My Mission is to Assist the Client to Maintain Health and Well-being through Massage Therapy.
Basic styles of Massage practiced at Alderwood Massage Therapy include but are not limited to:
Focused Therapeutic: Addresses specific client issues due to repetitive stress / strain, gardening, accidents, weekend warrior activities or just general dealing with life. Often involves client participation with more focused work on the areas involved and begins with Swedish style work in the general area(s). Minimal to no lotion is used to allow deeper warming of the tissue. Headaches and shoulder issues usually respond well to this style.
Relaxation: Swedish (or Western) style using a medium amount of lotion and largely incorporates long strokes and kneading of muscle tissues. Unless an issue is found that might respond better to Focused Therapeutic work the client need not participate beyond just enjoying the session. If an issue is found it would be the clients decision to switch styles to address it.
Deep Tissue: Put simply, a deeper form of Swedish with a deeper focus used more for therapeutic results. Working down in layers is more productive than just jumping in with deep pressure.
Sports Massage: Pre and Post event, maintenance between events. Usually deeper work including client participation in stretching and movement. Similar to Focused Therapeutic but directed more to the needs of the athlete.
The needs of the client and the type of therapy they are seeking will determine the style of massage used. The client is in full control of the session. Often a session will use a blend of different styles for optimum benefit to the client.
I use a full body drape and with the client's permission, only the areas that the client requests to be worked on will be un-draped. I maintain professional boundaries working within the client's comfort zones. I expect the client to communicate any discomfort during the session whether it is in regards to pain, pressure, draping, the location of where the work is being done, temperature of the room or the position of the head rest. If the client is uncomfortable I want to hear about it.
Alderwood Massage Therapy is located in Historic Downtown McMinnville Oregon on NE Ford Street between Third and Fourth streets behind the News Register and across Ford St from the new Atticus Hotel. Enter via the door that opens onto the small parking lot at the corner of 4th and Ford. Note: Do Not Park in the parking lot. It is private and reserved parking only. If you park there your car will be towed. Once you enter the building take the door to the right, go down the hall to the second door on the right which is my office.
Massage is by appointment. Appointments can be booked online.