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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and gentle stripping to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include some relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body and greater flexibility. For specific conditions and higher levels of pain and discomfort it can be helpul and more effective to use other approaches like Myofacial Release.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. It is helpful to work with gentle Myofascial Release before approaching the deep tissue massage techniques.
Keep in mind that you might feel some soreness after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue work during the session.
Movement education uses a custom-tailored approach to improving your body awareness and movement skills. Combining problem-solving, guided-discovery, and exploratory methods, this practice inevitably leads to a stronger connection between the mind and body, creating a more natural and graceful experience of movement and interaction with other people. In order to change daily posture habits that stress the body and to reduce pain the massage and bodywork session can include advice in stretches, healthy posture and movement patterns.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being. Orthopedic massage works very well in combination with Myofascial release.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. In my sessions I often start with Myofascial release, before I apply sustained compression in a small specific area of the soft tissue. This process can be a little painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). 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.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Infant Massage is designed specifically to promote the healthy development of your infant through gentle strokes to all body parts of your baby.
Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging your infant are potent and numerous. For example, many infants show improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system. Infant massage has also been shown to improve the quality of a baby's sleep, as well as strengthening their immune system. Massaging the baby also creates a wonderful way of bonding between parent and child! As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) Ingrid Staecker teaches Infant massage one on one or in class settings to parents and caregivers.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Myofascial massage/release is a very effective technique used to address pain and stiffness from older injuries, scar tissue from surgeries and postural problems. Since fascia completely encases every cell in the body and connects every part of the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion, posture, gait and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage/release focuses specifically on the structurural improvement of this connective tissue. This results in increased blood flow, lymph circulation, better nerve signal conduction, more flexibilty, improved posture and less pain.
Myofascial release is done through gentle tissue mobilization and long mild stretches of fascia in areas that feel stuck. In my sessions I am using the John Barnes approach of Myofascial Release.