SOMATO Stress and Pain Management

Modalities

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.


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.


Jin Shin Do Acupressure

Jin Shin Do is a style of acupressure/bodywork that uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific “points” on your body to release chronic tension and harmonize your Qi (energy) flow.  A unique synthesis of eastern and western healing approaches, Jin Shin Do aligns the body, mind and spirit to help bring you into a deeper state of awareness, clarity and purpose.


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 tissue 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.


Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat from specialized stones.  The physiological benefits of applying localized heat to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing 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.


PNF Stretching & MET

PNF Stretching and Muscle Energy Techniques are types of flexibility work which combines muscle contraction and relaxation with passive and partner-assisted stretching.  With the passive application of PNF, the practitioner will stretch various muscles of the client’s body to eliminate muscle fiber contraction and allow the muscle to return to its normal length and eliminate pain.  In application of partner-assisted stretching, the client is instructed to apply a light force against the practitioner’s position to produce an isometric stretch.  The result of this work is to increase range of motion and alleviate muscle pain.


Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy utilizes testing and assessment techniques to identify the muscle(s) causing the client's discomfort.  Once the problem muscle(s) is identified, very precise methods of muscle fiber lengthening are used to return the muscle to its normal state and eliminate the painful condition.  The testing and assessment phases will also aid the practitioner in identifying other issues that would call for referring the client to a doctor or other healthcare provider for a more appropriate course of action.