therapeutic massage for active adults in Union Square NYC

This post is part of a series on Frequently Asked Questions that I hear from my clients or friends.  If you have any other particular questions about the massage experience, always feel free to reach out!


I use all effective massage techniques that I have learned in the past 6 years in the course of my sessions with the following goals:
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  • to ensure everyday athletes perform at their best during workouts and competitions, and recover as quickly as possible from injury
  • to help individuals just cleared for massage after surgery to heal as quickly as possible, to keep mobility in their scars, and to move past a sometimes traumatic moment in their lives
  • to support pregnant women and new mothers in caring for themselves, successfully manage and move beyond the physical discomfort from all the changes their body is going through
  • to assist busy professionals to manage the reality of computer work and have painfree productive days
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My work mostly focuses on “Western Massage.”  I use this term often to describe my work when asked. It simply allows me to differentiate from Eastern traditions such as Tui Na, Shiatsu, Thai, or Reflexology, or other forms of bodywork.  (Massage vs Bodywork is another blog post altogether).
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For me, Western massage includes the techniques of swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, rolfing, orthopedic, and medical massage.  These are all the modalities within massage and bodywork that begin with a western, scientific roadmap of the human body, thinking in terms of muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues.

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Eastern bodywork comes from a different foundation, approaching the human body as part of an nonphysical energetic system made up of elements and forces that influence and direct the physical.

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Ecclectic bodywork is another group.  For me it includes Polarity Therapy, Cranio-sacral Therapy, and Reiki, for example.  They don’t pull exactly from Chinese medicine, but also aren’t grounded in the western scientific model.
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Personally, I don’t dismiss the existence of an energetic nonphysical component to life and the human being.  But I use the western model when thinking of a client and planning how best to help them within my scope of practice, and the techniques I apply draw mostly from the western model.
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Disclaimer:  It should be clear by now that this is no scholarly article but a basic description of my general current understanding as I go about my every day work.  A simple google search will flush out my sketch in wonderful detail!

What different kinds of bodywork have you experienced?  Any stand outs?  What are you looking for when you go to different practitioners?

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