Massage Modalities, Techniques, and Services
Customized Therapeutic Massage
A variety of services
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
will receive a therapeutic
massage. A therapeutic massage may involve any number of techniques,
such as those listed below. For prices, see the 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.
(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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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
available aromatherapy options here.
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 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
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.