Therapeutic Massage

 

Licensed Massage Therapists:

Jennifer Modjeska, DeeplyRooted:

Jennifer Modjeska has been a massage therapist for nearly 30 years.   She has a wide range of techniques that can gently get deeply into your muscles.  If you are looking for relaxation massage,  swedish massage,  prenatal massage or someone to get deep into your muscles without pain,  Jennifer is your therapist.  Be prepared to walk out of her room relaxed, rejuvenated, and feeling amazing.

Amber Huffman, Amber’s Healing Touch:

Amber Huffman has been a massage therapist for over 4 years.   She is the queen of deep tissue massage therapy.  Amber is able to get deep through muscle tension for that “hurts so good massage”.   Amber is also training in sports massage,  stretching,  and cupping.   If you are looking for a deep tissue massage therapist,  Amber Huffman is the therapist for you, but don’t feel shy about telling her to ease up in areas.  She gives custom massages and welcomes feedback during a session to customize the pressure to your body’s needs.

Jessica Davis, LMT:

Jessica Davis has been a massage therapist for over 4 years.  Her style is more traditional Swedish massage with a gentle to medium pressure.  Jessica can customize your massage by area and pressure.  If you are looking for a relaxing Swedish massage or a massage to work out a few areas of tension without feeling sore the next day, Jessica Davis would be the right massage therapist for you.

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage is a “type of treatment in which a trained and certified medical professional manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement.” (Mayo Clinic) Or in non-medical speak: the rubbing, kneading, and manipulating of the muscles. There are many types and hybrid types that therapists may use but generally there is:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries and integrates more stretching.

As these are the specific types most therapists will discuss what your concerns and goals are for the session and accommodate accordingly.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

Preparing for a massage doesn’t require any special preparations. Before a massage therapy session starts, your therapist will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage that you’ve indicated on the intake sheet. Then you both can discuss the best course of action for the most productive session.

To receive the most benefits from a session, you undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You will lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet and blanket. Your massage therapist will perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.

Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure and vice versa. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes too painful, you should always let your therapist know.

What can I expect after a massage therapy session?

Water, water, water. As with any other session like this, blood flow is heightened and needs water to help the muscle recover and flush out toxins. It is not uncommon for there to be pain, soreness, and stiffness in the following days after a massage therapy session. This is due to the muscles being worked in ways that they were not previously accustomed. If this is something you’d like to avoid let your therapist know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly.

https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/3124/25-reasons-to-get-a-massage

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

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/massage-therapy/about/pac-20384595

Cupping & Therapeutic Massage

 

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, releasing toxins, relaxation and overall well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage as well as Myofascial Release.

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, release and breakdown scar tissue and can reduce cellulite with regular treatments.

 

Stationary Cupping

Stationary cupping, also referred to as dynamic cupping, sports cupping, or orthopaedic cupping, involves placing cups on the body and leaving them on from anywhere from 1 -20 minutes.  Depending on the goal of treatment, sometimes there will be some assisted stretching or dynamic movement while the cups are in place.  This is the type of cupping that Michael Phelps used; and this type of cupping often will leave temporary cupping marks. 

Gliding (Massage/Myofascial) Cupping

Gliding cupping also called MASSAGE cupping and MYOFASCIAL cupping involves placing the cups on the body and keeping them moving.  The cups become an extension of the therapists hands, and can be used therapeutically to the specific areas of need.  Thanks to the development of silicone cups and more pliable cupping materials these cups are safe to go over bone and around the joints.  This type of cupping usually does not leave any marks at all and brings the same benefits of stationary cupping.

When the cups are placed on the skin, the superficial muscle layer is drawn up into the cup, which stimulates the circulation of blood, breaks up adhesions, and creates a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body through the lymphatic system. Cupping can affect tissues up to four inches deep—impacting blood vessels, fascia, muscles, and scar tissue.

More and more, cupping is showing up in physical therapy and massage offices as well, under a different name—myofascial decompression (MFD). MFD is essentially the same thing as cupping, and it is being used in the Olympic games for pre and post-workout recovery and detoxification.

Cupping decompresses adhesions and scar tissue, relaxes muscles in spasm, decreases trigger-point pain, and decreases tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, and lymphatic drainage. Each session will enhance athletes’ overall ability to recover from workouts and strenuous activity.

 

Massage is not just luxurious.  It’s a way to a happier, healthier life!