Restorative massage and functional mobility are focused treatments using a variety of massage modalities. The focus is on specific muscle tissue mobilization and structural shifts rather than a full-body sensory or pampering treatment that is typically experienced with a spa-style massage. These modalities improve tissue health, range of motion, and athletic performance and help you discover your highest potential as an athlete or just moving through activities of daily living.
Grastion Technique uses 6 different shaped metal tools that have an impressive ability to first assess soft tissue injury and then to reduce adhesions, scar tissue and return soft tissue to normal function. This technique is designed to accelerate healing time, improve strength, reduce pain and increase range of motion.
I combine this therapy with a variety of other modalities to provide a truly personalized and effective massage experience.
I am excited to offer therapeutic ultrasound as a safe and effective tool to:
heals strains/sprains faster
breaks down scar tissue
reduces restrictive adhesions
heals bruising faster
decreases muscle spasm
increases tissue regeneration
Most ultrasound sessions are between 7-10 minutes and are used in addition to other modalities for a comprehensive massage therapy treatment.
Often, athletes are seen with dark purple circles on their skin from therapeutic cupping. In my practice, I occasionally use this stagnant cupping method, but I mostly do "moving cupping", which covers more surface area: one plastic cup is placed on the skin and a vacuum effect pulls the skin into the cup. With the application of oil, the cup is free to glide across the skin, gently decompressing soft tissue. It is extremely effective at releasing fascial restriction and increasing range of motion.
A mild side effect of moving-cupping can sometimes still occur on the skin: little red dots from capillaries, known as "petechiae" can last 1-2 weeks.
A really helpful tool that I use for treating injuries is the application of athletic tape to stabilize soft tissue injury, help speed-up healing time, as well as preventing re-injury. This stretchy tape is applied towards the end of the appointment, it is waterproof and will stay on for about 5 days. Taping is wonderful because it can be individualized to each patient's unique needs.
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Joint mobilization is the manual application of targeted pressure or force on a joint. It is an effective modality to increase joint mobility, decrease pain, and increase joint stability. It is my goal to help my patients realize their physical capability of strength and flexibility.