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Clifton Park Massage Therapy, PLLC

Massage Therapy

Comprehensive health management

Therapeutic Massage in Clifton Park, New York

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of therapeutic massage can be traced back nearly 4,000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada 1 and the American Massage Therapy Association 2 show that millions of North Americans use it today.

Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.

Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements medical treatment. The "Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage" shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.

 

Raindrop Therapy- Young Living Essential Oils

An ancient Lakota Indian technique applied to the sole of the feet and along the spine/back with the use of 9 specific Organic-Therapeutic Young Living Essential Oils.  The primary benefits include:

Provides a healthy balance to the body,  produces deep relaxation and facilitates the release of stubborn emotions, works to unwind tight and sore muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu- “Finger pressure” a form of bodywork based on Oriental philosophy and acupuncture meridians.  This ancient technique is over 5000 years old and is designed to stimulate the flow of energy in the meridians by using finger, palm, elbow, and knee or foot pressure.  If you are feeling energetically drained and/or out of balance, this Ancient Chinese Medicine (ACM) technique will facilitate harmony and well-being.

The therapist will use both pressure points and stretching to affect the “chi” –vital energy flow and balance within the body.  A detailed evaluation is done and the client will be fully clothed during the session and may be on a floor or lowered table.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy-  NMT- a science of balancing the nervous system with the muscular system.

The therapist will assess factors that may contribute to pain and/or dysfunction in the body.  Some of which may be; trigger points, postural deviations, poor nutrition, poor body mechanics, stress or lack of vital blood flow.  The treatment may involve various techniques to affect the pain receptors in the body.

Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT)

IPT, developed by Lee Alpert, PT, consists of a series of positions held for 90 to 120 seconds to alleviate trigger points and/or painful muscles by resetting the neurological pathways.  This is a passive therapy- meaning the client is in a rested state and supported completely by the therapist.  A technique that is often paired with other therapies during a session.

Gentle Massage 

Gentle Massage- a therapy specifically designed for the elderly, terminally ill, fragile and/or hospitalized clients.  This therapy is offered in a very soothing manner to benefit those that are in need of comforting touch. Gentle massage can also be beneficial to those in wheel chairs or with physical limitations.  Home visits can be arranged by request.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release- a therapy that affects the connective tissue within the body. The therapist will evaluate client’s connective tissue through palpation to determine the integrity of the tissue and establish any postural asymmetries present.  This therapy utilizes the practice and principles of the John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release.  The treatment involves still holding and/or deep tissue techniques.

Microfascial Facilitation

Microfascial Facilitation- a therapy developed by Dale Perry, LMT,CLT at The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany.  This highly specialized therapy is designed for damaged “soft tissue”- muscle, tendon, ligament (fascia).  This is not a full-body technique, but rather focuses on the client’s specific complaint.  Valuable in managing Carpal tunnel, Thoracic outlet syndrome or sciatica among other pain causing pathologies

Sports Massage

Sports massage- therapist uses specific techniques for athletes and/or anyone who performs repetitive movement patterns. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques and stretching are used to improve range of motion and relieve cramping.  Heat and cold therapies may also be applied as indicated.  Sports massage can be utilized before, during and after a competition or athletic event.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage- a Swedish massage designed specifically for pre-natal health and well- being.  This treatment addresses many common discomforts associated with pregnancy.  Massage can help relieve anxiety, symptoms of depression, fluid retention, muscle aches and joint pains, improve labor outcome and enhance newborn health.

Hot Towel Massage

Enjoy a 60 minute massage session enhanced with hot towels!  Towels are heated in a sterile cabinet and applied to any area of the body needing extra TLC.  (Note aroma therapy is included).

Chair Massage

Chair Massage- a safe and noninvasive therapy applied in a seated position.  A wonderful way to introduce massage to those that may not be familiar with massage therapy.  Usually a shorter session is done (10-15 minutes) and involves primarily the back body, arms, neck/shoulders and head.  The client is seated in a specially designed massage chair and is fully clothed.  This is an ideal therapy for a work environment and or public venue.  On-site chair massage is available by request.

 

 

1 Health Canada (2003)Health Policy Research Bulletin. Retrieved May 10, 2005, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iacb-dgiac/arad-draa/english/rmdd/bulletin/mainstream.html#page6
2 American Massage Therapy Association. (2001). Massage Therapy Consumer Fact Sheet