Medical Massage for Jaw, Breathing, Swallowing and Voice

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Medical massage for jaw, breathing, swallowing and voice issues can help alleviate:

  • TMJ disorder (jaw clicking, tension, pain and associated issues like headaches, tinnitus, etc.)
  • Speech pathologies and related
  • Swallowing difficulties and disorders
  • Repercussions from neck cancer, tumors and nerve damage
  • Breathing issues
  • Voice challenges faced by teachers, vocalists, public speakers, actors, etc. (These can include a “tight” throat, lack of vocal projection, a sense of tongue tension, difficulty taking a deeper breath or with breath pacing, and more.)

Training and treatment approach

Marlene has repeatedly studied with New York physical therapist Walt Fritz, receiving specialized training to address these issues using myofascial release techniques.

  • The techniques used can help relax tension by calming a guarded nervous system or relieving unconscious holding patterns. This frees your body to feel and function better.
  • Treatment is comfortable, gentle and thoughtful.
  • The approach relies on a client-therapist partnership founded in trust. Areas of tension or discomfort are located through the therapist’s educated touch, combined with the client’s verbal feedback or hand signals.
  • Manual therapies may include positioning, gentle skin stretching or gathering, comfortable tissue compression, slow strokes and holds, thoughtful muscle/joint stretching and other techniques.
  • A whole-body assessment may be performed to determine what additional areas may be contributing to the localized problem, such as tension in the ribs and diaphragm. However, only the contributing areas will be focused on using a medical approach.
  • Self-care suggestions may be given to help you maintain progress at home and work. Be sure to check with your doctor prior to following any suggestions.

This is client-centered work

  • The client is always in control of what is being done.
  • Comfort is of paramount concern.
  • Communication is guided and encouraged.

Marlene says: I have a personal interest in this work

As a baby I experienced head trauma, resulting in an unnatural, strongly deviated septum, a displaced jaw (TMJD) and other signs. As a child I had a lisp and underwent speech therapy to overcome it. Due to my nose/breathing issues growing up, as an adult I’ve undergone years of self-practice to improve my breathing techniques, learning how to become more of a relaxed abdominal breather (a continuous process). I self-apply some of the therapeutic techniques I’ve learned to further my improvement and to relax and bring comfort to my jaw. In addition to massage therapy, I can teach you some self-care to help you maintain comfort.

If you have a concern in this area you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to text or call us at (240) 487-9387, email us, or simply schedule an appointment and discuss your issue before your session starts (we always allow time for a thorough intake).

Hours by Appointment:

Hours and days may vary, to inquire please call or text 240-487-9387.

Monday: 9 – 4
Tuesday: 9 – 4
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 9 – 4
Friday: 9 – 4
Weekends: CLOSED

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What Our Clients are Saying...

"When I leave a session with Marlene—I have the feelings of someone that just got fantastic news. I believe her touch encourages you to connect with yourself and at the same time let go of stress and let her help. I find in my sessions with her—she is attentive/knowledgeable and intuitive to the point where verbal communication is not necessary. She is truly talented.” — Gina Click
"Marlene Mayman has a unique and amazing gift of healing through the art of massage therapy. After just two sessions, she provided me with much-needed pain relief from a pinched ulnar nerve, as a result of whiplash. I had tried months of physical therapy with no success. I was so desperate to escape the numbness in my hand & arm and to my amazement she accomplished what others could not do. I feel so fortunate to have found the gift of Marlene… My husband sees her as well and we cannot sing her praises enough. Thank you, Marlene!” — Becky Stallings Schneider
"My entire upper body feels much improved. The most noticeable effect is the lack of pain in that little area near my shoulder blades. This is such a relief. I have been on the computer for long periods of time, and it has not been a problem. Also, my entire shoulder area feels more flexible and there is significantly less pain on that left side. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to this.” — Alison Roeser
"I have suffered with carpel tunnel for many years. Marlene was able to improve my situation tremendously in a few visits. Marlene is not your average therapist; she is highly trained, committed to excellence and very professional in all she does. I would trust her and recommended her to anyone without reservation.” — Mac Caldwell