Bodywork with Joy Smith

Bodywork - Benefits & Types

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

MODALITIES

I enjoy blending many different massage styles and techniques to accomplish what my clients need during a session. See the list below for descriptions of the modalities I use.

Sensory Repatterning 

This modality is deeply relaxing. It uses slow joint movements and wave-like motion to bring awareness to the client's natural body rhythm and increase range of motion. It creates structural awareness within the body so that it can move more gracefully.  *can be done fully clothed

 

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 

This style of bodywork is gentle in that the practioner pays attention to the subtle patterns within the Central Nervous System and provides a neutral space so that the body can inherently reorient itself to a state of balance.     *can be done fully clothed

 

Deep Tissue Sculpting 

In this particular style of deep tissue work, the therapist slowly sinks and melts into specific muscles through compressions and strokes. The compression is either held or a stroke follows the fibers direction as the muscle opens up and reorganizes.  

 

Neuromuscular Therapy 

This modality addresses pain and its neurological components. It breaks the pain cycle by relieving trigger points (small hyperirritable points in the tissue that refer pain elsewhere in the body) and by addressing specific muscles that are trapping nerves or have constricted blood flow.

 

Circulatory Massage 

Also known as Swedish massage, Circulatory massage is based on relaxing and/or invigorating long strokes applied with oil to the body. It increases circulation of the blood and lymphatic system.

 

Structural Integration

This technique requires more client participation than other modalities. The therapist applies a compression into the soft tissue and directs the client to move a specific joint(s). That movement will allow the compression to follow the soft tissue as it opens up and releases tension. The main difference between Deep Tissue Sculpting and Structural Integration is the intent of the compressions/strokes. Structural Integration opens up the fascia (soft tissue) that surrounds the muscles and bones while DTS works on the muscles themselves.

 

Thai Massage

This Asian healing art is a blend of deep rhythmic presses and yoga like stretches. The practitioner uses their hands, feet and thumbs to follow lines up and down the entire body. This style is traditionally done fully clothed on a mat on the floor but parts of it can be adapted for the massage table.  ∗can be done fully clothed

 

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