Techniques

Achieve your goals for health through massage therapy with the wide range of techniques offered at Centered Bodywork. Both Therapeutic and Wellness sessions can incorporate the types of techniques described here. Depending on your goals for the session, I may use any of the following techniques:

Clinical Rehabilitative Massage / Orthopedic Massage
Utilizes orthopedic assessment, treatment and rehabilitation protocols to effectively apply massage techniques to a wide range of pain and injury conditions. Orthopedic massage can address most soft-tissue problems to some extent. Examples include: muscle strains, ligament sprains, golfer’s/tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, low back pain/spasm, piriformis syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, patellar tracking, labrum tears, sacro-iliac (SI) joint dysfunction, bulging/slipped discs, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR releases tightness in fascia (connective tissue), which runs throughout the body, to improve posture and reduce pain. Often, simply reducing tightness in muscles is not sufficient to eliminate pain and improve posture.  Connective tissue plays an important role in our posture and, when tightened, can impinge nerves and other structures, leading to pain. Myofascial release complements massage therapy by allowing for the treatment of dysfunctional connective tissue, thereby addressing another significant component of soft tissue-related conditions.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CST is a gentle form of myofascial release that relieves pressure and dysfunction in the skull and spinal cord (central nervous system) as well as other places in the body. In addition to providing deep relaxation, CranioSacral Therapy can be helpful for a range of conditions including migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, ADD/ADHD, scoliosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cupping
An ancient technique, cupping uses suction to open and expand tissues, rather than compress them, as in most massage techniques. By opening tissues in this way, cupping reduces muscle tension, releases accumulated waste products for the body to process, and calms the nervous system. While cupping can be the primary technique used in a full body massage, it is often most beneficially used in discrete areas as part of a session incorporating other techniques.

Trigger Point
Trigger point techniques relieve localized areas of muscular pain. These points typically are small areas that, when pressed, are very painful. They can refer pain to other areas of the body, so you may feel pain in one place while the source is somewhere else. Trigger points can inhibit the proper functioning of muscles and movement of joints.

Relaxation/Swedish
This is a light-touch massage for stress relief and facilitation of optimal nervous system functioning. It can counter the effects of stress (when the sympathetic nervous system is predominant) by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. This will help to lower your heart rate, calm your breathing, stimulate your digestion and reduce other stress-related conditions.

Therapeutic
Directed at helping to resolve soft tissue-related pain and injury, therapeutic massage is similar to orthopedic massage but does not necessarily involve as extensive clinical assessment and analysis.

Hot Stone
Hot Stone massage uses heated stones to enhance relaxation and therapeutic effects. The heated stones are used in the massage strokes as well as placed on the body.  The warmth of the stones penetrates into your tissues to help soften and relax tight muscles and connective tissue. When used as part of a Relaxation/Swedish massage, the heated stones provide greater relaxation. When used as part of a Therapeutic massage, the heated stones can help tight tissues soften more easily.

Deep Tissue
Deep tissue massage involves the use of pressure and other techniques to reduce tension found in hypertonic (tight) muscle tissues. It addresses tightness deep within muscles and does not need to be painful. Strokes are applied slowly, increasing pressure and depth as the muscle softens and lengthens. To be truly effective, deep tissue massage is applied over a number of sessions to successively reach deeper and deeper layers of muscle as the more superficial layers have been lengthened and become healthy.

Sport-specific Therapy
Tailored to the demands of specific sports, this therapy incorporates a range of massage/bodywork techniques as well as stretching in order to prevent/remedy injuries and ready the athlete for competition. Athletes assisted include golfers, soccer players, runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, tennis players, strength trainers, target shooters, gymnasts, horseback riders, kayakers and curlers.

Neuromuscular
This therapy utilizes the connection between muscles and the nervous system to relieve pain and dysfunction. Neuromuscular therapy specifically involves the application of static pressure on affected tissues to relieve pain and tightness.  Conditions addressed include trigger points, ischemia (areas of restricted blood flow), nerve entrapment/compression and posture.

Movement Re-education
Retrains the nervous system to restore proper movement and posture patterns through improved coordination of muscles; complements tissue lengthening and posture improvements achieved with other techniques. Repeated small, specific movements retrain the nervous system to properly coordinate muscles so that larger movements are also done properly. Proper movement and posture can reduce the incidence of musculo-skeletal injury and pain.