Description of Massage Services

Therapeutic Massage

A Therapeutic massage addresses a particular complaint you may be suffering from.  For example: low back pain, tight hips, limited range of motion. Therapeutic massage can help with pain management and relief and may require multiple sessions. I follow a 4 step  protocol. First, I will meet with you to take a health history and find out how  long you have been experience pain, etc. Second, I will tailor a therapy plan that addresses your individual specific needs. Third, I will perform the massage therapy as planned. Finally, together we will determine how well the therapy session  worked and provide an evaluation to assess if your pain decreased, range-of-motion increased, etc. 

Scar Tissue Massage

 The body may develop scar tissue where a surgical incision is in the skin or if muscles and tendons were cut or repaired, Scar tissue is formed by collagen that your body lays down in a random fashion after an injury to become normal healthy tissue. (Normal healthy collagen is aligned in  specific ways and directions that give your tissue strength.) 

Cross friction or transverse friction massage involves using one or two fingers to  massage your scar in a direction that is perpendicular to the line of  the scar. This technique helps to remodel the scar and realigns the fibers. Myofascial release (MFR) is often used to manage scar tissue and related adhesions. The technique involves using the hands to massage  the skin and underlying tissues around the scar. Motions are slow and  the amount of force used is usually light.  

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 lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work,  open communication during the session is crucial to minimize discomfort. Keep in mind that soreness is common after this type of treatment, and plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that are released  from the deep tissue during the session. 

Cupping

Cupping  Massage Therapy uses small suction cups that allow for a targeted deep tissue treatment. Instead of compressing your fascia and muscles, cupping pulls your fascia and muscles up into the cup utilizing negative pressure. Cupping helps loosen the restrictions in your fascia, which  loosens adhesions and promotes the release of toxins in your muscles. Cupping Therapy can be used for breaking-up scar tissue and adhesions and increasing your range of motion. By loosening tight muscles you will:  recover quicker from workouts, aide in the relief of chronic stress injuries due to repetitive motion, and manage pain and relief from soft tissue injuries.

Cancer/Oncology Massage

An Oncology ( cancer) Massage is a client-specific, customized massage  session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in  treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer.  An oncology  massage should only be performed by a massage therapist who has been trained and certified.  This massage is adapted to account for your unique health situation and considers tolerance for session length, pressure, positioning, and areas of specific  compromise or concern.  The first visit for an Oncology Massage is 90 minutes and may require a note from your Oncologist.

Post-Mastectomy and Scar Tissue Release

Tightness and limited range of motion in the shoulder and trunk following mastectomy surgery is normal, but post-mastectomy massage therapy can help aid the healing process. While the body hastily-lays collagen fibers, lumps can form, and pulling and puckering in the superficial tissues can result in adhesion. Massage can help collagen to spread in a more organized manner and keep tissue pliable and reduce pull on the incision and the surrounding tissues. Surrounding muscle tissue of the upper chest and shoulders may also benefit from massage after surgery. 

Swedish Massage

 Swedish Massage is a  very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. The benefits of this  type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include improved  circulation, relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the  body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater  flexibility. 

Thai Herbal Compress

 A Thai Herbal Compress therapy uses a blend of herbs combined in a steamed compress. The warmed herbal packs induce deep states of relaxation and enhance therapeutic benefits of any massage. The heat of the compress warms your tissues and allows the body to become more receptive to massage and allowing for deeper benefits.The aromatic scents released from the steamed herbal packs add another dimension to the  massage; a treat for mind, body, and soul. Common herbs used include: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Camphor, Kaffir Lime and Turmeric, Compresses are hand-made by me and are yours to take home after the  massage.  

Prenatal Massage

 Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for a  pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using  various techniques specifically developed for the expectant mother,  a prenatal massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced  throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional  support, relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural  imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. The first Prenatal  Massage session is 75 minutes and may require a note from your doctor.  

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a  popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home  or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair  which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health  benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done  over the clothing.  Chair massage sessions are  shorter than  traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy  schedule.  Chair Massage is also a great way introduce a person to  massage.  Typical chair massage is  usually 10 minutes. Chair massage is  a great for Corporate Events, Bridal Showers, Girls Night Out Employee Appreciation...the possibilities are endless!  Advanced  booking  and deposit required when traveling to your location. Chair Massage is also offered in suite.

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 If you are a first time client of Suburban Soul Massage, or are visiting for a specialty massage therapy, please print and complete the appropriate form and bring it to your scheduled session.