In my professional massage practice, I specialize in therapeutic massage for pain relief.
My practice is not really the place for gentle relaxation massage or the foo-foo-fluff like a swanky day spa. There are no body treatments or seaweed wraps. If you are looking to fall asleep or have just a light touch relaxation massage, I am NOT the massage therapist for you.
That’s not to say my massage clients don’t relax. They absolutely do! But my goal isn’t to make clients fall asleep. My goal is specific, targeted, therapeutic work for PAIN RELIEF.
If you come in with physical pain, especially in your shoulder, back, neck, or hip, I will target the session to the specific areas of pain, so that we maximize our time together.
In other words, if you have low back pain, I’m going to focus my time with you on your back and other areas related to the low back like glutes, piriformis, IT bands, and such. It’s not likely I’ll spend any time on your arms or hands in a targeted session for your low back.
True therapeutic massage is targeted to a specific pain or dysfunction.
Will you feel better after your session is complete? Yes. Will you be magically “fixed” in an hour? Probably not. Let’s be realistic. If you have had pain for days, weeks, or months, one hour will not be a cure all. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
Truly correcting dysfunction or relieving pain is a process. We take care to create a specific, targeted treatment plan for you, and we will work together to get you back to feeling great!
Now, you may be asking yourself… is my practice only strictly deep tissue work?
There is a BIG difference between “deep tissue” work and Therapeutic Massage. And while Therapeutic Massage may incorporate deeper therapy work, it does not necesasarily mean all deep work all the time.
I practice Therapeutic Massage for Pain Relief.
The term “deep tissue” massage is a really subjective term. Here is how I work, and what makes my professional practice highly effecive and vastly different than others:
I hold an advanced diploma in sports massage, and I am highly skilled and trained in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, active release technique (ART), soft tissue release, myoskeletal realignment, stretch, sports techniques, and more. I’m also a former endurance athlete, and I’ve felt similar pain to what many of my clients come to me for treatment with.
Because of my background and experience, I do happen to get a lot of clients that mistakenly think I’m the Deep Tissue Queen, and they request “deep tissue” massage. What they really want is pain relief. But some are misguided to think “deep” tissue work and “therapeutic” work are the same.
If you come to my business thinking I’m going to apply the deepest pressure ever, you will be disappointed. If you come to me thinking I’m going to do basic swedish techniques, only very deep and verrrrrry slowly, you’ll also be disappointed.
Some people have this notion that deep tissue massage is ultra-deep pressure, as hard as the therapsit can possibly work. Very often, clients will tell me “I have a high tolerance for pain, work as deep as you can”. Uhhhh… NO. This statement actully makes my eyeballs roll back in my head involuntarily. If I had a nickel for every time someone said this, I’d own my own tropical island by now.
Deep work is not always the best way to address an issue.. and deep work like this is NOT how I practice my therapeutic massage work.
You see, we don’t have to pulverize the muscle into submission to get it to relax. Heavy, deep pressure in a massage is such a huge misconception! Not only can this sort of therapy leave bruises or damage to muscle tissue, it can actually stimulate resistance during the session, which is the opposite of the goal, and can further exacerbate an even more activated pain cycle.
Your body and your muscles may have “a high tolerance for pain”, but my goal is to work with the muscles, NOT to work beyond what your muscles will tolerate. Nor is my goal to ever cause pain, tissue damage, or injury.
My goal is to work WITH the muscles to help them relax, let go of tension, and function better.
During a treatment session, I give my clients a “pain scale” to judge the pressure. While this can differ in energy from one client to the next, the basics are the same. I tell my clients that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being PAIN, any work I do should never go above a 7. This way, we allow the muscle to relax. If we work too hard or use too much pressure, the muscle will resist.
Pay attention, kids… I’m going to say that again, because it’s really important: If we work too hard or use too much pressure, the muscle will resist.
If the muscles resist, they don’t relax. Which is actually the opposite of our goal for therapeutic massage for pain relief.
I don’t want to battle muscles in every therapeutic session. I want to challenge them, yes… and work WITH them to do what they do naturally.
Working this way will not cause my client to be bruised, or feel like he or she got hit by a bus afterwards.
Therapeutic massage is not only just for big burly athletes. Therapeutic massage is for ANYONE who is experiencing pain! It’s for regular people like you and me, young, old, moms, dads, office workers, grannies, weekend warriors, power shoppers, computer gurus… anyone really, whether you’re active or sedentary… If you have pain, therapeutic massage can help!
If you are looking for targeted, focused, specific pain relief, I’m your gal.
Want to book a session to see how therapeutic massage for pain relief differs from your fluff massage at the neighborhood day spa? You can do that right here:
I’m looking forward to seeing you in the studio!
Love, Cam xoxo