BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Massage therapy is not just for relaxation. Research has proven it to be very beneficial in the treatment of chronic pain, reduction of blood pressure, alleviating stress, and decreasing anxiety. It can also be instrumental in the healing process when used as part of a pre- and post-surgery regimen. It helps to increase circulation and flexibility. As part of your treatment, Fern will work with you to customize your therapy by combining the techniques to best meet your short and long-term goals.
Relaxation & Stress Reduction: This gentle form of massage uses long, gentle kneading strokes and a slow-to-moderate pace to allow muscles to relax, increase circulation, reduce stress, and improve sense of well being.
Deep Tissue: Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and emphasizes slower, harder strokes to release very tight or tense muscles. Aids in the relief of chronic pain by releasing contracted muscles and helping to restore normal movement.
Cranial-Sacral: A gentle form of bodywork that addresses the head, spinal column, and sacrum with the goal of releasing compression. Cranial-sacral massage is particularly effective in calming the nervous system, relieving neck and back discomfort, and alleviating both migraine headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Neuromuscular: Neuromuscular massage is the manipulation of soft tissues, muscular tendons, and connective tissue to balance the central nervous system and to treat injury, trauma, positional distortion, or stress.
Trigger Point: In trigger point therapy, pressure is applied to specific pain points in order to alleviate pain at its source through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The result is a decrease in referred pain as well as improved muscle function.
Sports Massage: Sports massage can play a key role in both pre- and post-event regimens in increasing flexibility, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, preventing injury, and promoting mindfulness.
Injury Rehabilitation: Rehabilitative massage is especially effective in recovery compared to other modalities because of its ability to isolate muscles and tendon junctions stressed from the repetitive and aggressive movements associated with sports, auto, or work-related injuries.
Hot Stone: A gentle form of massage in which heat from warm stones placed on the body is transferred to the muscle, helping to loosen tight muscles. Hot stone massage is often used to prepare areas for other types of bodywork but may be used on its own to relieve muscle tension, back pain, stress, and insomnia.
Myofasical Release: Myofasical release is a gentle specialized stretching technique used to treat a variety of soft tissue problems when the muscle fibers are injured and become short and tight. The unequal tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. A light specialized stretch is applied to the area which allows the tissue to relax.
Reiki: Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction, relaxation, promoting healing, dealing with body emotions and creating a sense of peace, security, and well being by "laying of hands" and working with one's "life energy flow"
Fern E. Taylor R.N., L.N.C.M.T.