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Listening for Positive Change

Posted Sunday, October 06, 2013 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

Massage therapists are not one-size-fits-all but neither are clients. So I listen. I listen to my client as they tell me about their treatment goals. I ask questions to explore deeper. In massage school, I spent hours upon hours, and then more hours, learning about particular muscles effecting particular actions and about the common injuries we will see as therapists. In reality, we don’t use just one or even a few muscles to carry out a movement, whether it’s taking a step or lifting a cup of coffee. Our muscles and their weave of interconnected soft tissues, such as fascia and tendons, and hard tissue, our bones, are just that- connected. Muscles contract to provide movement while others simultaneously contract to stabilize (so we don’t fall forward while taking that step or sipping that coffee). When one area is damaged, the whole is affected.

When a client speaks of discomfort- how do I, as the therapist then isolate the problem and find the solution? Most often the answers only show themselves during the hands-on part of a session- on the table, chair or floor mat. And I continue to listen. During and after every stroke or technique, I listen to the tissue’s response, and well as the client’s. It’s more than observing; it is understanding the relationship between patterns, breaks and resistance to movement. This understanding directs all further techniques. More questions arise as my listening for a response continues.

I listen and ask questions to no end because that is what’s required for effective therapeutic massage. Whether the issue is an injury or any lack of comfort, treatment, like our physiology, is affected by many variables. At E. Ruth, you will never have the same session twice. I make adjustments and I provide options. How we use our bodies, how our bodies heal and what we feel within our bodies can be messy and is ever-changing. As a massage therapist, I find this both beautiful and fascinating.

I have a passion to deliver therapeutic massage. Therapeutic massage, to me, means promoting a positive change in the way my client feels in their body.

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Getting Personal- Why I Receive Massage Therapy

Posted Saturday, September 14, 2013 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

I am fascinated in all the ways that massage therapy can promote positive physical change in the body. From encouraging functional scar tissue formation, to reducing chronic pain and to improving your quality of sleep- it’s quite amazing what a little support to your natural physiological processes can accomplish and overcome.

For me, massage therapy is my time to listen; to listen to my body without judgment and without making any demands. Like many of you, I work hard to stay healthy. Every day. Massage is the space and time that I reserve, for myself, to slow life down and pay respect and acknowledgement to myself, to my body and all that I do.

Massage therapy does more than relax tightness and it does more than help me move better. Massage therapy brings me peace.

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The Deep Tissue Discussion

Posted Thursday, September 05, 2013 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

What is deep tissue massage? You’ll notice I don’t have it listed under the Types of Massage that I offer. Deep tissue massage is the act of affecting soft tissues that are not easily accessible to palpate or touch. For example, the muscle tissue near where it attaches to the bone or the fasical layer surrounding individual muscle fibers in a hypertonic (or tight) muscle belly. Surprising to many, deep tissue massage can also be used to describe light touch modalities, such as craniosacral therapy. This massage style affects the nervous system without physically touching it- the therapist is trained to work with the rhythms of the cerebral spinal fluid that flows around the brain and down to the sacrum.

Thus, “deep tissue” massage doesn’t describe a singular technique. What’s more important, however, is what deep tissue means to my client. As with therapists, deep tissue massage means different things to each client- and that is OK. I work with my clients on an individual level to understand their needs and to work within their comfort level in order to safely reach their treatment goals.

One thing that deep tissue massage should never be, is painful. Look for a future post discussing the effects of pain response during a massage.

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Let’s Blog About It

Posted Sunday, September 01, 2013 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

The massage therapy profession is complicated. This blog is a means to explore and define my place in the world of massage therapy, simply.

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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. View More