Swedish massage. The staple of massage schools, Swedish massage consists of gliding strokes, compression and rhythmic tapping. These techniques are great at increasing circulation, reducing muscle tension and de-stressing the nervous system.
Clinical massage. As practiced at White Ginger Healing, clinical massage includes a wide variety of techniques useful for someone who has pain or reduced range of motion due to injury (auto accident, worker’s comp, repetitive use, posture or other injury), either recently (acute), or up to years prior (chronic). Clinical massage deals with soft-tissue problems, thus I treat dysfunctions of the skin, fascia, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A small sample of techniques includes myofascial release, Swedish strokes, neuromuscular therapy (trigger point therapy), deep tissue work, post-isometric relaxation for tense muscle tissue, and friction techniques to treat tendon and ligament injuries. Acupressure and heat therapy are also used when appropriate.
Oncology massage. There is no claim to cure any cancer or illness. At White Ginger Healing your health and wellbeing is my primary concern. Massage can have significant benefit as part of an integrated approach to cancer care. Whether you are newly diagnosed, currently under treatment, a long-term survivor, or receiving palliative care, skilled touch modalities are safe, and may help you to heal (become whole again) and improve your quality of life. Never designed to replace traditional medical care, these techniques augment and enhance the treatments prescribed by your physician(s).
Note: A large study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that massage lowered anxiety (52%), pain (40%), fatigue (41%), depression (31%), and nausea (21%) in cancer patients.
I have received specialized training to provide safe, effective complementary care to people with cancer. These touch modalities may differ from what people typically think of as “getting a massage”. There may need to be site or pressure adjustments, or the timing of massage sessions may need to be adjusted to your medical treatments. Although previously taught otherwise, there is no evidence that gentle, skilled massage causes cancer to metastisize (spread).
Acupressure. Finger/thumb pressure upon specific points stimulates energy flow along meridians according to principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These are the same points utilized in acupuncture. My training in acupressure comes from two sources, courses I took in treating neck, back, and head pain and courses in oncology massage where the focus of the acupressure was directed at the immune system, symptom reduction, and the emotional side of serious illness. Thus, my knowledge is limited to these areas. An acupuncturist (see Cathrine `Cat’ Wingate, LAc and owner of East Hawaii Wellness Center), has much more extensive training. “I pluck a few strings, but Cat conducts the whole orchestra”.
Foot Reflexology. Reflexologists believe that stimulating specific areas of the foot or hand can have a healing effect on other, distant body parts or organs. How this happens is unclear in my mind, and there have not been any compelling scientific studies…yet. Still, I have had enough anecdotal information to make me a believer in its potential. Again, my training in these techniques is not as broad as someone who is certified in reflexology.
Hot Rocks. The use of warmed rocks for massage is described by most clients as “yummy”. I use water-warmed stones for two primary purposes, deep tissue work (heat softens the tissues, and the rock gives added pressure) and for stimulating specific acupressure points that respond well to heat.
Craniosacral Therapy. CST is a gentle, yet potentially profound modality. Basically, the practitioner, with only light touch, works to enhance the functioning of the central nervous system by improving the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The CSF flows through the ventricles of the brain and bathes the spinal cord from the cranium to the sacrum. According to John Upledger, DO, the founder of craniosacral therapy, there is a natural rhythm to the flow of the CSF, but trauma or tension in the body can impede its proper flow. CST works to restore that rhythmic flow. And since the central nervous system controls virtually everything in the body, a series of effective sessions can have far-reaching benefits (pain relief, emotional health, stress relief, etc). Additionally, CST may be a good choice for people for whom other massage modalities have been ineffective. A CST session is done with the client fully clothed, takes about an hour, and is often deeply relaxing. Note: I am a novice at CST but intend to continue its study because I believe it offers hope for many.