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
A blend of techniques that will reduce stress, tension or pain. Session includes the modalities and techniques your therapist thinks will help you the most. To learn more, see the individual modalities listed, or…
If you’ve never had a massage before, Swedish can be a great place to start. Swedish massage is one of the gentlest techniques, though it can be done with a firm or extra-deep pressure. It is among the most popular Western forms of massage, designed to help you slow down and recharge.
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
Deep Tissue Massage addresses the tissues deeper within the body, using directly applied light to firm pressure.
Most people actually want deep pressure when they ask for a Deep Tissue massage. If that describes you (you prefer a massage with a firm to extra-deep touch) you’re likely looking for a Swedish massage with deep pressure. A deep pressure massage can be great for general relaxation, to de-stress and to relieve minor aches.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR focuses on releasing acute or chronic muscular shortness and tightness. Using comfortable tissue-stretching holds or long, very slow strokes, MFR softens muscles and a connective tissue called fascia. MFR is gentle, a self correcting process. Light to moderate, but focused and prolonged stretch and compression are applied to the body. It is usually done without oil, against the skin or over clothing. Current thinking, based on modern pain science, is that these long holds calm the nervous system so it generates less (or no) pain and relaxes the “guarding” mechanism of tension.
Dermo = skin
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)
Orthopedic Massage is a form of rehabilitative massage that addresses physical problems often accompanied by acute or chronic pain, nagging discomfort, postural issues and/or limited mobility. Orthopedic Massage focuses on restoring pain-free range of motion throughout the body and integrating structural balance. Special attention is given to correct assessment of the problem, proper treatment and client self-care. All work is designed to be done without discomfort to the client. Session duration includes time needed for orthopedic assessments and follow-up exercise suggestions, if warranted.
If your child has been diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatters Disease (OSD), I can teach you a very easy way to treat your child that takes just 2 minutes a day. Research has shown there is a nearly 100% probability that your child will recover relatively quickly: an average of 20 days using this approach (instead of an average of 21 months using standard treatment). One appointment is all that is needed and I supply you with both visual and hands-on instruction, as well as a printed handbook that details everything you need to know.
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 we treat, please also see our 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!
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