Therapeutic massage is a time-honored, hands-on healing art that treats the body’s soft tissues using a combination of strokes, applied pressure, and stimulation to acupressure points. Massage increases circulation, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes, and improving overall bodily function and mental clarity. By reducing stiffness and tension in the muscles, massage allows for greater mobility, promoting a sense of ease. The release of endorphins that occurs naturally during massage, combined with the nurturing aspect of touch therapy, generates an enhanced sense of well-being.
What types of problems does massage therapy address?
Most types of musculoskeletal and chronic pain, as well as various organic conditions, can be treated with therapeutic massage.
What are the common types of therapeutic massage and how do they work?
Swedish massage involves the application of directed pressure to muscles against deeper muscles and bones, and the rubbing of muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. This technique relaxes the muscles, improves circulation, eliminates wastes, and stimulates the skin and nervous system. Deep tissue massage focuses more specifically on problem areas, using greater pressure at deeper layers of the muscle. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage that opens the body’s energy meridians by stimulating specific acupressure points. Craniosacral therapy addresses tensions and restrictions within the cerebrospinal membranes and bones of the head and spinal column.
Nina Medley, LMT has been practicing massage therapy for nearly 30 years, 22 of those with Barry L. Silverman, DC. Her formal education includes Shiatsu and Reflexology study with Martin Ravitzsky in New York, private study of deep tissue with Anthony Colagreco, and most recently, certification in Pre- and Post-natal massage and advanced Gua Sha.
She brings a deeply intuitive approach to her practice by following the energetic pathways through the body to give the most effective results. She tailors each session by assessing individual needs and responses to techniques to provide a treatment unique to each client she sees. A typical session may include deep tissue work, myofascial release, acupressure, meridian balancing and Gua Sha (a traditional Chinese method of remedying muscle congestion with spoon work).
Nina has experience treating many complaints including, but not limited to, most musculoskeletal conditions such as whiplash, acute and chronic pain syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, trauma injuries and sports or professional performance (dance, acrobatics, acting, music) injuries or chronic strain conditions. She has also worked with migraine or chronic headache pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, scar tissue reduction, adhesion reduction and abdominal massage for fertility and digestive disorders.
Her areas of special interest include Gua Sha for scar tissue, sports and dance injuries and repetitive strain, abdominal treatment for digestive issues and head treatment for migraines, chronic headaches and sinus problems.