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You may have recently noticed my business name has changed and might be wondering why I have done so. For some time I have been contemplating on changing my business name to reflect what I do now. I do more than just travel and relaxation therapy as was the intended goal for my business in its early years. My business now emcompasses much more than those two concepts combined. My business grew into a pain management service that was incorporated into a office type setting. Clients were not only coming me for pain management but were coming to me for holistic service that entailed energy work as well. Energy work in my opinion is vital to massage therapy. You cannot have one and not have the other.

Back in massage school I was taught more than just Swedish massage. I had many wonderful teachers that taught me the skills of neuromuscular and sports massage therapy. Before becoming a MT, I was a Reiki practitioner and a reflexologist. What my massage entails is not only medical but applies alternative therapies such as energy work and holistic healing.

What do you get when you mix modern and old school modalities together? You get integrated massage. Integrated massage incorporates a variety of therapeutic massage techniques along with energy work. You receive the best of both worlds. You have a therapist that brings together mind, body and spirit so that YOU can “heal thy self”.

We all have growing pains and it’s normal to want to hold on to things that no longer serve us. Some people don’t enjoy change all. Yet we need change so that we can grow spiritually. This is my growing pain – letting my old business name go. It was difficult to change the name since I put so much time and energy into promoting, networking and creating a image. It was a difficult choice since I have had the name The Traveling Masseuse of DFW for nearly six years. Besides, I do more office visit appointments rather than onsite for chair massage or hotel out calls. Of course as a business owner you got to change with what the client needs. From my personal experience, people need one on one work with a therapist in a private, safe and comforting environment. I knew it was time to bite the bullet this week and change the name once and for all. It’s a new start, name and energy that with bring forth new a synergy to my business.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

I was brainstorming with a friend over a week ago about a new name. I could not decide on a name and my brain was totally fried. Every time a name came to mind it was taken. (Never hurts to do a name check on google.) My friend and colleague Andi told me “just allow it to come to you. Don’t think of it too much”. Of course I get my best ideas when I am about to nod off to slumber land or in the shower. The name Connective Integration Massage Therapy came to me before lying down for a nap. Connective – bringing things together. Integration – the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole or harmoniously to desegregate. I jumped out of bed, wrote down the name quickly and completed a search online to find out if the name was already taken. Sure enough it was not. From there on Andi and I have been playing around with acronyms for the name such as CIMplisity and CIMplified. For now I will just leave it alone.  Andi also has been helping me create a new logo for the business too. All of it is coming together quickly. Thank you Andi for assisting me.

As of now I am working on a new website design, logo, web listings, business cards and a door sign for the office. All of this will reflect the name change in a matter of weeks. I will still keep my domain http://www.travelingmasseusedfw.com for future reference for old clients that have not seen me in a while.

I will still offer out call services between the hours of 10 am to 7 pm. Please call ahead of time for this service. A out call service fee does apply.

Always, I do appreciate your business and I thank you all for being supportive of the recent changes.

Suzan Walker, LMT

Connective Integration Massage Therapy

817-966-1020

massageandhealingdfw.com

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The answer will vary by any massage therapist you ask.

My response is it will greatly depend on multiple contributing factors such as touch sensitivity, the health and condition of the muscle spindles and fascia (connective tissue). Other factors play a part too. The amount of water the client drinks, daily diet and exercise routine. Through personal experience and by being a DT specialist for nearly seven years these main factors play a great deal into pain.

A deep tissue massage does not needs to “hurt” to be effective yet you must feel a degree of “good” pain to ensure the muscles are being release properly. Each person is different and how they relate to pain threshold. What might be too much pressure for someone might be just right for another. Of course someone that receives massage on a regular basis will not feel sore after a deep tissue massage as opposed to someone that just had their first session of DT. If you have adhesion’s (knots), scar tissue and overloaded muscles, the technique may be uncomfortable. Deep tissue is just one of the many techniques that can release muscles from those afflictions.

How I perform deep tissue:

First I warm the fascia before performing deep tissue. By doing this simple step, it warms the connective tissue so I am able to work deeper. I use traditional strokes used in Swedish massage applying a slower and more concentrated strokes that go deep into the muscles. The deeper the work, the deeper the strokes will be applied to the muscle under belly. Stripping or cross fiber friction is involved to loosen up fascia and myofascial adhesion’s. When coming across a nerve entrapment or trigger point the client may feel an uncomfortable pressure, a tingling sensation or tenderness in the area affected. I will then apply deep pressure in the area till the symptom is relieved. This aides in trigger point release. I incorporate other techniques such as myofascial release, myoskeletal therapy or hot stones to release the fascia and muscles.

You must remain alert to answer occasional questions from me. During my sessions I always encourage deep breathing when I come across a adhesion. If I feel that you are not breathing properly by holding your breathe I will remind you to slowly breath deeply. By breathing it helps to bring circulation to the area and aides in releasing tension. As I always tell my clients healthy tissue will not hurt if it is pressed on. If it does hurt, there is a underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Deep tissue is not a relaxing massage. Deep tissue is clinical massage therapy to break up adhesion’s, trigger point formations and negative muscle patterns. Little or no massage lotion is applied. This helps the therapist to go deeper into the muscle underbelly to achieve the necessary results to reduce muscle tension. Those that are new to the technique may experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), mild bruising and some swelling.

Communication is vital for a good deep tissue massage. The therapist must ask questions during the massage to make sure the pressure is comfortable or if the client is having referral pain.

If you are experiencing excruciating pain, always inform your therapist. Speaking up is extremely important when receiving any form of massage technique. The therapist will adjust the technique. The technique can be watered down to suit your needs.

Deep Tissue Massage

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