This 90 minute session includes your initial intake, assessments, and your first therapy session. Kristy may use a variety of techniques to create a customized treatment based on your individual needs.
Any number of massage therapy and/or bodywork modalities may be utilized during your session. For this reason, there is no difference in rates based on the which therapies are used. See the services offered below.
Focus is placed on finding the most effective combination for your individual needs.
Following your session, Kristy will share her observations and will recommend a plan of care based on your health goals. Subsequent treatments are scheduled for 60 minutes.
Please contact Kristy directly to schedule your New Patient appointment.
One hour massage therapy session.
This deeply relaxing massage focuses on balancing the nervous system. Activation of the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system allows the body to 'rest and digest'. A reduction in the stress hormone cortisol aids in the stabilization of many physiological processes. The removal of toxins through increased blood flow and lymphatic movement cleanses tissues at a cellular level. This work is ideal for those seeking a powerful tool in managing stress levels. Preventative health benefits are numerous and diverse.
Deep Tissue Massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, communication is key in achieving the correct amount of pressure used. Keep in mind that mild soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Pre-natal Massage is designed specifically for pregnant women and supports the physiological, structural, and emotional well-being of both mother and baby. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body experiences tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release tension and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound and include emotional support, relief of joint pain due to extra weight/postural imbalance, relief of musculoskeletal pain, improved breathing and relaxation.
Postpartum Massage focuses on the physical and emotional demands of caring for a newborn, as well as how they affect "Momma Bear". Postpartum Depression is a very real illness and sometimes devastating experience for the entire family involved. Regular massage for women with this condition can be very powerful in supporting their transformation into a state of health and happiness.
Both Pre-natal and Postpardum Massage may include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy techniques, as well as others.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LMD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling, discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. Post-operative LDM following elective procedures is available to most patients.
Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to increase range of motion by creating space in tissues that are congested or locked. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that may involve applying gentle sustained pressure. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
FRSB employs soft tissue manipulation with the goal of realigning the body in relationship to the force of gravity. The theory of FRSB asserts that often the body's connective tissue, (fascia), is “bound up”, thus restricting opposing muscles from working independently of one another. In addition, patterns are developed over a lifetime and sometimes those patterns are not in balance. These imbalances can, over time, begin to cause disruption, discomfort and/or pain with normal function. These patterns are identified and worked with to create balance in associated tissues.
Specific points on the body can be used to trigger expansion of the myofascial membranes that encase and attach all musculature. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are essentially connective tissue dysfuntion and are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. Focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. The effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
A stretching technique that focuses on re-setting the nervous system to allow the release of hypertonic (tight) musculature and soft tissue. This work strengthens neural pathways where muscles had not previously been 'firing' correctly.