My massages are a blend of multiple techniques but would best be described as deep tissue. Deep tissue massage works down through several layers of muscle and connective tissue to release adhesions and “knots”, allowing for an improvement in range of motion and a freedom from aches and pains. Deep tissue massage does not need to be painful, though we may find areas that are especially tender. My work is done in a flowing manner with my hands and forearms with pauses to dig in to the areas that need focus. Based on our goals, I may also incorporate cupping and stretching. Aside from the cups, I do not use any other massage tools.
“I started getting massages by Gina at my chiropractor’s office a year or so ago. I am also a member at Massage Envy. I have to say Gina has been the best therapist. She really pays attention to what’s happening in your body. I don’t even know I had tightness in places she finds. I always leave with more range of motion in my neck, less stress and less aches. She is really superb.” ~Jean W.
Kinesiology tape (Rock Tape, Kinesio Tape, etc) is a therapeutic tape that was designed to allow the body to heal naturally while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of your massage session, though it can also be effective when used alone. It is a gentle treatment for many types of neuromuscular conditions. The tape is worn continuously for 3-5 days. It is an acrylic tape with a cotton weave covering – it can be worn while working out, swimming, and showering and will dry.
More information on cupping
Cupping Massage is a massage twist on the ancient art of cupping. Instead of the traditional fire cups, plastic cups are used. These erase the need for an open flame and the risk of burning but create the same vacuum effect. Cupping Massage helps release stubborn adhesions between connective tissue and muscle, allowing for increased movement of an area or joint, and greatly increases circulation to the area. Cupping Massage may leave the treated area reddened for a day or more. Though you feel a pull when the cups are applied, most clients find this to be a relaxing feeling, not a painful one.
**Massage for those with any neurological condition can be done on the massage table either face up or down for the entire session – clothed or undressed – or in a comfortable chair instead of on the table.
Massage for Parkinson’s Disease
Specific benefits as realized by the National Parkinson Foundation as well as what my own clients have experienced include:
reduction in rigidity and tremor,
improvement in sleep,
increase in daily stamina,
and increased feeling of relaxation.
“Gina is a highly skilled and professional massage therapist. I have been working with her for three years and no two massages are ever the same. She always asks me which particular parts of my body need special emphasis, and then she tailors that day’s massage to relieve the pain or stress in those areas. She regularly updates her knowledge through professional development. I have Parkinson’s Disease, and she has gone out of her way to learn massage techniques that are helpful in relieving my symptoms. I highly recommend her.” ~Gene G.
Massage for Stroke Recovery
Massage can be a wonderful compliment to other therapies during stroke recovery. A session might consist of a focus on increasing range of motion on the affected side so that physical or occupational therapy can focus more on strengthening or balance. Or a session may be focused on relaxing the unaffected side that’s been doing more work to compensate for loss of strength or mobility on the affected side. During massage we can focus on areas that may not receive care during other therapies due to time constraints. I work with clients with communication disorders and have resources available to help us communicate well.
Massage for ALS
Research on massage for those living with ALS indicates that a gentler approach is better. For my clients with ALS, I use a combination of light massage with range of motion stretches for neck, shoulders, arms, hands, hips, and ankles.