April 26, 2017

Massage Therapy

About Massage

Therapeutic Massage has been used for thousands of years, providing care for ancient kings and queens. Fortunately, you no longer have to be royalty to feel just as good! These age old techniques have evolved into a modern tool for health and well-being.

Massage Therapies Available:

● Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

● Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

● Trigger Point Massage
A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it “triggers” a painful response. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves. Massage Therapists are trained to locate and deactivate the trigger points by using finger pressure and verbal feedback from the client.

● Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. It is also called pre-natal massage. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.

Who Can Benefit From Massage:

Massage is beneficial for every type of person, no matter what age or occupation. Not only can it improve a person’s general health and wellbeing, massage can also be beneficial for:

* People with pain:
Massage can help to reduce generalized muscular tension, decrease the pain and recurrence of head aches and migraines, and to treat specific injuries, including neck, shoulder, back and leg or arm pain.
* Those with stress and anxiety:
Massage triggers the relaxation response, normalizes energy flow, relaxes tense muscles and gives a feeling of calmness and well-being
* Athletes:
Massage can be helpful by relieving sore muscles, improving flexibility, treating acute and chronic injuries and speeding recovery after exertion.
* Demanding Occupations:
Care Givers, Physical Workers, Desk Workers, Travelers or anyone with sore, aching muscles
* Women’s Health Issues:
Massage can be helpful to relieve the symptoms of PMS, painful periods and menopause. Massage can also help a woman feel more comfortable during pregnancy and to prepare her body for labor and delivery.

How We Work

As a new client, you will be asked to fill out a basic intake form that will inquire about past and present injuries, surgeries and physical concerns so that the therapist can adequately address your needs and expectations for the sessions to follow. Liz will work with you to ensure your complete comfort in the therapies that will be performed, keeping you informed and therefore comprehending the treatment you will receive. Liz commonly uses oils and lotions for most therapies, so please inform her of any allergies or sensitivities to ingredients or smells. Liz is not accepting any insurance policies at this time, so please adjust your payment accordingly.

Professional Training

Liz grew up in Winchester, and provides a holistic approach to the science and art of therapeutic massage. She graduated from the Solidago School of Massage Therapy. Her experience has included working at Health Touch, Inc. in Reading and creating a private practice, Right to Relax Therapeutic Massage. Liz is particularly trained in helping clients with stress reduction as well as pain management.