MASSAGE FOR PAIN AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

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Muscle tension and strain can often build up slowly without us realizing something is wrong until a bigger problem occurs. Why wait for a crisis before doing something about it? It’s easy to not think of muscles and body movement in the same way we think of brushing our teeth, but the same kind of proactive involvement can greatly improve how you feel and your ability to perform physical tasks wherever you may be.

Working with a massage therapist on a regular basis can help build your awareness when it comes to body movements and position, thereby minimizing aches and pains and in some cases preventing injuries outright.

Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy (CCMT) is useful in treating many muscular conditions. Over time some guests have asked Geneva about the specific conditions listed below and how cross fiber work applies.

MASSAGE FOR TENSION-TYPE HEADACHES

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Chronic headache sufferers may find they have restricted movement or chronic tension in their neck and shoulders even in between headaches.

Here is when CCMT can be especially helpful; working across muscle fibers acts as a vacuum to attract lymphatic fluid, blood and oxygen into muscle tissues. A proper assessment helps determine specific tension points and integrating a few simple self care techniques to help rebalance muscle usage. All these steps together help to reduce tension and tenderness in the muscles and increases range of motion, flexibility and strength. 

MASSAGE FOR FIBROMYALGIA

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There are many symptoms for fibromyalgia and it seems the medical community is getting closer to understanding this debilitating syndrome. This condition is usually characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and pain in response to tactile pressure. Fatigue, mood, sleep and memory issues are just a few of the many symptoms. Medical experts still don’t know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but it can be associated with stress and diet. In the cases that Geneva has seen, guests are either experiencing a flare up and need immediate relief or they are looking for long-term help in managing the pain.

Pain from fibromyalgia can worsen with fatigue, strain or overuse. Specific areas of muscles may be tender when even light fingertip pressure is applied which is why this particular syndrome takes time and care to work with.

Geneva will work slowly and gently with guests who live with fibromyalgia; and she typically suggests for the initial appointment to be a 90-minute session. While massage can’t cure fibromyalgia, receiving care from someone who is trained in corrective massage can help with pain management. Geneva's sessions will promote healing in muscle tissues and also help calm the nervous system—which in turn will help ease pain.

MASSAGE FOR REPETITIVE STRAIN

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Anyone who makes a series of repetitive motions, whether moms, musicians, athletes or desk workers, can experience repetitive strain injuries. That may be why the condition often goes by names like “Blackberry thumb” or “tennis elbow.” Whatever the cause, repetitive strain injuries can be painful and can get in the way of work or fun.

Geneva corrects strained areas by working with opposing, less strained muscles, promoting balance in the area. CCMT helps injured soft tissue heal and balancing strength and flexibility between the activated and opposing muscle groups. For guests who are interested in prevention rather than injury treatment, Geneva will integrate simple self care techniques to help you maintain a more healthy balance between massage therapy sessions.

MASSAGE FOR FEET

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Care is taken when working directly on the inflamed area. A combination of essential oils and CCMT can really help calm the inflamed tissue. Long term management of this condition include assessment of the hips, legs and feet in multiple positions and integration of trigger point and myofascial techniques to ensure the plantar fascia remains healthy in movement.

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