Massage Techniques

SWEDISH MASSAGE
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. Click here to find a Swedish Massage practitioner

MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Based on the discoveries of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons in which they found the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.

“As a physical therapist, I have always been pretty particular when it comes to massage therapists.  I like to feel that the massage I’m getting is therapeutic, targeted to help address a specific muscular problem that I am having.  Maggie is the best massage therapist I have ever gone to.  She listens to my preferences and is able to deliver the perfect amount of pressure.  I was having a problem in my thoracic spine, and when I described what I needed she provided exactly what I was looking for.  She has a unique gift to be able to feel the tissues and address the needs of the body.  You can expect a very clean, safe, comfortable, relaxing and therapeutic experience.  I have recommended Maggie to my patients who are in need of a massage.  She is truly gifted.”

Thais Mollet

“Maggie’s healing touch and excellent understanding of body mechanics has done wonders in alleviating the stress and tension in my body. She is able to pinpoint and melt away the knots, leaving me absolutely rejuvenated.

I appreciate that she is terrific listener. She extracts cues from our conversations then hones in on areas that need attention with a variety of deep tissue manipulations, gentle kneading movements, stretching strokes, etc. The massages always feel like they are personalized for my needs.

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Ting Hammond

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