At the start of your massage, Kegan will go over the purpose of your visit, and ask questions relating to your issues. After this initial conversation, a brief treatment plan will be discussed, and what the best approach is for you. Kegan will then exit the room, so you can undress and get on the massage table. After a quick assessment of the areas of complaint, the massage will begin. While being treated, an examination of the muscle quality and joint movement will be performed. Any muscular or skeletal issues will be brought to your attention, as well as an explanation of how and why techniques are used. At the conclusion of your session, a treatment plan will be discussed and a recommendation for future care will be given to you.
We encourage all of our clients to ask us any questions or express any concerns to us before during and at the end of a session.
The cost for massage and bodywork sessions with Kegan are the same for all modalities. Prices include time for consultation and treatment. Time includes consultation, getting on/off the table and treatment.
There are many different styles and techniques in the massage and bodywork industry. At Spine Body Collective we believe in being fluid with our approach and base treatments off findings during a session. Often, a combination of techniques is used during a massage. We broke down some common terms for massage types to help you understand what the best approach for your body might be.
Kegan’s specialty. This form of therapy involves static hands-on techniques to decrease tension, improve muscle function, promote improved posture, and many other benefits. MTR works by assessing the health of an area, then directly treating tightness, weakness and compensations in the body’s soft tissues. Unlike a traditional massage that can focus on many areas, this treatment focuses on a specific area of dysfunction. If someone has chronic pain, headaches or they have been injured and have muscle and/or nerve damage, or want to improve overall muscle function, MTR is worth exploring. MTR can be done in any time length but at least and hour is recommended for this type of service.
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. MTR is the primary modality used during these treatments, but a variety of other techniques can used. 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 90 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. MTR and myofascial techniques are mostly used by Kegan to treat athletes. 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. Sports related problems are typically caused by hours of repetition and overuse. It is recommended to do 60 minute sessions to treat athletes.
Headaches and migraines are the most 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. MTR is great for treating headaches along with cranial work. Headaches can be treated in 30 minute session, but often the shoulders and upper back need work to treat headaches successfully, 60 minutes are recommended.
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. Reflexology can be very intense and is usually incorporated into a longer session. If you are only doing reflexology, start with 30 minutes at first
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. Any massage time is beneficial but due to the nature of stress less than 60 minutes is not recommended for a Swedish massage.
Unfortunately, kids are not immune to muscle aches and pain, especially kids in sports. Good news their muscles work the same as adults, though more flexible, and will benefit from regular massage as well. Kids and teenagers typically respond and heal faster than adults do so shorter sessions are advised. Generally, Kegan would recommend starting a child at 30 minutes to see how they do. Massage from the eyes of a child can be a little off putting and usually children under the age of 12 should see a specialist. Teenagers tend to do better because they can comprehend massage better. MTR is a good choice for youngsters, because most techniques can be applied over the clothing.
Typically, a 2 hour session, a specific area or two is treated with the focus of MTR for 60-90 minutes then smoothed out with a Swedish massage. Great for anyone suffering from an injury or that has been in pain for a long time. It can be overwhelming due to the amount of bodywork, but if you’ve done a 90 minute before you should be fine. The longer session really allows for a great release and recovery from the therapeutic treatment in one setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.