"I have been a client of Kathy’s for over ten years. I can’t tell you how much she has done to help me. I have problems with my lower back; I have intermittent pain and discomfort both of which limits my ability to move about. Kathy’s knowledge and skill as a massage therapist has helped me enormously. With Kathy’s help I am able to get through the pain and have the flexibility to function normally. I can’t appreciate her skill and professionalism enough. I recommend her in the most emphatic possible fashion."
Massage helps normalize muscle tone, and this can decrease tension across joints and increase your range of motion. A massage at Massage Therapy Associates is individualized to your needs and may include some of the techniques described below depending the massage therapist's assessment. All our massage therapists have at least 17 years of experience.
SWEDISH MASSAGE: This type of massage uses long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the muscle layers, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. The massage may be soothing or more vigorous depending on the client's needs and wishes.
Swedish massage can help to shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves. It reduces physical and emotional stress, and is often utilized in stress management programs.
RUSSIAN MASSAGE: Developed in the former Soviet Union, Russian Massage uses a variety of massage techniques on the body's soft tissues to relieve muscle aches and stress.
Russian massage is considered less invasive and more relaxing than many other forms of massage therapy. Its principal techniques are similar to Swedish, but with more emphasis on friction and vibration being performed from very fast to very slow. The amount of pressure applied during these techniques depends on the patient’s body state and comfort level. The application of techniques will differ from person to person and the depth of the pressure ranges from light, to medium, to deep.
Russian Massage often is used as a supplement for sports and athletic regimens. Because of its gentle, non-invasive nature, it is considered especially suitable for seniors.
SHIATSU: A therapy developed in Japan which incorporates techniques of Japanese traditional massage, acupressure (finger pressure), stretching, and Western massage. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to special points on the body to maintain physical and mental well being, and alleviate discomfort. This therapy is considered holistic because it attempts to treat the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: A technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.
REFLEXOLOGY: The practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands without the use of oil, cream or lotion. Reflexology is based on a system of zones and "reflex" areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the related areas of the body.
POLARITY THERAPY: is a holistic, energy-based system that includes bodywork for the purpose of restoring and maintaining proper energy flows throughout the body. The bodywork component includes light touch and gentle movement techniques.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY: (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) - A method that applies concentrated finger pressure, and breath work, to trigger points to break cycles of spasm and pain.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: includes an assessment of the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, which can be restricted by trauma to the body sustained by falls, accidents and general nervous tension. Extremely light pressure is used to move the spinal and cranial bones in order to ease any restrictions of nerve passages and optimize the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord.
Because of the relationship between the craniosacral system and the brain and spinal cord, this therapy influences the central nervous system and affects many body functions. Treating the craniosacral system brings harmony to the entire nervous system and prevents many related illnesses. Craniosacral therapy is good for mental stress and chronic fatigue, persistent back and neck pain, migraines and motor coordination disorders.