Massage therapy is no longer thought of as a luxury or a treat that you do occasionally.

Current research is showing evidence that massage has many positive therapeutic benefits and it is being recommended by more health professionals as an essential element to creating a healthier lifestyle.

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There are many different types of massage therapies with different techniques, purpose and effects. Some examples of different soft tissue manipulation techniques utilized are: kneading, gliding, pressure, rolling and compression.

Each of these massage therapy techniques has a different effect on the body’s connective tissue promoting a variety of responses such as increased blood flow and circulation, decreasing cortisol levels, decreased adhesions or muscle guarding, increasing activity of natural killer T cells which fight of viruses and disease and improving the efficiency of the immune system by getting rid of toxins in the body.


  •  Decreases stress/anxiety
  •  Promotes relaxation
  •  Decreases BP
  •  Decreases muscle tension
  •  Decreases muscle spasms/trigger points
  •  Improves flexibility
  •  Decreases restlessness, irritability
  •  Decreases frequency of headaches
  •  Increases lymph system circulation
  •  Increases blood flow
  •  Releases toxic build up in tissue
  •  Improves sleep patterns

Conditions Addressed

  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Prenatal
  • Oncology
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Back or neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Pain

What type of massage therapy will benefit you the most?

As you probably already know, there are a seemingly endless number of different types of massage.  We will work with you to help determine the most appropriate style for you.  See below for more information.

• Gentle with light to medium pressure
• Improves blood flow and lymph movement
• Promotes relaxation and good for relieving stress

Gentle massage therapy using long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart that is beneficial for decreasing stress, increasing oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility.

• Decreases muscle tension and spasms
• More specific for deeper pain relief
• Decreases adhesions of scar tissue
• Good for chronic and over use problems

Deeper pressure massage therapy with the focus of getting into specific regions of the deeper layers of the connective tissue to release chronic muscle tension helping to decrease pain levels, improve mobility, lengthen connective and muscle tissue to give more long term pain relief.

• Improves alignment decreasing stress to low back
• Decreases neck, mid-back, hip pain and headaches
• Decreases swelling in legs and feet
• Improve sleep quality
• Decreases stretch marks

Prenatal fascial massage therapy is done to help improve alignment of the pelvis and torso during the pregnancy stages helping to decrease various aches and pains that develop in the body as the pregnancy continues. Better alignment and decreased tissue tension as the abdomen grows will increase space available for the baby to grow as well as decrease the amount of stretch marks which can develop.

Scar adhesions occur after any type of surgical procedure. Mastectomy scars can be painful and affect not only the region of the scar but also the neck, middle back and shoulder areas. This massage therapy technique focuses on releasing scar adhesions so there is better movement between the skin and top layer of connective tissue decreasing pulling restrictions at the chest, neck and shoulders. It can also be done to help with the tissue expansion process of reconstructive surgery to decrease pain and increase ease during the process of fluid expansion.

Aromatherapy massage can be done using either Swedish or Deep Tissue Fascial Massage Therapy techniques combined with the principles of aromatherapy. Oils are concentrated plant essences which have a variety of benefits that go beyond massage therapy.

Lavender (relaxation)Peace and Calming (relaxation)
ScrapesHeadachesTensionChild Sleep
PainsDry SkinSleeplessnessAnxiety
Sleep IssuesBacteriaMoodinessNerves
Peppermint (pain relief)Frankincense (stress anxiety)
Muscle achesEnergyAnxietyBreathing issues
CongestionStressStressStretch marks
IndigestionSunburnWrinklesSun Spots
Panaway (pain relief)Joy (Emotional Stress)
Sore musclesBruisingStressHeightened Emotion
SwellingJoint painSadnessEmotional Pain
Sciatic PainHeadacheSleep IssuesHyperactivity>
StiffnessDamaged TissueGriefEmotional Imbalance
Purification (Immune system)Valor (Body balance)
Insect BitesScrapesBruisingSadness
Sore ThroatDirty airAttention issuesSciatic Pain
Household odorsBack problemsBad Dreams
Thieves (Immune system)Lemon (Mental Clarity)
ColdsPoison IvyLethargyMouth sores
Cold soresFluEnergy LossCough
Sore ThroatToothachesInsect BitesAnxiety
CutsInfectionBrittle hair and nailsHousehold dirt and grime
Household dirt and grime
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Dawn Szpiech, AT, ATC, PTA, MT, TBMM-CES

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