I am a graduate of SHI Medical Massage School in Lebanon Ohio and am licensed through the State of Ohio Medical Board. I am also a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Some of the conditions treated
Neck and back pain
Headaches and migraines
Joint pain from arthritis
Chronic pain due to postural distortions.
Are you unhappy with your posture? Have you had a trauma or injury that has left you with some issues you would like addressed? Perhaps you need some soft tissue work and at home exercises to help realign and balance your body. I also offer posture analysis.
What can I expect in a First Massage Therapy visit?
First of all, make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage. Reschedule your visit if you have a fever, skin irritations(such as poison ivy, sunburn or shingles rash), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication(such as insulin or blood pressure), because massage can affect the dosage needed. In the days before your massage drink plenty of water and don’t eat just before your massage. A light meal a couple hours before is acceptable. Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed.
Generally, first appointments begin with an intake process, starting with a health history. The health history may be mail out to you(just request this when you make an appointment) or you can arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the form. Generally, a health history will ask about medical conditions, areas of concern, your level of pain or discomfort on good and bad days, what helps reduce the pain and what makes it worse, and your contact information. You will be asked to sign a consent form as well.
The therapist will review your health history and ask questions. Because massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, be honest with the therapist about your health. You should also let the therapist know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing you history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reason you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
The massage therapist will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let the therapist know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with the therapist. Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential. Massage therapy is absolutely non sexual and your modesty is of utmost prioirty.
The therapist will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level. When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering. Generally, you will lie on a massage table, covered by a sheet or blanket. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not. Tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don’t want an area of your body touched, don’t like the music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or pressure. Remember, you are in charge and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time. The therapist will check in frequently during the massage to make sure the pressure is acceptable for you.
What are the Benefits of Massage?
Taking care of ourselves in the busy world we live in can be a full time job. Most people do not stop to think about the food or hydration they put in their bodies, the sleep they need to energize, the quiet time needed to recharge and self care of the body, to include exercise and massage. I will briefly discuss one aspect of the above-Massage.
Of course, I would say massage-I am a massage therapist. We live in our bodies and they perform any number of activities that we ask them to. Activities such as sitting in a car to go to work, mowing the lawn, taking care of our families, sports activities, the list is endless.
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.
Here are a few benefits of Massage
Soft Tissue Massage Benefits
A soft tissue massage is a specific type of massage which:
• aids in relaxing muscles,
• increases blood circulation and lymph flow,
• improves the healing time of strained ligaments and muscular tissue,
• reduces the inflammation of joints and heart rate,
• improves range of motion and joint flexibility,
• increases endorphins,
• strengthens the immune system,
• decreases muscle spasms,
• improves oxygen flow, and
• helps to relieve muscle tension.
Massage Mental Health Benefits
Soft tissue massage also has a wide variety of potential mental health benefits, including the ability to induce a very relaxed state of mind.
Receiving a wonderful massage can:
• Release adhesions, improving range of motion.
• Decrease blood pressure.
• Increase the production of hemoglobin.
• Dilate coronary arteries.
• Enhance athletic performance.
• Ease stiffness and pain in arthritis sufferers.
• Enhance efficiency and problem-solving ability by improving brain alpha-beta wave correspondence.
• Protect memory by lowering the stress hormones that attack the hippocampus.
• Ease discomforts associated with pregnancy, premenstrual tension and menopause.
• Reduce symptoms associated with fibromyalgia