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Types of Massage

Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

Emily blends a variety of massage techniques in each session to achieve the desired result– whether to reduce pain, promote soft tissue healing, to improve mobility or provide overall comfort in your body.

Breath work-
brings awareness to client’s breath and may focus on muscles involved in breathing.
It is often used to create ease in client’s breath, reduce adhesions and reduce stress.
utilizes the application of heat or ice onto specific regions of the body.
It is often used to allow the therapist to effectively engage in muscle tissue, to promote muscle and overall relaxation and to control inflammation at sites of injury or overuse.
Lymphatic facilitation-
encourages the flow of lymph fluid through the body with very gentle, rhythmic strokes.
It is often used to reduce swelling after injury and during pregnancy, to decrease muscle tightness as well as to promote relaxation.
Myofascial massage-
targets fascia- membranes that surround muscle- rather than the muscle itself. It focuses on loosening areas of restriction, allowing for improved circulation.
It is often used to improve range of motion and comfort in large regions of the body.
Neuromuscular facilitation-
awakens the central nervous system with techniques that involve movement and client feedback.
It is often used to relieve local and referring areas of pain (also referred to as tender points and trigger points), to improve flexibility and to reduce muscle tension.
Orthopedic massage-
promotes healthy scar tissue formation at sites of overuse or injury.
It is often used on strains and sprains to accelerate the healing process and improve joint mobility.
Structural bodywork-
engages deep fascia during active client movement to direct tissue to optimal postural position.
It is often used as part of a series to neutralize postural imbalances to improve function.
Swedish massage-
involves a progression of rhythmic, patterned techniques.
It is often used for stress relief and to enhance regional and overall body comfort.

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What to Expect at Your First Session

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

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The Paperwork

Yes, yes, I understand checking boxes and filling out forms is not your idea of a calming, inviting massage experience. It does however, help ensure your safety.

You will be asked to complete and sign:

-Health History form. There are circumstances or health conditions where a massage, or a particular massage technique, may cause harm. Knowing your current and past health history will allow me to determine contraindications.

-Consent to Treatment and Privacy Policy Notification form. Your written consent will be needed to confirm that you understand what massage therapy is, what it is not, and that you agree to receive massage therapy. You will be given E. Ruth’s privacy policy so that you are aware of how your protected personal information (PPI) is kept confidential and secure and so that you know your rights regarding your PPI.

-E. Ruth Policy Agreement. This document clearly defines your payment responsibility and E. Ruth’s professional conduct guidelines to ensure there are no surprises.

The Intake

You have scheduled your massage for a reason (or maybe there are a few). Here is when we talk about it. We will discuss your therapy goals, your preferences, past massage experiences and any limitations. I may ask you more details about your daily physical activities and your areas of concern to help pinpoint focus areas or massage techniques to use. After your first session, all subsequent sessions begin here. Even if your goal is always relaxation- the way we move and feel in our bodies is dynamic and ever-changing and therefore, is how I respond. All therapy is catered, no session is routine.

The Massage

Finally. Whether you will be seated on the massage chair, lying under sheets on a heated table or resting on cushioned floor mats and pillows- I’ll work with you to ensure your comfort throughout your entire session. I will check in with you regarding warmth, depth of pressure and effectiveness of treatment. I will adapt and adjust your therapy plan as needed or requested. Your feedback will be an important component to reaching your goals.

The Wrap Up

Every session will conclude with a post-massage follow up. This is when we evaluate any changes you feel in your body. I will inquire about what you enjoyed about your session and if there were any techniques or areas that you did not particularly like. I will encourage you to ask questions about your experience. This feedback will help guide us in future sessions. I will also suggest tips on how you can promote comfort and prevent discomfort in your day-to-day activities. Lastly, payment will be collected and you will have the opportunity to schedule your next session.

As you can see, at E. Ruth, a massage just isn’t a massage. I continue to invest my time, education and training to deliver quality massage therapy. I look forward to providing you with a rewarding healthcare experience.

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Happy 125th Edmonds!

Posted Sunday, July 26, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

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Happy to be celebrating Edmonds’ 125th Anniversary with the community!

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Myth: Water & Massage

Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

If you’ve ever had a massage, there’s a good chance that your therapist advised you to drink lots of water afterwards.

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But why?

Drinking water, unarguably, is good for your health. But what is the connection to massage therapy?

The direct benefit- I do not know. And apparently, neither does research. The New York Times – Well blog wrote a wonderful piece on the myth and scientific evidence behind drinking water and massage here. The article relates water consumption to the belief that massage “releases toxins,” and therefore, water is needed to “flush out” the toxins. The article debunks both widespread misconceptions.

While adequate water consumption is linked to our health, as of today, there is no direct scientific evidence to support that water intake before or after your massage will increase or prolong the benefits of your massage. That said, scientific research does not tell the whole story. I believe that anecdotal evidence, or one’s personal experience, is just as valuable. If you feel better having water after your massage session, don’t let this little blog entry (or that of the Times) stop you.

As your massage therapist, I do know these two things:

-Water is refreshing. It can help wake up your mind and body after a relaxing session.

-Water is essential for life, for health. Often we hear that people are lacking the recommended amount of water in their diet. Sometimes all people need is a reminder. Hearing it from your therapist just might get you to drink an extra few ounces that day, and, maybe the next.

Thus, I can recommend, without propagating massage myths, to take a break. Pour a glass of water. Breathe in the moment, knowing you are consciously doing something good for yourself. Take a sip.


*This blog is meant to explore misconceptions relating to massage and health. Emily is not a licensed nutritionist or dietitian. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before making any changes in your diet.

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Scar Tissue - let’s make it work better

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

How scar tissue develops, simplified:

After a surgery, injury or burn, your body quickly mends damaged tissues with collagen fibers. The damaged tissue can be quite diverse: tendons, muscle, and fascia. Each tissue type is unique in cellular composition; that is, it has a unique assortment of building blocks to enable distinct functions. For example, the building blocks of muscle create contraction, allowing you move yourself and other objects. Those in fascia are smooth and slick, reducing friction against surrounding tissues. Collagen, as you may have guessed (or experienced), isn’t so great at supporting all these functions.

While our body deserves many thanks for the ability to repair itself, mass amounts of collagen can prohibit movement. When in repair mode, the body, trying to heal and prevent further injury, lays down an abundance of collagen fibers in every which way- think of frantically trying to mend a hole in your shirt, threading string in each direction (as opposed to sewing in a clean line with the seam). As collagen, this “glob” can limit range of motion and block nutrient passageways, resulting in weakness, limited function and pain.

How I can help:

I can safely breakup existing scar tissue and cue the body to lay down collagen in an organized manner through my specialized training. I guided scar tissue to mend in the same direction as the fiber it’s replacing (i.e. sewing thread “in line” with the seam). The result is functional scar tissue. Functional scar tissue, while still composed of collagen, moves with muscle fibers. It doesn’t restrict movement.

I also employ techniques to loosen adhesions in surrounding tissues and tissue layers, reducing barriers to blood flow and other fluids. Opening up this space allows for nutrients, like oxygen, and cellular waste products, like carbon dioxide, to better move in and out of the repaired tissue. The result can lead to a reduction in pain, scar thickness and discoloration.

If you have a scar (new or old) that is impairing movement or causing pain, I encourage you to call or email me to discuss treatment options and results. Consultations are always complimentary.


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Breath work brings awareness to client’s breath and may focus on muscles involved in breathing. It is often used to create ease in client’s breath, reduce adhesions and reduce stress. View More