MASSAGE AT BRODWYN MILITARY CHIROPRACTIC
James Foster, LMT
I began my practice of aiding the health of individuals as a youth. Roberta Seaton, who was a Massage Therapist at our local hospital, and whom would occasionally come to our house to help my mother be relieved much of her neuralgia, taught me several means and methods of reducing inflammation and the pain sensation by relieving pressure on the cause - the nerves.
Later on I used this knowledge as I played competitive sports whenever I was at half-time or on the sidelines with injured or cramping athletes! I expanded this knowledge and the groups of persons to whom I was directly influencing through this health care when licensing came about and I became Nationally Board Certified as a Massage Therapist and Bodywork Professional.
I have been licensed and have worked in the North and South, East and West of the USA. Having treated many patients in medical settings and hundreds more in private or spa settings. I bring this knowledge of differing body tissues and cultural nuances now to Brodwyn Chiropractic to further aid in the health and well-being of all who enter their doors!
Michael Graff, LMT
I was a full time engineer before becoming a massage therapist. I started taking massage classes as a hobby, and quickly became fascinated by the workings of the body and it's capacity to adapt and heal.
I became certified in 2000, and over the years have learned a variety of techniques including Deep Tissue, Swedish , Myofascial, Trigger Point Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage.
In addition to massage, I've studied yoga, yoga therapy and Tai Chi. Through these art forms, I've learned that it can be very beneficial to incorporate compression, stretching and gentle movement into the massage. These simple actions amplify the benefits of massage and work wonders at helping people find and let go of their tension.
Description of Massages
Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is the most common type of massage and is primarily used to relax muscles and increase circulation. Your therapist will use long, gliding strokes along with kneading, tapping and some deeper, circular strokes. Pressure varies from light to firm, but does not extend into the deeper muscles. Swedish massage is often used in preparation for deep tissue work.
Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage can help relieve pain due to chronic conditions by breaking up adhesions (knots) that form in the deeper muscles. In order to reach the deeper muscles, much greater pressure is applied, such that you might experience some tenderness later in the treated areas. Properly done, a deep tissue massage should not be painful to receive, however, since tensing up during the massage, which is a natural reaction to pain, is ultimately counterproductive.
Sports Massage: Sports massage is used by athletes to help prepare for and recover from events. While training for competition, your therapist will focus on releasing short muscles and increasing overall flexibility in order to prevent injuries and enhance performance. Day-of-event massages help prepare muscles for activity and are usually 15-30 minutes long. Restorative massages can be performed from a few hours to a few days after an event to ensure proper muscle recovery and are usually 30-50 minutes in length.
PNF/Reciprocal Inhibition Stretching: For people who have chronically short, tight muscles (= weakened muscles), your therapist may utilize some specialized stretching techniques during your massage. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) helps increase flexibility through alternately contracting and relaxing muscles with assisted stretching. Reciprocal Inhibition works by simultaneously stretching/relaxing pairs of muscles which act in opposite directions, e.g. the biceps and triceps muscles.
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