I am trained in a variety of massage techniques and will integrate each into a massage session based on your individual needs and preferences. I specialized in the following:
Myofascial release is excellent for reducing chronic pain and limited mobility. I am trained in John Barnes myofascial release techniques. Fascia is a strong, elastic and viscous web of connective tissue that surrounds, supports and connects every muscle, bone, and organ in the body. When fascia becomes inflexible, due to trauma, surgery, scar tissue, overuse, or ill health, it greatly restricts movement causing pain and stiffness. This 3-dimensional fascial "spider-web" is continuous from head to toe and also surrounds all nerves, blood vessels, muscles and organs. Restricted fascia can pinch nerves causing chronic pain, and reduce blood flow, causing damage, slow repair and more pain anywhere in the body. Myofascial release helps restore fascia to its naturally flexible state through gentle, three dimensional stretches that are held for an extended period of time. During treatment the tension or "pull" of a fascial restriction may be felt deep within the body or even in another area. As the tissue releases or "unwinds" the client may lie still or move if needed. Myofascial release addresses the whole body and after a session people often report a noticeable increase in their mobility as well as pain reduction.
*Clients may wear shorts and a tank top may be worn for this treatment to allow for comfortable movement.
Combining Lymphatic facilitation with myofascial release can greatly enhancing the body's normal healing ability during particularly intense states of repair such as after surgery or physical injury. The lymphatic system is part of the body's immune system that helps to remove particles, excess fluid and waste products, resulting from normal cellular activity, especially during tissue repair or illness defense. Chemical by-products and swelling from inflammation involved with these processes can irritate nerves, cause pain, and limit movement. By employing specific patterns and locations of relaxing, light stretch directly on the surface of the skin, the flow of a healthy lymphatic system can be temporarily increased by 30%. This technique can speed up the repair process and also help reduce pain and edema associated with inflammation. Lymphatic facilitation can also be used on the face to reduce sinus pressure resulting from seasonal allergies.
*Please note that clients with a compromised lymphatic system, such as diagnosed lymphedema, should only be treated with lymphatic drainage techniques, not lymphatic facilitation.
Swedish massage is the most commonly known type of massage. It involves long, fluid strokes and kneading of muscles to bring about a deep state of relaxation. Physical and emotional stress can build up in the body and result in muscular "holding patterns" which can cause pain, tension and dysfunction (i.e. headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and insomnia to name a few). Normal stress hormones also build up in muscles over time and Swedish massage strokes help mechanically flush these toxic chemicals out of the body. Swedish massage can create a healing opportunity for the body to release held tension and allow one to reclaim a healthy state of balance.
Integrative massage, sometimes called *Medical Massage, involves a combination of many techniques which are used to address a specific area of concern, such as neck or shoulder pain. In addition to the techniques mentioned above, this can include Neuromuscular Therapy (deep, focused pressure to release tender points), Sports Massage (contracting and stretching of specific muscles) and ice or heat therapy. Techniques are chosen based on each client's individual situation and what the tissue requires for healing. Home care may be recommended to help maintain the benefits of the massage session.
*Client may wear exercise shorts and a tank top for medical massage assessment and bodywork integration.
Massage Sessions by Appointment:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
If you are calling or emailing to schedule and appointment, please give your preferred day and time of appointment along with your name and phone number and I will respond to your message quickly.
Session Rates: *Please allow an additional 15-20 minutes for personalized intake & assessment.
30 minutes of massage - $50 (45 min total)
60 minute of massage - $85 (75 min total)
90 minute of massage - $120 (105 min total)
Payment Options: Cash, Check, and Credit Cards are accepted.
Please respect the 24 hour cancelation policy. If you need to cancel your appointment, kindly give 24 hours notice or you will be charged in full for the time reserved for you. Thank you.
Licensed Massage Therapist
4 Executive Park Dr., 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12203
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