Acupuncture Center for Balance & Healing

Massage

 

We customize each treatment to the needs of the client and what is appropriate for them during that session. We practice a non-invasive approach to each and every session. By tuning into the tissues and where the restriction is, we are able to work at releasing the tension and allowing the body to self-correct and re-establish balance. In other words, we meet the tissues where they are at and don’t try to overwhelm them.

 

Swedish Massage

The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.

Pregnancy and Infant Massage

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and even improve labor outcomes and newborn health.  Infancy massage is such a wonderful way to connect with your baby, as well as relax together.  Some of the other benefits include:

• Relieves discomfort from constipation, wind, colic & reflux
• Stimulates brain development
• Improves sensory awareness
• Improves blood circulation
• Improves eczema and dry skin
• Helps baby sleep better and for longer

Gentle Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Craniosacral Therapy Massage

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, we release restrictions in the cranisacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. - The Upledger Institute

Shiatsu Massage

A Japanese-style massage based out of Chinese medicine that focuses on establishing balance within the body. This is accomplished by treating the meridians (or channel pathways) of the body as well as specific acupuncture points. We use rhythmic palm and or thumb pressure along the meridians to help establish balance within the body by moving stagnant energy (Qi). Stretches are also incorporated. Please wear comfortable pants and t-shirt or long shirt.

Positional Release Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique

Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also know by its parent term, strain counterstrain, is a form of manual medicine that resolves pain and tissue dysfunction. Through positioning the body and tissue in positions of comfort, the neurological system can be manipulated to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and over time, to reset the resting length of tissue in a “normal” range, which promotes increase in strength, performance and function. Essentially, PRT is the opposite of stretching. Much like unkinking a knot from a chain necklace, PRT works in the same fashion; tissues are pushed together, twisted, compressed and manipulated to take tension off “neurological chain links.” The therapy is pain-free and is suited for all ages and most painful conditions. - The Positional Release Therapy Institute

 
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A close friend recommended Laura for help with my recurring neck and shoulder problem from years of road cycling. After just 2 treatments my issue was 90% resolved, and after 4 treatments it was completely gone. I would highly recommend Laura not only for her massage skills but also for her personal awareness of the client’s comfort level during the process.

Special Considerations

Pregnancy - MD approval before first appointment to be sure that massage is appropriate and not contraindicated, if high risk please call to speak with Laura before scheduling.  

Recent accident - Please see MD or Chiropractor to assess injuries before making an appointment as manual massage may be contraindicated.  

Recent surgery - usually 6-8 weeks healing time for manual massage with surgeon’s approval depending on surgery.  Must provide written & signed prescription.  

Cancer - MD approval even if in remission.  Must provide written and signed prescription from MD.