Massage at BlueFern
We offer integrative therapeutic massage, blending several techniques into a single session. In addition, we provide massage for several special populations including expectant mothers as well as clients who are undergoing cancer treatment or have a history of cancer. Please read below to see which type of massage is most appropriate for you. If you have any questions about our approach, please feel free to contact us anytime!
Benefits of Massage
There are many benefits to massage. Some may include:
- Enhanced relaxation
- Reduced stress
- Relief from muscle aches and pains
- Greater ease of movement
- Increased overall body awareness
At BlueFern, we take an integrated approach to massage therapy, often drawing on several techniques in a single session such as: myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, sports or deep tissue work, relaxation, scar tissue therapy and soft tissue injury techniques. Our goal is to create a balanced treatment that is custom fit to the individual's needs, striving for a deeply therapeutic massage every time.
Massage can be a wonderful complement to self-care during and after pregnancy. Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage - to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, increase mobility, and just make you feel relaxed and cared for. But it is also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women. Prenatal massage can help to reduce some of the physical and emotional stress that can accompany pregnancy.
Benefits can include: relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs as well as reducing some swelling and enhancing the pliability of the skin and underlying tissue. Continuing regular massage following pregnancy can support new mothers with the physical and emotional strains of mothering.
This type of massage is appropriate for anyone with cancer or a history of cancer, even if decades ago. We are trained to ask the right questions and take appropriate measures to ensure your safety, no matter where you are in the cancer journey.
Oncology massage is not a different set of massage techniques. Depending on the individual, the massage may include some variations or adjustments, or it may not look much different than a massage someone may have received before a cancer diagnosis. There can be lingering effects of cancer or cancer treatment and we take care in all scenarios to be able to provide a safe and therapeutic massage.
Massage during treatment for cancer can be extremely beneficial in helping to deal with the side effects of cancer and/or cancer treatments. If you are in treatment for cancer or just out of treatment and are interested in receiving massage or have questions, please call or email us to inquire.
Gentle Scar Management Therapy
Scars both old and new can benefit greatly from skilled massage. A scar management session will include a thorough intake and assessment, and may include application of gentle techniques directly to scar tissue as well as more general work to facilitate a calming effect on the nervous system in general. This type of therapy is appropriate for traumatic scar tissue from burns, accidents or surgeries. In the case of post radiation/mastectomy scars, oncology massage protocols are combined with scar tissue work with the goal of safely helping to relieve post-operative pain and restriction. Even mature scars can benefit from this work.
Reiki is an energy technique which can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. During a Reiki session the client can be fully clothed and comfortably positioned on the massage table. Reiki can be a wonderful complement to other modalities or a deeply relaxing treatment by itself.
At BlueFern, we offer 45- and 60-minute Reiki sessions. We also offer the option to combine massage with Reiki for all lengths of sessions. Please email us if you have any questions about how this may work.