Therapeutic Massage: A term for any massage designed to enhance the body's health and well-being.
An increasing amount of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphin levels. In fact, more recent studies show massage to be anti-inflammatory!
Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. In addition, massage reduces the affect of unhealthy stress, encourages relaxation and promotes much needed body awareness.
Table Sessions range from 30 minutes (to address specific areas of injury), to a full hour, or even an hour and a half.
The client is usually unclothed. (Professional draping techniques are used to ensure both privacy and comfort.) However, sometimes my clients remain clothed, depending on the type of injury being addressed, and whether or not I need to use oils.
Whether clothed or unclothed, my clients receive professional body work in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.
My sessions include several types of massage and body-work techniques:
Deep Tissue: Not all injuries are on the surface. Sometimes the problem lies in a muscle beneath other muscle groups.
People often think that 'deep tissue massage' means painful massage. But that's not necessarily true. I believe you should be able to get into the deeper muscle layers without causing agony.
For instance, when I work on a client, I ask them for feedback. I tell them that, on a scale of 1 to 10, 1-to-7 is 'good pain', and 8-to-10 is 'bad pain'. A decent Deep-Tissue massage should never go above the 6 or 7 on the pain scale. Trust me- there is nothing to be gained by causing unnecessary pain.
In short- a Deep Tissue Massage should still be enjoyable, and it's a great way to repair chronic injuries!
Swedish Massage: This well-known style of massage was developed to work with the body's circulatory system.
A true Swedish Massage uses five techniques to improve circulation. Effleurage (spreading the oil and warming up the muscles), petrissage (kneading and working the muscles to break-down scar tissue), tapotement (slight tapping), and lastly vibration and friction (to draw blood back into the muscles). Another key element of Swedish Massage is that all the strokes are done toward the heart. This is why it benefits blood circulation as well as lymph flow.
Soft Tissue Release: A very effective and specific technique (also known as Active Tissue Release or 'Pin and Stretch) ideal for sports injuries.
Soft Tissue Release breaks up scar tissue and releases trigger-points while realigning the muscle fibers for a more complete repair.
I have helped many clients get out of pain and regain range-of-motion with this simple technique. It's particularly helpful for resolving sciatica, plantar fasciiitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sometimes even vertigo!
Thai Massage: Whereas Swedish Massage works from the periforal towards the heart, Thai Massage moves from the center out, releasing constricted fascia, ligaments and tendons.
I learned Thai massage techniques from a good friend, who learned from her mother while growing up in Thailand. It's an exceptional form of bodywork, focusing on muscle chains (how muscles are actually linked together, one-to-another). The Western approach to anatomy, while useful, often compartmentalizes the body, separating and isolating various parts and organs for the purpose of specialized study. Thai Massage (and other Oriental approaches to physiology) look at things as they function in series, or as a unit.
Thai massage, therefore, doesn't just focus on the site of the injury or discomfort, but takes into account the context of the injury.
Reflexology: A style of bodywork applied to the feet and hands with the intention of affecting areas of the body not easily reached by standard massage techniques.
Being the 'open-minded-skeptic' that I am, I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of this modality. To be perfectly honest, I thought it was just 'snake-oil' when I first heard about it! But I began putting it to the test early on in my practice, and saw results that I could not dismiss. So now I incorporate it into my sessions on an as-needed basis. I also do full reflexology treatments (hands and/or feet) and teach workshops and give lessons to those who want to bring this powerful experience to their family and friends.
What's right for you? Call 484.798.8029 to discuss your situation.
Triscale Massage and Bodywork is located at
POSTURING FOR HEALTH 401-A Gordon Dr. Exton PA. 19341