Heather is trained in Swedish, sports, trigger point, aromatherapy, lomilomi, prenatal and infant massage. While prenatal and infant massage are standalone services, all remaining techniques can be combined. Heather will assess and discuss this during your initial phone conversation as well as before each appointment.
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. 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. 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.
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. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger point myotherapy is a noninvasive 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. The treatment goal is achieved through a systematized approach. Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myomassage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function. Trigger point myotherapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction, including verbal and nonverbal elements. The therapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, mechanical abnormalities, and other physical components.
Aromatherapy – this is simply an add-on to any other techniques or modalities. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added to a carrier oil to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits.
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 from the practitioner and trust on the part of the recipient. Draping is done differently than typically seen in a Western massage, and there is no bottom sheet on the table. To see what this looks like, watch this video.
Prenatal Massage – Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. No massage should be received during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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.