Thankfully, more and more people recognize the preventive benefits and the accumulative effects of regular massage sessions, and are beginning to grasp the concept that massage is not a “luxury”, it is for both preventive and responsive health care. This page offers a brief description of various modalities and techniques, including downloadable resources that offer a much deeper look into massage practices and benefits.
“Our occupations and preoccupations fill our external and internal lives to the brim. They prevent the Spirit of God from breathing freely in us and thus renewing our lives.” –Henri Nouwen, author and speaker.
Stressed? A journey towards wholeness
Life is full of choices and too often we choose to overcommit ourselves to the point of exhaustion without giving anything back. Our minds need times of solitude to process all the external stimulation, our bodies need help to fully function and our emotions need nurture. Choosing to take the time to care for our body is a step towards loving ourselves and respecting our needs. We cannot continue to be productive, creative and giving when we are at a place of depletion. If we ignore our needs eventually our system speaks up and breaks down until we begin to pay attention. Regrettably, our overcommitted lives have become a badge of honor in the society keeping us driven, moving, and unable to find peace either within or without.
Our hope is that we will begin together a journey towards wholeness. Taking ownership for your health is crucial as we are only facilitators toward that process. We have learned that healing touch has an intentional element to it and it seeks occasions for expression. While responding to the physical symptoms presented we are trusting our intuition and our touch to be a conduit of caring, nurture compassion and healing.
We are happy for the least–a relaxing and helpful massage and hoping for the most– healing at the deepest levels.
*Note: All bodywork is strictly professional
“Life that touch nurtures is more than skin deep. The skin and the central nervous system are intimately connected in the development of the whole person, the sense of one’s self. The agency sparking the coordinated effort is touch.” — Zach Thomas, Healing Touch – The Church’s Forgotten Language.
•Myofascial Release Therapy – The John F. Barnes “Myofascial Release Approach” consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions. Structural release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into areas of tightness, restriction or pain and waiting for your body to release. Never forceful, pressures are applied to gently reach the barrier of the tissue restriction. Additional time spent holding the pressure (5 minutes or more for each restriction) enables your connective tissue to fully ‘melt’ and lengthen.
Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web, much like a spider web. It extends from head to foot without interruption. Fascia supports, protects, envelops and becomes part of the muscles, bones, nerves, organs and blood vessels, from the largest structures right down to the cellular level. When all is well, the body functions harmoniously. When injuries occur, however, the fascia has the ability to reorganize along the lines of tension imposed on the body. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of the fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structure and/or organs causing pain or malfunction throughout the body.
This enormous pressure can produce the symptoms of pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and limitations of motion. Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays or scans do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems but most go undiagnosed.
The John F. Barnes “Myofascial Release Approach” consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions. Structural release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into areas of tightness, restriction or pain and waiting for your body to release. Never forceful, pressures are applied to gently reach the barrier of the tissue restriction. At first, you will feel an elastic or springy give and this is fool’s gold. It feels like a release. It feels like a bit of a change. However, the tissue will just spring back once the pressure is disengaged. This “fool’s gold” is the elastic component of the tissue giving way. However, the only way to experience a lasting change in the tissue is to wait. Additional time spent holding the pressure (beyond 5 minutes for each restriction) enables your connective tissue to fully ‘melt’ and lengthen. Science is telling us that there is yet another benefit to waiting long enough to allow for a phase change in the tissue. Beyond 5 minutes, your body will begin producing interleukin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory! This response is only elicited when pressure is sustained and uninterrupted – no rubbing, poking, manipulation or bouncing!
Myofascial Release helps to remove the straight-jacket of pressure caused by restricted fascia, eliminating symptoms such as stiffness, pain, headaches, spasm and fibromyalgia, as well as restoring range of motion. It seems that the fascia tends to lose its fluidity when it goes through trauma or an inflammatory response; in other words it tends to solidify. This treatment facilitates the fascia to transform as it undergoes its solid to gel reorganization during myofascial release. This rehydration also allows for an elongation of the myofascial system, relieving the pressure on pain sensitive structures for alleviation of the symptoms of pain, headaches and restoration of motion.
•Essentia Experience Therapy™ – is offered by Sandra Brock and is focused on the integration of Body, Soul and Spirit—the whole person. How we think, feel, act, relate, process and heal, influences the balance in our bodies, the peace in our souls, and our capacity for meaningful spiritual connection. Essentia™ combines prayer (focusing on the soul and spirit) with physical touch, completing the circle to bring healing and balance to the whole person.
•Therapy for Women
– Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage .
– Sandra’s Myofascial Release work can bring great relief to the pain and tightness suffered post mastectomy/lumpectomy and other breast surgeries.
– Support for women during the physical, emotional and spiritual transitions which occur through the seasons of life.
•Pregnancy Massage – There are many benefits to receiving massage both during and after pregnancy. Prenatal and post partum massage have documented value and are perfect ways to reduce stress, relieve pain and promote general well being. It is a form of health care that brings balance to the temporary challenges of pregnancy.
During pregnancy a woman’s body experiences many changes. One way to minimize the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth is to receive periodic massages. Back pain is extremely common in pregnancy, as well as during the season of breastfeeding or as a result of carrying small children. This pain can be relieved by massage to the back, the neck, legs, and feet. Therapeutic bodywork can also help alleviate leg cramps and swelling, induce deep relaxation, increase energy levels and relieve muscle tension in the areas most affected by the growing fetus and the mother’s shifting center of gravity.
Massage addresses a broad range of needs, from stimulating the circulation of blood and lymph fluids reducing swelling in the lower extremities, a common symptom during pregnancy, to helping to relieve depression or anxiety caused by the hormonal changes a mom may experience.
Massage during pregnancy is safe, effective and beneficial for women with uncomplicated, low risk pregnancies. Written consent from the prenatal care provider is needed for women with high risks, such as hypertension, diabetes, multiple fetuses, previous problem pregnancy, or those under 20 or over 35.
Given the complex changes experienced during pregnancy, it is best to seek out a massage therapist specifically certified in pregnancy massage. A therapist certified in working with pregnant clients has furthered their knowledge of massage by studying the techniques applied to pregnant women and has studied in-depth the process of pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.
•Craniosacral Therapy – is a subtle therapy manipulating the craniosacral system in order to locate and treat problems within the body. This technique is used for finding and correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction. Trauma and emotional release can be experienced when the body heals on a deep level.
•Deep Tissue Massage – Deep Tissue massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
•Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger Point Therapy applies concentrated pressure to “trigger points” (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain. These treatments can be uncomfortable when addressing the painful points in the muscles.
•Swedish Massage Therapy – is the most common type of massage. Specific strokes and pressure are used to release a dysfunctional holding pattern. It includes long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. This therapy promotes general relaxation, improves blood circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.
•Essential Oil “Aroma Touch” Technique
This technique using wellness oils improves wellbeing by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique is simple and intuitive, an unparalleled grounding experience for recipients.
We will focus on calming the physical and emotional stressors that allow the body to relax, balance itself, and heal. But the therapeutic benefits of the session will last far beyond the time you are receiving the work. You’ll also enjoy the pleasant aromas of these oils on your body for hours afterward.
Designed to holistically address four key areas:
•Stress Management – to balance and calm
•Immune Support – to cleanse and strengthen
•Inflammation & Pain Reduction – to stimulate and soothe
•Homeostasis – to invigorate and center
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•Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy – Ashiatsu, (ashi means foot and atsu means pressure), is an ancient form of bodywork brought to us by Buddhist monks. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®, sometimes referred to as barefoot Shiatsu. This massage modality is now a well-documented, effective, technique for the treatment of chronic lower back and neck pain, approved by the NCBTMB, National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and recognized by the American Medical Association, AMA.
Gliding with the pressure of the feet, you are creating a “push, pull, pumping” effect on the intervertebral disc space. This deep compression on the soft tissue around the joints relieves irritations on the spinal nerve caused by inflammation and swelling. For more information: www.deepfeet.com (© 2000 Ruthie Piper Hardee.
“I have always struggled with shoulder tension and lower back pain, so when I got pregnant I was concerned about how my back would handle all of the extra weight. Sandie’s massages kept me tension free and really enabled me to have a very active, pain-free pregnancy up until the very end. Pregnancy massage was not just relaxing but really helped relieve back pain and pressure, especially during the last trimester. I slept much better for a week following each massage and really looked forward to each appointment. The massage helped me be relaxed and tension-free going into labor.
Between sleepless nights and a sore back from endless rocking, the massages were incredibly helpful to relieve back tension and stress after the baby as well. And as my son continues to grow, I really look forward to my appointments with Sandie — there is nothing better for taking care of the shoulder tension and lower back pain!” – M.
What is massage therapy? Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual’s health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
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•Enhancing Your Health With Therapeutic Massage
© 2001 American Massage Therapy Association
“Massage therapy has clearly been shown to me to be very beneficial, particularly in areas where conventional medicine has not been as successful, including chronic arthritis, musculoskeletal syndromes and chronic headache, among others.” – Renslow Sherer, M.D., Director of the Cook County Hospital HIV Primary Care Center, Chicago
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•Massage Therapy for Health and Fitness
© Excerpts of an article by Elliot Greene
“Users of massage therapy as a healing tool quickly realize that they have found a form of drugless therapy. Headaches, insomnia, digestive disorders including constipation and spastic colon, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinusitis, and minor aches and pains are some of the problems that can respond to massage therapy. Massage can have an excellent effect on nervous people who have been dependent on their pharmacy for rest and relaxation.” – Elliot Greene, M.A., NCTMB, served from 1990-1994 as national president of the American Massage Therapy Association. © Copyright 1997 by Elliot Greene. All rights reserved.
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