Licensed Missoula Massage Therapist
CBD Massage: CBD infused deep tissue massage. The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving cannabinoids of CBD can reduce inflammation within your muscles and joints. This allows me to work more effectively. For athletes, CBD also has a reputation for accelerating the recovery and healing process of sore muscles and injured connective tissue. Read more about CBD at the National Institute of Health.
Sports Massage: Athletes need massage before and after an athletic event, and during training. Sports massage is focused on range of motion techniques and breaking up adhesions through deep tissue massage, and other integrative techniques listed below. With sports massage timing and a regularly scheduled massage program as apart of the training is essential to maximum athletic performance. With sports massage tissues are flushed of lactic acid and bring fresh blood to muscles. This process, eliminates soreness, prevents injury and creates an environment in the body for muscle repair and building. Range of motion techniques are used to free the body of restrictive movements and prevent injury. Pre event massage is used to wake up the muscles and get them ready to perform. During training primary intention of massage is to eliminate lactic acid and thus soreness. Post athletic event massage is used for muscle recovery.
Deep Tissue Massage: Focuses on releasing chronic tension from stress, injury or other structural issues. Uses slow finger, hand and arm strokes to reach deeper muscle tissue. This benefits the muscular system, helping adhesions heal and sports related tension to dissolve leaving the body in a much better place of recovery.
Neuromuscular Massage: A scientifically proven method of treating specific areas of the body with static pressure, which in turn relieves chronic pain and injury. Muscle and nerve work together and there are specific points that can create pain when these are inhibited. When the points of the neuro muscular junction get interrupted it causes nerve function to not work properly. The way this neuro muscular junction gets inhibited is through ischemia. Ischemic muscle tissue is when a point of the blood flow is slowed down in specific points of the muscle, and metabolic waste is stored within this area making it overly sensitive. This ischemic muscle affects the nerve ending and develops what is known as a trigger point. Trigger points can prevent proper nerve function to different areas of the body and also create chronic pain syndromes. A trigger point can send pain, tingling, numbness and various other forms of irritation to other parts of the body.
Swedish/Relaxation Massage: Massage focusing on relaxation and circulation. When used alone, this is the pampering kind of massage technique using lighter strokes. This benefits the nervous system, circulatory system and heart. This also leaves depression and can decompress the central nervous system making the body a better environment for restoration and recovery. Swedish massage is also used to prepare muscles for the deeper work of deep tissue and neuromuscular massage therapy.
Structural Integration Massage: Structural Integration can be used with a series of different techniques to lengthen and stretch the fascia and remove restrictions out of the fascia. Fascia is better known as the connective tissue that incases the body in it’s structure. Connective tissue incases and connects and even goes through the muscles, organs, blood vessels and nerve. If all was removed from your body but connective tissue it would make a perfect outline of you. Sometimes there are restrictions in the fascia. Structural integration focuses on removing restrictions within the fascial network. When restrictions are present it can cause fatigue, pain and range of motion can be limited. By employing various massage techniques such as deep tissue, and neuromuscular (to name a few) along with mind body practices the tissue starts to unwind freeing the skeletal muscles and relieving pain and restoring movement and better posture. This form of body work and the standards around it originated from Dr. Ida P Rolf. The intent is to align the body with gravity as the therapist directs it back into postural alignment. This is usually very intense and deep work that can be painful, due to working through the layers of fascial tissue. This is typically done through a series of 10-12 sessions.