I started my training 2001, and continue to train and up date my knowledge every year. Swedish massage was my insight to the power of touch. Seeing the effects of massage gave me the motivation to learn more. From relieving stress and anxiety I went on to learn various techniques to relief pain and improve mobility. No two treatments are the same, I spend time asking questions and listening to my clients to devise a suitable treatment for them. Although pain relief massage can be uncomfortable at times I work to a specific pain threshold discussed before treatment. As told by many clients, it can be a nice pain as it is relieving. For relaxing and stress relief massage I use a heated bed to enhance the massage. I have a private treatment room at home so my hours of work can be flexible to suit everyone. On occasions I have travelled to those that are unable to travel.
STR – Soft Tissue Release :
The technique for STR is to shorten the muscle then apply pressure to the targeted area (using thumbs, fingers, elbows or fists), while holding this pressure the muscle is lengthened producing a powerful release within the muscle fibres by stretching and separating the locked area.
NMT – Neuro-Muscular Technique :
Once area of trauma or tenderness is found, pressure is applied using either the pad of a finger, thumb, elbow or knuckle, which interrupts the neural messages being sent from the muscle to the central nervous system. This will help relax the muscle, reduce tension and induce pain relieve. The client is required to give feed back on any discomfort on a scale of 1 to 10 to insure minimal discomfort and correct treatment.
CTM – Connective Tissue Manipulation/Release :
Using soft pads of fingers to move one layer of the skin to the layer below. This technique removes any stickiness from the top tissue and muscle underneath, thus improving circulation.
MET – Muscle Energy Technique :
An advanced stretching technique used on shortened or tight muscles. Once a shortened or tight muscle has been located it is stretched to point of resistance or discomfort. At this point the client pushes gently against the therapist for 10 seconds, then releases. The muscle is allowed to relax for a few seconds before a further stretch can be achieved and movement increased. This is repeated 5/6 times as long as progress is being made with each stretch.
a long relaxing stroke, with varying levels of pressure to soothe, relax, improve the circulation and help eliminate toxins from the areas been worked on. With deeper effleurage desqaumation and skin regeneration can be helped.
uses various kneading techniques to stretch and compress the muscles breaking down tightness and tension. Muscle stiffness often occures due to the build up of toxins such as lactic acid and this technique helps the break up of these toxins, allowing the muscles to work more efficiently.
Friction/cross fibre friction :
uses rubbing, stretching and compressing in and around problem areas and releasing tightness around joints. Thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows can be used depending on area and problem.
can include hacking, pounding, cupping and tapotement. All are various forms of brisk, invigorating and stimulating strokes using the hands to strike the body rapidly and suddenly. Increases circulation, warms the muscles, tones and helps break up fat deposits.
Shaking and rocking :
can be used for specific muscles or the whole body. This technique can be soothing or stimulating, release pain, tension and can literally surprise the muscle into releasing its tension.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage :This technique is performed after a treatment to encourage the removal of waste products released from the muscles and excess fluid. Light pumping strokes using all of the hand are used, working in the direction of the lymph nodes.