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Customized Massage

Every massage therapist has different offerings. Gloria presents a hybrid of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage that is intended to be holistic and personalized for the preferences of each individual while maintaining continuity from one session to the next. Customized massage is good for a special occasion or for regular self-care maintenance such as once per month.

Flowy and gliding Swedish massage with light to medium pressure will sedate your nerves. Smooth, moderate to fast-paced strokes feel like waves of the ocean pushing and pulling your tissues. Classic techniques that are the hallmarks of every professional massage therapist will connect the different areas of your body. You will not be bored, you will be soothed!  

As the tissues are warmed up, deep tissue may be performed with greater, slower pressure addressing keystone knots. After bloodflow circulates, tight muscles are loosened, adhesions in the fascia are reduced, and trigger points are addressed, the segment will conclude with compressions to calm the area and allow the immune system to heal in the hours and days after the massage. The tenderness that you were not previously aware of will be diminished. Like a deep cleaning, deep tissue will scrub away the discomfort in your body so you can feel renewed in time. 

 

Achieving the perfect pressure is essential. Experienced massage therapists develop intuition to know how much pressure to use. Deep tissue massage is not intended to overwork an area or be heavy and uncomfortable which may cause bruising and/or post-massage soreness and malaise, (PMSM). Gloria is not capable of extremely hard pressure and does not intend to offer painful massage. 

 

Gloria does not generally practice active release techniques or trigger point therapy. The intention is to allow the receiver to be passive, zone out, and trust what is happening. Aside from a brief conversation before the massage, the massage therapist checks in with the client about the pressure. Most intake forms require signature for immediately informing the therapist if the pressure needs adjusting. 

 

Dare to be “high-maintenance” — politely express your preferences, and quickly move on from therapists who don’t respond respectfully. “Train” your therapist to do what you need. –Ingraham, Paul. 2015.
 
Aside from the physical effects, the primary benefit of massage therapy is battling depression, anxiety, and restoring peacefulness from the healing power of human touch, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, or feed-and-breed mode
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Medical Massage 
Medical massage is customized massage focused on the areas requiring attention. Medical massage is outcome-based, meaning a goal is evaluated with the intent of making an improvement. It can often be a part of a recovery or treatment plan with a team of other health care providers and generally may take more than one treatment to achieve results. The primary purpose is NOT holistic, deep relaxation. Due to the shorter length of service, Gloria may reach out to you to adjust the time of your appointment. 

Prenatal Massage with Pregnancy Cushion

Please avoid booking in the 1st trimester unless given permission from your doctor. Prenatal massage with a pregnancy cushion begins in prone. After being face down, the client gets on hands and knees so the cushion can be removed. She will roll over and the table will be elevated so she can recline. Restricting heat, heavy pressure, and limited time in prone are additional precautions. 

References


Ingraham, Paul. “How to Find a Good Massage Therapist.” Painscience.com, 18 Nov. 2015, https://www.painscience.com/articles/finding-a-massage-therapist.php

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