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METHODS

The following methods are used either alone or in combination and treat people with high levels of stress, chronic pain sufferers, pregnant and post partum women, the elderly, athletes, injured, infirm or bedridden patients and anyone in need of TLC.  Treatments are tailored to the specific needs of each client. (Click on title for a description of each service)

 

Deep Tissue
A very slow, deliberate process is used to work deep into connective tissue (fascia) beneath the surface muscles, releasing pain and tension without discomfort.  Treats chronic pain, inflammation and injury.

Swedish
The most common of all massage modalities, Swedish strokes are fluid and glide along the surface of the skin oxygenating the blood, thus improving circulation. Kneading, tapping, compression and vibration of the skin and muscles are effective in reducing joint pain and stiffness and improving joint function.
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Cross Fiber Muscle Therapy with BioPulser®
A two-part method, the BioPulser machine first uses vibration at a velocity 3.8 mph at 15 pulses per second to relax overly contracted muscle tissue from its core outward. A specific method of limited pressure fingertip work that “strums” across contracted muscle fibers from the outside in, follows.  Together, this powerful combination helps to restore tight and painful muscle to its healthy, toned state. Top of Page

Energy Work
For over 25 years, Betzi has followed a spiritual path of Taoist meditation, the focus of which has been to cultivate “the self”, allowing her to develop sensitivity to energies within herself and others. Knowing, tapping into and using spiritual energy in her massage work is the key to her gift of healing. Top of Page

Geriatric Massage
Older people, particularly those who have lost spouses, often suffer from a lack of touch, which causes depression and negatively affects the body’s immune system.  Massage, which stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, fosters a sense of being nurtured and cared for.  In addition, as a person ages, circulatory problems often develop which can be relieved with massage.Top of Page

Lymphatic Drainage
Promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms, boosts immunity, reduces puffiness caused by water retention, poor circulation or pregnancy, decreases swelling due to injury or surgery through the use of very light pressure in the direction that lymph flows in the body. Top of Page

Myofascial Release®
When physical or emotional trauma occurs, fascia can become tight and painful and range of motion restricted.  MFR uses gentle, opposing motion to stretch the fascia in restricted areas. Top of Page.

Oncology Massage
Skilled touch for people living with cancer helps to lessen the severity of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, making the treatment process easier to tolerate.  At the same time, it enhances their quality of life by reducing stress, strengthening the immune system and for a day or an hour, allows them to forget about cancer. Top of Page

PNF Stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
A combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions used to assist in gaining flexibility, coordination and range of motion. Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue and helps athletes improve performance and prevent overuse injuries. Top of Page

Prenatal Massage
Reduces low back pain and leg cramps, improves sleep, and decreases fluid retention while letting go of stress and tension. Massage is a valuable addition to prenatal care for women at any stage of pregnancy. Each massage is customized to your body's changes and needs. Top of Page.

Postnatal Massage
Postnatal massage is a godsend for the new mom after the exhaustion of giving birth. Besides promoting much needed sleep, it relaxes, relieves stress and aches on the shoulders and neck, hastens the reduction of fluid retention, tones overstretched areas of skin, especially the abdominal region, and helps the uterus to shrink back to its original size.Top of Page

Reflexology
Pressure is applied to areas on the feet and hands called zones that correspond to organs of the body.  Since the body is an energy system through which everything is connected, massaging or pressing each area stimulates the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone, thereby affecting a positive response in that zone. Top of Page

Shiatsu/Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Shiatsu, a modern Japanese method, utilizes these points in a variety of ways and further incorporates passive stretching. Both methods are effective for stress and blood pressure reduction, release of toxins and increased flexibility. Top of Page.

Sports Massage
Sports massage prior to events, prepares the body for competition by warming and toning the muscles, thus minimizing the risk of injury.  Studies have shown that athletes receiving massage prior to competition perform better than if they were not massaged.  Post event massage flushes the muscles ridding the body of toxins that accumulate during intense workouts, speeds recovery from overexertion, and drains fatigue. Top of Page

Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are painful spots that can be found to occur in specific patterns within skeletal muscle that when pressed also refers pain to distant locations on the body. Appropriate pressure applied to trigger points eradicates the pain associated with the point itself and also with its distant location. Top of Page.

On-Site Chair Massage
Any special event involving a group of people can be an excellent excuse to incorporate “on site” massage which typically involves a five to ten minute treatment received through clothing, without oil, while seated in a specially designed chair.  Office parties, employee appreciation days, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, conventions, workshops, fundraisers, etc. are situations where chair massage can provide a welcome addition.

Massage Parties
Allows quality time for friends and family to get together and relax.  A minimum of four people gather at the hostess’s location of choice where 30 minute sessions are given either on a massage table or chair.  Party hostess receives a complimentary massage. Top of Page

 

Specializing in pain management for people at every stage of life and health.

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