BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
In addition to deep relaxation and creating a profound sense of well being, the proven benefits of massage include:
Relief of muscular tension and pain
Strengthened immune system
Increased flexibility and range of motion
Improved muscle tone
Reduced mental and physical fatigue and stress
Faster healing of injured tissues
Reduced blood pressure
An overall sense of well-being
Each type of massage therapy has its own focus and benefit. The creative aspect of massage is that your therapist can incorporate different modalities to create a single, customized session.
It isn't necessary to decide beforehand which type of massage is best for you. You and your therapist can and should discuss your goals, focus and areas of tension before you get started and together, you'll determine the best course of treatment.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage works with layers of tissue in the body to relax, lengthen and release longstanding holding patterns. It focuses less on relaxation and more on structural integration and the release of muscle restrictions. Deep tissue work is effective in the alleviation of chronic pain, bringing about improved posture, increased flexibility and greater ease of movement.
I am a graphic designer & spend a lot of time in front of the computer. I also am a long distance cyclist. Both of these activities create a LOT of tightness & chronic pain in my neck, back, shoulders & arms. Jess's deep tissue work is excellent and keeps me limber and free of pain. Two days before riding in the Pan Mass Challenge (a 200-mile bike ride), I was experiencing extreme low back & leg pain and didn't think I could do the ride. Jess got me into her schedule and took extremely good care of me. She worked out all my problems, and I had a fantastic (and pain free) ride! I wouldn't have made it without her.
Relaxation massage draws from a number of different techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu and Polarity. All of these techniques work together to relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste and restore a sense of balance and harmony to the recipient.
I came for massage with a history of severe back and neck pain as a result of a motor-vehicle accident fourteen years ago. Jess made me feel comfortable immediately. Her nurturing spirit was readily evident and available, and for the first time in years, I was able to enter into a state of deep relaxation. As a medical professional, it is essential for my body and mind to function at their best. Working with Jess has helped me to achieve that and to heal my body at a new level. I highly recommend that anyone experiencing stress or injury place themselves in Jess’ very capable hands.
—Christian Burns, Paramedic
Pregnancy massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork designed to meet the unique needs of women in any stage of childbirth.
Pre-natal massage promotes better function of muscles and joints and relieves aches and pains in the back, neck, hips and legs. It also improves circulation and overall body tone and decreases mental and physical fatigue. Pre-natal massage is deeply healing and can help any mother-to-be, better cope with the profound physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy.
Post-natal massage is one of the most valuable gifts a new mother can give herself after the birth of her baby. The stress of delivery, sleepless nights and hours spent caring for a new baby can be debilitating. Post-natal massage assists in restoring the body to its pre-pregnancy condition and provides support and stress reduction for the new mother.