What is Bodywork? Bodywork describes a variety of techniques that work with soft tissue, but are not technically "massage".
Swedish massage is the classic relaxation technique. It can be applied with light, medium, or even heavy pressure. A deep Swedish massage is different from deep tissue work. Rather than automatically using heavy pressure, it can include any variety of methods to effect deep layers of muscle so they will release tension and improve range of motion.
The principles of deep tissue bodywork, integrated into a relaxing Swedish massage, can be applied for stress related tension, pain management, sports massage, detox and cleansing, and more.
Below are descriptions of advanced techniques Tammie is trained in for deep tissue work. Patient Deep Tissue is her signature style of designing a session that leaves you recovering because of your massage, not recovering from your massage.
Medical Massage Practitioner: Also known as orthopedic, structural, and postural work, it is understanding postural alignment and imbalance, and applying the appropriate techniques and self care recommendations. Especially helpful for post PT or rehab, as well as preventing injury for the active, newly active, or those who work at a desk and have ergonomic related pain. (Insurance not accepted at this time)
Myofascial and trigger point release are integral methods of deep tissue and postural bodywork. The amazing web of connective tissue called fascia slides and glides as you move. Sometimes it sticks to itself like plastic wrap in broad patterns of tension, or binds up in little "knots". If a knot has a nerve trapped in it, it's a trigger point. Releasing fascia is a main objective of deep tissue work. When done patiently, it's one of the joys of bodywork you will crave repeating.
Stretching may be done passively or actively during a session. It enhances certain techniques and helps the effects last longer. If desired, time can be spent before or after the hands on work to practice stretching that will help you at home.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy: The mechanics of your immune system is the lymphatic system. The light pressure, but deeply powerful effect, of LDT decongests fluid retention in your tissues. Now releasing fascia becomes dramatically easier and less painful. This is an invaluable service for fibromyalgia patients and others who can't receive much pressure. It also stimulates your natural detoxification and immune system functions. It greatly benefits the health and tone of your skin. This is a wonderful, deeply relaxing way to pursue your wellness potential.