THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage appointments available: Mon, Tues, Fri: 9am to 6pm / Wed and Thurs: 9am to 12pm
WHAT TYPES OF MASSAGE DO YOU OFFER?
Our provider with the hands of a healer, Wendi Phelps,is a licensed massage therapist that offers both Swedish and deep tissue massage. She specializes in Swedish massage and everything under it's umbrella, including but not limited to: Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Facilitation, Shiatsu, Cranio-Sacral techniques, and Trigger Point Therapy. Swedish Massage is blend of 7 techniques, including gliding, pressing, kneading, rolling, and holding techniques with varying amounts of pressure with moderate use of cream, oil or other lubricant to generate a relaxation response and improve circulation. Wendi's philosophy is that every aspect of a person (body, mind, and spirit) can benefit from massage therapy. No single session with Wendi is the same. She customizes each session to the needs of her client by integrating various modalities of massage together. Her mission is to promote both self and client education and participation in the powerful healing process of massage therapy.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. A firm, slow yet gentle pulling, pushing , lifting and rolling technique to remodel or realign fascia, scar tissue and adhesions using little or no lubricant. Considered a "deep-tissue" technique as it effects the body deeply. Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses. Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. (ref) Benefits of myofascial release include: muscle relaxation, suppression or reduction of trigger point sensitivity and pain, reduced soreness and improved tissue recovery, improved joint range of motion, reduced adhesions and scar tissue, regulation of the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a role in decreasing inflammation, improved neuromuscular efficiency, d decreased neuromuscular hypertonicity, as well as decreased overall effects of stress on the human movement system. (ref)
Manual techniques applied to enhance lymphatic system function and help the management of edema, whether caused by surgery, pathology, trauma or aging were developed as early as the 1880's. This specialized form of Western massage addresses the superficial skin layers to gently stretch open the lymphatic vessels residing there to open and allow the reentry of lymphatic fluid into the vessels and out of the tissue spaces. (ref)
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means "finger pressure".(ref) This technique has been widely used since the 1970's. In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians, as they’re called in traditional Chinese medicine. Benefits of Shaitsu include: • Restore and maintain the body’s energy, especially helpful to those suffering from fatigue and overall weakness
• Improves circulation • Reduces stress and tension as well as anxiety and depression • Relief from headaches • Promotes healing from sprains and similar injuries • Helps bring relief to arthritis sufferers • Reduces problems with stiff neck and shoulders as well as backaches (including sciatica) • Coughs, colds, and other sinus and respiratory problems • Helps those dealing with insomnia • Aids in treatment of such various things as digestive disorders, bowel trouble, morning sickness, and menstrual problems. (ref)
The subtle, hands on mobilizations of the head, face, spinal area and sacrum are rooted in Western anatomy/ physiology and osteopathic science. Gentle techniques aim to balance the cranio-sacral rhythm generated when cerebral spinal fluid moves rhythmically along a fascial membrane called the dura mater that houses the brain and central nervous system. Therapists work with persons impacted by trauma and inflexibility of the joints of the spine and cranium. Known to induce napping, it enhances functioning of the nervous system and the rest is achieved by the body's own healing mechanism. (ref)
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY:
Slow pulsing and direct sustained pressure on these exquisite areas of hypersensitvity deactivates trigger points and resolves the pain-spasm cycle that limits normal activities. Often used in conjunction with stretching and myofascial massage. (ref)
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