Kegan is trained in several modalities and has treated a wide variety of issues. Please contact the office if you have questions about which service would be best for you.
Massage and Bodywork sessions are 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes, including consult and table time. 60, 90 and 120-minute services can be bought in packages of 5 or 10.
Injury focused massage and bodywork tends to be more on the therapeutic side. While not always relaxing, the emphasis is targeted relief or improved function. A classic example is a rotator cuff injury. A typical session would assess the damaged area, address muscle dysfunction and improve the healing capacity of the affected tissue. It is recommended to do at least 60 minutes for this type of service due to the complexity that is usually associated with an injury.
There are a few different application processes for a sports massage, but the desired outcome is still the same: increased recovery, improved performance and decreased injuries. Muscle fatigue, soreness, and tendonitis (golfer and tennis elbow) are common ailments that plague athletes. Whether you’re a busy student-athlete, a dedicated marathon runner or a weekend warrior a sports massage is right for you.
Headaches and Migraines
Headaches and migraines are the most commonly treated issue by massage therapists. Loosening tight muscles in the neck, head and shoulders decreases the severity and frequency of headaches and can help keep migraines at bay.
Reflexology is a form of foot therapy that breaks down restrictions in the feet to improve circulation and trigger releases in the body. Healthy feet go a long way for a healthy life. Our feet literally carry all our burdens and are often overlooked. Reflexology techniques are a great way to also treat plantar fasciitis.
Commonly referred to as a “full-body”, this is typically a relaxing massage that treats several areas versus targeting a specific part of the body. Varying amounts of pressure are applied with lotion or cream to improve circulation and calm the nervous system. Usually a very soothing treatment, it is wonderful for overstressed office workers and busy professionals.
What are the Benefits of Massage and Bodywork?
1. It Is Relaxing – When the body is tense and under stress, it is unhealthy. Some well-known stress signs are excessive tiredness, pain, and headaches. Lesser-known stress signs are loss of appetite, irritability and decreased digestive function. Bodywork and Massage Therapy has been shown to decrease muscle tension in the body. This enables the body to enter recovery mode. Massage also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced overall stress.
2. Reduces Stress – Not only can Massage Therapy help with stress relief, but regular treatments over a prolonged period boost energy, reduce pain and stimulate individuals on physical and emotional levels. This is one of the most important aspects of massage for not only office workers, but also students and athletes. The daily grind takes a hefty toll on the body and mind.
3. Helps Lower Blood Pressure – Regular Massage Therapy has been found to reduce blood pressure levels. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues. Consistent Massage also reduces anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression. Studies suggest that Massage and Bodywork can even help treat the physical and psychological symptoms of PTSD.
4. Promotes Muscle Relaxation – The purpose of Bodywork and Massage Therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain by eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relief to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole. Massage also promotes circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. Massage and Bodywork promote improved mental health, pain management, and help to calm the Nervous System.
5. Improved Circulation – Improved circulation is an added effect that occurs in the body as a result of receiving regular massage. This is because proper circulation brings nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to damaged, stiff, and tense muscles, promoting healing.
Massage also improves circulation from the hands-on pressure, which moves the blood through the damaged and congested areas of the body. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow into tissues. Many massage techniques also remove lactic acid and cellular waste from the muscle fibers. As a result, this action improves the lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles and improves overall body function.
6. Improved Posture – Many Americans experience back, neck, and muscle pain. One of the causes of this pain is poor posture. Chronic back pain is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and/or sitting. Repetitive motion or overuse also contributes to the strain on the back and other potential problem areas. As a result, the added strain often causes spasms, pain, and tense muscles in the hips, glutes, back, neck, and legs.
Bodywork and Massage help get the body back into proper alignment. Improving posture is of the most beneficial and relaxing aspects of Massage. Massage allows the body to relax and loosen the muscles made tense and sore via bad posture. This allows the body to position itself in its organic and pain-free posture. As part of a consistent massage and bodywork program, the muscles are loosened, the joints have a greater range of motion, and pressure points are relieved. As a result, the body can position itself in a healthier posture. In short, Massage and Bodywork help to correct the bad holding patterns developed over time as a response to pain.
7. Strengthens the Immune System – Regular massage provides many benefits to the human body. It is a well-known fact that individuals who experience high levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. When stress is combined with poor nutrition and sleep, the impact is directed at the immune system. Its ability to naturally protect itself against infections, pathogens, and bacteria is greatly reduced. Studies have indicated that regular massage can boost the immune system and enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. Much like regular exercise can keep the body fine-tuned, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and resilient.