Little Mountain Massage
Carrie Marks, LMT
Modalities: Therapeutic Massage Techniques
Incorporating Swedish massage techniques, the relaxation massage is a general, full body massage. The skin, muscles, and connective tissue of the body are kneaded, rolled, squeezed, and vibrated to increase circulation and rid muscle tissue of toxins. This in turn helps decrease pain in the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, and release stress built up in body and mind. In addition, cortisol levels are decreased (the hormone responsible for stress in the body.) Recommended on a regular basis for those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and/or addiction issues.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Using Swedish techniques to warm up muscle tissue, the Deep Tissue Massage then gets into the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Deep tissue massage can cover the entire body, or can be a more focused massage to address specific areas of pain. Trigger point therapy, cross-fiber friction, facilitated stretching, and other dynamic techniques will be used during your deep tissue massage to flush muscles, decrease adhesions, and increase range of motion and circulation. Deep tissue can sometimes be painful, and it is important to tell your therapist when you are beyond your threshold of discomfort. Pain and soreness after the massage is possible (just as there is after a workout), and will be minimized if you consume plenty of water to flush the toxins from your tissues that were released during the massage. Ice application or epsom salt baths may be recommended as well.
The Orthopedic Massage is for the client who has a specific musculoskeletal issue that they need focused on, whether it be preparation for surgery, recovery from injury or surgery, skeletal misalignments, or acute or chronic pain. This type of massage focuses on the area of pain, and any muscles which may be contributing to the pain, or hindering healing. Postural assessments or muscle tests before the session are possible. We will also discuss postural habits and repetitive motions during work, play, and sleep that may be contributing to the pain and how to adjust those. Issues that can be addressed with orthopedic techniques include (but are not limited to): *Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), *Sciatica, *Carpel Tunnel, *Low Back pain/spasms, *TMJ, *Neck and Shoulder pain created by the rounded shoulders and forward head posture of a computer/desk job, *Rotator Cuff Injury, and *Whiplash injury.
As mothers, our bodies go through incredible changes when we are creating our babies. We experience muscle and ligament stretching, sacro-iliac pressure, and aches in brand new places. Massage can help increase circulation, calm nerves and restore equanimity to insure more restful sleep, and decrease the aches and pains that are inevitable. After birthing our babies, our bodies continue to change to meet the needs of our new little ones, while we are also adjusting to sleep deprivation and a demanding role as mother. A post-partum massage focuses on decreasing stress in the muscles that are being overused as a new mom, and increasing mood and relaxation.
Chair massage in the workplace has been proven to increase productivity and mood in employees. Poor desk ergonomics, static positioning, and repetitive motions can create continued strain on muscle tissues causing stress, headaches, injury, and illness. These issues lead to more time off, sick days, and possibly long-term disability.