At Body Fix Therapies we specialize in orthopedic massage, which is different from a relaxation massage or basic deep tissue. (Although we do those too!)
Orthopedic massage is designed to alleviate and reverse different musculoskeletal dysfunctions that cause chronic pain and discomfort. It utilizes a variety of assessment techniques to determine the location, type and nature of the dysfunction. During our sessions we search for soft tissue holding patterns which keep a person from getting better. Holding patterns occur due to people doing the same movements repetitively, or holding a certain posture for long periods of time, often years. Our end goal is to realign your posture to a balanced state so that there are no areas that incur strain, which is often the primary cause of chronic injury and pain.
Our different techniques work to break holding patterns in a manner that keeps the client as relaxed as possible so as to have the effects last as long as possible. While what we do can fall into the deep tissue massage category we do not hold to the theory that it has to hurt in order to work. In fact, we have found it to be quite the opposite, that if a client is not relaxed due to the pain the practitioner is causing then the muscles will only contract more as they fight against the discomfort. We only go as deep and as fast as each person’s body is ready for. It can be a very relaxing massage and more people fall asleep during these types of sessions then during a typical Swedish massage!
Each massage is tailored to the needs and goals of each client. There is never a routine. Soft tissue holding patterns require a person to be relaxed in order to let go, which can take some time, so we generally do not do sessions less than 90 minutes.
We have had great success with fibromyalgia / chronic myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue, migraines, headaches, TMJ, old injury treatment, dysfunctions resulting from chronic disease such as MS, lupus, and cancers, as well as any other re-occurring areas with pain.