One of the most important things I have learned about treating people in pain is that learning more about pain conditions, biomechanics, assessment, kinesiology, and many facets of rehabilitation science is more helpful than any one particular technique or modality; therefore, many modalities are generally incorporated into each treatment session to ulitmately affect the neurological system of the body, including and not limited to: Advanced Myoskeletal Techniques, myofascial release, friction massage, cupping, Kinesio taping, traditional deep tissue, connective tissue and swedish massage techniques Each session is individualized, with benefits for pain management, relaxation, alignment & movement issues, and overall health. My treatments are therapeutic and clinical in nature so that I may offer relief from pain and facilitate healing. Any verbiage used with regard to needing a 'rub' or 'rubdown' or referencing my skilled profession as a 'masseuse', or 'masseur' or my clinical establishment as a 'massage parlor' is completely unacceptable. This terminology does not accurately reference my advanced education and skill nor does it reflect the type of work I do in anyway. As a way of providing insight into the accelerated trainings I incorporate into my practice beyond basic massage, I have composed a generalized treatment list below for your convenience.
Orthopedic Manual Manipulation:
This treatment encompasses several soft tissue modalities in order to help rehabilitate certain areas of the body from injury, overuse, and repetitive strain. Often involves taking joints through specific ranges of motion and actively engaging the client with corrective exercise to correct muscle imbalances and normalize a return to functional movement patterns. This is the most common treatment offered in my clinical practice as I consistently embrace new and changing research in the field of biomechanics.
Advanced Myoskeletal Techniques:
Based on the work of Erik Dalton, PhD, I look at various conditions such as Janda’s upper and lower crossed syndrome. The approach taken is of ‘joint mobilization through soft tissue manipulation’. Techniques used line up the iliosacral/atlanto-occipital relationship and treatment of deep fourth layer fibrotic tissue along the spine to restore proper function of specific spinal segments. It's more about freeing up joint fixations. This work is very specific and involves active movement on the part of the client, the result is a restoration of balance of the human body in gravity. Head, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, thoracic, lumbar, pelvis, scoliotic patterns and leg dysfunction are commonly relieved using these techniques.
Designed for athletes for varying sport specific activities; often applying deeper pressure to problem areas. Techniques used include a variety of specific maneuvers designed to release individual muscle bellies. To this regard, I often have clients come to me and just want me to dig and dig on a sore spot; however, this is not the most efficient way of solving the problem. ‘No Pain, No Gain’ is NOT my philosophy. I believe communication is the most important part of any bodywork session. While I can feel an adhesions release as I'm working, I do not know waht you may be feeling. Anything causing pain should be brought to my attention and altered immediately. All feedback is welcome and highly encouraged with any bodywork session!
Active Isolated Stretching:
Aaron Mattes Method of Active Isolated Stretching involves a stretch of the target muscle along with a contraction of the opposing muscle, or the antagonist, to create an inhibitory affect to the muscle in spasm. These are great ‘take home’ techniques and are custom tailored to your needs. It is important for improving range of motion and releasing long held tension and spasm patterns.
As a Medical Fitness Professional, I possess the training and skills to work with various medical conditions; including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, neuromuscular disorders, structural imbalances, heart disease, osteoporosis, orthopedic injury, arthritis, and Parkinson’s. My specialty has been tailored around working with the senior population; keeping people healthy & functional with age. While I am open to working with anyone wanting to add or maintain fitness as a lifestyle, I have truly found a special niche with special populations who present limitations with movement for varying reasons.