Therapeutic massage is frequently used interchangeably with “Deep Tissue Massage”. This is true half of the time, depending on what each client needs. For example, a massage can be therapeutic without it being deep. What defines Therapeutic massage is its utilization of problem solving skills to create real and specific soft tissue change, reducing pain and restrictions. For example, a client has Frozen Shoulder and wants massage to help with the pain and limited movement. This becomes the goal, which is best accomplished by a series of regular massages about every 2-3 weeks. Progress is marked by the client feeling less pain and more ease of movement for longer and longer periods of time. Either the client will feel fully restored after a series of massages and no longer have the need for massage or it will become clear that massage is needed on an on-going basis in order to maintain quality of life. Therapists will frequently offer client’s suggestions for what can be done between massages to help the process along; these can include stretches and postural adjustments.
“Deep Tissue massage” is typically accepted as meaning a massage with deeper pressure. Deeper or lighter pressure can be applied during any type of massage based on the client’s preference and the therapist’s agreement that it is safe.
Claire specializes in the following Therapeutic modalities: Trigger Point/Tender Point, Neuromuscular, Body Mobilization, and Myofascial Release.
Relaxation Massage has as its main intention to relax the body and mind. It is the most practiced and received massage and can help people cope with the stress of everyday life. Relaxation massage works on the parasympathetic nervous system (vs. “Fight or Flight”) which brings calm so the body can rest and restore. Typically, relaxation massage does not include a treatment plan, however, people frequently receive this massage on a regular basis to manage stress and take time out from the hectic pace of life. It is a great way to practice self-care.
Some people find therapeutic massage relaxing, while others prefer a massage that feels good and doesn’t cause any discomfort. Claire practices the most common form of relaxation massage: the Full Body Relaxation massage, also known as Swedish Massage. The full body relaxation massage addresses the head, neck, chest, back, arms, stomach, front and back of hips, legs, hands, and feet. The client is fully empowered to omit any area he or she does not want addressed.
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