Sue's Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage

Massage Services

Therapeutic Treatment

Sue customizes the therapeutic treatment according to the client's needs. Various modalities are incorporated into each massage therapy session along with hot stones for trigger points, moist heat packs, ice packs as needed to reduce inflamation, cupping and aromatherapy, all for one low price. Sue uses only 100% organic unrefined coconut massage oil, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and pain relief cream. Each session is a full 60, 90 or 120 minutes.


Active Isolated Stretching

Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation.


Cancer/Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage is a special type of massage developed specifically for cancer patients. Cancer patients have unique needs which must be addressed to make sure that a massage is beneficial to their health. I focus my attention on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for you to relax into. Although massaging people with cancer was once thought to promote the spread of the disease, properly used massage therapy techniques does not cause cancer to spread, according to the Society for Oncology Massage. Oncology massage can significantly reduce pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and axiety. 


Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.


Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.


Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.


Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat from specialized stones. It improves the function of your lymphatic and immune systems and enhances your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body and balancing your nervous system.


Medical Massage

Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. A variety of modalities or techniques may be used during the treatment, but the focus is only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and helps reduce the needed recovery time from injury.


Chair Massage

Chair Massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work—and provide an appreciated break for employees. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can increase circulation, returning energy levels and helping keep the body injury free. Chair massage makes a great gift to an office that has worked hard all year, or a wonderful activity for a student group looking for programming ideas, or even as a program for your resident hall. Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.

 


Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by therapeutic massage therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symtoms in areas you often wouldn't expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture.


Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. Massaging the lymph system, which helps remove toxins from the body, is meant to help detoxify the system and improve health. A Danish doctor, Hans Vodder, first noticed the connection between swollen and blocked lymph glands and an increase in infections and other conditions in the 1930s. He and his wife developed the technique, which is supposed to improve the flow of the lymph system. The technique involves light, rhythmic strokes of the muscle fiber.


Energetic Bodywork

 

“Life experiences, emotional upsets, surgeries, accidents, and trauma of any kind can shock and impair our energy sys­tems. If these experiences are not processed and released over time, a lack of energy flow in some area of the body may man­ifest as illness or other problems.”
As we proceed on our personal life's journey, we encounter traumas on physical, mental, emotional or spiritual levels. When these events occur, we attempt to keep going forward by burying the event, thinking we will release it at a later time which more often than not never occurs. With traditional massage and other body work modalities, we physically connect to the body and are trained to follow the physical aspects of the body without understanding how to engage the energetic systems that are also involved. In traditional energy work such as Healing Touch and Reiki, we connect with the energy fields of the body, without the cellular connection. Many energy workers have not received the training to understand the specifies of the different energy systems, and how to merge (or connect) them. Our challenge is to discover how to facilitate the release of held traumatized cellular vibrations on both the physical and energetic levels. One thing that continues to be evident through more and more scientific research is that our cells are at the core of our held memories. Each cell has its own memory and is connected to other cells which are also holding the same memory. Connecting to the cellular memories along with releasing the energetic components of held traumas is the major key in restoring a person's vitality. By combining the gentle connection of touch and the power of energy movement, many deeply held traumas can be cleared.

 


Reiki

Reiki Reiki, a Japanese healing technique, is gaining popularity in the United States as more and more people seek natural treatments for the mind and body.

Composed of two Japanese words -- Rei, which means "God's wisdom or the Higher Power," and Ki, which is "life force energy" -- reiki is often interpreted to mean "universal life energy."

During a Reiki session the practitioner places his or her hands on or over the client's body, delivering healing energy that breaks up negative blockages and restores positive energy flow. This ancient form of energy healing is based on the idea that we all have an invisible "life force energy" (or Ki) that flows through our bodies and causes us to be alive. This energy, however, is often disrupted by our own negative thoughts and feelings (both conscious and unconscious ones). If your Ki becomes too low, you are at an increased risk of becoming stressed out, sick, tired and unhappy. "Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. When a person's Ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak and are more likely to get sick," says William Lee Rand, founder and president of The International Center for Reiki Training.

How Does Reiki Work? Reiki (pronounced "ray-kee") is a gentle, hands-on technique in which a practitioner channels the healing energy through their hands and into the client. The energy naturally flows where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached, thereby clearing any blockages and restoring a normal flow of energy. In other words, Reiki clears and heals the clouded energy pathways and allows the life force to flow through again.

As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.


Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term.  Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.


Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women.  Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes.  Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy.  The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance and improved breathing and relaxation.


Chair Massage

Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.