Techniques

The wide range of massage and bodywork techniques offered at Centered Bodywork will help you achieve your goals for health through massage therapy. Both Therapeutic and Wellness sessions can incorporate the types of techniques described here. Depending on your goals for the session, any of the following techniques may be used:

Orthopedic Massage
Utilizes orthopedic assessment, treatment and rehabilitation protocols to effectively apply massage techniques to a wide range of pain and injury conditions. Most soft-tissue problems can be addressed to some extent with orthopedic massage; 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.

Relaxation/Swedish
A light-touch massage for stress relief and facilitation of optimal nervous system functioning. 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
Use of 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
Use of pressure and other techniques to reduce tension found in hypertonic (tight) muscle tissues; particularly helpful for addressing tightness deep within muscles. Deep tissue massage 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, the use of a range of massage/bodywork techniques and the incorporation of 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.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
Release of 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 the other significant component of soft tissue-related conditions.

CranioSacral Therapy
A gentle form of myofascial release to relieve pressure and dysfunction in the skull and spinal cord (central nervous system). 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.

Trigger Point
Techniques to relieve localized areas of muscular pain. Trigger points typically are small areas that, when pressed, are very painful. These points can refer pain to other areas of the body, so that 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.

Neuromuscular
Utilizes the connection between muscles and the nervous system to relieve pain/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. Through repetition of small, specific movements, the nervous system is retrained 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.