I'm a licensed and trained massage therapist with more than 20 years of experience, and extensive training in a variety of massage techniques and healing therapies. I treat issues ranging from chronic pain, to sports injuries, and symptoms caused by stress and tension.
How to Get the Best Result from Your Massage
Before we start your massage appointment, we'll have a quick conversation to see if you're experiencing any injuries, tension, soreness or other discomfort. We'll also talk about your overall health goals. Some people are looking for stress relief, relaxation, and better sleep. Others are seeking specific healing goals, like reducing inflammation or releasing muscle adhesions around an injury and stimulating circulation. Once we talk, I'll tell you my approach, and we'll select the most effective technique to use on you. Note, it's a bonus for both of us if you do your daily exercise before your massage.
Massage Techniques and Therapies Include:
- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Sports Massage
- Massage for Pain Reduction or Management
- Reflexology (hand, foot, head)
- Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish massage by a real Swede. The term "Swedish Massage" refers to several therapy techniques that relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones.
Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from workouts or other muscular strain by cleansing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It also stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable.
Swedish Massage stimulates the skin and soothes the nerves themselves. This reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Myofascial Release represents an important dimension in the health care profession. It is a type of soft tissue massage which incorporates stretching and massaging of the connective tissues or fascia.
Myofascial Release is used as a preventative method or to promote the healing of an injured, stiff, or painful muscle and to improve range of motion. This therapy is also effective in the treatment of chronic fatigue, severe tension and anxiety, as well as repetitive stress injuries of the muscular-skeletal system.
Sports massage is a special form of massage typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of this massage is to prepare for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, and promote flexibility to prevent injuries.
Sports massage can help prevent those nagging injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement whether the person is an athlete or a once-a-week jogger. I was trained by Bill Musser, RN, BS, LMT, a well known advanced massage therapy trainer; he was formerly the chairman of the Oregon State Board of Massage Technicians.
Massage for Pain Reduction or Management
Massage is one of the most effective methods for drug-free pain relief and improved healing. Studies have shown the effectiveness of massage for treating all kinds of injuries, reducing inflammation, speeding up the healing process, and enhancing athletic performance.
To read about how massage relieves chronic pain, check out this article by the US National Institute of Health: Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain.
You can also learn more in this Time Magazine article: Aching Back? Try Massage for Chronic Pain.
Reflexology is a therapy invented by Chinese physicians to treat pain in the body by focusing on key areas of the hands and feet. The theory is that specific areas of your hands and feet, known as reflex zones, correspond directly to specific areas of your body.
It's a great stress-relieving massage and also works well to address areas of the body that are too painful or inflamed to receive direct massage. It works by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system to help your body heal itself.
Note, David has had training and experience in reflexology, but is not a reflexologist.