Medical Massage and Rolfing
Specialized Medical Massage
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of specific treatment protocols targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with physician’s diagnosis and administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.
The term medical massage has grown in popularity because of its unique ability to bring massage therapy into the mainstream and present massage therapy in a positive view to doctors. More good massage therapists are raising their education level and integrating the term medical massage into their routines daily. A massage therapist can bill for a massage as long as they are a licensed massage
therapist and are able to show improvement in a condition of a patient/client. Though in many states insurance companies still do not recognize their training and will not reimburse the therapist.
The term medical massage was birthed out of: the public’s need for highly skilled, hands-on therapists in treating those with injuries and chronic
pain, the present explosion of information in the injury-rehabilitation field which began with the ground-breaking work of Dr. Janet G Travell (1901–1997,) and the benefit patients receive when medical massage therapists and doctors work together.
Adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_massage
Rolfing® Structural Integration
Rolfing is a holistic philosophy, science, and art that structurally and functionally integrates the body in gravity through myofascial manipulation and movement education.
Chronic pain, acute trauma, and emotional distress limit ease and function in the body; thus disturbing the balance of our inherent capabilities. Rolfing supports restoration and maintenance of that balance.
“Rolfing must be painful.” This popular misconception dates back to a time when structural
integrators worked ON clients rather than WITH them. Rolfing has evolved. My practice is slow and quite gentle. Pain is not a catalyst for change. Transformative change occurs with realization of individual resources and freedom of choice. Assisting that transformation is my practice.
The Ten Series – Rolfing is commonly practiced in a series of ten, one-hour sessions conducted weekly or monthly, allowing for sufficient integration time. Post ten work is available three to six months after an initial series.
Rolfing is a participatory form of bodywork. Practitioner and recipient attend to structure and function/movement, with both subtle and active intentions.
Your comfort and security is important to me. Form fitted undergarments or bikini style swimwear are typical attire for clients throughout the series. Such attire best supports structural analysis and facial manipulation.