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Orthopedic Rehabilitation Bodywork is the preferred form of bodywork in the current mainstream health care community. This type of work is recommended for post-surgery, chronic pain, overuse and repetitive stress injuries. It complements treatments by physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths and MDs.
What to Expect from Orthopedic Massage
A session typically lasts one hour. The work is both gentle and deep and consists of massage strokes and joint mobilization. During the course of a session the therapist may work specifically into an area of trauma to increase fluidity and range-of-motion. The therapist will then take the intention to the greater body and how the body as a whole is responding to the injury. This may involve active stretching and exercises specific to increasing overall health through the system. The client is asked to wear comfortable exercise shorts, as they will also be engaging in specific muscle movements.
Sport Specific Bodywork is more than just a ‘sports massage.’ This is a session geared toward YOUR sport. Having had many colleagues and educators that were fine athletes of many different pursuits, we have put our experience together to create a few sport specific sessions that can be mixed and matched to address the muscle groups most used in your sport.
For example, a runner who is in training would have little use for getting deep work in her arms. On the other hand, if she were a climber, that would be where she would want the most attention. I am happy to put together a session specific to your needs.
It is important to note that no two therapy sessions are the same. A General Runner’s Session is different for each athlete based on their training intensity, period within the season, injuries both past and present, time until next event and the personality of the client.
Sports that I have had experience with include: cycling, triathalons, tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee, track and field, football, wrestling, disc golf, basketball, aerial dancing, kayaking, surfing, martial arts, running, swimming and climbing.
Integrative Bodywork is about having the muscle system accessed on more than a superficial layer. In offering bodywork that goes beneath the first few layers of tissue, our intention is to induce a physical change in the body. In that regard, the work is primarily focused on getting to those ‘trouble spots’ that often get missed in common massage sessions.
We will usually fore-go a traditional full body massage in favor of a session that addresses a few specific areas in depth. By working this way, we can weave a session tailored to the problem areas of the body.
What to Expect in an Integrative Session
We will always address the core structures of the spine in a session, unless otherwise directed. This means complete access into the structures around the spine, lower back and neck. From there, we will often decide whether to focus in one of three areas: the shoulders/arms (upper girdle), the pelvis/legs (lower girdle) or the complete core (sacrum, spine and neck).
Whereas a whole-body massage session is very useful in bringing a relaxing quality to the body, we feel that our style of bodywork is best utilized in addressing particular ‘issues’ that seem to be persistent in your life. By allowing us the time to focus on these issues, we are hoping to provide an overall enhancement of health. This is very much a process and less of an ‘event’. Please let us know how best to address some of these areas in you.