Christina’s treatment philosophy is to treat the body and mind as a whole. Intuitively connecting to her clients needs, assessing tension, fascia restriction and injury to muscle tissue is her specialty. Relaxation is a key component to healing as is, eating well and consuming enough water. In addition, Christina assists her clients in relaxing prior to treating the affected areas, this approach both aids in a speeder recovery and reduces stress in the body.
Registered Massage Therapy
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy technique which uses a muscle’s own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition, and lengthen the muscle.
As compared to static stretching which is a passive technique in which therapist does all the work, MET it is an active technique in which patient is also an active participant. MET is based on the concepts of Autogenic Inhibition and Reciprocal Inhibition. If a sub-maximal contraction of the muscle is followed by stretching of the same muscle it is known as Autogenic Inhibition MET, and if a submaximal contraction of a muscle is followed by stretching of the opposite muscle than this is known as Reciprocal Inhibition MET.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spine and pelvis. Practitioners believe that this manipulation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in “primary respiration”. Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, as an offshoot osteopathy in the cranial field, or cranial osteopathy, which was developed in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland.
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of 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 pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. This technique is generally done without the use of oil or gel. An entire massage treatment can be done just working the connective tissue, it is effective, relieves pain and helps bring more health to the skin, fascia, and muscle. Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue.
Passive stretching is also referred to as relaxed stretching, and as static-passive stretching. This practitioner, that’s me assists you. A passive stretch is one where you assume a position and I help you hold it. Your body can move and stretch in many ways, when you are assisted into stretches that you wouldn’t normally do for yourself, the results of a great stretch feels amazing. For example, bringing your leg up high and me holding it there. This slow, relaxed stretching is useful in relieving spasms in muscles that are healing after an injury. Obviously, you should check with your doctor first to see if it is okay to attempt to stretch the injured muscles.
Proprioceptive Nueromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF stretching is currently the fastest and most effective way known to increase static-passive flexibility. It is not really a type of stretching but is a technique of combining passive stretching and isometric stretching (engaging the muscle but not moving the limb) in order to achieve maximum static flexibility. PNF was initially developed as a method of rehabilitating stroke victims. PNF refers to any of several post-isometric relaxation stretching techniques in which a muscle group is passively stretched, then contracts isometrically against resistance while in the stretched position, and then is passively stretched again through the resulting increased range of motion. PNF stretching employs the use of a partner, that’s me, to provide resistance against the isometric contraction and then later to passively take the joint through its increased range of motion. It may be performed, however, without a partner, although it is usually more effective with a partner’s assistance.