Therapeutic, Integrative Massage

A Few Insights into Massage Therapy and My Work

Massage may feel like a luxury and a treat, but it truly is an investment in the self, intended to foster a commitment to self care and to value the vessel each of us inhabits. I believe the body has innate healing abilities and naturally wants to heal itself. Massage sessions are designed around individual client needs at any given time. Since your needs may change from session to session, I work with your goals and objectives stated at the start of each session. A massage therapist must be skilled, experienced and knowledgeable about the techniques and modalities, and have insights into what is best suited for each client’s needs. Because there are different ways to allow healing to take place, I integrate various modalities and/or techniques as they are needed. I meet clients at whatever point along the wellness continuum they are, and help move them toward greater well-being.

It is my intent to invite change to take place, not impose change. People access their healing mechanisms in different ways. I work with each person’s inner awareness, teaching them to listen to their bodies, and to reconnect. Massage therapy is a partnership. With a client who is open and willing, I can facilitate healing, and together we can achieve the maximum benefit.

Neuromuscular (Trigger Point Therapy):
Use of deep sustained pressure to release trigger points and alleviate pain. Commonly used for injury rehabilitation purposes. Assists in reducing muscle tension, breaking up adhesions and scar tissue. (www.iahe.com)

Craniosacral:
A gentle hands-on method used in restoring and enhancing the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to create optimum functioning of the central nervous system. Great for those suffering with migraine headaches, TMJD and those requiring non-circulatory massage.(www.upledger.com)

Lymphatic Draining*:
A specialized therapeutic method using a soft gentle touch to stimulate lymphatic movement. Assists in the circulation of lymph in removing excess fluids, toxins, and other substances from the body. Often used to support the immune system, help with sinus relief, and post-surgical swelling. (www.iahe.com)

*For those with active lymphedema or requiring CDT therapies, please refer to National Lymphedema Network to locate a Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Reiki:
An ancient Japanese form of light touch (hands on and/or off) therapy with the goal of improving the flow of life force energy. Used to help balance and align the body’s energy field. (www.reiki.org)

Swedish:
Most commonly recognized type of massage work. Primarily consists of long gliding and kneading strokes which encourage relaxation, increase of circulation, and stress reduction.

Deep Tissue:
Firmer pressure than used in Swedish. Slow deep strokes affecting the deeper layers of muscle and fascia for the purpose of pain relief and deeper relaxation.

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Over the last 30 years I have been treated by MDs, osteopaths, and physical therapists. Joan's therapy has proven to have been by far the best value of any.
- L.H. , Decatur