Areas of Specialty
Neuromuscular Therapy is a very precise, focused modality used to treat specific pain and issues of dysfunction of the soft tissue through utilizing a variety of techniques and protocols. It can be extremely effective in reducing not only pain, but also regaining proper function through neuromuscular reeducation. It is important to investigate the mechanism of injury as well as perpetuating factors that may be preventing it from fully healing, so be prepared for homework and self care advice to maximize the benefits of the work.
trigger point therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing myofascial trigger points in your body. Trigger points (defined by Travell and Simons) are "hyperirritable spots in a skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band." It is estimated that 85% of musculoskeletal pain is caused by trigger points. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. The effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports can be hard on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pain and inflammation in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
All bodywork sessions with Grace incorporate more than one modality depending on what your body and spirit need. Each session may be very similar or quite different than the previous since so much can happen in just a few days. Depending on where you are the day you walk into the office will determine which tools she utilizes whether it's deep myofasical relase and trigger point therapy or use of essential oils and the recommendation of a book. By meeting you where you are in the moment you walk through the door, the more productive the session you and Grace will enjoy together.