MASSAGE THERAPY

Life is best lived in a healthy body.

 

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue to achieve a therapeutic response. This therapeutic response includes, but isn't limited to, increased circulation, decreased pain, increased mobility, increased sense of well being ... the benefits are really endless.

What are you looking for in a massage therapy session?  My training and experience includes a variety of techniques such as Swedish, Craniosacral Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, myofascial trigger point, hydrotherapy (application of heat and cold) - treatments can be customized to achieve your desired results.

Speaking with your therapist is the best way to communicate what you want to get from a treatment and achieve optimal results.

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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, full body therapy protocol that was developed by Dr. John Upledger, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. As defined by the Upledger Institute website, "CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach to evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord."

During this therapy, the practitioner performs a series of techniques on the body, from feet to head. Identifying restrictions and helping the body to restore its optimal function leads to reduced pain, increased relaxation and increased function.

 

Manual Lymph Drainage, aka Lymphatic Massage

A properly functioning lymphatic system is essential for optimal health. Comparable to a waste removal system, the lymphatic system works in conjunction with the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. This system removes cellular debris and abnormal cells from tissues,  drains excess lymph (fluid) from tissues, absorbs nutrients from the digestive system, and filters out toxins via the lymph nodes.

Last but not least, a properly functioning lymphatic system has an immune function, by producing and circulating white blood cells and other cells for immunity.

This amazing therapy is so beneficial for enhancing overall health, in addition to improved recovery from injuries or surgeries.  And a bonus - it also is used in an esthetic capacity by reducing swelling in the body, leaving the client leaner and more sculpted wherever the techniques are performed.

The Manual Lymph Drainage techniques performed by Jodi Forsythe are the Vodder method, as taught at Dr. Vodder School International. This method of Manual Lymph Drainage, consisting of a series of precise, gentle movements, was developed by Emil Vodder PhD and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND in the 1930's in France.

In modern times, MLD is well known and widely used throughout Europe.  Advanced training includes working with lymphedema and compression bandages.  Still Point Massage & Wellness does not offer these services at this time.