Donna has a way with bodies! She has an incredible capacity to know where to work and how to work with bodies, that creates the greatest change. Her intuition, knowledge of the body, & 18 years of advanced & therapeutic massage experience are fully recognized by all who receive therapeutic massage from her.

 

When working with a client, Donna sees each client and each session from a "new" space, allowing the client's body to show her where and how to work.  Donna pulls from many massage modalities that she has mastered, in addition to connecting to what each client’s body is requiring.  She specializes in individualized sessions based on your goals and creates a massage that will meet you and your body’s specific needs.

 

Deep Tissue & Relaxing Massage

Advanced Therapeutic Massage

Myofascial Release Therapy

Cranial Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Post-Natal Massage

C-section Recovery

Pre-Surgical Massage

Post-Surgical Massage

Scar Tissue Release

Energetic Body Processes

 

Many clients who are new to massage therapy can feel confused or overwhelmed about what type of massage they should request.  The good news is, when working with Donna, she will listen to what you want to get out of your massage and pull from all the types of massage she knows to give you the best massage for you.  However, to give you an introduction into some of the different modalities she uses often, please feel free to read the descriptions listed.

 

Deep Tissue & Relaxing Massage:

Most have heard of a Swedish massage, which is the classic type of “relaxing massage” that most spas offer.  Although Sweedish massage can be relaxing, it does not meet the needs of most clients and does not work on specific areas that require more attention required for relieving or alleviating muscle tension, stress, pain, or discomfort.  Donna uses more of a “deep tissue massage” approach to every massage she offers, always alleviating areas of discomfort while also creating a sense of overall relaxation and rejuvenation for the whole body.  The strokes used in deep tissue massage are similar to those used in a Swedish massage, except more pressure is used and the strokes will be applied across the grain of the muscles in various directions instead of only going with the grain of the muscles.   Deep tissue massages are more specific and the therapist always shows extra attention to the areas of the body that are experiencing tension, stress, soreness, pain, discomfort, injury, and restricted range of motion.  (The massage should not hurt but might feel a little less comfortable than a Swedish massage.  If you feel the pressure is too hard, always tell your therapist. Do not act tough if the massage causes severe pain or the pressure is too hard, as it may do more damage than restoration.)

 

Advanced Therapeutic Massage:

Advanced therapeutic massage will address pain management, injury rehabilitation, symptom relief, wellness, & rejuvenation.  The techniques used include deep tissue, trigger point, sports massage, stretching & lymphatic massage, reflexology, myofascial release, cranial massage, active & passive release, & more.

 

Myofascial Release Therapy:

Myofacial release is a very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle & sustained pressure onto the myofascial connective tissue, allowing it to stretch, unbind, and release.  Myofascial release therapy eliminates pain and restrictions restoring motion and ease to the whole body.  Myofascial release is known to significantly reduce scar tissue and adhesion in the soft tissue caused by surgeries, injuries, or other types of trauma.  So often, standard massages techniques address the belly of the muscles, but neglect the membrane of the muscles and surrounding tissues that are pulling and contributing to the problem.  Myofascial release therapy addresses the membrane of the muscle and surrounding tissues that are attached to the area needing release, so that the relaxed muscle does not go back to the way it was before the massage, by taking back on the contracted and restricted shape of its membrane. 

These common symptoms can be relived with Myofascial Release: Headaches (Migraine or Tension), Neck Pain / Whiplash, TMJ Disorder, Abdominal Scarring, Fybromyalgia, Women's Issues, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Hiatal Hernia, Carpal Tunnel, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Hip/Pelvic Pain, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis. Myofascial Release Therapy is also ideal for restoring breathing by releasing soft tissue that is creating restricted breathing. 

 

WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL TISSUE? 

Myofascial tissue is a web-like tissue that covers the body from head to toe.  It functions as a membrane to the whole body, under the skin.  It is a three-dimensional webbing, without any interruption or separation, that also serves as a membrane to every individual muscle, organ, and even every cell.  Trauma, injury, inflammation, and poor or repetitive posture, will restrict this webbing and cause excessive pressure on muscles, joints, organs, nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels. 

Cranial Massage:

Cranial massage is a technique that applies pressure to certain points on and around the head, on the face, and in the area where the head and neck meet.  It is extremely effective for unlocking chronic neck issues as well as jaw issues.  Cranial therapy also relieves migraines, sinus pressure, and chronic headaches or tension.

 

 

Pregnancy Massage:

Although Donna does not actively practice as a doula, she is also a CAPPA certified doula and understands pregnancy in a way that allows her to have special insights with pre-natal and perinatal massage. 

 

Pregnancy massage shares many of the same goals as regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore areas, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.  It is also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and is beneficial in every trimester and stage of pregnancy.

 

During the first trimester, many women appreciate the calm and nurturing benefits of a massage as they may be dealing with new physical symptoms and sensations throughout their bodies.  During the second & third trimesters, pregnant women greatly enjoy the special form Donna uses on the massage table, that allows them to comfortably lie both face up in a reclined position and face down with their bellies & breast comfortably snuggled into the form. 

 

During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain, leg cramping, and sciatica.  Additionally, it can reduce swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn’t a result of preeclampsia), relieve carpal tunnel pain, and alleviate headaches and sinus congestion – all common during pregnancy.

 

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts extra stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders.  Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvic forward, which can create achy imbalances that can be easily corrected with massage.  Pregnancy massage can prepare your muscles for an easy labor and quick recovery.

 

In addition to knowing where to work, as a certified pre-natal massage therapist, Donna also knows which areas and techniques to avoid, so that your massage is safe for your pregnancy.  It is still important to communicate and let her know right away if anything during the massage, including your positioning, causes you any discomfort or concern.

 

Post-Natal Massage:

Postpartum massage can be as important and beneficial as pregnancy massage.  Massage can improve post-delivery recovery and health, and support the transition to your new maternal role.  Donna can assist you with physical, emotional, and educational support as you find the joy of motherhood.  Unique postpartum benefits from massage include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding.  More advanced therapy helps restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition, speeds healing, and assists with C-section recovery.  When receiving a perinatal massage, many mothers want to leave their baby in good hands and take a break.  However, some moms prefer to bring their newborn infant with them.

 

C-section Recovery:

An important part of perinatal massage is working on scar tissue and adhesion formed from a C-section.  If you have undergone a c-section, then managing this scar area is very important to not only the healing process of the direct incision, but also the connective tissue, structures, and organs around the c-section area.  As wounds heal and scar tissue is formed, it can expand inside the body and fuse to organs, attaching what is not normally stuck together.  If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic pain, pain in your legs and hips, or any issues with digestion, elimination, or urination, you might be dealing with adhesions from your c-section.  Adhesions may occur on the surface of our bodily structures or deep within them.  They can join any structure in the body to its neighbor, or to distant structures causing confusing symptoms of pain or dysfunction.  Massaging the scar area also revives the feeling back to the surgical area by alleviating the numbing sensation caused by the adhesion surrounding the nerves

 

The website Pregnancy.org explains:

When scar tissue forms it lays its fibers down very haphazardly in all different directions. It also may adhere to tissues you don’t want it to, mainly the fascia and organs. The fascia is a band of connective tissues covering or binding together parts of the body, such as muscles or organs. In the abdomen it can cause adhesions. Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that bind together body parts that are normally unconnected. Any tissue it comes into contact with may stick to it. With c-sections it’s very common to have an adhesion on your colon, ovary or between your bladder and uterus. Think of these fibers as a tangled mess of yarn that has bounced around your room, wrapped around everything but where it should be! Scar tissue needs to be shown how to lie down properly.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pre-Surgical Massage, Post-Surgical Massage, & Scar Tissue Release

In order to understand the benefits of pre-surgical massage, post-surgical massage, & scar tissue release, it is important to understand how scar tissue and adhesions can affect both the cosmetic and functionality of the surgical area. 

 

Scar Tissue and Adhesions

Not many people talk about these two areas of recovery but nearly everyone experiences them as a normal part of healing.  Pelvic organ dysfunction, scar pain, numbing sensations, muscle or joint restriction, and limited range of motion in the body, after any type of surgery, are often due to post-surgical adhesions.  As the healing process commences collagen fibers are laid down at the site of injury to create powerful healing bonds that aid recovery.  This leads to the formation of ADHESIONS.  These adhesions, which initially have a hugely positive role to play in wound healing, can later create the foundation for dysfunction as their structures can bind to nearby organs and tissues within the pelvic cavity and around the site of the wound.  For example, with a lot of women post C-Section this can result in a pulling or trapped sensation when they eventually return to full-range movements as part of their daily lives and exercise programs.  Adhesions can also be a source of digestive problems, bowel obstruction, and bladder or uterine complications.  A very common issue is lower back pain and pelvic pain. Abdominal scar tissue can adhere to all the tissues directly in front of the sacrum.  The sacrum is the triangular bone located at the base of your spine that joins the hipbone on each side and forms part of the pelvis. The sacrum needs to be able to bend forward and backwards with all of our movements.  There is fascia that runs from the pubic bone around the bladder, uterus and colon and attaches back to the sacrum.

 

Once the surgical scar is healed, massage is often an overlooked form of care that person can use to minimize at least the more superficial scar tissue that may have built up due to surgery.  The aim is to start gently as soon as the wound is fully healed before the adhesions harden and become less responsive the massage as opposed to waiting months/years.  Massage also has the benefit of being soothing, and encourages blood flow to and lymph drainage away from the site of healing.  Even if your surgery is a thing of the long past, post – surgical massage can still greatly help to break down the adhesions and create a more pleasing appearance of the actual scar itself.

 

Pre-Surgical Massage

This work is for those who are trying to avoid surgery or who have a scheduled surgery and want to get optimal results from that surgery.  Advanced therapeutic massage can become an alternative to surgery, if you pay attention to an injury early enough.  Donna has been able to help hundreds of clients eliminate unnecessary surgery by addressing the issues with advanced therapeutic massage techniques and alleviating the issues that were once seemingly warranting surgery.  Such surgeries include: neck and back surgery, rotator cuff surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, and more. 

 

Pre-surgical massage is also ideal for those who are already scheduled for a surgery who are looking for the optimal healing and cosmetic effects from the surgery site.  Bleeding is a large factor in the amount of adhesion that is created from surgical incisions.  When the myofascial tissue is release and the body has balance and mobility before the surgery, surgeons often report that the surgery went smoother, less bleeding occurred, and patients healed faster.  

 

Donna has also had great success working with clients who are choosing elective and cosmetic surgeries.  So often, cosmetic surgeons have reported to Donna and her clients how some of their “Best work” showed up from the clients having this type of massage done before the surgery! 

 

Breast cancer patients who have to undergo hysterectomy (single or bi-lateral) also greatly benefit from pre-surgical massage.  One of the most common complaints Donna hears from clients who come to her after the surgery is how much their upper backs or necks hurt.  She also hears of complaints of breathing restrictions or range of motion with arms.  If the back, chest, arms and neck are balanced and released before the surgery, these complaints diminish immensely.  Even if these complaints show up to a small degree after the surgery, the clients can find quicker relief through post-surgical massage than those clients who did not choose pre-surgical massage.  

 

 

Post-Surgical Massage

Once the surgical scar is healed, massage is often an overlooked form of care that person can use to minimize at least the more superficial scar tissue that may have built up due to surgery.  The aim is to start gently as soon as the wound is fully healed before the adhesions harden and become less responsive the massage as opposed to waiting months/years.  Massage also has the benefit of being soothing, and encourages blood flow to and lymph drainage away from the site of healing.  Even if your surgery is a thing of the long past, post – surgical massage can still greatly help to break down the adhesions and create a more pleasing appearance of the actual scar itself.

 

Many plastic surgeons and patients of cosmetic surgery have also reported substantial benefits to the healing process after the surgery as well as the cosmetic appearance and outcome of the final results.   Scars are much less significant after receiving scar tissue release, pulling is resolved, lumpy feelings under the tissue smooth out and patients are much more satisfied with having their expectations made from the investment of their cosmetic surgery.

 

Read more regarding scar tissue and adhesions above. 

 

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