In-home / out-calls
Add $20 travel fee. Within Galveston only.
Please make sure you have a room with ample space to have a table as shown above with an additional 2 ft of space on each side, approximately 120 sq ft of usable floor space.
For scheduling massage therapy I require a telephone consultation first to determine
how you want to benefit from massage therapy.
This may be focal corrective pain relief. It may involve me first understanding the nature of your pain. It may be postural help. I like helping people with movement goals. It may be stress and tension relief. We will decide the best approach for you. All methods are centered in muscle care.
I like to consider myself a "muscle hygienist" providing muscle centered healthcare. Centered in improving the functions of your muscles we regularly influence cooperating body tissues such as blood (influencing healthy flow), connective tissues, nerves, and then the muscular-skeletal system, facilitating good posture and movement.
Swedish massage - a modality utilizing a glide product like oil or lotion on skin using a routine centered around effleurage, i.e. long smooth fluid strokes across the body to promote neuro muscle relaxation and increased blood circulation across the muscles and other organs. This method is often desired for the benefit of general tension relief. It feels good and helps the muscles release tension and stuck contraction. It’s also good for soreness to recirculate blood in and out of tissues which carries in nutrients and carries out waste.
Deep tissue massage - As there are different approaches and ideas about deep tissue massage I say it is a concept rather than a particular method of influencing the muscles deeply.
One definition I have come across: 80% of the massage session is spent on techniques isolating muscles. ~Ideally techniques are used to not just apply hard or fine pressure into muscles but rather to work out adhesion between muscles, feeling one’s way through these points. I also do effective deep work with broader contact like the heel of my palm moving perpendicular into the tension of a muscle. I also do effective work through cloth. Though many people are determined that they still want to use oil I prefer to separate these methods, have a session for relaxing the muscles with oil and then a session without oil to really feel the adhesions and hook into them without sliding past them. Some people don’t need oil effleurage technique to relax.
Trigger point or neuro-muscular therapy is a method and technique that is considered deep-tissue. These are nervous system communication points in muscles at attachment points and “knots,” i.e. small adhesion bundles in muscle fibers. These communication points are sensitive to give muscle stretch and contraction information feedback to the nervous system as well as the reciprocated automatic neuro-motor response. Holding pressure on trigger points feels like sharp intense sensation. I like to think of it as a muscle contraction reset. Some muscle contraction holding patterns are dysfunction and this pressure is an intense reset by interrupting the communication between muscle and the nerves for a tension relief that follows. After resetting this neuro-motor connection it can learn better contraction patterns including relax when it’s not working, allowing it to length fully to contract better.
Myo-fascial release - or fascial influencing methods are done with little to no glide, again relying on friction to pull muscle via fascia, fascia via the skin. This can feel like stretching in the fibers of the muscle as the fascia in the muscle is being stretched to open it up. This can pull along lines of tension in the body addressing the tension interaction between muscles and between adjacent parts of the body which can then address overall body alignment. Deep tissue techniques as mentioned previously of working out adhesions can easily be incorporated.
Fascia is a web-like connective tissue that runs throughout the body in every direction. It literally holds everything together in supplement with the other connective issues holding the body together as a full tensile system (like a suspension bridge). It is responsible for zero space between organs in the body while allowing them to move or slide along each other.
Mat Bodwork, Thai style massage therapy or stretch therapy - preferably done on a thai massage floor mat for best leverage and for grounding. This is received wearing comfortable loose fitting cotton clothes. Skin gliding is not relevant and draping would be movement inhibiting. Thai massage is often described as the therapist doing physical yoga to the recipient. Mobilization and stretch is applied to the body in the same manner as deep tissue massage working with the body’s feedback and signs of tension not rushing or going deeper than the body is ready for. Massage compression often supplements the stretch applied to the body. This also influences the fascia and the structure and alignment of the body as a whole.
Chronic shortening of particular muscles in what I call a postural tension pattern must be corrected to ultimately address and resolve the cause of muscle pain.
Clothed massage therapy (without stretching) - You’ve seen chair massage done clothed. I can do effective work through cloth. The methods can be broad and gentle pressure for relaxation. Methods can be deeper with compressions using heel of palm, elbows, and other techniques. Gentle movement like rhythmic rocking therapy and position release can be applied clothed to cool down neuro-motor connections and spasms.
I also occasionally utilize some tools with various benefits such as:
guasha (smooth scraping stone)
wooden pegs for point pressure
Hip flexor lateral recumbent posterior pull.
External rotation with instep foot pressure
Gluteal stretch with lumbar (low back) grounding.
Hamstring compression with leg abduction.
Reclined coddler heels to pelvis.
Happy Baby position.
Figure four ilio-tibial band stretch
Heart Meridian side body stretch
Scapula/ shoulder girdle mobilization. Neck stretch.
External rotator pelvis back twist
Hipflexor ilio psoas femural artery compression.
Adductor compression with external rotation.