October 7, 2012

Massage

What is massage?

One of the oldest healing arts known to humankind.  Massage provides various techniques to manipulate soft tissue and affect muscular structural changes. 

Benefits of Massage:  relieves stress and tension that can lead to disease and illness, stimulation of the lymph flow, tissue regeneration, lowering of blood pressure, improvement of blood circulation, the release of endorphins, relief of headaches, soothing of sore and tired muscles, improvement in flexibility and range of motion, radiance, mental clarity, a sense of wellbeing and the list goes on….neckPain.iStock_000005909788Medium-1024x10241-e1359929378535

Orthopedic and Sports Massage

Now working with Medical Massage of the Rockies, LLC, specializing in auto and workers’ compensation injuries. 

For many people with active lifestyles, a more focused approach to bodywork is essential to provide effective results.

As a Certified Orthopedic and Sports Massage Therapist, my work addresses musculoskeletal body language, adjusting adaptively shortened and stretch weakened muscles using massage techniques that are designed to restore function to our sense of proprioception. This is our sense that tells us where our body is in space and monitors our every movement. Re-setting a dysfunctional proprioceptive system means feeding new information to the brain to unlock patterns where movements have become guarded, painful or difficult.

I have effected noticeable results treating limited range of motion with cervical flexion..

Testimonial
‘I have had chronic pain in my neck and the back of my head for several years from an auto accident. I was very lucky to have found Jacqui, who after two months of treatment once a week has removed ALL my pain. It feels wonderful to be pain free and have my active life back. Jacqui is truly a miracle worker.’

Other Massage Modalities

An Integrative massage can include other massage modalities such as Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Swedish, and specific Trigger Point and Myofascial Release.

A Deep Tissue massage will be directed towards a deeper focus on releasing tension and tightness in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue.

A massage directed towards Neuromuscular work is more static or quasi-static work on soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle.

Swedish massage focuses on the promotion of relaxation using 5 basic techniques, namely effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (tapping), friction (cross-fiber) and vibration (shaking).

Trigger Point massage is focusing on ‘muscle knots’ that can trigger referral pain to other parts of the body. Massage is directed towards breaking up these knots to release tension, pain and blood flow.

Myofascial Release massage work involves pressure and stretching techniques applied to the myofascial connective tissue restrictions.

Warmth, Aromatherapy and Massage

Heat helps to relax the tension in muscles and generally helps the body to relax. Aromatherapy in the form of Essential Oils have many therapeutic benefits for massage, not only when used topically but when infused in a room. Lavender is known to relax the senses, Citrus to stimulate, Peppermint to cool and so on.

Hot Stones are heated and placed on the body and/or used to enhance massage techniques and can be used along meridian lines to open up energy pathways.  Hot stones promote relaxation, relieve stress and tight muscle tension.

Aromatherapy uses Essential Oils on the body to enhance psychological and physical wellbeing.

Amethyst Bio Mat is a pre- or post- massage therapy.  It is a mat that delivers Far Infrared rays and negative ions to relieve pain, detoxify and restore balance.

Steam Canopy is generally a pre- massage therapy.  Steam relaxes the body, softens tight muscles and tissue making manipulation and deeper work more accessible.

Far Infrared Sauna heat penetrates the body to detox, cleanse, beautify the skin, relax and soften tight muscles and tissue.