Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. A growing number of professionals believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who seek to achieve their peak performances. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program. Any active person can benefit from Sports Massage, from those who routinely stretch their physical limits such as Crossfit athletes, triathletes (swim, bike, run), weight lifters (power lifting and bodybuilding), and combat sport practitioners to those maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle such as golfers, recreational league participants, skiers, tennis players, and yoga practitioners.
Sports Massage Therapy
The Sports Massage at Athlete's Touch is our signature fusion of leading edge sport-specific massage techniques. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
Sports Massage sessions are tailored to the client's individual needs with the goal to promote optimum performance, injury-free training and to minimize post event injuries. This service may be provided to clients of Athlete's Touch in addition to care received elsewhere (ie Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, etc) that requires a collaborative approach. Sports Massage is also perfect for coached athletes who are looking for an edge.
Medical Massage &
Medical Massage & Injury Management is a clinical massage approach designed to support the overall treatment of medical problems stemming from trauma to the body.
Medical Massage is an outcome based specialty massage for auto or work related injuries and is often performed under both the instruction of a physician & with the approval of the insurance companies involved.
Medical Massage & Injury Management can benefit recovery for many injuries brought on by an automobile accident; including whiplash, neck and back injuries, tendon damage, muscle spasms, myofascial pain, headaches, migraines, and insomnia (pain can interrupt sleep).
If you have been injured on the job or suffer from an auto injury relating to a car/bike accident, you may be eligible to receive Medical Massage at no out of pocket cost to you.
We are able to provide billing services for Medical Massage & Injury Management treatment with the necessary documentation, including:
Prescription for treatment from your Physician,
Insurance Company Information, including claim number & contact person/case manager name, phone number, and email address
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will setup your first session
Orthopedic Massage Therapy
Orthopedic Massage is intended for clients looking to resolve a specific issue including but not limited to chronic pain/discomfort, injury, postural dysfunction and immobility. Orthopedic Massage describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. OM focuses on restoring structural balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. OM takes a multidisciplinary approach and works with you as an active participant in your recovery. OM looks beyond the massage session to the origin of the pain either from trauma-induced injuries or postural imbalances that exacerbate the pain through daily activities. Common orthopedic conditions can stem from sports injuries, postural imbalances due to poor work ergonomics, chronic pain and scar tissue from surgery or traumatic injury.
Active Stretching & Massage Therapy Combination
Active Stretching and Massage Combination is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, Active Stretching provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. Session will involve specific assisted stretching plus Massage Therapy (Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, as appropriate) to help clients meet their goals & needs.
Swedish Massage Therapy
The Swedish Massage is designed to Relax & Recover tight muscles, flush out soreness, and melt away stress. Swedish Massage is perfect when a Sports Massage or Deep Tissue Massage is too deep or too specific, or when you just need a calming massage experience.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial Release Massage (MRM) addresses the fascial system. Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a continuous three-dimensional web from head to foot. Trauma, poor posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excess pressure on nerves, muscle, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs.
MRM is a hands-on technique that facilitates a stretch into restricted soft tissue by placing low-grade sustained pressure into restricted tissue barrier. After 90-120 seconds, the tissue will undergo histological length changes, allowing the first release to be felt. The therapist follows the release into a new tissue barrier and holds again until a second release is felt. After a series of releases occur, the tissue will become soft and pliable, taking pressure off pain sensitive tissue and restoring alignment and mobility. By elongating the fascial system, we can restore the efficiency of the neuromuscular elements and proper mechanical length of the connective tissues, thereby restoring the natural abilities of coordination, strength, power and unrestricted motion to our bodies.
In most musculoskeletal conditions, Myofascial Release Massagehas proven to be one of the most effective manual therapy techniques for long term reduction of pain.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
The benefits of deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Unlike Swedish massage, which has a relaxing effect and uses lighter pressure, deep tissue massage is done using deep finger pressure with strokes that are firm and slow. Deep tissue massage has several therapeutic effects and can be used to treat many different conditions. This type of massage is ideal for the treatment of major muscle groups like the neck or lower back. It can also be used to relieve strain and treat injuries in your joints and tendons.
Cupping & Massage Therapy Combination
Massage cupping is essentially the inverse of the typical massage therapy. Instead of exerting pressure on the different points of the body for healing, massage cupping uses suction to to tug the skin, tissues and muscles upwards.
When the therapist exerts suction on the different points on the body by way of massage suction, certain changes are brought about up to four inches inside the body. These changes stimulate the body to heal itself. Massage cupping results in:
Promoting the flow of blood to the muscles and tissues, and removing stagnation
Supplying oxygen and nutrients to the cells
Softening the tightened muscles
Loosening of adhesions and knots
Lifting the connecting tissues
Opening the blockages of the lymphatic nodes and easing the flow of lymph
Releasing and draining of excess fluids and toxins like lactic acid from the tissues and cells
Drawing inflammation from the deeper tissues to the surface of the skin so they can heal
Stimulating and later, calming the peripheral nervous system
Eliminating chronic congestion
Massage cupping can be used to treat ailments like stiff muscles, stress, migraines, fatigue and exhaustion, and back and neck pain.
Cupping became more widely known when Team USA arrived at the Olympics in Rio!
Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing. Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of "rei" (spiritual) and "ki" (vital energy).
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
Paraffin provides a deep penetrating heat that soothes achy muscles and joints. The benefits of Paraffin Therapy include hydrating dry hands and feet; and aiding conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and muscle spasms.
Paraffin treatment is available on request
Integrative Bodywork sessions are significantly different from other forms of bodywork. Please read the following so that we can make the most of our time together.
Integrative Bodywork combines elements from three traditions in bodywork: the Mechanical, Energetic, and Psychological. Each tradition is guided by different models.
The Mechanical tradition views the body as machine-like and uses various mechanical methods to produce structural change.
The Energetic tradition focus on the ‘Energy’ phenomenon in and around the body and employs various means to achieve better energy balance.
The distinguishing hallmark of the Psychological tradition is working to affect change in the mind through somatic means.
Traditional Massage Therapy or Bodywork is a relatively passive process. Clients receive hands-on care from a trained professional for treatment. Integrative Bodywork is a highly collaborative process that invites the client to be actively engaged during and after each session.
During a typical session, in addition to hands-on work to loosen and lengthen tight, hardened, or stuck connective tissues, there is an ongoing exploration via dialogue, designed to make deliberate connections between what is happening with the body and how it is being used for expression in one’s life. Although this is not psychotherapy, it may include reflecting on how issues in one’s life may express in the body. The integrative approach is based on the idea that the mind and body are deeply interconnected and impact each other in ways that may surprise us.
In addition to actively engaging in an ongoing dialogue, each session includes education regarding “movement awareness,” where together we explore some aspect of using our bodies in simple ways such as sitting, standing, walking, etc. These everyday movements are examined and “movement principles” are offered to develop greater balance, better alignment, explore how to lengthen with movement, etc.
It is essential that you understand that active engagement provides greater results when you are being empowered in your relationship with your wellbeing. The collaboration between LMT and client of this highly interactive approach is at the heart of Integrative Bodywork.
If you have questions about this approach, please contact Bern at: 207.650.9381 or email@example.com