Medical Massage (also known as Orthopedic Massage) is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because Medical Massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive post-graduate training and certification (as a Medical Massage Practitioner, or MMP, such as I received in 2014), and usually must be accompanied by a prescription and statement of medical necessity from a medical doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist in order to be covered by health insurance. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, helping to encourage the healthy recovery of injured muscles and tendons and the decompression of rigid or inflamed joints. Unlike relaxation massages, which can be scheduled whenever the mood strikes, Medical Massage sessions are usually more closely scheduled in order to help the body to heal as quickly as possible, so you can get back to living your life on your terms! (Please note that the rates shown reflect the additional hours of recordkeeping and reporting required, in order to provide you with these services).
PAINLESS Deep Tissue Massage
Imagine the deepest Deep Tissue massage you've ever received - or if you've never received one, imagine a massage therapist descending so deeply into the tissues of your neck, shoulders, back, chest, sides, hips or legs that his fingers seem to almost disappear from view, while he works to release knots, scar tissue and fascial adhesions. Now, imagine that kind of incredibly deep "Deep Tissue" without ANY pain or significant discomfort, whatsoever - in fact, so comfortable that more than 80% of clients sleep right through it! I created GentleDescent Deep by literally using myself as the "crash test dummy" for it, after experiencing a catastrophic wrist injury and reconstructive surgery that nearly ended my career before it began. At the tie, I was advised that my career would be a short one, because of the extent of the damage.
Orthopedic Massage (also known as Medical 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 post-graduate training and certification (as a Medical Massage Practitioner, or MMP, such as I received in 2014), and usually must be accompanied by a prescription and statement of medical necessity from a medical doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist in order to be covered by health insurance. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, helping to encourage the healthy recovery of injured muscles and tendons and the decompression of rigid or inflamed joints. Unlike relaxation massages, which can be scheduled whenever the mood strikes, Medical Massage sessions are usually more closely scheduled in order to help the body to heal as quickly as possible, so you can get back to living your life on your terms! (Please note that the rates shown reflect the additional hours of recordkeeping and reporting required, in order to provide you with these services).
Deep Tissue Massage
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. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common during and after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will be released from the tissues during the session.
Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct Myofascial Release is a form of deep tissue work that focuses directly on fascial adhesions which "glue together" either specific muscles in a muscle group or multiple muscle groups, and works to separate the tissues in order to help them glide past one another more easily. This process is sometimes assisted with the use of specifically designed instruments. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation, decrease of pressure on the joints and relief from pain.
Myofascial Massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscles themselves. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
Geriatric massage is a gentle form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Positional Release Therapy is a specialized technique that treats muscle spasm and chronic pain in the ligaments, tendons and joints by precisely manipulating the extremities to specific positions and holding them there for between 15-90 seconds, to allow them to release and relax into far greater ranges of comfort and mobility that were previously possible. Positional Release significantly reduces muscle tension, increases the range of motion and, most importantly, helps to prevent re- injury by retraining the muscle(s) involved to operate properly. When release is attained, the patient is slowly taken out of the position and will immediately experience a significant decrease in discomfort. When properly performed, PRT is a safe and effective massage therapy modality that is often beneficial for those with a history of acute or chronic soft tissue pain, especially for those whose muscles have "frozen" (or whose movement has become extremely limited) as a result of hyperextension injuries as often occur while overdoing it at the gym.
Access Consciousness: The Bars
What if there was a simple, easy and effective way to release those long-held criticisms and harsh judgments that you've received along the way? (You know, the ones that've come up time and time again at work and in your relationships, and that you've carried around with you for months, years, decades or even longer? What if it didn't have to take years of therapy or some long and drawn-out process of "working through things" for them to release their hold on you? What if you could just let them all go? The Access Consciousness Bars® are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched by a trained practitioner begin to clear all of the judgments and limitations you have about different areas of your life. These areas include your body, money, control, creativity, healing, joy, sadness, aging, sexuality, awareness, kindness and many more. What would it be like to have more freedom in all of these areas? Who and what could you be or become if those limitations no longer held you in place? At the very worst, you'll emerge from your first Access Bars® session feeling as calm and light as if you'd just had a soothing massage, and in the best case scenario, your whole life can change! (And how does it get any better than that?)
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of traditional bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from minor aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance and greater flexibility.
Chair Massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension either at Massage Horizons or right in the comfort and convenience of your home or workplace. You receive your massage while sitting on a specialized ergonomic "massage chair" which I will bring to your location. I can also bring a more specialized piece of equipment that gets positioned on top of a tabletop or desk (as seen in the photo, here) and makes it possible for those in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues to receive chair massages right where they're sitting, without having to first get up and walk over to the massage chair. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With chair massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in undressing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually much shorter and less expensive than traditional massages - often just 10-15 minutes - making them convenient enough to fit into anybody's busy schedule or budget!
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Cupping is an ancient myofascial release technique that relies upon upward suction, rather than downward pressure, to release adhesions and separate fascia from muscle tissues. In use for hundreds or thousands of years and an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), cupping was originally performed by holding a flame near the tissue to warm it, then applying a small glass or ceramic cup or bowl to create that suction. More recently, clear plastic or silicone rubber cups are used over a thin coating of oil or lotion on the skin, the suction then sometimes being created by a manual suction pump), and these cups can either be left in place, to treat very specific adhesions, or glided across the skin to address more general flexibility.
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Whether you require massage therapy as a well-deserved treat; a drug free alternative for alleviating chronic physical symptoms or as a complement to conventional medicine, Massage Horizons offers the people of Norwood both Western and Eastern massage therapy treatments that can be adapted to any requirement and provide lasting relief.