Full body Swedish Massage for relaxation is the most common massage that I perform. It is meant to help with general stress and with the common aches and pains of everyday life.
However, I specialize in Therapeutic Massage for the treatment of many issues including pain, and range of motion. These are often related to stress, but are also caused by injuries, medical issues, medications, or aging. These issues may include some or all of the techniques listed below. This also means that some of the muscles that I work with can be quite personal in nature. Working with the Pectorial muscles (chest/under breast), glutial muscles (your rear end), adductor muscles (inner thigh), and psoas muscles (inside of hip), just to name a few. This all done with your permission and only to your comfort level.
Many people are embarrassed to talk about issues they are having. You shouldn’t be. You would be surprised how common most issues are, so I most likely have heard or possibly said it before. You have to take you health into you own hands and talk about any and all issues you may have with your doctor, chiropractor and your massage therapist.
I cannot help everyone with everything. It depends on the cause and severity of the issue. These treatments may be used in conjunction with other treatments by your doctor or chiropractor with his/her permission. You would be surprised at what we can accomplish together.
Drapping is the use of sheets, towels, hand towels, and etc. to cover a client during a massage.
Full Drapping is being completely covered with a sheet and only the area that is exposed is the area being worked on and is covered again when moving to a different area.
Partial Drapping is using a towel or hand towel to cover portions of the body for modesty.
No Drapping is, of course, you are not covered.
These are the basic versions of drapping, with many different variations available. There are people that will wear undergarmets with and without drapping.
I am comfortable working with or without drapping. It is always be to my clients comfort level whether it is for modesty or warmth.
The only other consideration for choosing one form of drapping over the other is the type of work that is being done. In my practice, I have runners and golfers. They often want glutial work done, along with stretching. So wearing undergarmets are not a good option. However, Full Drapping and Partial Drapping are fine.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking, to relax and soothe tense muscles.
Therapeutic Massage will utilize a combination of the following techniques to improve healing and overall health.
Deep Pressure – Uses a continuous medium to firm pressure throughout the massage. This can help muscle relax more rapidly. It also promotes circulation the cardiovascular and lymphatic system and assists the body to flush toxins from the muscles. This does often cause soreness that my last several days. This is lessened by drinking water and staying active.
Deep Tissue – Uses light to deep pressure with a combination of techniques. The main differences is the focus of the work. That being able to palpate (feel) the different layers of muscle and working the deeper layers to provide the help that is needed.Although a basic massage does work all the muscles in the body, it may not provide the complete therapy that is needed.
Trigger Point Therapy – Sometimes confused with pressure point massage, this involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or referred pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, or other treatments are applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.
Stretching (Passive) – Passive stretching means you’re using some sort of outside assistance to help you achieve a stretch. In this case the massage therapist is the outside source. With passive stretching, you relax the muscle you’re trying to stretch and rely on the external force to hold you in place. You don’t usually have to work very hard to do a passive stretch.
Hot Stone Therapy – Stones are placed into a purpose-built Stone Heater which is filled with water. The water is typically heated to 50-53 degrees Celsius (122-127 degrees Fahrenheit). The heated stones are held by the massage therapist and used to work the muscles.
Aroma Therapy – is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
The pelvic floor muscles are what they sound like. The stretch across the bottom of the pelvis to create a hammock like structure that supports the various organs (i.e. bowel, anus, bladder, urethra, prostate, and more.) However, they also assist in movement since they also attach the to greater trochanter (that bony knot in your hip).
Some symptoms of pelvic floor issues include:
*Alternating between constipation and diarrhea.
*Difficulty with urination or incontinence.
*Pain during intercourse (women).
*Stiffness in hips.
*Pains around the greater trochanter when pressure is applied.
Many women are familiar with these muscles and the issues they cause. Men on the other hand most likely know little or not heard of these muscles. Working with these muscles for men can relieve some common issues that we associated with getting older. In some cases it can even reverse some of these issues.
There are different options to work with these muscles.
Intrusive – This means that somethings is inserted vaginally or rectally to exercise the muscles. I am not allowed to do this.
Non-intrusive – This is my area. I can with a variety of techniques, massage the accessible portions of these muscles to relieve tension. This will in turn affect all of the organ that are attached to the muscle.
There are also a variety of stretching techniques that I can use and teach you to use to help the pelvic floor muscles.
This section in not all inclusive, just meant to give you some of the basics. Please do your own research. There are many sites and books that explain this in much more detail than I have here.
Prostate Massage – I do believe in prostate massage for treatment of certain medical issues and I know the techniques. However, I am not legally allow to perform these treatments in the state of Texas.
Please make an appointment if you are interested in discussing any of the issues and techniques above. I do not discuss any of this on the phone, text, or email.