Cathryn graduated from the American Institute of Massage Therapy, and has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), since 1993
“Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome (sore muscles, tendons, and ligaments)
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular (jaw) joint pain
- Stress relief
- Lymphatic circulation
- Improve whole body circulation. Great for diabetics.
and much more”
For someone with a regular exercise routine, getting a regular massage will benefit greatly because the massage therapist will help push out the lactic acid in the muscles and this will lead to less soreness, faster recovery, faster, noticeable results, and less chance of injury.
The types of massage that Cathryn offers are:
“Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood in the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points but acupuncture employs needles while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of the hands and fingers.”
Source: Gach, Michael Reed. Acupressure’s Potent Points. A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments. New York: Bantam, 1990. 3.
- Myofascial Release AKA Trigger Point Therapy
“The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots, that cause pain and tightness.
Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area.. Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.”
NOTE: Acupressure and Myofascial Release are similar techniques but NOT the same.
- Reflexology and Foot Massage
“Reflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage.”
“Some of the benefits of reflexology include: stimulates nerve function, increases energy, boosts circulation, induces a deep state of relaxation, eliminates toxins, stimulates the central nervous system, prevents migraines, cleans up urinary tract conditions, speeds recovery after injury or surgery, helps relieve sleep disorders, reduces depression, and relieves pain. Furthermore, it can help ease the treatment of various cancers and helps to soothe the pains of pregnancy, even those occurring after the baby is born.”