Techniques for Massage
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment. These are then addressed through systematic and site specific massage. NMT reduces pain, tension, postural imbalance, and lengthens and strengthens tissues.
Fascia covers all muscles and organs of the body, and this soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma or inactivity, often resulting in pain and muscle tension. Skin rolling and cross-handed stretching are used to release fascial restrictions.
A basic massage technique where long, smooth strokes and kneading is used to relax the muscles. The therapist feels for muscle knots, adhesions and other restrictions and uses kneading, muscle stripping or crossfiber strokes to release restrictions in the tissue.
Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapist’s feet.In an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support, using their feet to deliver the massage. Ashiatsu leverages the therapist’s body weight to provide a depth unmatched by other techniques. Ashiatsu offers deep, broad compression without sharp discomfort. Ashiatsu is meant to feel more like a mesmerizing Swedish massage – deep broad pressured flowing strokes – with no pain.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an area of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to these points leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands- on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. The therapist uses subtle palpatory skills to identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient¹s own physiology. The intention of treatment is to facilitate the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities. The practitioner’s deep and clear quality of presence can become a reflective mirror for the patient and an invaluable cue for their potential for change.
Pregnancy massage incorporates other massage techniques described here and are adapted to the stage of pregnancy and keeping the safety of the mother and baby in mind. The massage is customized to help with pregnancy related aches and pains including low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, headaches, back and neck tension. A specially designed pregnancy massage table allows the client to lay comfortably and safely in a face down position. Pregnancy massage can be performed during all three trimesters.
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT)
MAT identifies postural distortions to improve and prevent pain conditions. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and myofacial techniques are used to lengthen tight/facilitated muscles while fiber activation techniques tone weak/inhibited muscles.
Sports massage prevents injuries, speeds recovery, and keeps muscles healthy by reducing adhesions and softening scar tissue. It also improves the athlete’s performance by increasing the muscles ability to lengthen and contract. Sports massage can be performed on a massage table or chair.
We offer the following add-on services for table massage.
Herbal foot balm soothes achy and cracked feet while a unique combination of hot stones, reflexology and eastern massage will leave you walking on clouds.
Our custom essential oil blends give your massage sessions an added boost. Mood balancing, anti-anxiety, tummy soothing, clearer thinking or breathe easy – choose a blend to give you the effects you like.
Subdermal Therapy / Endermatherapie
This treatment begins with applying our Arnica Plus topical ointment to your back and neck. We then use an Endermatherapie™ machine to provide a non-invasive technique to increase lymphatic flow, relax, reduce soreness and mobilize the muscles in the back.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones warm, soothe and relax your muscles.
Chair massage is 5 to 30 minute massage sessions at any outdoor or indoor location. Sessions can focus on relaxation or specific complaints. Chair massage is especially appropriate for offices, company parties, festivals, sports venues and other locations where a number of people may want shorter massage sessions.
The client is always fully clothed for chair massage.
Rolfing Structural Integration®
Rolfing works to free up places where the body is restricted or bound up due to the stresses of daily life, poor body mechanics, or old injuries. Rolfing sees the body as a seamless network of tissues rather than separate parts. Rolfer, Chelsea Heath, works on that network of connective tissue to release and realign the body which can help resolve discomfort, reduce physical compensations and alleviate pain leaving you more flexible, energetic and feeling more comfortable in your body. Frequently Asked Questions about Rolfing.
Benefits of Rolfing®
Rolfing has the ability to alter your posture and structure, helping your body be more balanced in gravity.
Improve performance of athletes and dancers.
Resolve chronic pain and old injuries.
Increases the comfort and ease in your body, and how you move as you go about your daily activities.
Improves posture and sense of “uprightness”.
Helps with aging aches and pains and general wear and tear of daily living.
The 10 Series
When the ten series was developed, it was a way to systematically restructure the body. The series gives our body the opportunity to find the best structural balance and ensure that it lasts. In the 10 series we are addressing underlying issues that cause dysfunction in our body, by doing this layer by layer, we are able to sustain the work in our body for long periods of time. If you are unsure if you would like to receive all 10, starting with sessions 1-3 will give you a good taste of the work, and you will be able to decide if you would like to continue.
- The first session’s goal is to systematically release the body’s stocking- the fascial sheath that lies just below the skin’s surface., and increasing your breath.
- The second Rolfing® session centers around the legs and especially the feet.
- The third Rolfing® session is an integrating one; it ties the first two sessions together.
- The fourth Rolfing® session establishes an inner pillar from which the limbs can be hung.
- During the fifth session, the Rolfer® slowly lengthens and separates the outer structures to allow room for the inner structures to assert their strength.
- In the sixth session, symmetry is enhanced and extended above and below the pelvic girdle.
- The work of the seventh session is directed entirely toward the balancing of the neck and head on the spine.
- For sessions eight, nine, and ten, some work will be done with the client sitting or standing, because the relationship of a particular body part to gravity is the most important goal of these last three sessions.
One of the great benefits of Rolfing®. is that the body does not forget the information and changes. You are remapping your body and the muscle memory which had lasting benefits for years to come.
Research shows that Rolfing significantly reduces chronic stress and makes changes in the body structure. For example, a study showed that Rolfing SI significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing SI enhances neurological functioning.
$130 per session. A 15% discount is given if you prepay for a 10 series by your third appointment.
Insurance benefits for massage also cover Rolfing. We can check your insurance coverage for you.
What to wear
Women– a bra top and full cut underwear or a swim bikini. Please do not wear razorback or underwire bras which make it hard to access the tissue.
Men– a snug pair of boxer briefs or looser shorts.
“As a massage therapist I received a lot of bodywork to keep my own body flexible. One of the most profound modalities I have had recently recieved is Rolfing® with Chelsea. I had, up until now, avoided Rolfing® because of the reputation it had of being extremely deep and painful. Not so! Chelsea gauges the resistance level and works well within your body’s boundaries. With the 10 session series, I have noticed the ease in which my shoulders roll back from their former forward position. My arms move more as a unit while I work; my joints seem more supported. A good posture is easier to maintain… Very pleased with the work. I plan to continue.” Elena Amodeo LMT CST
“Embarking on the Ten Series of Rolfing® SI with Chelsea Heath has been a wonderful journey. She is proficient with her skills, and most importantly, able to communicate the process in such a way that I understand why we’re doing each session, what to expect during each session, and what can happen after each session. I’ve seen incredible changes for the better with each appointment. I highly recommend Ms. Heath for her very personable and professional skills.” Stacy Rathbun, Accountant, Dancer & Writer, Eugene OR
Massage therapy can help with the following conditions:
- Stress reduction
- Pregnancy – special massage table allows for comfortable pregnancy positioning
- Carpal Tunnel
- Muscle strains
- Lower back pain
- TMJ (jaw pain)
- Pain from old injuries
- Scar tissue
- Hip pain
- Sciatic pain