Massage was something I started doing a couple years into my physical therapy career. Sounds a bit backwards right? Being a manual therapist, I had a series of patients ask me if I offered massage and one week the tipping point was reached and I said yes. I started giving massages under my physical therapy license but soon realized I had no idea how to drape a naked body or have flow in transitioning from one area to the next. I was basically giving the whole body a physical therapy treatment and it quickly became clear, I needed formal massage training. In 2013, I attended the Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts in Santa Cruz and 250 hours later I had all the skills I needed to provide a legit massage.
My massages are different than your average Swedish massage in that I incorporate joint mobilization throughout. I find that muscles are often responding to the joint that lies underneath so if you don’t address the joint, the muscle tightness will be sure to return quickly. This explains why people often experience very short term relief with a traditional Swedish massage.
I enjoy using massage as a tool to address myofascial restrictions throughout the body. This is most true for my patients with diffuse chronic pain or athletes who have more than a few joints that need some attention. I recommend massage for pain management and prevention as well. Especially for those who either use their bodies a lot or the opposite extreme of sitting all day.
While most come to me for more of a therapeutic massage that addresses pain, I am also capable of dialing back the intensity and providing a more relaxing massage. You might just have to remind me because my hands tend to meet dysfunction with a therapeutic edge.
If you have a very specific pain isolated to one area of the body, I would recommend being seen for a physical therapy evaluation. In physical therapy, I am better able to determine what the cause of the pain is and get you on a home exercise program to get rid of it for good. I am happy to use massage as a follow-up treatment plan as indicated.