Overview of Available Treatments:
If you are suffering from pain with activity or at rest, I can help. I specialize in visceral manipulation and neuromuscular techniques of trigger point and neural reset therapy (NRT). Visceral manipulation is a gentle manual treatment approach that addresses tension in the soft tissue connections within and around our organs. I use it to address medical conditions and chronic pain. The results tend to be remarkably quick and long-lasting. Trigger point therapy is pressure on key points that unlock muscle tension. NRT is the use of gentle movements to unlock trigger points to unlock muscles. Often, neuromuscular therapy will relieve not just muscle pain but also pain that you did not think was muscular such as headaches or plantar fascitis. Either of these therapies may be done with you fully clothed.
For those who want to get involved in their own healing, I offer postural correction and may suggest a few stretches to do at home. If you want me to stretch you, I offer full-body stretching sessions: either western stretching or the original full-body stretching, called Thai massage. It’s like having yoga done to you. All these can be done fully clothed.
Sometimes, relaxation is the goal. To give you the chance to unwind, I offer Swedish massage, myofascial therapy, and reflexology. Swedish massage is what people typically think of when they hear “massage”, myofascial therapy is very slow glides or joint movements, and reflexology is a way to stimulate health all over the body through the feet and hands.
- Swedish– this is massage as you see it portrayed on TV. Swedish may involve gliding strokes, kneading, rocking, or tapping. It can feel nurturing and take you into a state of deep relaxation, especially when combined with myofascial release and reflexology. Swedish can also be done with higher pressure, in which case it falls into the category of deep tissue. Although Swedish is often done with the client undressed under a sheet, it may also be done fully clothed.
- Trigger Point Therapy (neuromuscular therapy)– a trigger point is a key to unlock a muscle and surrounding muscles. I press and hold a knot to relieve pain. Usually, stubborn pain is caused by trigger points that are away from the area where the client is feeling pain. I use comfortable pressure to unlock the muscle. If you like homework, I may recommend postural correction and teach you a stretch or two. Trigger point therapy may be done fully clothed or with the client undressed, covered by a sheet. I find trigger point therapy works well in conjunction with neural reset technique and Swedish.
- Neural Reset Technique (NRT)– this state of the art technique taps into the nervous system to switch off muscle tension. It involves the client gently resisting movements and may involve tapping. See my video for an example. With this technique, I find that 80 percent of chronic pain issues are reduced by 80 percent in the first visit. Although this technique is painless, it turns on muscles that are not used to working and sometimes they will become somewhat sore the next day. NRT works well with trigger point therapy and can be inserted into a Swedish massage when we discover tender areas.
- Lymph Drainage Therapy by Bruno Chickley- this is lymphatic system coaching. The lymphatic system is a component of the immune system that picks up debris all around the body and processes it for recycling. When it is not working, fluid is attracted to debris and swelling develops. Extremely gentle pressure is used to stimulate the lymphatic system to pump harder, faster, and in a better direction. It is stimulated to use lymph highways rather than backroads or dead-ends. LDT is sometimes essential for relieving post-operative pain, joint pain or stiffness, and Lyme disease pain. Sometimes, it is just the thing to treat lower back pain that is resistant to Swedish, stretching, trigger point therapy, and neural reset therapy.
- Myofascial Release– this uses very slow traction on tissue or joints to soften hard tissue. With the slowness of this technique, myofascial therapy enthusiasts often find themselves entering a dream-like state in which buried emotions or memories may come to the surface. I enjoy helping the client feel safe as they process whatever comes up.
- Reflexology– this is a method of massage that focuses on the foot, hand, and ear. Each of these is said to contain a map of the body. If a location on this map is tender, it can indicate dysfunction in the corresponding body location. Treatment involves using firm pressure to repeatedly compress that area to restore wellness to corresponding body parts. I have found reflexology can be a great tool to help someone who is stressed ease into massage. It feels so good, it is my most requested treatment during relaxation sessions.
- Thai massage therapy– this is like yoga combined with massage. Stretching is done all over the body, using the therapist’s body in a variety of innovative ways to perform a sort of yoga on the client. Kneading is provided with palms, elbows, and feet in conjunction with stretches. You should youtube this if you want to understand what it looks like.