Author Archives: Kathryn Keach

Cranial sacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from osteopathy, which is an approach that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. Some ailments that Cranial Sacral Therapy can help to improve are migraine headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma of any kind, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and others.

Deep tissue massage works through layers of muscle in order to relieve chronic tension. A combination of slow deep strokes and deep static compression is used to target areas where clients have developed muscular adhesions that are contributing to a decrease in range of motion, inflammation and pain. Some people may experience a bit of soreness 24 to 48 hours after receiving this type of massage, but experience a significant relief afterwards.

Swedish massage uses broad, flowing effleurage strokes to relax large muscle groups. It is often used to warm the tissues before applying deeper pressure. This modality is perfect for clients who may be experiencing stress in their lives and need help to relax. Physiologically the body can’t tell the difference between an imagined threat and a physical threat. Emotional stress can manifest itself physically by triggering the body to undergo temporary changes in response to this perceived threat. This state is commonly referred to as “fight or flight”. When someone is constantly stressed out, the body can become stuck in this state. Over time this can lead to detrimental health issues. Massage can help to bring the body back into balance by calming the nervous system and allowing it to return to a relaxed, healthy state.

Myofacial Release and Trigger Point Therapy: Myofacial and Trigger Point Therapy techniques are effective in addressing specific issues, both chronic and acute. These modalities will aid in healing soft tissue injuries and reducing chronic pain by helping to return blood flow to oxygen deprived tissues in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Over time, clients should begin to experience an increased range of motion due to a reduction in muscular and connective tissue adhesions. These sessions are typically done in a wellness package of 6 weeks in approximately 8 weeks time to effectively treat the problem and will also come with suggested stretches to speed recovery.

Sports massage is great for enhancing athletic performance. Using deep flushing strokes and various muscle energy techniques along with both passive and active stretching, clients should begin to experience healthier muscle tone and increased flexibility. This work helps to prepare for athletic events and recovery from a sports related injury. This modality helps maintain optimal tissue health and support you in an active lifestyle. Sports massage is great for athletes of all types. This style of bodywork is based on lengthening muscle by stretching and “flushing” toxins out of hard working tissue. If you are looking for greater tone and flexibility you may enjoy this modality. Often a client will bring sport shorts and women can wear a sports bra as well.

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Must I be completely undressed? Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? Will I be covered during the session? What parts of my body will be massaged? What will the massage or bodywork feel like? Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session? What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable? Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. Must I be completely undressed? Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with…

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Lori M. I met Kathryn when she began coming to the company I worked for to give ½ hour massages to employees. I had never had experience with massage before and was a little cautious the first few times I went, but she quickly put me at ease and made me feel safe and comfortable! Over the years she has worked on specific troubled areas (hip & lower back pain, migraines & tension in neck and shoulders) of my body very successfully. I rarely have trouble with my hip anymore and that is huge for me! Kathryn is very knowledgeable about many different areas of massage and the muscles in the body as well. She is always able to send me home with stretching exercises to use in between massages for troubled areas, and the understanding that she has of how the muscles work together along with the instructions for…

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Body Sense magazine is designed to educate consumers on the lasting benefits of frequent massage and bodywork and the value of good stress management. This beautiful publication is published by the editorial team of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Body Sense blends features on a variety of massage therapy modalities with tips for healthy living. Readers emerge with a better understanding of bodywork, inspired to book another session. The Body Sense philosophy considers massage therapy an integral facet of a healthy lifestyle, not just an indulgence. Spring 2017 Summer 2017  Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Autumn 2016 Winter 2016 Spring 2015 Summer 2015 Autumn 2015 Winter 2015 Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Autumn 2014 Winter 2014 Spring 2013 Summer 2013 Autumn 2013 Winter 2013 Spring 2012 Summer 2012 Autumn 2012 Winter 2012 Spring 2011 Summer 2011 Autumn 2011 Winter 2011 Winter 2010

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