The following therapeutic massage modalities and techniques are used throughout all of my work. Call Infinity Massage to discuss your primary concerns and goals.
Myofascial release focuses on releasing the muscle tissue ("myo-") and correcting imbalances in the connective tissue ("fascia"). The myofascia is often responsible for restrictions, pain, and other imbalances within the body. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction.
Structural Bodywork focuses on realignment of the body for optimum efficiency. Fascial connective tissue helps maintain the relationship of structures in the body to each other in space. By finding where fascial tissue is shortened improperly, or is restricted, I can make corrections that will allow you to move more comfortably and with less effort.
Neuromuscular Therapy targets relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myomassage, and passive stretching. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function.
Deep Tissue Massage
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent reaching deeper musculature.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre and post event massage is administered on site at the competition. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Pin and Stretch Technique
Pin and Stretch (a.k.a. Active Release Therapy, or ART) is a technique where I will lock (i.e. pin) some soft tissue in place while lengthening (i.e. stretching) the same soft tissue. This has the effect of reducing restrictions that are located within the tissue. You can think of it as being similar to using a rolling pin to roll out and lengthen bread dough.
Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.
Swedish Massage and its core principles are included in all my massages. Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. The many benefits of Swedish massage include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.