MY Body Sage Massage Therapy
Karen Potter, LMT

Massage Techniques

Body Sage Massage Therapy focuses on massage for general health and physical wellbeing.  We also specialize in working with people who are experiencing chronic pain, discomfort, or rehabilitating from an injury.  We take the time to get a comprehensive picture of your physical health and to understand the nature of the pain or tension you are experiencing.  This knowledge and the knowledge gained in each subsequent session is used to craft a massage that is tailored to meet your specific needs.

With definite goals in mind for your treatment, a full body session may not happen in one hour.  Rather, the sessions will follow a more focused approach.  We will work on the areas experiencing pain or tension as well as the other areas that are most likely contributing to those symptoms.  We understand that you want relief when you get off the table and every massage session is devoted to doing just that.

At Body Sage Massage Therapy a variety of massage modalities are used including Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Biosynchronistics®, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Swedish.  Generally the sessions incorporate a variety of these modalities in order to best meet the needs of each client.

Check out this article on "How Massage Heals Sore Muscles":   http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/how-massage-heals-sore-muscles/

Biosynchronistics®  is a series of manual therapy techniques that work to help bring the body back into balance and ease chronic and acute pain.  Karen has been a student of Biosynchronistics®  which was developed by Cheryl Wilbur, PT, and Carol Tschirpke, PT, of Quality Physical Therapy in Sturbridge, MA, in the mid-1980s in response to a lack of whole body treatment approaches for pain and dysfunction.  (Please check out their website for more in depth information at www.biosynchronistics.com.)  The techniques used are generally very light touch and applied in a "position of ease" and comfort for the client which helps facilitate the unwinding of chronically tight patterns that are stuck in the body.  

Biosynchronistics® is done with the client wearing loose-fitting clothing as different positions (sitting, standing, lying down) will be utilized.  The intent of the treatment is to restore equilibrium to your body through the fascial system and ultimately decrease pain, improve mobility, and increase your tolerance for activity.  This is achieved by looking at the whole body and the entirety of forces or impacts that the body has had to compensate for over one's lifetime, including specific injuries, overuse, everyday tasks, etc.  Clients have likened the effects of this work to your body "sighing" in relief.  

Deep Tissue is an extremely effective means of releasing chronic pain or tension in the body.  The connective tissue of the body can become damaged either through direct injury or from chronicly held patterns (ie, cradling a phone).  The damaged tissue becomes shortened and thickened, causing pain and pulling underlying structures out of alignment.  This lays the foundation for chronic pain and tension and even pain in an area distant from the original site of tension.

A Deep Tissue Massage uses slow, firm pressure directed at the deep layers of the muscle where tissue has been damaged.  Deep Tissue massage helps to lengthen shortened muscle fibers, breaking up thickened areas and helping the tissue regain proper elasticity.  Deep Tissue is also effective for breaking down scar tissue and muscle adhesions, even on injuries that have occurred many years ago.  Proper blood and oxygen flow is brought back to the tight muscles.  The toxins that have been stored in those muscles are released.

It is normal for some soreness to occur after a Deep Tissue massage.  It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage session, but in particular after deep tissue work.  Some light stretching will help as well.  When done properly, soreness from a Deep Tissue session should not last longer than two days

Sports Massages an important part of training for any athlete, whether the most competitive athlete training for a triathlon or the casual athlete who exercises moderately or sporadically.  Sports Massage helps prevent injury by keeping muscles mobile and elastic.  Your recovery time will be shortened since massage helps oxygen and nutrients flow, flushing out toxins in muscles that have been pushed hard.  If you are working through an injury, Sports Massage helps speed up recovery time.  When left untreated, an injury can cause a buildup of scar tissue, affecting injured tissue, as well as causing tightening in nearby healthy tissue.  Sports Massage uses techniques to break down that scar tissue to prevent further pain and additional injury.

Your session will be tailored to fit your needs as an athlete.  If you are training for an upcoming event, we will work with you to create a treatment plan to make sure you are in optimal state come race day.

Clients can expect a typical Sports Massage session to consist of deep tissue strokes as well as an incorporation of stretching, and active or passive movement of the joints. 

Myofascial Release focuses on the fascia, or connective tissue of the muscle.  When connective tissue is tight, underlying structures of the body are pulled, thereby adversely affecting posture and causing pain and tension.  Myofascial Release uses techniques that work with the grain of the fiber to lengthen the connective tissue and help release superficial fascia from the underlying tissue.  Techniques are also applied against the grain of the muscle fibers so that scar tissue and adhesions are broken and fibers are realigned.

Myofascial Release focuses on the muscle belly as well as working specifically on the musculotendinous junction.  Myofascial Release is extremely effective for helping with postural issues, speeding healing, increasing blood circulation, restoring elasticity to muscles, and decreasing pain and tension.  Myofascial Release can also be effective for those clients who might experience great relief after their massage sessions, but find that their tension returns a few days later.  Oftentimes the return of tension indicates a fascial restriction in the outer layers of the muscle that needs to be released through a technique that is more subtle than deep tissue strokes.

Trigger Points are hyperirritable spots located in skeletal muscle that manifest as nodules or knots in the taut muscle fibers.  These small contraction knots form when muscles are chronically tight, due to stress, injury, postural misalignment, holding patterns, or trauma.  When active, trigger points can be extremely painful and can refer pain to other areas of the body outside of where the trigger point is located.

Trigger Point Therapy is an effective means of helping the taut muscle band let go and release the contraction knot it is holing.  When compressed, trigger points can elicit pain and/or spasming in the area being compressed as well as in other seemingly non-related parts of the body.  Direct pressure to the trigger point allows the nodule to release and the muscle fibers to lengthen and realign properly, restoring elasticity and mobility to the muscle fibers and drastically decreasing feelings of pain and tension.

Swedish Massage is applied to the more superficial layers of the muscle.   Swedish Massage stimulates both the circulatory system by returning blood flow to the heart and the lymphatic system by flushing out wastes and toxic debris.  Swedish Massage strokes may be incorporated into sessions in order to help flush out tight muscles after deep strokes have been applied and as warm-up techniques to help prepare the tissues for deeper work.

Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. This healing art is an effective delivery system. The Reiki practitioner serves as a vessel that supplies healing energies where they are most needed. Most clients will feel warmth and heat where the Reiki is flowing to them.  It is very relaxing, gentle and yet powerful healing modality.

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