No matter what your fitness goals are, massage is an ideal way to help your body perform its best. Sports-specific massage focuses on the muscles used most frequently during exercise as well as draws attention to other muscles that can contribute to muscle soreness or injury. Massage effectively improves flexibility and range of motion, aids in muscle recovery, prevents and treats injuries. By stretching and broadening shortened muscles as well as increasing circulation to joints, both muscles and joints are able to move more freely. Specific massage breaks up scar tissue and adhesions that play a role in muscle tightness and soreness. In addition, massage can release tight muscles and painful trigger points in the muscle. Our therapists use Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Techniques.
Our massage therapists are Pete Connolly, Kiley Roesch, Mandy Tapp, and Leah Goldberg.
What to Expect During a Medical Massage Session
You will be taken into a private massage room where you can undress to your level of comfort. The massage therapist will direct you how to lay on the table and you will be draped with a sheet to ensure privacy. Depending on the areas that are to be worked in a massage, you may start face up or face down on the table. They will leave the room while you undress and get on the table.
The therapist will discuss your levels of pain, tightness and what areas need treatment. The therapist will also have your physician’s referral and treatment plan.
One of the main issues to discuss is the amount of pressure that is used in a massage session. Each person varies as to what pressure feels best to them. The massage therapist should be able to work within your comfort level and achieve therapeutic results. You can request more or less pressure at any time. Do not be afraid to talk with your therapist about any concerns you might have.
Massage Techniques offered at ROI
Deep Tissue is a technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-weight, non-invasive form of touch that focuses on the health of your craniosacral and nervous system. Our craniosacral systems are comprised of the deep membranes and cerebral spinal fluid that surround our brain and spinal cord. As with any connective tissue in the body, this deep fascia is susceptible to tensions, strains and adhesions. The craniosacral system also irrigates and chemically balances our nervous system. Stress, injuries, posture can all affect this system. For those who cultivate their palpation skills, it is possible to feel the internal rhythms of movement that manifest as cerebrospinal fluid bathes and irrigates the tissues of the head down through the spine. Therapists can listen in and feel these rhythms to find areas of restriction and holding in the body.
Restrictions located in these deep regions of the body can create pain, anxiety and dysfunction. A skilled therapist can help identify and release these restrictions, providing release, often where other modalities do not. Craniosacral Therapy can be a powerful technique for head trauma, headaches, sinus conditions, low back pain, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Lymphatic Facilitation reduces swelling in the body’s tissue (interstitial space). If you are managing swelling due to a traumatic injury or a chronic orthopedic condition or surgery, this may speed your recovery, possibly dramatically.
This work is light and non-invasive. The amount of pressure it uses is comparable to the pressure it takes to slide your eyelid over your eyeball. As such, and contrary to most forms of bodywork, it can be used immediately following an injury and will support the body’s physiology in what is called the acute stage of healing.
For almost every injury the body encounters, swelling is part of the body’s normal recovery process. There are two kinds of swelling involved in traumatic edema. The first is ‘primary’ edema which is the swelling that is the direct result of the initial injury. The ‘secondary’ edema is the swelling that gravitates to an injury site as a result of the primary edema. It can take up to 24 – 48 hours for secondary edema to fully manifest following an injury, as many of us who have had significant sprains/ strains can attest. Lymphatic facilitation can stimulate the drainage and removal of this secondary edema, in essence creating more ‘breathing’ room around the primary edema, thus expediting recovery of the tissue.
This technique has many applications. If you are an athlete in training, this can support your body’s preparation for its next big training or competition event by removing micro swelling associated with training and workouts. It simply accelerates what your body would do on its own. If you are dealing with an annoying chronic condition that won’t seem to go away, part of this might be excess fluid in your tissue, inhibiting your body’s normal recovery process, (stuck in sub acute healing phase). Fibromyalgia patients whose tissue is tender to the touch have benefited significantly from a session or two of this work.
Reiki is a Japanese modality which works with the energy centers of the body. It helps balance the body on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.