Swedish Massage is the most commonly requested massage in the west. It is perfect for a first time or infrequent massage. It is amazing for relaxation when the massage strokes are long with even pressure; or, it can be invigorating with short and bracing strokes depending on your objective.
The Swedish massage key function is to bring blood flow to the skin and nerves which aids in circulation; relaxing or stimulating muscles depending on technique. It’s also a great way to warm up muscles before physical activities and stretch out muscles afterward.
Swedish massage is done using a technique called draping which is where the client is semi/nude under sheets and light blanket. The therapist, keeping the client covered at all times, exposes only the part of the body that is currently being massaged. For comfort, you may or may not choose to leave on your under garments.
Upon arrival, we will discuss how much pressure should be used to achieve your objective and assure your comfort. I will then check in periodically throughout the massage to make sure you are comfortable. I strongly encourage you to speak up if something is uncomfortable during any point in the massage for example: pressure to hard or not hard enough; temperature too cold or too hot; light too bright or too dark; or, ambient noise being too loud, too soft or objectionable.
Remember, it’s all about you and it is my intention to make your experience as comfortable as possible; to either stimulate or facilitate relaxation and reconnection.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that is focused on realigning deeper layers of muscles, tendons, connective tissue, fascia and adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue). Chronic muscle tension or injury can cause adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments which can then block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and direct deep pressure as muscles must be relaxed in order to reach the deeper musculature.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic or Swedish massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and more concentrated on specific areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms may all be used during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
It is especially good for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back and leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focused on a specific complaint, such as:
In addition to everything above, a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that some people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that deep tissue massage reduced stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. This can be a passive massage therapy technique or an active massage therapy/personal process technique. The goal of MFR is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely and motion is restored. For this reason, MFR is sometimes referred to as myofascial release therapy. It may also be referred to as myofascial trigger point by others.
Myofascial pain can have two sources. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are bound down by tight fascia. In addition, pain can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a trigger point where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred. In either case, the restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, thus accentuating the contraction process further unless the area is treated.
There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses.
Many patients seek MFR after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue.
Other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, or possibly Fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, or nerve damage. Patient symptoms usually include:
While in session, I will evaluate the loss of motion and areas that are bound down in your physical body. Providing hands-on treatment in a relaxing, private therapy room, I will apply gentle pressure or sustained low load stretch to the affected areas. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced, and/or decrease in pain felt by the patient.
Treatment session may:
MFT can be used to enhance or assist other treatments to increase their effectiveness such as acupuncture, manipulation, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Myofascial release can also improve skeletal and muscular alignment prior to a surgery or, help athletes achieve better alignment prior to sports competitions. By targeting specific areas of the fascial system, MFT can help prepare patients for more aggressive forms of strengthening or provide pain relief for patients with restricted flexibility and movement, thus allowing the return to normal movement and greater function.
Positional Release Therapy
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) began in the 1950’s when Dr. Lawrence Jones discovered by accident, that when he placed the body into a specific comfortable position, pain and dysfunction would heal quickly and completely. The value and importance of PRT lies in its non-invasive nature; ease of application; and, potential for instant response in many cases of acute spasm and pain.
PRT has successfully been used in treating acute injuries like whiplash, chronic conditions like headaches, back pain and stress or problems associated with postural or structural imbalances. It is especially beneficial for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia who are unable to tolerate traditional massage techniques due to pain associated with touch. It is an excellent way to release hyper-sensitive tissue easily and spontaneously.
The patient can be fully clothed or this technique can be added into a draped massage.
The practitioner uses movement and gentle compression to find positions of comfort to activate the nerve reflexes which allow the body to change the stress and pain patterns which are causing discomfort. Once these areas of pain have been located, the body is placed into a comfortable position which reduces the discomfort by disengaging from restrictions.
Palpated sensitive points are used to monitor and guide the tissue towards ease, via feedback from the patient. As the reported pain level reduces and the tissues become slacker and less tense, the position continues to be held between 90 seconds and 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the nature of the dysfunction, before being gently released.
During the treatment period, the patient may feel heat, vibration, pulsation and may even reproduce their symptoms. Once the release is complete, these sensations will diminish and there will be a sense of lengthening and relaxation in the tissues. Even though the patient may feel they are experiencing less of their initial pain and are moving better after a treatment, they may still feel aches in their body for several days afterwards as their body adjusts to the changes. This reaction quickly goes with subsequent treatments and does not occur with every patient.
Positional Release Therapy is very effective for treating the following conditions:
In Japanese, Shiatsu means “finger pressure” and involves the systematic application of finger, thumb and palm pressure with small stretches in a rhythmic sequence. This is performed on different points of the soft tissues of the body and energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of energy or qi (pronounced chee).
Based in traditional eastern medicine, this massage technique is a unique, non-invasive, manual therapy that, through the stimulation of key pressure points, encourages the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. A more scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which in turn improves circulation; relieves stiff muscles; and, alleviates nausea, anxiety, depression and stress. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the body’s autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.
With this therapy alone, no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. However, Shiatsu may also be applied and integrated into a massage where the client is draped. Due to the use of finger tips on a focal area, at times, the pressure may seem more intense. For this reason, I strongly encourage you to speak up if something is uncomfortable during any point in the massage for example: pressure to hard or not hard enough; temperature too cold or too hot; light too bright or too dark; or, ambient noise being too loud, too soft or objectionable.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michingan State Universithy where he serve as professor of biomechanics.
While client lays on a table fully clothed the practitioner using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – releases restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
Conditions CranioSacral Therapy address:
This is a gentle yet powerful modality.
Shamanism and Soul Retrieval
In our western world we tend to focus on the physical, mental and emotional aspects of ourselves. Sometimes, our culture leaves out our spiritual self (not speaking of religion), our soul. In the Shamanic world it is said that when we suffer a traumatic experience in our life, we lose part of our spirit. This is referred to as a soul loss. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; the death of a loved one; an accident; physical, emotional or sexual abuse; and, abandonment are just a few ways this may happen.
This loss can make it difficult, if not impossible for people to keep growing fully and can leave one with a feeling that something is missing. Some of the symptoms of soul loss are:
People that have addressed their symptoms through western medicine, herbs, diet, lifestyle change etc. and have experienced limited results may benefit from a Soul Retrieval.
This is a gentle technique where the practitioner, while connecting to your energy field where the injury occurred, goes into the realm of spirit. Using the help of your own spirit and/or animal guides, the practitioner is led to the part of you that has split and disconnected. Through honoring this part of you, the practitioner brings it back into your energy field and helps it to integrate into your self. The practitioner then repairs, clears and strengthens the part of your energy field that was damaged.
You may get images, memories or thoughts as a witness as this is happening. Time is taken after the healing to explore what this means and all the elements of belief that aided in the experience happening in the first place.
Tools and self care techniques are shared to strengthen the reconnection of your soul.
Palliative/ Hospice Massage
Both palliative and hospice services provide comfort and tend to those with ailments that can be chronic and debilitating. Palliative care is offered to those who may live for many years with disabling conditions, while hospice is restricted to those whose life has a predictable end. Massage therapists have the ability to render services to almost all individuals. By its very definition and restriction, massage therapy is an offering of palliative care.
Quality of life for people in hospice and palliative care is often compromised. Research has shown that massage therapy can provide comfort and relaxation and help alleviate the following symptoms and conditions commonly associated with this population:
Both Palliative and Hospice Massage are about enhancing quality of life. It’s about meeting a person where ever they are in their process of life and supporting them in a way that allows them to feel more whole and comfortable.
Therapeutic Massage can help relieve discomfort, anxiety and fear. Massage can help bring circulation, blood flow and warmth to parts of the body where there has been restriction or non-movement. For some, the simple act of experiencing a deeply centered connection and gentle touch without fear can provide a great deal of comfort and assurance.
Positive, intentional energy is carried through soothing touch while gently massaging over the body and allowing relaxation and release of tension in the cells of the body.
Clients that are limited in movement; confined to a chair or even a bed, can all benefit from massage. Most modalities can be performed in any venue as either a full or partial massage, fully clothed or draped.
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Aromatherapy & Massage utilizing Essential Oils:
Many people think of aromatherapy as only a beauty treatment. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit”.
While there is not much empirical evidence to support its effectiveness in treating or preventing any illness, there are several clinical studies that have found it to be an effective complimentary therapy method. Aromatherapy is recognized by many health professionals and practiced in hospitals, general practitioners offices, surgery rooms and hospices.
Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. There is thought that some oils help stimulate hormones and other metabolic processes, while other oils may calm the nervous system. There are also oils that nourish, stabilize and/or disinfect, both external and internally.
Essential oils are natural, aromatic compounds found in: the seeds; bark; stems; roots; flowers and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the body’s largest organ, the skin. For this reason, it is important to use only the best quality possible of food, botanical and therapeutic grade products. Ideally, essential oils should be alcohol free and distilled at the lowest temperatures as to not destroy the therapeutic properties.
Aromatherapy can help you feel good, relaxed and comfortable. Research suggests that aromatherapy oils such as Lavender can also help to reduce stress, which could help reduce the feeling of pain which in turn helps improve quality of life. Specific oils such as Citrus and vibrant aromas can help depression by having an uplifting effect. Others, such as Clary Sage, are used for the reduction of pain, particularly menstrual cramps. Patients with hypertension have been shown to have lowered their blood pressure using a combination of massage and essential oils. The Raindrop Technique utilizes a combination of oils that could help with bacteria infections, nerve conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and detoxifying the body organs.
There are several different ways oils may be used in a session:
Abraham can be described as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension”. They have also said: “We are that which you are. You are the leading edge of that which we are. We are that which is at the heart of all religions.” Esther Hicks is a conduit to Abraham. Reno has studied the words and teachings of Abraham and tries to bring that wisdom into Reno-vations, to more fully support clients at every opportunity.
The Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction states that all forms of matter and energy are attracted to that which is of a like vibration.
The Law of Allowing
The Law of Allowing states that there is a steady stream of pure energy that is all that is.
The Law of Deliberate Creation
The Law of Deliberate Creation puts forth that by thinking thoughts that are in harmony with the original intentions of our inner being, we begin to again open the valve and allow ourselves to once more bask in the stream.
A brief overview of Abraham-Hicks’ teachings:
Orin and DaBen Light Body Work
Orin and DaBen are spiritual masters that are channeled through Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. Years ago, Duane felt called to go to the Utah desert to seek power spots. While in these power spots, DaBen began teaching Duane how to awaken his own light body centers. After that, when Duane went to these power spots he experimented with the light body centers under DaBen’s direction. He began to clairvoyantly see the energy centers that we call the seven vibrational energy body centers that power the three light body centers.
Orin, in the meantime, was giving courses in spiritual growth and teaching people how to stay balanced and to integrate all the light they were bringing in. He was teaching people how to grow spiritually, to become their higher selves, and to make soul contact.
Orin and DaBen combined these techniques to put together a course in awakening the light body in 1989. Reno has studied the six parts of Awakening Your Light Body. Working with these centers can greatly enhance any other therapeutic techniques you have chosen. Integrating Light Body work into a session can potentially have a more profound effect.
Part one: Building Your Power Base is the awakening of the first three vibrational energy body centers. This works with the emotional body.
Part two: Opening Your Heart Center is the awakening of our heart center. The principles of healing others with compassion, clearing and increasing flow of energy.
Part three: Activating Your Higher Energy Centers explores states of consciousness that expand the way you think, bringing illumination, insights and focused awareness; connecting with the Universal Mind to experience higher purpose of our life.
Part four: Aligning Your Vibrational Energy Bodies, the study to be more aware of subtle, higher energies and enhance inner vision and intuitive abilities.
Part five: Awakening Your Light Body is the study of connecting soul-to-soul with others in order to transform relationships and to radiate light to others. Practice learning to exist in multiple dimensions at the same time while expanding the self. Learn to become a source of light and to connect with and enhance the universal light of others.
Part six: Becoming Radiant connects directly with light and brings in light from the higher dimensions, enhancing the ability to experience the oneness.
The term “Chair Massage” describes the type of quick, therapeutic massage that is performed while the client sits fully clothed in a portable, ergonomically designed chair that offers full support of the head (face forward), arms, torso and legs. These special massages can be enjoyed spontaneously or arranged ahead of time.
Chair massage is generally a 15-30 minute massage that focuses on the high tension areas of the head, neck, back, shoulders, arms & hands. Chair massage is especially effective at producing therapeutic results in a brief period of time by concentrating the massage on the areas of greatest tension.
Chair massage is performed using a combination of shiatsu, energy work, craniosacral, positional release technique, deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques, usually on the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.
A 15-minute chair massage has many demonstrated benefits, including:
Chair Massage applications are limitless and range over a wide variety of professions, locations and events. Many companies and organizations are offering this as a way to stimulate sales, increase awareness and promote wellness through dedicated staff. For instance:
Chair massages are great ways to treat both existing and potential clients while promoting your business. They are very welcome and effective marketing and promotional tools.
Want to make some noise at your next trade show or other marketing event? Offer a stimulating chair massage! Provide a memorable experience for customers, partners and other important prospects at your show. It’s a great way to build traffic to your booth – and build loyalty to your brand. What’s the biggest issue at a trade show or convention? Getting quality traffic that will actually spend a few minutes reviewing your product offerings. With chair massages, potential clients literally walk into your booth, and gratefully stay there.
Perhaps you’re doing nontraditional marketing such as pop-up (temporary) storefronts. A chair massage can be set up in a nook, booth, on the sidewalk, rooftop, storefront, hotel suite or wherever we can help you attract customers. It’s a surefire way to make sure your marketing gets you the notice you need. When there is a chair massage therapist around, and they are offering, there will always be a line of takers. I can attend events such as golf outings; corporate meetings; sales parties; educational seminars; marketing tours; fund raisers; festivals; schools; camps; carnivals, or anywhere else you can fit in a Mobile Massage.
In today’s competitive employment environment, every advantage can make a difference. That’s one reason employee wellness programs have become a popular means of providing physical as well as psychological benefits to employees. Reno-vations can offer a comprehensive on-site wellness solution for muscles and mind, workforce and management.
A chair massage can be scheduled for any frequency that works for your business. Chair Massages are known to keep your employees productive, energetic and feeling good about themselves and their careers. A good chair massage is a great perk that leaves your employees feeling refreshed, productive, and brimming with positive energy.
Health Fairs/Appreciation Events
Health fairs have become a popular employee benefit – and a key component of an overall wellness program but are known to be somewhat uninteresting and redundant. In reality, how many free pens or pads of paper can you get? How many times can you be told to eat healthy and exercise? Make sure you leave a lasting impression on your attendees. Drop them in a massage chair with a Licensed Chair Massage Therapist for a few minutes, and then ask them how the Health Fair is going. What tells your attendees that you truly care about their well-being more than hands-on service and attention?