Whether you are recovering from a car accident, were sent by your physician, are trying to keep your throwing arm in good shape, are managing stress or otherwise, we are glad you’re here and that we can help.
Heather is trained in Swedish, lomilomi (Hawaiian massage), sports, trigger point, aromatherapy, prenatal and infant massage. While prenatal and infant massage are standalone services, all remaining techniques can be combined. Heather will assess and discuss this with you before each appointment.
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Swedish – 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. Therapists use a combination of pressure, kneading, rolling, vibration, and percussion movements. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include general relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Lomilomi – Indigenous to Hawaii, and until recently only handed down through a lineage of practitioners, lomilomi features gliding strokes using elbows and forearms heavily. This massage requires much more energy and presence from the practitioner. This is not your typical massage. Changes in pace, music selection, and rhythmic flow of lomilomi can induce extreme relaxation, and is useful in letting go of emotional “junk”. Draping is done differently than typically seen in a Western massage, and there is no bottom sheet on the table. See lomilomi in action here.
Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger point therapy is a therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of treatment is the client’s recovery from or a significant reduction in myofascial pain. Trigger point therapy relies on client-therapist interaction, which could include breathing cues and checking in.
Sports – Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. While it can be helpful to receive massage directly before and/or after an event, in this context we are addressing treatment between events. Sports massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow.
Aromatherapy – this is an add-on to any other techniques or modalities. Specific essential oils are blended by the massage therapist and added to a carrier oil to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits.
Prenatal Massage – Massage and pregnancy go together like two peas in a pod. *But not until the second trimester!* Massage can greatly reduce pregnancy discomfort and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus.
Infant Massage (Instruction) – Qualified instructors teach parents how to properly massage their infants. Infant massage is also utilized in hospital neonatal care units. This specialized form of touch is successful not only in the critical weight gain of premature infants, but also in creating a strong bond between parent and infant and exposing a young child to the benefits of healthy touch. Benefits: increase in motor skill development, reduction in crying/fussing, development of bonding/positive attachment (imagine the effects in years to come! Improved sense of self and healthy touch boundaries, increased understanding of verbal/nonverbal cues).