Massage


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:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • 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”

Source:   http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

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

“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.


Acupressure Massage



  • 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.”

Source:     http://www.myofascialtherapy.org/myofascial-therapy/index.htm

NOTE:   Acupressure and Myofascial Release are similar techniques but NOT the same.


Myofascial Massage



  • 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.”

Source:  http://www.reflexology-usa.net/facts.htm

“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.”

Source:   https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/benefits-of-reflexology.html


Reflexology Massage


 

  • Dry Skin Brushing

7 Key Benefits:

Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.

It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.

Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal detoxification. But if your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently.

This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits including:

1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

2. Exfoliation

Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”

3. Increase Circulation

When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.

4. Reduce Cellulite

Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.  The Huffington Post reported:

When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”   

5. Stress Relief

The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function

Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:

“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”

7. It’s Invigorating

Many people become “addicted” to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a session.

Source:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.aspx

Note:  Some people do Dry Skin Brushing themselves.  But…just like with massage…it feels so much better to have a skilled practitioner do the work for you while you relax.   Its a great addition to any bodywork session.

$10 off if combined with another bodywork service

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