Bodywork By Barch - Professional Clinical Massage in line with your individual needs
About Massage, 
            It's Past, 
                 And it's Function



What to expect?Whether it is your first massage experience, a seldom occasion, or perhaps a massage with a different therapist, it is always less intimidating knowing what to expect.

In my practice, I use primarily Swedish massage and Myo-Facial release Modalities. My school of Massage afforded me training in a wide range of tecniques from which to draw, and I frequently adapt my early sessions with new clients as their individual needs come to my attention.
   In the average session, I use my palms, fingers, thumbs, closed fist, wrists, knuckles, my forearms, my elbows and mostly my ears to find and work on problem areas unique to each client.
   I am focused on effective and muscle specific work for my clients. While I recognize the effectivness and need for simple gentle touch as part of a massage, you can expect this to make up less than 10 total minutes of any session. The bulk of each session is Firm, Even, Healing touch, with the goal of promoting healing and releasing tension stored in the body. 
Why Get  A Massage?Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be unrealistic, massage can, if you let it, help manage your stress. 

Also, as simply stated by many previous clients, "It just feels good!"

The Third and perhaps less obvious reason to make a regular habit of massage is the health benefits. Surgical recovery, 
Helping to alliviate the apearence of      scars old and new,
 Pain relief,
 limphatic Drainage,
 Faster recovery from extreme exercise. 
These are only some of the recognized potential benefits of regular massage. What will your reason be?
   




What is massage therapy?
Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to ancient Egypt. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended “the massage of skin and flesh”. More than two thousand years later, Hippocrates wrote that “The physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with massage." Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet.
 Bodywork is a general term used to describe manual techniques which involve touching and movement and are used to encourage good health and quick healing.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
Many people think of it as a luxury, but massage can be and often is much more than simple relaxation. Research has demonstrated that Therapeutic Massage can:
  Increases energy
 Lowers blood pressure
 Enhances general health
 Calms the mind and body
 Decreases back pain and stiffness
 Relieves pain and muscle stiffness
 Improves range of motion and joint mobility
 Improves circulation of blood and lymph and boosts the immune system
 Speeds the healing process of injuries and post-surgical pain
 Relieves both migraine and other stress and tension headache pain
 Promotes ongoing tissue regeneration and elasticity and vibrancy in the skin
 Reduces anxiety, stress and depression by triggering the relaxation response
 And much more...
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