Massage Therapist in Rochester
Gloria Schaefer, Licensed Massage Therapist in Rochester, New York offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Zen Facial Massage, Hot Stone, & Chair Massage.
Swedish massage is a Western tradition designed to increase circulation and stimulate the venous return of lymph and blood to the heart. Techniques are focused on relaxation by the continuous application of flowing hands-on time, with pressure ranging from light to medium. Areas included are neck, shoulders, back, legs, face, scalp, arms, hands, and feet. (Some clients prefer to skip face, scalp, and/or feet.) Swedish techniques are also designed to warm up the tissues before applying deeper pressure.
Classic Swedish consists of five basic techniques:
• Effleurage (sliding or gliding)
• Petrissage (kneading)
• Tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
• Friction (cross fiber or "stripping" with the fibers)
• Vibration (shaking)
After a brief medical intake, the massage therapist leaves the room so the client can undress to his or her comfort level, meaning underwear optional, and then lay on the massage table, under the top sheet. The therapist re-enters the room and undrapes the part of the client's body that is being worked on. (The use of draping may vary for other therapists, modalities, and states or countries.) During the massage, the massage therapist will check in about the level of pressure.
Deep tissue massage is a Swedish-based massage leading up to the application and focus of more pressure, with the use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows. The level of force applied depends on the preference of the client and the pliability of the tissues. According to the needs of the person, time may be concentrated in areas such as neck, shoulders, low back, hips and glutes, hamstrings, calves, forearms, or quads.
Massage techniques for the treatment of achy, hypertonic or tight, sore, painful tissues. By focusing more time on a specific issue, from as little as few minutes to thirty minutes or more, and sometimes repeat sessions, massage assists the healing process. Techniques may include cross fiber fricion, stripping of chronically contracted muscles and adhesions amongst the fascia, sustained pressure on a painful spot or trigger point, stretching, and sometimes muscle energy techniques. This type of massage is often perceived as deep, rough, and/or painful. In my experience, soreness may occur the following day, and dissipate in another day or so. The level of pressure is related to the sensitivity just as range of motion may be affected by pain. With treatment techniques, in combination with stretching, movement, heating and icing following the treatment, pain may subside and range of motion may be restored. Sometimes referred to as medical massage, massage may be part of an orthopedic course prescribed by a medical doctor, surgeon, chiropractor, and/or physical therapist.
The application of on-and-off pressure tracing the feet, alternated with relaxing techniques. The theory behind reflexology is based on a system of zones that reflect a map of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that pressure reflexively affects a physical change by interrupting the sensation of pain signals to the brain. Ideal for ten to thirty minutes at the beginning of a session.
Japanese Zen Facial Massage
A rejuvenating massage consisting of acupressure and small repetitive movements on the face, scalp, occiput, neck, and shoulders, based on Chinese Medicine, that treats tension in the face as well as headaches, TMJ pain, and/or neck pain. Ideal for ten to thirty minutes at the beginning of a session.