Today people are increasingly looking beyond conventional medicine to find relief from pain, whether chronic or acute in nature or seeking overall well being. Alternative health practices, such as massage are a holistic approach to creating and nourishing a healthy physical body & clear mind, without negative side effects.
At Healing Rhythms Therapeutic Massage my goal is to provide skilled massage services individualized for each persons needs, in an environment that is professional & compassionate offering soft tissue therapies & encouraging self wellness to promote a healthy life.
I am a Wisconsin licensed massage therapist graduating from East-West Healing Arts Institute in Madison, WI. My education is fully integrated Eastern and Western massage, with the main focus of Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage). I use a variety of modalities of Asian bodywork which can include acupressure points, cupping therapy, gua sha and IASTM (Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization). Continuing education classes are focused on neuromuscular therapy from Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (P.N.M.T.) founded by Douglas Nelson, MT in Champaign, IL.
Tui Na Massage is Chinese Medical massage, literally translated in "push & pull" of the soft tissue. It uses a variety of different techniques to treat specific issues and can include modalites of acupressure, cupping, and gua sha.
Deep Tissue Massage reaches deeper layers of muscles. It is used to break down knots and relieve pressure points throughout the body. This massage is beneficial for athletes, chronic issues and those who sit for long periods of time. This type of massage does NOT mean deep with pain; the results can be achieved with gentle techniques.
Swedish or relaxation massage is used to increase blood flow, decrease muscle toxins, improve flexibility & instill a sense of tranquility using lighter longer strokes. Specific concerns may still be addressed if desired.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using fingers to stimulate specific points along meridians (energy flow) to help the proper flow of energy, restoring the body's own healing mechansims; helps to release muscel tension, increase circulation, relieve pain and aids in physical & mental relaxation.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique aimed at reducing musculoskeletal pain & tension by flushing toxins, stagnant blood and lymph from the tissues. The cup technique creates localized expansion of tissue which breaks up adhesions, relaxes muscle & connective tissue (fascia) fibers, increases blood flow and draws in vital nutrients.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) & Gua Sha are similar in aspect, in being a tool is utilized to scrape the tissues causeing microtrauma to the affected area, thus re-initiating your body's natural inflammatory response. This causes a cascade of events to occur including reabsorption of excess scar tissue and fibrosis that is causing the restriction. Adhesions of scar tissue can then be appropriately stretched to help improve overall pain-free mobility.