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Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures and research continues to demonstrate how regular massage can significantly impact the way you feel.

A typical therapy session by Rebecca will include applicable assessment(s), massage therapy techniques and suggested lifestyle changes / corrective exercises with certified personal training guidance. In addition to advanced training techniques for a specific condition, a session will include applicable therapeutic massage techniques listed below.

Medical Massage

Medical massage is treating conditions diagnosed by a doctor using advanced training techniques in specific conditions.

Please note: although considered medical treatment, it is not covered by insurance in our region.

Therapeutic Massage - **indicates specialized training beyond massage therapy license requirements

Full body or focused area, each therapeutic massage session is designed to meet your individual needs using one or a combination of the following massage styles and techniques.

► Swedish

Swedish Massage is a classic massage consisting of various strokes used to promote deep relaxation, manipulate soft tissues, increase blood and lymph circulation, relax muscles, relieve pain and restore metabolic balance.

► Neuromuscular Technique (Trigger Point Therapy)

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) aims to bring balance between the nervous system and the muscular system. Factors that contribute to pain and dysfunction of the body such as postural distortions, body mechanics, stress, trigger points, and cellular nutrition are examined. Techniques are used to release the hyper- contracted muscle tissue to restore balance to muscle groups and the nervous system.

► Sports

Sports massage is designed for athletes or anyone who performs repetitive movements. Often based on Swedish massage, sports massage uses techniques such as deep tissue work, cross-fiber friction, trigger points and stretching. It enhances the removal of metabolic wastes and relieves muscle soreness caused from workouts or repetitive motion. It can enhance a person’s (e.g. athlete, musician) performance and extend their career.

** Dry Cupping

Dry cupping at Body in Balance is done by applying plastic suction cups to skin that is either dry or to which lotion has been applied. The lotion allows the therapist to glide the suction cup over the affected area providing a form of deep tissue massage. The suction is achieved by putting a small, manually-operated suction pump on a valve which is attached to each suction cup.

Benefits experienced by patients to dry cupping include but are not limited to: reduction in pain and inflammation, relaxation / sedation of nerves, an increase of circulation to the treated area, a softening of adhesions and stiff connective tissue, drainage of toxins and waste from the lymphatic system and the ability to impact deeper muscles and other soft tissues.

When the cups are removed, the skin treated may have red circular areas that correspond to the diameter of the cup. These red areas are temporary and will subside over a couple weeks.

**Lymphatic Facilitation

Extremely light technique that facilitates healing after injury/surgery, improves and enhances internal tissue nutrition, assists in the removal of metabolic and environmental wastes (detoxification), increases range of motion and prevents connective tissue adhesions in the acute and sub-acute stages of healing. Most effective technique in removing edema/swelling.

**Scar Tissue Massage

Specialized technique that stimulates the lymphatics in the area of the scar/wound to facilitate collagen removal, decrease inflammation, and improve range of motion/flexibility.

Chair

Chair massage is a specialized massage chair that allows the recipient to remain fully clothed and comfortably sit in a position that allows the therapist to focus on the back, shoulders, neck, arms, and head.

A typical hour of time can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 6 persons (5-25 min massages).

A maximum 3 hour visit can handle 6-18 persons.

A great addition to your party whether it be a private or public event. Also helpful for those who are unable to lie down comfortably on a massage table.

If more than one therapist is needed for an event, Rebecca will help you find other therapists in the area to meet your goal.