Deep tissue massage works the deeper muscles to release tension in the body, usually chronic tension. This is done with slow strokes and direct, concentrated ischemic (lack of circulation) pressure on the affected, dysfunctional area to remove toxins and loosen muscles. Deep tissue massage can (but not necessarily) result in mild soreness for a day or two following the massage.
Neuromuscular & Trigger Point Therapy
Neuromuscular addresses the different muscle layers individually and synergistically (groups which work together). The therapist treats surface muscles, connective tissues and deeper ligaments. This type of massage helps to relieve "pain-tension-stress" symptoms caused by accidents, repetitive strain injuries, improper body mechanics or overwork.
Myofascial Release enhances fluid movement within the myofascial matrix; a thin layer of tissue covering every muscle. Used in concert with Craniosacral Therapy to help alleviate pain associated with restrictions and anatomical dysfunction.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Craniosacral Therapy involves working from the core of your body outwards. The therapist employs very gentle, light-touch techniques which encourage the release of osseous sutures, fluids and soft tissue, as well as restoring a healthy craniosacral rhythm (the rhythmic motion of cerebrospinal fluid through the dural tube).
A highly effective therapeutic approach for those suffering from migraines or headaches, as well as many other orthopaedic conditons.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER)
A result of meaningful, intentioned touch, Somatoemotional Release allows for the identification and removal of energy cysts along with their associated emotions. It is a process that naturally occurs sometimes in conjunction with Craniosacral techniques.
Neuro-Fascial Repatterning ©
This is my very own system I have developed over the years which integrates some of the best, proven principles from such disciplines as Rolfing, Structural Integration, Myofascial Release, Tragerwork, Chiropractic and Feldenkrais. It is a synthesis of movement and deep tissue techniques that provides a smoother release of restricted muscle groups and restores a harmonious balance to areas where there is fascial immobility.
A SHORT HISTORY:
Following graduation from Roger Williams College (now University) with a degree in English and Journalism, my life took an unusual turn and I found myself working as a Tissue Typing Technologist at the renowned Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham & Women's Hospital) in Boston, Massachusetts. Our team helped develop the antigen panels which were, at the time, used exclusively for human renal homotransplantation but are employed today in the greatly expanded field of human organ transplantation as the accepted genetic language for cross-matching compatible donors and recipients.
As a result of this amazing experience I became drawn to the idea of a career in tradtional medicine; pursuing and completing my pre-med courses, but many years later while working in a clinical hospital laboratory setting, I was introduced to the idea of healing the body naturally; without such a heavy reliance on drugs and surgery.
Eventually, I came to study at the Humanities Center School of Massage in Pinellas Park, Florida where I graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
CNMT Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy (Paul St. John & Judith Walker)
CST 1, CST 2, SER 1 and SER 2 (The Upledger Institute)
(FSMTA - Tampa)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (curriculum vitae)
(list is incomplete for the purpose of brevity)
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) since 1985.
Past President, Florida State Massage Therapy Association --- FSMTA (Tampa Bay)
Private Practice at current location since 1995.
Member, American Massage Therapy Assn.(AMTA) since1985
Anatomy & Physiology Instructor (cardiovascular & lymphatic), Humanities Center School of Massage (1985)
Craniosacral Therapy Professor, Edu-Tech School of Massage (2004)
Assistant Teacher, Craniosacral Therapy 1 & 2, Upledger Institute.
Conference, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA (1991)
Participant, First International Congress of Bodywork, Lanzarote Canary Islands (1990).
Introduction to and training in Russian Medical Massage (November 2001 & July 2006 - Odessa and Kiev, Ukraine)
Participant in the Susan G. Komen For the Cure 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk public massage pavilion.
Regular guest speaker for the Morton Plant Resource Place re: Massage Therapy and Wellness.
and MANY others too numerous to mention here.
AMTA National Conventions - Voting Delegate representing the State of Florida:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1992)
Chicago, Illinois ((1993)
Albuquerque, New Mexico (1994)
Boston, Massachusetts (1995)
New Orleans, Louisiana (1996)
Salt Lake City, Utah (1997)
AMTA National Convention:
Minneapolis, Minnesota (1991)
AMTA National Conference: (1990)
AMTA New England Regional Conference:
New Hampshire (1989)
Professional affiliations have included the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the International Alliance of Healthcare Professionals (IAHP).