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The Beef Stew Approach to Therapeutic Massage

How do you prepare a Beef Stew? A little bit of carrot, a little bit of celery, onion, garlic and spice, you don't just use one big potato.

This is how I like to treat my clients/patients. I start with a complete evaluation, previous medical history and review of medications. We will discuss your concerns and short and long-term goals. I will develop a treatment protocol for you.

We don't always need to do a full-body massage. If your chief complaint is low back pain on one side, we should focus on that area if we have a time constraint.

I will test your range of motion, assess the texture and temperature of your skin, and
determine if hot or cold therapy is indicated. If we need to increase circulation, we can start with warming up the fascia with compression, swedish massage, warm moist towels, or hot stones. I often incorporate myofascial release to create space in the connective tissues. Gradually the fascia will soften allowing for deeper strokes to separate muscle fibers and break down adhesions and scar tissue. Often, trigger point therapy is indicated.

If the client is under a lot of stress or has a difficult time relaxing, I can incorporate CranioSacral Therapy to calm the nervous system that will induce the parasympathetic response to promote relaxation.

Trust me to take care of you. I will do everything I can do make you feel comfortable and relaxed to promote a healing atmosphere.

Contact Christina M. Mitchell, LMT, PFT, MLD/CDP at (239)-293-0960. MM22673
Email: iamchristinamitchell@gmail.com Website: http://bestbodymassage.com

Christina M. Shirley, LMT