You want to feel good. Relaxed. Comfortable.
That’s why I offer both relaxation and medical massage therapy, so you can feel and function better.
In practice since 2006, I have an intuitive touch and can hone in on and address whatever is contributing to your tension or discomfort.
Most people request our first menu item below, Custom Therapeutic Massage, a blend of techniques selected by your therapist to offer you the best results for your hard-earned money. Click through to learn more about any of the modalities and approaches we have expertise in:
Custom Therapeutic Massage
Swedish uses long, flowing strokes, kneading, gentle friction, vibration and other techniques to gently stretch and relax the body’s muscles, soothe the nervous system, encourage circulation (providing oxygen and nutrients and carrying away metabolic waste) and healing.
Deep Tissue Massage (please read if you want extra-deep)
If you’ve believed that a massage has to be uncomfortable to be beneficial, I encourage you to reconsider. “No-pain, no-gain” is an idea that’s falling out of favor, both in manual therapy as well as athletics. In fact, causing pain during massage is contrary to the understanding of modern pain science. Pain creates a stress response in the body. “Even if it is subtle, stress hormones are released, blood vessels constrict, muscles tighten, and the body resists our efforts. The effect is exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve.” [From Painless Deep Tissue Massage by Alice Sanvito, LMT.] Firm massage, when comfortable, can work wonders, and there are many other techniques I use that give excellent results. Curious? Browse the other modalities listed or schedule a massage and we’ll decide the best approach for your needs before the massage starts. If you have questions, feel free to request a phone consultation by texting or calling me at 240-487-9387.
True deep tissue massage addresses the tissues deeper within the body, using directly applied light to firm pressure. If you prefer a massage with a firm to extra-deep touch, you’re likely looking for a Swedish massage with firm to extra deep pressure. A firm pressure massage can be great for general relaxation, to de-stress and to relieve minor aches.
*I have held this opinion since 2009, but the decision to refrain from extra-deep work (as of April 2018) is now also for my own protection and the longevity of my career.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Neuro = nervous system
Modulation = change
DNM is excellent for tension and acute or chronic pain. If you have pain with no known cause, DNM may help to calm a nervous system stuck in threat-sensitive mode. A hyper-aware nervous system can result in pain sensations:
- without physical damage or dysfunction
- after an injury or surgery is healed and recovery is “complete”
- from repetitive stress, emotional trauma, etc.
The techniques include comfortable positioning and sustained skin stretching (2 minutes or longer). DNM is sometimes combined with other techniques to create a well-rounded treatment plan.
Pillossage (Thermal Therapy)
Massage at Your Location
Most of the modalities listed above may be used for medical massage purposes, when thoughtfully and skillfully applied. If you want to learn more about a specific condition I treat, please also see my articles on Medical Massage.
A Serene Experience
- Your appointment will be unhurried from start to finish.
- I really listen to you to design a customized massage based on your needs.
- My office decor is calming, the lights will be turned low, with options for music, nature sounds, etc.
- You will receive the full hands-on time you’ve requested.
- Your massage treatment will be pain free and relaxing, using the pressure you prefer.
- I’m quiet during your massage, only speaking to check-in on pressure or ask a massage-relevant question.
- If desired, I will offer suggestions to make your results last longer at home and work.
Consultations and Insurance
Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your needs.
Do you have an insurance question? Check out How to Save Money on Your Massage, which includes information on insurance, HSAs and FSAs (etc.), how to get a massage prescription from your doctor and more.
Rates for Really Great Relaxation or Medical Massage
Appointment times are HANDS-ON* and do not include health history intake/follow up time. In addition to hands-on time, please allow up to 30 minutes extra for first appointments, 15 minutes extra for return clients.
(includes $45 travel fee)
(includes $45 travel fee)
May include postural, range-of-motion and movement assessments, demonstration of suggested exercises, or for pain education, when warranted.
At FMT office only. Discount may not be applied to gift certificates or combined with other offers.
***Massage at Your Location:
I charge a $45 travel fee for on-site massage within the city of Frederick, MD, my travel area. These rates apply to single massage sessions at home, hotel or office only. (For appointments further away, please contact me for a quote.) I only charge one travel fee per visit to a location, so if you have multiple people wanting a massage (such as spouses), you will only pay one travel fee total. If you are looking for event massage, please contact me to discuss your needs, thanks!
10% off your first session!
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