Techniques

Johanna specializes in…

Deep Tissue Massage:

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.  Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, Johanna often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.  Deep Tissue is best for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.

Swedish Massage:

Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.  Johanna uses long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.  Swedish Massage is best for relaxation, stress relief, or first massage.

Sports Massage:

Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events.  You do not have to be an athlete however to receive a sports massage.  Typically in a Sports Massage session Johanna focuses on one injured area incorporating stretching, range of motion treatments and massage therapy.  The purpose of the massage is to prepare you for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.  Sports Massage is best for preventing and treating injury while enhancing athletic performance.

Prenatal Massage:

Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful choice for prenatal care. Not only is regular massage while pregnant known to help the mother have an easier labor, it is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. In addition, massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension which aids in better sleep and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.  Johanna uses special pillows and positioning to ensure the most comfort and safety for her expecting clients.

Hot Stone Massage:

Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body while Johanna also holds the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.  The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times.  The hot stones are made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river’s current.  The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within 120-130 degrees. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.  The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows Johanna to apply deeper pressure, if desired.  The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.  Many people also find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation.  Hot stone massage is best for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.  It is the best technique for complete body relaxation.  The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

Active Isolated Stretching:

The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of athletic stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.   Johanna often incorporates her specialized knowledge on this method in her Sports Massage therapies.

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