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"What a difference from a traditional massage! I LOVE all the supported stretches. It feels like my Yoga- except I don't have to do a thing! The 'post-massage' is so different, I felt awake and alert none of the slightly dopey or sleepy affects of a traditional massage. I could head out into the rest of my day easily; relaxed, but awake. As I walked to my car and through the rest of the day I felt so GROUNDED with my feet on the earth! All the acupressure points up the legs and feet opened up my belly and internal organs. I could feel my connection to the earth from my feet up my legs and into my center. It was great!"

-- Darcy Lyon, Anusara Yoga teacher

"Gina Rocks!!!I feel totally refreshed, relaxed and energized all at the same time after receiving body work from Gina. I feel my vitality increase. Gina is also someone I like to refer clients to for doing body work on emotional issues and/or trauma that is literally embodied."

-- Christina Rose, MA LPC

"Gina is the most amazing masseuse I have encounter in my LIFE. She always takes the extra time to check in with me emotianally and physically which makes all the difference in the world when massaging my mind and spirit. Before massage was merely a physical endeavor, now, it has become so much more."

-- Kira Dennison, Remax Realtor

"I went to Gina for a massage -- but walked away with a significant life event. I highly recommend her to friends and family."

-- Kimberly Wuepper-Rudick, New York Life Consultant

Benefits of Massage

The following are some of the beneficial results that you can receive from massage treatments:

* Contra-indications; are situations where it is advisable to be cautious about having massage treatment. Conditions such as: Acute inflammation, redness, swelling, marked breathing difficulty, fever, skin rash, Varicose veins. If you have any of these conditions or other concerns, check with your therapist at the time of booking your treatment.

Massage Modalities

Chair Massage

One name for a short (15-20 minute) massage of a client sitting in a special, portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used while their shoulders, neck, upper back, head and arms are massaged. On-Site is popular at some offices as an employee benefit and for some conferences, workshops and certain social events.

Craniosacral Massage

Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas by subtly shifting the fluids surrounding these areas. This alleviates overall stress and pain. Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more. A very gentle touch is utilized when administering this technique, yet the results are often profound and deep.

Deep Tissue Massage

Is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. This invigorating experience is a process of detection of stiff or painful areas by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature, and slowly working into the deep layers of muscle tissue. Specific hand positions and strokes are then used to respond to various tissue qualities. Techniques employing breath and movement are also used for releasing muscular congestion.

MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Massage

It is important to see your primary care doctor as soon as possible after the accident. If the accident is fairly significant you should seek medical attention and have x-rays done to rule out fractures and other serious injuries. Once you have ascertained that you have no injuries that need to be treated by a Medical Doctor, you should seek treatment immediately. Massage Therapy can be even more effective if you start immediately after an accident because it can encourage repair tissue to form more strongly than if it were left to form on its own. When you help the body to heal properly there is a lesser chance of re-injury and chronic pain. Also, when you are involved in an accident, your body immediately begins to use your sympathetic nervous system activating your "fight or flight" response. While the obvious effects of this reaction diminish once the danger is gone, there are more subtle consequences that linger. Often, an individual will "self splint" meaning they go into a protective stance or posture almost all the time. This causes postural changes and over time can lead to joint and soft tissue dysfunction. With massage these problems can be minimized or avoided all together.

Prior to Coming in for your appointment for Auto Injuries

Myofascial Release

MRM operates on the principle that you store stress and tension in your muscles and your connective tissue. This causes them to become stiff and locked, which results in discomfort, or even pain, in your every day life. Stretches are used to open the muscles and connective tissues that are holding the stress. The massage focuses deeply on ligature as well as muscles. The stretches can be intense. According to the Mayo Clinic, "It is thought that tightness within the fascia (connective tissues) causes restriction of muscle and other tissues, resulting in back pain and loss of motion. Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma and poor posture supposedly contribute to this tightness." MRM loosens and frees this connective tissue. This means that any physical condition the tightness of the fascia is exaggerating can be relieved by MRM. This is thought to include fibromyalgia, a slew of muscular and joint pains, fatigue, tensions, and even some of the physical side effects of old age. It is also thought to help with injuries and other sustained physical damage.

Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing is a highly developed and tested system of energy based healing techniques that utilizes "prana" to balance, harmonize and transform the body's energy processes. "Prana" is a Sanskrit word that means "life-force". This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. Pranic Healing is a simple yet powerful and effective no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a "self-repairing" living entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself. It works on the principle that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life force or vital energy on the affected part of the physical body. It influences this natural life force to bring about a healthier physical body. Pranic Healing is applied on the bio-electromagnetic field known as the aura, which contains the mold and blueprint of the physical body. This bioplasmic body absorbs life energy and distributes it to the organs and glands.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is the prenatal use of massage therapy to support the physiologic, structural, and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Various forms of massage therapy, including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, movement, and Oriental-based therapies, may be applied throughout pregnancy as well as during labor and the postpartum period.

Massage therapy can address the various physical challenges of pregnancy: edema; foot, leg, or hand discomforts; and pain in the lower back, pelvis, or hips. Swedish massage may facilitate gestation by supporting cardiac function, placental and mammary development, and increasing cellular respiration. It can also reduce edema and high blood pressure as well as contribute to sympathetic nervous system sedation. Deep tissue, trigger point, and both active and passive movements alleviate stress on weight-bearing joints, muscles, and fascial tissues to reduce neck and back pain caused by poor posture and strain on the uterine ligaments. During labor, women whose partners use basic massage strokes on their backs and legs have shorter, less complicated labors. After the baby's birth, massage therapy can gently facilitate the body's return to its pre-pregnancy state, alleviate pain, foster a renewed sense of body and self, and help maintain flexibility despite the physical stresses of infant care. For post-Caesarean mothers, specific therapeutic techniques can also reduce scar tissue formation and facilitate the healing of the incision and related soft tissue areas.

Reiki

During Reiki, which means"universal life-force energy," the "healer" becomes a channeler of universal energy. The treatment follows a traditional pattern of hand positions resting on the body without pressure. Reiki is pure energy, and brings about deep relaxation and healing.

Shiatsu

A system based on the body's energy meridians. Shiatsu massages are normally done fully clothed and involve pressing points on the body and stretching and opening of the energy meridians. Shiatsu is somewhat related to acupuncture, which is a form of anesthesia and therapy used in Chinese medicine.

Sports Massage

Incorporating massage in your conditioning program has many benefits. It helps you get into good shape faster, and with less stiffness and soreness. It helps you recover faster from heavy workouts, and relieves conditions which may cause injury.

Pre-event sports massage (bold or underlined) is given within the four hours preceding an event to improve performance and help decrease injuries. It is used as a supplement to an athlete's warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used, and getting the athlete in a good mental state for competition. It also improves tissue pliability, readying the athlete for top performance and helps decrease injuries. It is used as a supplement to an athlete's warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition.

Inter- and intra-event massage (bold or underlined) is given between events or in time-outs to help athletes recover from the preceding activity, and prepare for the activity coming up. It is also short, and focuses on the major muscles stressed in the activity. Inter- and intra-event massage is given between events or in time-outs to help athletes recover from the preceding activity, and prepare for the activity coming up. It is also short, and focuses on the major muscles stressed in the activity.

Post-event sports massage (bold or underlined) is given after a competition and is mainly concerned with recovery. It is geared toward reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise. Recovery after competition involves not only tissue normalization and repair, but also general relaxation and mental calming.

Swedish Massage

Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness. Swedish is the basic building block of most western massage and includes long gliding strokes (effleurage), kneading or muscular squeezing (petrissage) and focused pressure point (friction) strokes.

Thai Massage

Known in Thailand as Nuat phaen boran, this form of massage is also known as Thai ancient massage. Originating in India and drawing from Ayurveda, it has inevitably incorporated modalities like yoga. The receiver is assisted in many yoga like positions during the course of the massage. It was believed that the massage art was brought over to Thailand by a Dr. Shivago K.,a contemporary of Buddha almost about 2500 years ago. The massage recipient wears loose and comfortable clothing and no oil is applied. Deep stretches and compressions create space and joint ease throughout the body.

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