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Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for pro, elite, age group, recreational and high school athletes. A combination of techniques are used, including deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point work and movement release. For the serious athlete with a particular goal race or competition, a sports massage evaluation is done and an individualized program is put together, which includes teaching targeted trigger point self massage when needed to maximize results and provide the athlete with "tools" to take home and use immediately and when the need arises. For other athletes, sports massage is a critical modality to "troubleshoot" injuries as soon as they occur, as well as to treat and resolve chronic muscular issues. Generally, sports massage can speed recovery and keep muscles "knot free"...the latter being critical to maximizing the muscle's ability to generate power and move freely through its range of motion (reducing stress on joints).
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Relaxation/Restoration massage is a wonderful counterpoint to the stress we encounter in our daily lives. Basic Swedish techniques are used as well as gentle range of motion when needed. Special music is played softly in the background which encourages a deeper state of relaxation and brain entrainment. I work with music developed by several prominent "sound healers"...music which is now used in major hospitals to promote healing and reduce anxiety. Overall,tThe benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
As an adjunct to traditional medical treatment, an approach that addresses body/mind/spirit can be useful in treating chronic health issues. Pioneers in this field include such well-known names as Louise Hay and Caroline Myss. In the course of my life I have experienced personally the power of the body/mind/spirit approach to healing and am delighted to share this with others.