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This is an introduction massage that helps introduce the therapist style of massage to the client and allows the therapist to access the clients tissue for any pathologies known or unknown. Style of massage and pressure varies based on client's needs or request. The purpose is to see if the therapist and the client are a correct match for therapy. This is a special price and each client can receive only one. After the intro massage is complete a treatment plan is made and normal pricing applies to all future massages.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of 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 may include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility. This massage is more for general feelings of well-being and relaxation. Chronic and acute pain pathologies are not addressed, and deeper pressures are not used in this style massage.
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. This is a Full Body massage (excluding client specified areas) and requires more time than the Swedish massage to be done properly. 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 after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session. This massage does not address tender points, triggerpoints, or myofascial release effectively. Try Carter's blend to address these or other chronic to severe "pain in the neck" issues.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. More time is allowed for proper draping and comfort of the mother to be.
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. You will experience the most innovative and effective stretches, including passive, Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and Carter's active release.
Carter's Clinical Blend
My personal style of massage that clients use the most to get the job done. Its based on the client's need at the time and doesn't have the restrictions of Swedish Sports or Deep tissue but uses a combination of them all to include Trigger Point Therapy, heat applications, traction, and Myofascial. It can be used to release and treat various tissue pathologies such as "knots", triggerpoints, fascial restrictions, rotator cuff pathologies, thoracic outlet syndrome, knee hip and back pain, sciatica, and other issues. I use my knowledge in athletic training, pathology, and exercise physiology to assess and treat the pathological tissues and return it to normal or near normal functionality (many times it is another muscle that is the initial cause).
I assist the client in discovering the potential root cause. I provide post treatment modalities and exercises to strengthen the area and delay the return of the initial problem and pain. This is also known as work site hardening, a service many companies pay top dollars to provide to employees. This massage is perfect for that chronic pain that prevents your performance at work or daily activities.
Depending on how many areas you have with issues will determine the length of time needed.
The 30 minute is designed to treat on pathological site. This is for clients who need treatment but either can't lay on the table long or short on time.
The 60 minute massage is designed to treat two pathological areas thoroughly, i.e. traps (upper back) and lumbar/gluteal area, or IT band and hamstrings for long distance runners.
The 90 minute may address 2 to 3 areas and include a muscle flush of the remaining body to feel more complete.
Clients with several sites may need the 2 hour massage for a complete "scrub and flush" of the entire body.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
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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 sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
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Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
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. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
Geriatric massage is a 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.