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*Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy (MLD) also known as "lymphatic massage" uses light stretching movements of the skin to gently & rhythmically move lymph fluid through the body for improved health. It can be utilized for a wide range of purposes to include: accelerating recovery post-illness, reducing swelling (edema) to affected areas of the body (as a result of injury or surgery) and assisting in the reduction of inflammation.
MLD can also be an effective tool if you are preparing for or recovering from medical, dental, or elective procedures to include cosmetic (plastic) surgery, given its effectiveness in reducing swelling to the post-surgical site & aiding in the formation of smoother & more functional scar tissue. (note: Scar tissue left unaddressed can potentially develop into fibrotic tissue & adhesions which may contribute to painful restrictions impacting range-of-motion (ROM) to area of the surgical site as well as areas much farther away.
Per the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) Medical Massage is defined as massage in response to a Referral issued by a Doctor, Physician or Chiropractor and is for the purpose of "preventative care" and/or for "resuming deferred care".
In some instances, medical massage for preventative care may be recommended to prevent relapse or maintain level of progress for a condition which may (or may not) have been a result of accident, injury or surgery. When resuming for deferred care, it is strongly recommended you explore your current physical status with your doctor, physician or chiropractor to determine the best course of action & if medical massage is an appropriate service for you to receive at this time.
NOTE: If you are currently under care for treatment of cancer or have completed your oncology care treatments within the past 12 months then a referral from your oncology medical team may be required. Details would be discussed during your Complimentary (telephone) Consultation.
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A wonderful (& optional) massage therapy tool to assist in "lifting" tissues of your body that may be highly congested, restricting your Range-Of-Motion (ROM), are sensitive to touch or are a source of pain* The cupping can be integrated with other manual therapy techniques such as compression & is ideal as an aid when receiving work to the IlioTibial Band (sides of the hips & thighs) & to the Plantar Fascia (soles of the feet) Additionally, Facial Massage cups, (that have significantly less "lifting" capability) can be a wonderful tool in addressing sensitive areas such as the jawline, mandible, forehead, occipital region and aid in reducing accumulated congestion of the ears/nose and throat.
These soft, medical-grade silicone cups are designed for use in a massage therapy session.
_Orthopedic/Integrative Massage Therapy uses a variety of soft tissue and manual techniques to relieve tension, restore function and/or soften scar tissue that may be a source of pain or restricting range-of-motion (ROM). Dependent upon the condition of the muscles and fascia, passive & assisted stretching many be utilized in addition to deep tissues techniques (the latter as is appropriate and applicable to do so).
*Optimal outcomes can frequently be realized when received as a complement to other allied medical and healthcare services such as: physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, personal training, Pilates, chiropractic and osteopathic care.
Oncology Massage is a specialized type of massage developed specifically for those who are in active cancer treatment or who have completed their treatments. Their unique needs which will be addressed to make sure that a massage is both beneficial and safe to receive.
If in active treatment THEN a Referral from a qualified member of the Oncology Team will be required. Your massage therapist has completed training in a comprehensive oncology massage course approved by the Society For Oncology Massage (S4OM). Primary attention is on creating a safe, nurturing environment for promoting tension and stress relief. Optional aromatherapy is available upon request (via a diffuser or inhalation)
Swedish Massage is a relaxing and soothing style of bodywork that uses an assortment of massage strokes to assist the body and nervous system in decompressing. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from minor aches, decreased levels of stress in the body, and improved flexibility. Pressure can be varied from light to moderate. (Optional) dry skin brushing prior to the massage therapy segment is included sessions of 90 or 120 minutes. (note: The Dry Brush is given to take home for self-care between sessions and is not available for purchase).