Techniques

Techniques

High Quality Touch

What is Swedish Massage (3m 42s):


Swedish Massage is what most people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, superficial kneading, light tapping, and movement of the joints in a peaceful manner. This type of massage is one of the best-known techniques for reducing stress. It can give you more energy and improve your outlook. Left unchecked stress related muscle tension can develop into painful conditions such as chronic headache, backache, or shoulder pain. These conditions can then interfere with sleep and affect your mental sharpness and ability to deal with daily challenges. Regular Swedish massage allows you to experience this feeling of deep relaxation in a comfortable supportive environment, which can make it easier to learn to relax in your daily living situations.

Therapist: Adele or Brian

Lymphatic Drainage – Developed and taught by Dr. Bruno Chickly D.O., this technique employs a soft full hand in areas of the body where the lymph system has slowed down or gotten full of exhudate. Most often this type of reaction follows a trauma to the body such as surgery or impact. Left untreated this solidified lymph inhibits the body’s natural ability to cleanse and transport fluids back to the heart.
Therapist: Adele

What Is CranioSacral Massage (3m47s):


Cranial/Sacral – Developed and taught by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. this technique revolves around the concept of blockages in the flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid. When the CSF does not flow properly the patient can experience chronic Headaches, Ear Infections, Vertigo, Autistic Syndromes, and some ADHD symptoms. C/S technique works with the sutures of the skull and the flow of the CSF. This is a gentle technique in which the patient remains passive as the practitioner applies gentle pressure to the cranial bones.

Therapist: Adele


Pregnancy – This massage modality is a non-invasive technique designed to accommodate the gestating woman. This technique is taught by both Elaine Stillerman and Caroline Osborne-Sheets. The person is usually placed in a sidelying position and special cushions are used so that the gestating mother can remain comfortable throughout treatment.
Therapist: Adele

Kerry D (6m) teach technique:


Positional Release – Is a technique developed by Dr. Jones D.O. which involves shortening the injured tissue and encouraging the neurological system to reset. The client stays passive during this procedure as the therapist moves the joint and tissue into a position of ease. The area is first tested for painful spasms or referred pain. The joint and tissue is then brought to a position of comfort and testing confirms that the spasm has subsided. After a holding period the area is stretched to reset the neuromuscular system.

Therapist: Brian

MET (5m):


Strain Counterstrain – is an osteopathic technique taught to massage therapists by Dr. Leon Chaitow which involves active contraction on the patient’s part while the therapist resists that motion holding the joint stable. Upon relaxation of the active contraction the therapist moves the joint or tissue through a newly established painless range of motion. This procedure is repeated a number of times so the body reeducates itself to the new painless possibilities of motion.

Therapist: Brian

Deeper Massage

In clinical studies deep tissue massage has been shown to increase white and red blood cell counts as well as improve kidney and bladder production. This work is done by working with the body’s MYOFASCIAL system. This system supports and stabilizes muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones producing movement and regulating circulation. This network gives the human structure its shape and form, while allowing or restricting movement. Addressing the myofascial system, gives our therapists the opportunity to utilize special equipment like our bendable massage table to gently expand the space between spinal segments. Trained by PT’s and OT’s for the 1996 Olympics, our therapist has spent many hours practicing the orthopedic evaluation skills necessary to make clinical decisions about treatment plans.
Myofascial Therapy combines deep tissue techniques with active involvement to mobilize the layers of fascia, muscles, ligaments, and joints. These changes bring nutrients to your tissues. Like a sponge absorbing water, both fascia and muscles begin to soften and lengthen.
Therapist: Brian

Whitney Lowe Medical Massage

Medical Massage is a discipline and set of protocols that call out ‘step by step’ procedures that unlock tightened connective tissue in a given area of the body. This myofascial bodywork technique targets treatment of sprain/strain injuries such as: Whiplash, Torticollis, Frozen shoulder, Thoracic outlet, Carpal tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Sciatica, Knee pain, Scoliosis, and TMJ. We have been trained by some of the leading names in the industry including: Brett Pace , Whitney Lowe and George Kousaleos. Please visit their websites to learn more about their background.
Therapist: Brian

James-W Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic Massage Orthopedic Massage Treatment (OM) is an industry term used to describe a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique. Therapist, Author, and International lecturer James Waslaski (Clinical Massage Therapy) developed this strategy based on the Osteopathic principles. OM involves clinical assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. OM’s focus is restoring function and structural balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. OM takes a multidisciplinary approach that includes Positional Release, Myofascial, and Strain/Counterstrain methods. OM looks to resolve the origin of pain and dysfunction either from trauma-induced injuries or postural imbalances that exacerbate pain through daily activities. OM effectively treats orthopedic conditions that can stem from sports injuries, poor work ergonomics, and scar tissue from surgery or traumatic injuries. This method addresses joint motion by balancing the tissue as well as addressing the capsular issues that prohibit pain free movement. Brian has had the pleasure of training with many of the people who brought this method together. James Waslaski. Please visit his website to learn more about his background.
Therapist: Brian
Structural Integration is about the whole person. This process of reeducation of the body through movement and touch systematically releases patterns of stress and impaired function. The primary focus of S.I. is facilitating the relationship between gravity and the human body. It unlocks the whole body without focusing on any particular area of pain. Many times this causes chronic pain to “mysteriously” go away. This work is derived from the pioneering work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf (Rolfing) and has only been taught to the most advanced practitioners. Brian has trained in two different schools of S.I. (CORE & Kinesis) and has been practicing S.I. methodologies since 2000.
Therapist: Brian
Aaron Mattes Active Isolated Stretching
Active Isolated Stretching – Developed by Aaron Mattes involves stretching the restricted muscle by using its opposing muscle (Reciprocal Inhibition). This increases the overall Range of Motion of the joint while helping the athlete to strengthen weak areas. It is these muscular imbalances that once resolved can add many yards to your drive, and more power in your backhand. Many professional and college sports teams use ONLY this type of stretching as it is nearly impossible to cause additional damage using this method.
Therapist: Brian
NMT – This technique is perhaps the most over used pain relief technique in the industry. It involves identifying taut bands or palpable nodules in painful tissue and then applying digital pressure from 9 – 16 seconds. Our therapists are trained in the usage of this technique, but we tend to use it as a last resort. Judith Delany-Walker is a renowned author and instructor of NMT and we are pleased to be listed on her website of practitioners just enter your zip code. If you know you have great results with this technique, all of our therapists are familiar and practiced with the use of T-bars and digital methods.
Therapist: Adele or Brian

What is Sports Massage (5m23s):

Sports massage- is defined as the science and art of applying massage techniques to maintain the health of the athlete and enhance athletic performance. This massage helps care for the wear and tear and minor injuries sustained in the performance of strenuous physical activity. It combines slower, deep tissue techniques with lighter, faster stimulating techniques depending on the desired outcome. These techniques are applied very specifically to certain muscles and tendons; therefore, sports massage therapists must have well developed palpation skills and knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy. Understanding the biomechanics of your sports and fitness activities is useful in planning sessions and locating areas of stress. Our therapists are former competitive athletes who continue to be active in area league play. They are experienced working with elite Ironman athletes, Golfers’, Master’s swimmers, and Marathoners, as well as weekend warriors.

Therapist: Adele or Brian

Sports Massage is broken down into 5 major applications. Each application has a focused purpose and the specialized techniques to accomplish the goals of the application. Below is a brief definition of the different applications.
CTM’s therapists have experience in all these areas, and only administer reciprocal inhibition stretching techniques. We continue to work well with team physicians, ATC’s and coaching staff.  Event massage takes coordination and planning, so call today if you have an upcoming event that you would like us to support.

Recovery is a combination of techniques used to enhance physical and mental recovery from strenuous physical activity. This form of sports massage is delivered as soon after strenuous performance as possible. Palmer effleurage and compression are used to improve circulation and flush out metabolic waste products.

Remedial and Rehabilitation techniques are used in the athlete’s off season and address debilitating conditions. Rehabilitation techniques are designed to facilitate healing after the condition is addressed with more invasive medical treatments. Remedial techniques help to improve flexibility, chronic tendonitis, and scar tissue left behind from repetitive strains and sprains.

Maintenance techniques are delivered during the active athletic season. These techniques help enhance the ability for the athlete to recover from strenuous exertion, and to maintain optimal health.

Event massage refers to massage that takes place at the event site. Pre-Event techniques are designed to warm up and stimulate the muscles that will be stressed during the event. Inter-event techniques are very short typically 5-10 minutes and focuses on quick physical and psychological recovery before the next event. Post-event is done as soon as the athlete has cooled down and taken adequate fluids. The pace of Post-event massage is slower, and not as stimulating as other event techniques.