Massage Therapy

Integrative Massage a combination of deep tissue techniques, swedish, sports massage, and myofascial release focused on releasing tension within the soft tissues of the body to improve overall health and well being. Integrative massage is a combination of all I’ve learned adapted to each client’s needs. I create customized treatments, therefore no two treatments will feel the same.

Myofascial Release aims to stretch the fascia and restore tissue mobility. Pressure is held for upward of several minutes at one location of the body to allow for fascial release to take place. There is little to no use of massage oil to enhance the grip of the affected areas. This technique is often integrated with other deep tissue and swedish techniques.

Trigger Point Therapy a technique incorporated with deep tissue treatments. A technique used to release unhealthy tissue, known as “knots”. Knots are a result of tightly contracted muscle tissue that cut-off their own blood supply. These knots are also referred to as “trigger points” because when pressed upon or not, pain is triggered. Trigger point therapy is an interactive process – the therapist communicates with the client to effectively release these tight spots.

Additional Therapies:

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is founded on the belief that the body knows exactly how to heal. The theory of CST is based on the understanding that restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid affect the function of the central nervous system, which lead to dis-ease and/or pain. CST can help release trapped emotion, trauma and chronic pain. Tara studied the Upledger method of CST with Dr. Maureen Schwer. CST can be a stand alone modality for 60-75 minutes, or it can be a component of a integrative massage session.

TRE® (tension & trauma releasing exercises) is an innovative series of exercises that helps the body release patterns of muscular tension and stress. TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that calms the nervous system. This is known as the “therapeutic tremor”. Tara received her training under Susan Shifman and Nkem Ndefo. TRE sessions are interactive and the client is learning how to activate the tremor response. Bodywork is not a component of these sessions.

Cupping + Scraping (coming soon!) In August 2017 Tara began learning Traditional Thai Medical theory with Deborah Hodges. Thai fire cupping and scraping therapies are used for helping scar tissue, releasing tight fascia + soft tissue, releasing accumulated waste, dispersing stagnation, and increasing circulation. Either therapies can be added into a 60, 75, 90 or 120 min session at no additional cost. Scraping is done during the last 15-20 minutes of the session whereas cupping will be added throughout the treatment.

If you are interested in receiving an additional modality along with traditional massage or in lieu of, please discuss options with Tara at your first session.