Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic Massage is best utilized when the client becomes proactive in their health and well being.  The use of the goals, stated by the client, will determine the best approach for the treatment plan.  Frequency, duration and types of massage will vary depending on the client's general health, severity of their condition and how long they have been dealing with their problem. 

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a customized therapeutic massage for individuals who participate in athletics. It focuses on the athlete's training, performance and recovery period.  Different massage techniques are used for pre-event, post-event and training maintenance times.   Anyone participating in any athletic activities are in need of bodywork. 
The therapist works on targeting the sports specific muscles, tendons and ligaments working to create biomechanical efficiency and decrease the potential for injury.  
Common Sports Massage benefits:
  • Enhances and improves performance
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Prevention of injury
  • Reduction of pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Eliminate metabolic waste build up
  • Helps to eliminate anxiety
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion
  • Accelerates recovery rates from training and competition
  • Prolongs athletic career

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy or NMT is a specialized form of deep tissue massage that is specifically designed to treat chronic pain and tightness that can cause muscular weakness, pain and numbness.  It works with the physiology of the nervous system and how it affects the muscles.  Clients who demonstrate hyper-irritable muscles, tendons and connective tissue will develop pain and trigger points.  Trigger points can refer pain to other areas of the body, create muscular tightness, nerve entrapment and postural distortions or imbalances. The therapist will utilize specific techniques and pressure on the trigger points to interrupt the hyperirritable nerve impulses. The therapist works to return the musculoskeletal system to balance between the muscles, the nervous system and overall health. 
Factors that cause Trigger Points
  • Structural Inadequacies – Congenital factors
  • Postural Stress
  • Sustained contractions
  • Psychological Factors
  • Chronic Infections
  • Allergies
  • Impaired Sleep
  • Nerve Impingement
Therapists Goals
  • Normalize Soft Tissue
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Restore Normal Movement Patterns
  • Restore Strength
  • Build Endurance

Myofacial Release

Myofascial Release or Myo, is an aspect of massage therapy that specifically designed to treat soft tissue postural dysfunctions and relieve client complaints often associated with the fascia or connective tissue.  Myofascial therapy recognizes that a muscle cannot be isolated from other structures of the body because fascia covers all structures.  Body reading and understanding muscular strain patterns are an integral component of successful treatments.  The therapist uses slow compressive forces to lengthen and stretch the fascia.  The stretch is guided by the client and what the therapist feels the tissue requires.  Myofacial Release tends to be a gentler form of massage due to the slow melt and slow movement of the tissues, but can be a huge transformative process of relieving dysfunction of the soft tissue. 

Body Reading & Assessment

Massage practitioners usually see clients complaining of pain, soft tissue injuries and/or dysfunctions.  Postural assessment/body reading is the first step in determining what musculoskeletal structures are causing the problem.  It provides a baseline of objective information needed to measure the effectiveness of future treatment protocol. Next, the practitioner will create a comprehensive plan to determine clear intentions and treatment goals.  Lastly, the objective findings will be re-assessed after each treatment/session.
Pregnancy Massage includes both pre-natal and post-natal time periods.  The massage addresses different needs of each mother.  The massage is performed in a side lying position and is performed with the aid of special pillows to ensure ultimate comfort. 

Pregnancy Massage

Massage Benefits
  • Decreasing muscular tension
  • Minimizes spasms and myofascial pain
  • Reduces edema
  • Increases proprioceptive awareness which allows for better adaptation with the rapidly changing body
  • Significant decrease in stress encouraging relaxation
  • Relieves depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation
  • Increases the body’s elimination of waste products
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lends emotional support, physical nurturing, and helps lessens mood swings
  • Increases sensory awareness which helps relaxation in labor
  • Improves labor outcomes (e.g. shorter labors, decreases use of drugs, increases Apgar scores of baby)
  • Facilitates post-partum structural realignment of the spine, pelvis, abdominals and psoas musculature

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a treatment that involves soft tissue manipulation to maintain and improve health.  It is considered the most common form of massage therapy.   It is a holistic approach that affects the body, mind and spirit promoting health and wellbeing by utilizes the bodies own healing process. 
Swedish Massage Benefits
Relaxes muscles
Improves posture
Optimizes range of motion
Decreases heart rate
Lowers blood pressure
Improves circulation
Improves the removal of metabolic wastes
Improves immune function
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves mental alertness
Improves quality of sleep

Home Care

Your massage therapist will give you home care exercises or self care massage techniques after your appointment to help educate and maintain longer lasting results from your massage.  Remember, it is very important for you to be compliant as it would be your greatest benefit.  Home care will help future massage sessions, reduce everyday pain, prevent discomfort and re-educate old habits.


There are some conditions for which massage in inadvisable, so always inform your massage therapist of any health changes. 
Keep your health care practitioner and your massage therapist in close communication. 
Massage therapy may not be the answer to all the body's problems, but with benefits beyond our imagination it becomes a great addition to traditional medical treatments.