Myofascial Release Techniques
Myofascial release is a form of bodywork that can be immensely effective in decreasing pain, restoring range of motion and breaking down scar tissue.
The magic of myofascial work is in the breakdown or release of adhesions or scar tissue within the connective tissue that binds together muscles, bones, organs and nerves. When tension is released throughout the connective tissue, it can return to it's normal, flexible state. Thus, the client can feel more flexibility and less pain.
Connective tissue (or fascia) is one contiguous, structural unit, so it's important to keep the "architecture" of our body healthy and mobile.
*LMTs available for this modality: Kirsten, Kelly, Emily, Allison
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Release
Your masseter muscle is a primary chewing muscle and it's also a muscle that clenches your jaw and grinds your teeth. So it's easy to see how the masseter muscle can become easily irritated, causing "trigger points" to form. These adhesions can lead to myriad issues in the head and neck region such as tension headaches, bruxism, TMJ syndrome, and not as commonly, tinnitus and toothaches.
Fortunately, these trigger points are quite common and relatively easy to treat with massage therapy techniques. Both intra-oral jaw techniques as well as working superficially on the jaw and neck can be very effective treatments for TMJ disorders.
*LMT specializing in this modality: Kirsten Longmeier
Ortho-Bionomy is an effective, non-evasive bodywork modality developed by the British
Osteopath, Author Lincoln Pauls. It is a gentle technique where physical positioning of the body,
gentle movements, brief compression and subtle contact is used to activate the body’s reflexes,
encouraging the body to self-correct and restore balance. Through this process the individual is
empowered to rediscover their ability to heal and restore comfort, ease and balance back into their
lives. Clients often experience tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being.
LMT specializing in this modaility: Yvonne Heitz
Certified Maternity Massage
Maternity massage can address different needs for each woman depending on her unique phase in the maternity process. Pregnant women can benefit from bodywork in many ways, including reduction of low back pain, sciatic-like symptoms, and reduce swelling in the joints.
Postpartum bodywork includes techniques that increase milk production, restore muscle tone to abdominals, helps reposition the pelvis and spine after delivery and relieve pain for upper back muscles that newly support heavier breasts and the weight of carrying an infant.
*All LMTs available for this modaility
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage or Joint Mobilization
Traditional Thai Massage is a form of bodywork that involves compression, deep stretching and acupressure. Slow, yoga-like positions are common in these sessions. No oil or lotion is used and the recipient remains clothed during the treatment. Traditional Thai massage work is most commonly done on a mat on the floor.
Thai massage is a great form of therapy for those who want to increase their range of motion by opening up stiff joints and connective tissue. Modifications can be made to implement Thai massage techniques on the massage table as well.
Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic massage technique developed in India over 5,000 years ago.
Luxurious amounts of warm oils are massaged into the skin with specific strokes to deeply
nourish, purify and tonify the body. The warm, flowing, and soothing qualities of the oil help
the nervous system, body and mind unwind and deeply relax. Different herbal combinations
are infused into the oil based on the client’s individual attributes and health needs, to help
bring their body into a state of balance. The oils penetrate through layers of tissue, bringing
the healing and balancing qualities of the herbs deep into the body and activating the body’s ability to start healing.
*LMT specializing in this modality: Yvonne Heitz
Craniosacral therapy addresses the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system has a powerful influence over the nervous system as well as the endocrine and immune systems. The therapist can access the craniosacral system by gently touching bones of the scull, the sacrum (large bone at the base of the spine) and other areas of the body. The list of symptoms and conditions that CST has helped and or eliminated is very extensive. Many people discover CST after trying other therapies that did not work for them. With CST treatments you can expect relief from headache, neck and back issues and temporal mandible joint dysfunction. After your session, you will most likely feel more relaxed and comfortable than you have in some time.
*LMT specializing in this modality: Kelly Emerson
The philosophy behind cupping is “Where there is stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, remove the pain.”
Cupping works through the power of suction. As a result, the skin and fascia (in which the blood vessels, glands, nerves, ligaments and tendons are wrapped) are lifted resulting in myofascial decompression. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward.
*LMT specializing in this modality: Kelly Emerson
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WHAT CLIENTS SAY?
Kirsten's clinical and technical skill helped me postpone knee surgery, and then helped me more quickly recover from it. She is dedicated to her profession, seeking out new knowledge to address her clients maladies. Her manner and office setting, like her fleece massage table mat, are warm and welcoming. Over the last year she has also reduced my 2-3 times/month headaches to one every few months. I respect her and am grateful she brought her practice to Sandpoint. - Judy (Sagle)
Kirsten has helped me immensely with my physical well being since my hip and knee replacement surgeries. Her knowledge and expertise were immediately evident to me and I also appreciate her pleasant demeanor. I always look forward to my sessions with Kirsten!
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I just came to Sandpoint 5 weeks post-surgery from a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) and was referred to Sandpoint Medical Massage. I met Kelly who made me feel totally comfortable and Kelly helped me deal with the incredible pain caused by this surgery.
I began getting massages with Kirsten at Sandpoint Medical Massage while I was pregnant. She was very accommodating as my pregnancy progressed to keep me comfortable and relaxed during the massage. I personally like a deep massage and very few massage therapists have been able to get as deep as I like, Kirsten is by far the best I have been to. After having my baby I will continue to exclusively use Sandpoint Medical Massage. The environment is calm, peaceful and private. Kirsten always asks if there are any trouble spots or anywhere you would like her to spend more time on prior to beginning so that you walk away feeling as good as possible.