’s neck/ back pain epidemic. By incorporating muscle-balancing techniques with joint-mobilization maneuvers, manual therapists learn to quickly identify and correct dysfunctional strain patterns before they become pain patterns.
One distinguishing goal that establishes the MAT method apart from other techniques is its dependence on identification and correction of joint fixations. This is accomplished by systematically releasing deep spinal muscles, ligaments and fibrotic joint capsules that torsion and compress spinal joints. In some cases, a bodyworker may apply direct pressure to bones to release fibrotic muscles that create joint blockages, but the intent is always soft-tissue work.
Hand and Foot paraffin dips can add another dimension to your massage experience. The foot treatment includes a soothing, softening mineral soak, with a mineral scrub and a light massage. Paraffins dips are wonderful to soothe and soften dry skin and rejuvenate tired hands and feet. Enjoy this with a friend, and you both benefit from a discount.
Sauna sessions are available to my clients. The sauna is a traditional finnish sauna with a state-of-the -art EverReady heater, that is ready in less than 5 minutes. You can add aromatherapy to your sauna for added relief from sinus problems, extra relaxation, etc. Please bring shower shoes/sandals.