My practice is grounded in Swedish massage techniques that include:
Relaxation massage is soothing and restorative, and involves the use of Swedish massage techniques with the intention of decreasing muscle tension, reducing overall stress by calming the nervous system, and leaving the client feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Therapeutic massage treatments are focused on addressing a specific goal including, but not limited to, reducing pain, rehabilitating an injury, maintaining or increasing mobility, and restoring normal function and balance. This may involve a full body massage, or be more focused on a region or body part.
Pregnancy massage is a treatment designed to address prenatal and postnatal issues, such as lower back and hip pain, increased muscle tension, challenges to mobility, changes resulting from pregnancy-related bloody pressure and diabetes, mood, body awareness, and swelling. Relaxation, proper positioning, pillowing, and the use of appropriate Swedish techniques are important considerations during a pregnancy massage, and will be applied to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
Sports massage involves the application of Swedish techniques that emphasize the prevention and healing of injuries associated with athletic and recreational activities. Sports massage can help an athlete prepare their body for an event, aid in recovery, and improve function during training. Depending on the application, sports massage can be short and stimulating for pre-event preparation; used to normalize tissue and reduce muscle tension following an event; or have a restorative focus to facilitate training and reduce injury. These techniques can also be applied to clients suffering from chronic pain, injury and restricted range of motion.
Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that uses the application of flexible, hypoallergenic, latex-free tape to help the body's natural healing process, and prolong the benefits of massage, and other manual therapies, between appointments. Kinesio taping has been proven to reduce pain, increase circulation, facilitate lymphatic drainage, reduce muscle resting tension, and increase healing.
Kinesio Taping can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including tendinitis, muscle strains and sprains, bruising, pre and post surgical edema, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscular imbalances. The non-restrictive tape is applied and can be left on for 4 - 5 days, without restricting normal range of motion.
A typical taping session begins with a thorough intake and evaluation. Postural, gait, and orthopedic assessments may be conducted, along with any necessary muscle testing, to determine the best course of treatment and tape application.
Functional movement training and remedial exercise can help to rehabilitate and prevent injuries, regain and improve mobility, correct postural imbalances, encourage proper biomechanics and improve overall health and wellness. Combining movement training and massage therapy can lead to greater body awareness and encourage a more balanced and meaningful mind-body connection.