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These are the modalities I use in my practice. I have listed them separately, but generally use more than one, if not all of these modalities in any given session.

Deep Tissue: Don’t be fooled by the name- deep tissue doesn’t have to be deep, nor does it have to hurt. Deep tissue is a focused, specific way of working, treating individual muscles rather than muscle groups as a whole.

Sports: You don’t need to be a professional athlete to benefit from a sports massage! There is less emphasis on relaxation and more focus on treating specific ailments or pains. Sports massage can also help any level of athlete prepare the body for more optimal performance and a faster recovery.

Swedish: Swedish massage is a more superficial treatment that focuses on circulation and relaxation. There is a broader, more general focus to the work.

Neuromuscular/Trigger Point: Trigger points are hypersensitive areas within a muscle band that can cause pain and even refer pain to other parts of the body. Neuromuscular therapy aims to dissipate these areas and stop the pain cycle that trigger points perpetuate. (note: the very existence of trigger points is just a theory- has never been proven- and there is some debate going on these days as to whether or not they really exist. But the way I look at it is, whatever it is that’s causing the pain, this approach is generally helpful- so I’m gonna keep doing it!)

Prenatal and Postnatal massage: I completed my certification in Pre- and Post-natal massage in April 2015. Prenatal massage can be done during all three trimesters of pregnancy (yes, even the first trimester).  Postnatal massage generally refers to the six or so weeks after giving birth. Prenatal massage is safe for nearly all women, but please consult your doctor prior to scheduling a session if you have a history of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of miscarriage.

Skin Stretching: You may have heard of the term “myofascial release”- I learned this technique in massage school. However, since I was in school, studies have shown that humans just aren’t strong enough to move fascia on our own. And yet, the myofascial techniques that people have been using are helpful. So if we’re not actually “releasing” fascia, why is it still doing something for us? One theory that’s gaining ground these days is that providing a gentle stretch over an area where one is experiencing pain provides a calming input to nerves in the area that might be over-sensitized for whatever reason (such as previous injury, etc). I like to think of it as “hacking” the nervous system, since we’re actually working with nerves rather than directly with muscle tissue! I will often start sessions with a few minutes of skin stretching. (You might also see this approach referred to as “Dermoneuromodulation”, but that’s a terribly long and scary sounding word so I prefer to just call it what it is!)

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