Therapeutic Massage • Healing Bodywork
Swedish Massage  
A form of bodywork using long superficial strokes along with kneading, compression, vibration and percussion movements to create a relaxing experience, and relieve muscular stiffness and pain.  Swedish massage is performed with the client unclothed and draped with a sheet or blanket for comfort and modesty. Oil or lotion is used to lubricate the skin and reduce friction.  Swedish massage has been proven to relieve stress increase blood circulation, and improve lymphatic drainage. 

Shiatsu was developed in Japan in the early 20th century based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  According to TCM, the body is animated and nourished by a vital energy or life force, known as chi.  Eastern human anatomy includes invisible pathways or meridians through which chi circulates to animate and nourish the body.  Applying pressure along meridians is the primary therapeutic technique in Shiatsu.  Traditionally Shiatsu is performed on the floor on a thick natural fiber mat, and the recipient wears loose comfortable clothing.  Shiatsu techniques can also be adapted for western style massage tables and blended with other styles of massage.

Deep Tissue  
As the name implies, deep tissue is a form of bodywork that penetrates to deeper muscle and soft-tissue fibers.  The intention is to realign deep layers of muscles and connective tissue and relax contracted fibers.  Deep tissue work is especially helpful for chronic muscular tension such as neck stiffness, sore shoulders, or low back tightness.  Strokes are slow and the pressure is very firm and concentrated on isolated areas of tension and pain.

 Chi Nei Tsang  
Chi Nei Tsang is a form of abdominal bodywork also known as internal organ chi massage.  Applied with deep, soft and gentle touches, Chi Nei Tsang helps to dissolve physical and emotional blocks. Stimulating acupressure points around the navel helps to open the circulation of energy, blood, and lymph in the abdomen.  Gentle rocking, stretching and deep massage release chronically contracted abdominal muscles allowing for deeper relaxed breathing and improved organ function.

Prenatal Massage  
Prenatal massage refers to massage given during pregnancy.  It includes gentle Swedish-style and energetic techniques along with client positioning that have been adapted for a pregnant body.  The goal of prenatal massage is to reduce pregnancy discomforts and to enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus.  Studies now indicate prenatal massage can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Myofacial Therapy  
Fascia is the web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia interact functionally and structurally to form the myofascial system.  Stress, dehydration, injury, and nutritional imbalances can cause fascia to adhere to the skin, muscular structures or organs it surrounds.  These fascial adhesions can, in turn, restrict movement, lymphatic functioning and decrease the optimal functioning of the vital organs.  Myofascial therapy (also known as Myofascial release) is a form of therapeutic bodywork designed to release fascial adhesions. 

Myofascial therapy sessions tend to be more therapeutic than relaxing and address specific pain issues, movement restriction, or scar tissue. Typically a one-hour session will focus on the tissue that surrounds a particular joint.  After assessing muscular imbalances, a joint’s range of motion and the client’s pain threshold, the therapist will then choose from a number of techniques to release stuck tissue.

Myofascial therapy is known to increase joint range of motion, relieve joint and muscular pain, relieve headaches, and improve a number of chronic pain conditions related to postural imbalances and muscular tightness.  It has also been proven very effective in breaking down scar tissue and improving the appearance of surgical scars. 

Robert Head BA CPT CMT
916 764 6014
3560 J Street , Suite 3, Sacramento, CA 95816
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