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Massage Therapy

Brenda Koveleski, is our licensed Orthopedic/Therapeutic Massage Therapist here at the studio. Over the past 9 years Brenda has worked with many patients that has suffered from: whiplash, migraines, low back and upper back tension, post injury, frozen shoulder, tendinitis/bursitis, arthritis, muscle spasms, sciatica, circulatory problems, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, shin splints, carpal tunnel, TMJ and many other acute and chronic pain issues. Brenda, also performs passive stretching on patients and teaches them stretching techniques that can be done at home to help control pain. The following are different type of therapy she offers:

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Brenda uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. Clients will often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

Prenatal massage

Prenatal massage pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Brenda who is certified in pregnancy massage knows the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.

Sports massage

Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t or relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release is stretching of the fascia, the thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia surrounding it become short and tight. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn’t expect. Myofascial release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. Only small areas of muscle are stretched at a time. Myofascial release is not a traditional massage. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain; myofascial release techniques are used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture.

I have curvature of the spine and as I’ve aged it has become more uncomfortable. The type of massage I find most helpful is deep tissue concentrating on myofascial release. I found Brenda to be excellent in both. She was very knowledgeable and seemed to get right to the spots that needed relief, and even suggested stretching exercises that would help my tightness. I could feel relief after the first visit.

~Lisa Butterfield