Melissa Painter, BA, CPT, LMP
2014 graduate of The Discovery Point School of Massage
850 hr program
What is massage and what modalities do you offer?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. I am a firm believer that Massage should never be painful and is most effect when we coax, not force, the muscles into release and proper alignment.
There are many different types of massage, including these which I offer:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
- Reflexology. This is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body.
- Myofascial. This is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
- Hot Stone Massage. This is a specialty where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage is most effective when it is included as a regular part of self-care. For those involved in a Fitness program, it is as key an element to success as staying on top of your nutrition plan and having a purposeful program. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
60 minutes: $80
90 minutes: $105
Because I whole heartedly believe that regular self-care is critical to wellbeing, I offer reduced cost to all Service Industry and Uninsured.
60 minutes: $60
90 minutes: $85