Massage

Integrative massage
 
My aim is to customize a massage that suits the particular need of each individual client. All of my massages are an integrative session of different massage modalities given in one session. I incorporate several techniques from the specialties below to create one seamless, therapeutic session for my clients.
 
Craniosacral
 
The Craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within the Dura Mater which envelopes the brain and spinal cord. The function of this system is the production and circulation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid. Build up of rythmical pressure fluctuation can contribute to disfunction in health. Applying gentle pressure to the head, spine and sacrum increases the movement of fluid and can remove tissue tension and improves your body's ability to relieve pain and stress naturally.
 
Swedish (Relaxation) Massage

 

Swedish is a combination of techniques utilizing smooth gliding and kneading strokes to decrease muscle toxins, improve circulation, metabolism and flexibility.  Swedish provides a smooth and continuous rhythm to the massage to encourage relaxation and healing.

 

A study conducted by Cedars Sinai Medical Center examined the biological effects of repeated Swedish Massage Therapy. The study confirmed that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increases in the number of lymphocytes (white blood cells that are part of the immune system). Volunteers that received repeated massage showed lower stress hormone levels as well as an increase in the immune system.

 

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue incorporates the same smooth, continuous rhythm of Swedish with a more pressure to address myofascial restrictions that occur in the deeper muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Deep Tissue massage is perfect for stubborn spots and range of motion issues.

 

Trigger Point Therapy

 

Trigger Point Therapy is a specific type of Deep Tissue Massage. Trigger point are sore, painful, or tender spots.  These spots in the muscles tend to be tight, stringy bands or may feel like lumps, marbles, pebbles, or other hardened adheshions.  Trigger points typically refer pain to other areas of the body.  For example, a trigger point in your upper trapezius (shoulder) may refer area to you head causing headaches. A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

 

Sports Massage

 
Sports Massage focuses on the areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movement.

 

Science Transitional Medicine conducted a study on the effects of massage for athletes. In the study, 11 men exercised to the point of exhaustion and received a 10-minute massage in one leg. Biopsies were taken from the quadriceps both before and after the exercise. The leg that received the 10-minute massage had an elevated production of mitochondria, the energy factory of the cell.

 

Table Thai
 
Thai Massage on the Table has all the benefits of Traditional Thai Massage but allows your client to remain on a table. Like traditional floor Thai, the client is fully draped. The therapist uses gentle rocking, rhythmic compression, Tapotment and passive stretching.

 

Rolfing​ (structural alignment)

 

A massage technique focused on vertical realignment of the body. Rolfing is a deep form of bodywork, deep enough to release muscular tension at skeletal level. Skeletal muscles often work in opposing pairs (agonist and antagonist muscles). One muscle contracts while the other relaxes. Rolfing founder Ida Rolf theorized that "bound up" connective tissues often restrict opposing muscles from functioning harmoniously. For example while running quadriceps contract becoming the agonist and hamstrings lengthen becoming the antagonist. Rolf's theory aims to separate the fibers of bound up connective tissue by manually loosening them. Rolfing involves active participation with the patient, by asking  the patient to move while the practitioner applies pressure to the contracted area.

 

 
Advanced Esalen

Is a blend of long Esalen Massage strokes and deeper detail work around the hips and shoulders into gentle stretching moves from Thai Massage, and Table-Yoga, enhancing the dynamism and healing power of each individual massage. Particular emphasis will be placed on safe and effective body mechanics in order to enhance the flow of self-healing energy in our clients.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristi Sanders demonstrates Cranio Sacral CS1 at an Upledger Cranio Sacral workshop (2015).
The Craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within the Dura Matter which envelopes the brain and spinal cord. The function of this system is the production and circulation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid. Build up of rhythmic pressure fluctuation can contribute to dysfunction  in health. Applying gentle pressure to the head, spine and sacrum increases the movement of fluid and can remove tissue tension and improves your body's ability to relieve pain and stress naturally.

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