Neuro-Muscular Massage is a tool shed of therapeutic massage techniques that are used to alleviate muscle related pain/discomfort and improve the overall function of the muscles and nervous system. NMT is a very effective therapy for speeding up the recovery of all types of injuries, alleviating pain and dysfunction, and for maximizing peak athletic performance. However, it can also be performed as preventative self-care for a healthy lifestyle, graceful aging, and general well-being.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Include:
• The release of tension and alleviation of discomfort in muscles and joints
• Reduction in spasms, cramps, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, & soreness
• Increased circulation, helping flush out metabolic waste meanwhile helping deliver nutrients & oxygen back into over-taxed muscles
• Faster, more efficient recovery from all types injuries (including surgery)
• Increased range of motion & flexibility
• Elevates mood (natural “feel-good” neurotransmitters & hormones, such as serotonin & dopamine are produced and released)
• Induces sound restorative sleep so the body can better repair itself
• Helps improve posture & body mechanics
• Stress reduction by increased para-sympathetic nervous system activity (counter-balancing the bodies flight-or-fight response caused by stressful stimuli)
• Promotes peak athletic performance, improving strength, stamina, & endurance
• Supports immune function
• Stimulates digestion, encourages detoxification, & allows for deeper breathing
• Facilitates body awareness & re-establishes mind-body connection
• Reduces restrictions imposed by scar tissue
• Enhances mental clarity, alertness and productivity
Some of the symptoms that can benefit greatly from NMT are whiplash, headaches, low back pain, muscle spasms and numbness, sciatic disorder, restless leg syndrome, the after-effects of extensive dental work, problems associated with TMJ dysfunction (clenching, grinding, lockjaw, etc), repetitive motion and postural injuries (frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpel tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome) scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, managing symptoms of neurological dysfunction, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s and many other ailments concerning muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Each customized session starts with assessing the current state of your body and by deciding where to focus. We always warm the tissues we preparing to massage with warming massage strokes, and sometimes with warm towels or essential oils. As muscles begin to dis-armor themselves, we follow them inward, until we sense a barrier, or restriction is felt. We patiently allow for the tension to soften, unwind, and become more supple. This is where the therapeutic process begins and reorganization and transformation happen – layer by layer, pattern by pattern.
Neuro-Muscular (a.k.a Therapeutic or Medical) Massage Consists of Techniques Such As:
Myo-Fascial Release and Myo-Fascial Sculpting to create more slack in the connective tissues, restore fluidity and improved function in all the inter-related systems (such as the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic)
Cross-Fiber Friction for breaking up hardened or adhered muscles fibers/tendons and scar tissue
Manual Trigger Point Therapy to melt away grumpy knots and referral pains
Pin and Stretch (Acupressure) and other bodywork exercises that increase range of motion
Static Pressure and Deep Circular Compression (with or without the use of tools called T-bars)
Positional Holds for unwinding the nervous system and opening the pathways for all systems to function properly
Focused therapy to release the musculature in your entire neck, head, jaw, and face – including the muscles inside your mouth. Integrating Neuro-Muscular Massage with Cranio-Sacral Therapy to specifically address problems associated this region of the body. Incredibly beneficial for those experiencing symptoms such as:
Mild to severe tension and stress
Frequent headaches or migraines
Problems clenching and/or grinding the teeth
Difficulties opening or closing your mouth
Whiplash, extensive dental work, and other traumas (especially head)
Popping or clicking of tempo-mandibular joint
Vertigo or ringing in the ear(s)
Numbness or tingling in the face, neck or ears
Forward head posture or asymmetry in the tone of the muscles you use to chew
Dislocation of the TMJ or the discs
Chronic Neck and TMJ issues almost always require more than one treatment in order to produce permanent change because there is a nervous system component involved in this condition; that must be re-habituated. I therefore strongly suggest that TMJ clients start their treatment with a 3 series. If you are unsure whether this type of treatment is right for you, I do offer a 30-45 minute free consultation to discuss your concerns, assess your condition, and offer you a sample of what I do within these treatments. Feel free to call me to set up your introduction session, if this sounds like something you want to explore.
This style of treatment also works well in conjunction with acupuncture, chiropractic care, comprehensive dental care and other therapies that help manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, and counseling.
Single Session (75 Min)…$100
Initial 3 Series…$270.00
Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle touch therapy that has profound effects on the entire body. CST techniques are used to both detect the tension patterns that may be causing pain and/or dysfunction, and to then to help re-establish balance within the Cranio-sacral system. Though the primary focus is on the head and sacrum, this therapy effects every single system, especially the nervous system. Gentle mechanical adjustments to the bones and gentle release of the connective tissues improve circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid, blood, and lymph — restoring balance and freedom of movement.
CST can help to:
Decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches and other persistent pains
Alleviate discomfort caused by TMJ Dysfunction, and eliminate the habit of clenching, grinding, and or deviations in the jaw that are causing popping noises, or are making it hard to open or close your mouth
Alleviate vertigo or tinnitus
Improve one’s ability to handle stress and stress related symptoms (insomnia, exhaustion, irritability, confusion or mental fog, body-aches, high blood pressure, immune function decline)
Discharge nervous tension that is robbing and exhausting your mind and body
Unwind habitual tightness in the muscles and joints
Facilitate healing from the impact of physical and emotional trauma
Improve mental clarity, and the ability to concentrate and focus attention (including symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia)
Re-synchronize natural bodily rhythms, leading to feelings of peace and harmony
Enhance the quality of your life
CST is non-invasive and is DEEPLY relaxing. Though the changes CST brings about are gradual, its effects tend to be long-term because of the re-patterning that occurs in the nervous system. With the demands of living in a fast paced culture today, our bodies absorb more shocks and accumulate more stress than we can possibly process in one night’s rest; leaving us feeling increasingly depleted, overwhelmed, exhausted, and in poor overall shape. Cranio-Sacral Therapy has profound effects and is limitless in its ability to help us lead more peaceful and healthful lives. It is a phenomenal modality to add to any self-care regimen.
*CST can also be integrated into any Massage Treatment
All treatments include the use of aromatherapy unless you specify otherwise. We are very selective and only use therapeutic-grade essential oils and natural massage products. The blends we choose are used for emotional upliftment, to encourage deep breathing, take the edge off the pain, and to assist in the healing process – by giving the body plant medicines to utilize.
This unique aromatherapy technique integrates the application of 9+ therapeutic-grade essential oils with integrative massage techniques to loosen the musculature surrounding the spine and shoulders. It supports the immune system against foreign invaders and helps reduce the presence of inflammation and pain. These deeply penetrating oils detoxify and nourish every system of the body.
Includes application of essential oils to the spine, with a hands, feet, or neck massage while the warm towels are setting.
Basic Raindrop with Focused Area Massage
Includes application of essential oils to the spine, warm towel application followed by massage therapy on focused areas of tension, pain or discomfort.
Basic Raindrop with Sinus Treatment
Includes application of essential oils to the spine. While warm towels are setting, a Cranio-sacral adjustment and facial massage using oils to open your sinuses. This treatment is perfect for any head colds or sinus infections.
Includes Basic Raindrop to both the spine and the feet, followed by a focused area massage while the oils set. This treatment is recommended for a person who is in the midst of being sick, are beyond the on-set and need a higher dose of oils for heavy duty action.
Includes Basic Raindrop with 90 Minute General Full Body or Specific Area Massage