Lone Oak Bodywork & Massage Therapy
at Simply Grounded with Karen Gillespie, LMT, 651-210-9434

Techniques

Chair Massage/On-Site Massage

While in the chair, the patient's neck, back, shoulders, arms and hips are all accessible to the therapist. On-site massage refers to a massage therapist that goes directly to the client. The setting can be in the client's home or workplace, however corporate massage (where the employer hires a massage therapist to come into the office a few times per week to perform 10 to15 minute massages right in the work place) is becoming more and more popular as an employee incentive in the workplace. 

Deep Connective Tissue Massage

Deep connective tissue massage is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the bodys range of motion, to improve posture and to enhance the natural harmony of the entire body and mind.

Esalen Tissue Work

Esalen tissue work is a style of massage therapy that combines the classical techniques of Swedish Massage with stokes specifically designed to target the muscles and the circulatory system. 

Healing Stone Therapy

Healing Stone therapy, also known as hot and cold stone therapy, is a type of massage that uses smooth, heated and cooled stones to relieve stiffness and soreness, and to restore energy to aching muscles and joints.  Today, a Western-style Swedish massage still employs a series of long, gliding strokes, kneading of the muscles, and vibrational taps that are so common when one thinks of massage

Integrative Massage

Integrative massage therapy is a treatment that involves the integration of therapy techniques from a number of different modalities of massage, somatic therapy and bodywork techniques. Some of the other therapy techniques that may be incorporated are touch therapy, stress management and energy work approaches.

Medicupping/Massage Cupping

Medicupping uses a machine to perform vacuumobilization and MediCupping therapy for the face and body. Massage cupping treatment helps drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles and stimulate the peripheral nervous system. This technique will be used with traditional therapeutic massage.

Massage cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a manual suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects. It is very important that therapists be able to effectively assess the condition (physical, mental and emotional) of their clients, before the procedure, so they employ the proper application of the cups to produce the desired outcome.

Myofascial Release   

The term myofascial release is derived from the Latin words myo (or muscle) and fascia (or elastic band).  Its no wonder many massage therapists and chiropractors liken the stretching of muscles and ligaments to the stretching of an elastic band.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy, which is sometimes called polarity balancing, is a biofield therapy that resemble Reiki in its emphasis on energy flow, human touch, and the energy centers (chakras) in the human body.  It integrates bodywork with diet, yoga-based exercise, and self-awareness techniques to release energy blockages in the patient's body, mind, or feelings. Polarity theory divides the body into three horizontal and four vertical zones (right, left, front, and back), each having a positive, negative, or neutral charge. Energy currents in the zones are correlated with five energy centers in the body corresponding to the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) of Ayurvedic medicine.

Reflexology/Foot Massage - Integrated with full body massage

Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body and puts the body back in to balance.

Relaxation Massage                                                                                                                                

A relaxation massage is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effectsor for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort

Swedish Massage

Traditional Swedish massage was introduced by Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, in Stockholm, Sweden in the year 1812. This massage technique is characterized by its firm, yet calming pressure that improves blood circulation, eases muscle tension, and improves flexibility