The history and tradition of massage is a long and revered one. Virtually every culture and tradition has some form of hands-on healing in their past…and present. And massage therapy has seen a renaissance of sorts in the last 20 years.
Now bodywork has become a vital and integral part of a person’s health care regime! Massage modalities are recognized by the State of Washington has one of the most effective ways to treat injuries on the job; Auto Insurance companies rely on Licensed Massage Practitioners to return their claimants to health, working cooperatively with other health care practitioners. Most major medical companies have some allotment for massage therapy in their plans.
Why?? Because it works! Massage:
- Activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, allowing recipient to relax.
- Stretches and elongates contracted and spasmed muscles.
- Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions to allow a more healthful exchange of fluids in the body.
- Reduces swelling, either due to injury or systemic congestion.
- Increases Range of Motion through the relaxation of muscles.
REMEMBER, however, that there ARE some contraindications to receiving massage therapy, so it is important that you discuss your health concerns with me.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
Clinical Massage – Incorporating over eighteen years of applied treatment techniques to get you, the client, back to pre-existing condition, back to work or, simply back to the Life you Love!
Relaxation and Stress Reduction – Let’s face it, everyone needs a time-out occasionally—or frequently, depending upon your needs. Some quiet music, a comfortable atmosphere and a variety of techniques can feel like a mini-vacation!
Reflexology – Massage to the feet, hands and ears has been around for thousands of years. Using the Ingham Method as a base, Pam integrate Eastern Theory and clinical applications to treat the whole body. This is an amazing modality!
Myofascial Release – Fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle fiber and muscle group of the body, gives form to the function of the muscle. The fascia can become damaged through injury and other stresses of Life. A gentle but profound modality, Myofascial Release uses techniques to free the adhered tissue, giving greater Range of Motion and thus a decrease in Pain.
Arvigo Method – The Arvigo Techniques Techniques of Maya abdominal Massage are centered around ancient Central American techniques, brought to the US by Rosita Arvigo, Doctor of Naprapathy and Massage Therapist. The work seeks to reposition the visceral organs that have dropped or shifted and restore the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy through the application of gentle but effective soft tissue manipulation. The work is best known for the correction of the tilt and prolapse of the uterus, for the prevention of benign prostate enlargement and for a variety of digestive and eliminative disorders.
Chi Nei Tsang – Chi Nei Tsang is a holistic approach to the healing touch modality of old Taoist Chinese origin. Literally meaning “working the energy of the internal organs” or “internal organs chi transformation”, CNT integrates deep, soft and gentle touches to train the internal organ to work more efficiently.
Pam also practises Massage Cupping and Lymph Drainage.
The Lymphatic system is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation with the circulatory system to help the body maintain a healthy immune system. In essence, Lymph Drainage Therapy works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate the healthy function of the immune system and balance the autonomic nervous system. Extensive research has shown that, when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:
- Reduction of swelling (edemas) of many origins
- Relief of chronic and subacute inflammation, acne, eczema and allergies
- Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
- Detoxification of the body
- Relief of chronic pain
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality or memory
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
- Relieve cellular inflammation in interstitial tissue
This work can be performed clothed or, if integrated into other massage modalities, unclothed but, as with many other hands on techniques, the client is draped at all times.