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Massage Modalities, Techniques, and Services for Your Customized Therapeutic Massage

A variety of services are offered at Tempo Therapeutic Massage, LLC. Tracy has received specialized training in a several areas and has many different tools available to ensure you receive a massage that will meet your individual needs. When you receive a massage from Tracy, you will not just receive a relaxation massage or a deep tissue massage. You will receive a therapeutic massage. A therapeutic massage may involve any number of techniques, such as those listed below. For prices, see the Massage Services page.

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage involves a variety of techniques intended to increase the circulation of blood and lymph in the body, thereby aiding in the body's own healing process. A Swedish massage is generally relaxing and can help relieve muscle aches and pains. Techniques such as friction, kneading, percussion, vibration, and joint mobilization are often used in an effort to help "flush" the body's systems of toxins that build up by bringing fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the areas that need it.

Neuromuscular (Trigger Point) Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very helpful tool a massage therapist can use to treat a client's pain. An NMT treatment usually consists of Myofascial Release (described below), trigger point work, and some gentle stretching. A trigger point is an area of increased irritation or contraction in a muscle that usually causes pain with compression in a predictable referral pattern. It is often described as a "knot" in the muscle. Compression of trigger points, in conjunction with other deep tissue massage techniques, can "soften" the tight band of muscle and relieve the pain.

Myofascial Release
Fascia is the tough, fibrous, connective tissue that runs throughout the body like a web, supporting the body structures and basically holding everything in place. Physical and mental stressors can cause areas of the fascia to become more tense, thicken, or "bunch up". With myofascial release techniques, slow, gentle traction or shear forces are applied to these restricted areas to break up adhesions (fibers that are "stuck" together). It also helps soften and lengthen the bound fibers of the fascia. Myofascial Release is frequently performed prior to a focused trigger point treatment since it helps loosen the restriction of the fascia on the affected muscles and increases range of motion.

Sports Massage
Sports massage is a type of massage focused on the physically active person, whether you are a professional athlete, or a "weekend warrior". Different sports and activities require different muscle groups. Sports massage techniques are often based on Swedish massage techniques and incorporate many of the techniques listed at one time or another. However, treatments tend to be tailored to address the muscle groups being used for the given sport or activity. Regular massage that is directed toward your sport-specific needs can help you reduce the risk of injury or manage any injuries that occur, recover more quickly, decrease muscle soreness following a work-out or event, and increase flexibility and range of motion. The ultimate goal is enhancing performance.

Orthopedic Massage
Orthopedic massage involves a series of functional tests to determine the muscles involved in a pain condition. Massage is then directed at stretching tight and overused muscles while strengthening weak muscles around a painful joint. The goal is to restore balance in the body, increase range of motion, and reduce pain. These techniques help treat and prevent injuries to the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments in the body.

Tracy completed a 100-hour certification program under the teaching and training of James Waslaski, world-renowned massage therapist, speaker, and educator in orthopedic massage. She became certified in orthopedic massage in April, 2011.

Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is one of the most relaxing treatments available. Smooth, warmed stones are placed on the body and are used as tools to massage the muscles. The heat from the stones helps increase blood flow and aids the body's natural ability to heal. Light, moderate, or deep pressure can be used. Since the treatment is so relaxing and the heat of the stones softens the muscles, the massage therapist can often work deeper into the muscles in this very therapeutic treatment.

Aromatherapy Massage/Wrap
Aromatherapy involves the use of scented essential oils to achieve a desired effect, such as calming, promoting sleep, uplifting or energizing, or easing muscle aches and pains. A few drops of essential oils can be added to your massage lotion to enhance your massage. In an aromatherapy wrap, the scented cream is massaged onto your body and you are then "cocooned" in a series of wraps. This holds in your body's heat and allows the essential oils to penetrate into your body to enhance their effectiveness. While you are "wrapped" you will receive a face and head massage and this is a very relaxing treatment. Talk to Tracy about aromatherapy options when you schedule your massage.

(Do not use aromatherapy with your massage if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, if you have a heart condition or blood-pressure issues, have asthma, diabetes, or have a sunburn or skin disease/rash.)

You can download further information about available aromatherapy options here.

Couples Massage
Two people, two massage therapists, one room, one hour. This is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, a special anniversary, a birthday, or some other special event with your partner. Any two people (spouses, friends, mother-daughter, etc.) can enjoy a relaxing massage together. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy is an exciting time! It can also be physically and emotionally taxing on the mom-to-be. Massage during the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal periods can help relieve both the physical and emotional stresses that accompany a changing body. This massage is focused on relieving the strain that builds on weight-bearing joints and the coincidental muscles. Plus, it is just a very nurturing time for both mom and baby.

You will need a doctor's prescription for pregnancy massage.

In May, 2010, Tracy became certified in Prenatal and Perinatal Massage Therapy through a 32-hour course developed by prenatal and perinatal massage expert, author, and educator, Carole Osborne. Tracy now has over 48 hours in additional, specialized training to address the unique needs of this population.

Lomilomi is considered the traditional massage of Hawaii, developed and passed down over many generations of Hawaiian kahunas, revered masters and teachers of the art. It is a spiritual and holistic approach to massage using a variety of techniques intended to heal body, mind, and spirit. Tracy has received some education and training related to Lomilomi and incorporates some aspects of that training into just about every massage she gives.

Personal Training
In March, 2011, Tracy passed the American College of Sports Medicine exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer. As such, Tracy has expanded her scope of practice and is now able to provide stretching and strengthening instruction and guidance to clients. Stretching and strengthing of specific muscles can enhance the benefits of massage after you leave the office. Tracy has added this certification to offer you a more complete, fully customized, massage experience as part of your wellness plan.

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