My approach to massage includes a combination of several fields of study. I worked for 17 years as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and then began practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Most recently, I have obtained my Certified Fitness Trainer Certificate. I believe it is critical to continually work on increasing skills and knowledge to provide the best care for my clients.
A primary tenant of OT is helping the “whole person” function to their potential. In my practice, I have a strong interest in considering the many aspects of each individual to help maintain an active and productive lifestyle at all stages of life. This speaks to my approach in therapeutic massage, where I focus on pain-free functioning in daily activities, hobbies, and work. I look at the impact of your activities on the body, related to posture, cumulative stress injuries, reduced mobility, and physical/emotional stress. In other words, together we will consider a variety of life factors that impact the body and integrate massage/body work into an individual, holistic plan with the goal of long term relief for problematic issues.
Combining Occupational Therapy and Massage, the following modalities might be utilized to alleviate both acute and long term muscle imbalances and strain patterns.
Activity Analysis—Analyzing your daily activities to identify positive aspects and stresses related to each. This is not charged for during sessions but is part of the assessment and treatment of pain, limited range of motion, and stress.
Myofascial Release—This is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques—MAT is a type of bodywork which blends the principles of osteopathy and structural integration to relieve chronic pain, and to reduce the potential for the emergence of pain which could become chronic over time. This technique is often integrated into regular massage and bodywork sessions, and it can also be used alone to treat systemic problems. These techniques are especially good for neck and back pain.
Craniosacral Therapy—a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress. It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience. This can be done fully clothed.
Active Isolated Stretching—Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. AIS incorporates client-initiated stretching and stretches to use at home.
Swedish Massage—a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
I am state licensed (1904-146) as a therapeutic massage therapist, a registered occupational therapist, a certified fitness trainer, and have over 30 years of experience in the field of bodywork.