Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage has become a trusted modality for injury and surgery recovery as well as pain and stress reduction.

Currently recommend by doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, massage is compatible with a variety of other treatments modalities.

Reported relief and improvements have included:

  • Headache Patterns
  • Joint Pain
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Muscle Cramps/Spasms
  • Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
  • Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
  • Injury recovery: sports injury, auto accident, surgery recovery
Licensed since 2004, my experience incorporates a variety of modalities including:
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Body Mobilization
  • Myofascial Release
  • Aromatherapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy

Each session blends these modalities to meet the client’s individual needs.

 

Prenatal Massage

Each prenatal session lasts 90 minutes to allow plenty of time for supportive pillowing, stretching and relaxation.

Many moms take home new tips on keeping themselves comfortable through the night and working with their bodies for a more optimal birth.

 

Relief from common pregnancy discomforts such as:

  • Swelling
  • shortness of breath
  • hip/pubic bone pain
  • disrupted sleep
  • leg cramps

 

Pillowing: Rather than use specialty pregnancy pillows or bolsters, I use a variety of commonly available pillows to support the body, my goal is for the level of comfort a mother experiences my office to be something she can recreate at home. Face down pregnancy support pillows can be comfortable for a time but can place extra strain on the sacrum, hips and ligaments of the uterus. Sessions tend to focus on side-lying and supine (on the back) positions. For certain discomforts, pillowing prone (face down) is available.

Stretches: Prenatal sessions include what is called the Pelvic Stabilization Technique, this is a series of stretches that releases the hips and pelvis evenly to stability the gait, reduce pelvic ‘tipping’ and reduce common pregnancy discomforts. To allow for this range of movement, mothers are encouraged to undress for the massage to their comfort level but keep their undies on.

Belly Massage: The abdominal massage is optional depending on a mother’s need and comfort. It can be extremely helpful in reducing anterior hip and pubic bone pain as well as improving digestion and shortness of breath. My focus is not on massage the uterus itself but on releasing the respiratory diaphragm and soft tissue attachments of the uterus and hips.  Release of the respiratory diaphragm has been helpful in reducing shortness of breath, improving heartburn and digestion and, on occasion, allowing baby space to adjust their position for birth.

Prenatal treatments are offered for all gestations of pregnancy from conception to birth and beyond.