The different modalities we offer are explained below and can be included in any session. There are no contracts to sign, no monthly fees, no hidden extras.
Do you have to choose a modality before your massage? You can, but in most cases, clients tell us what they need and we use the most effective modality. For example, you might say: "I just want a relaxing massage today" and we'll ask if you would like hot stones and/or hot towels included and what kind of music you might like. Or, you might say "I have Tennis Elbow or Plantar Fasciitis or knee pain". In that case, we would do specific tests to determine which muscles/joints are involved and use the appropriate modalities to treat the cause and reduce or eliminate your pain.
We take only checks or cash, at the time of service. We do not take credit cards.
Orthomassage is both medical & sports massage at its best. It requires an extensive amount of training and study. Using special tests, a variety of modalities*, and a specific protocol established by James Waslaski, http://www.orthomassage.net, we are able to help you relieve or eliminate chronic pain and/or become a better athlete. We do this by restoring balance to the muscles and fascia in your body. We identify and lengthen your short, tight muscles and strengthen your weak, inhibited muscles. By creating balance between the two opposing muscle groups, stress is taken off the joint, pain is relieved or eliminated, movement is improved and athletic performance may be taken to the next level.
What are some of the pain syndromes Orthomassage can help with?
NECK - headaches, whiplash, "stiff" neck
SHOULDERS - frozen shoulder, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, thoracic outlet syndrome
ARMS AND HANDS - tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, arthritis
BACKS - pain between the shoulder blades, low back pain, sciatica, hip capsule problems, lumbar lordosis
LEGS AND FEET - IT band friction syndrome, knee pain and injuries, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains and strains, hammer toes, neuromas.
*Modalities include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint capsule release, scar tissue realignment, advanced stretching and strengthening, along with a Home Care system with instructions easily understood by you. Isn't this something worth exploring?
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. 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 and goes into all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas that refer (produce pain) to other areas. During a session, focused pressure is applied to release your trigger points.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage 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, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you do not experience pain. Unfortunately, many people equate the two...pain means we're going deep and going deep means it has to hurt. The words have even become synonymous in bodywork settings. At the Massage Center, we work pain-free. This allows us to go deeper. Because you're not bracing against the pain, you can relax and release. If you think deep bodywork therapy has to hurt, you're in for a pleasant surprise.
There are many ways to use hot stones during a massage. Some therapists simply place heated stones at specific sites on your body. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. At The Massage Center, we also massage the muscles with the stones. Clients say it feels like warm, very smooth hands are gliding over their muscles. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.
We developed a system to use hot towels during your massage. Moist heat is not only relaxing, it softens the fascia and allows it to move and release easier. Think of what your body feels like when you come out of a long, hot bath. That is because the matrix of the fascia has become more liquid. (It's a great time to stretch.) During a relaxation massage, we lay the hot towels on your back while you are face down and we are working on your legs. During a therapeutic session, where we are relieving/eliminating chronic pain syndromes, we place the hot towels on tight areas before doing myofascial release techniques. It feels wonderful and helps in the release.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as gliding, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, improvement in your immune system due to increased white blood cell count and decreased blood pressure.