While working on a client with a history of a broken neck who had overexerted himself and was now in pain, he asked "Do all your clients get this much value for their money?"
"Yes" was my response.
This lead to a conversation about WHY my clients keep coming back and WHAT exactly I do.
I don't really do the spa massage. Swedish style is incorporated but it's only used as a warm up or cool down of the muscles and mind.
My primary focus is what I refer to as Injury Rehabilitation. Now, my definition of an injury varies a bit from what you or your doctor may refer to as an injury. To me, it's everything from being in a car accident, being pre or post surgery, waking up with a sore neck and reduced range of motion (not being able to turn your head) as well as pain from repetitive misuse (sitting at a desk and developing overly tight hamstrings and hips that feed into low back pain).
All of these scenarios have muscles that are in a state of Dysfunction. THAT's what I think of when I think Injury. Muscle Dysfunction.
You've somehow injured your body and I work with you to find WHERE your muscles need help.
My passion is to work with those "injured" clients and help them move out of pain! I love getting the muscles to relax to the point where I can find the individual portions of the muscles that are trapped in a state of dysfunction.
Now, I also tell my clients that, although I may instruct them to come nearly every week for a period of time, my goal to get them out of pain and into a maintenance massage schedule. For some clients that's once a month, twice a month or even once every 6-8 weeks. The interval that works best for you will be determined by you.
My client made a point that THIS attention to detail, understaning of the anatomy and physiology of the body and ability to find and help problem areas really makes me unique. Sure, I can do relaxation massage. But it doesn't bring me joy.
I Love it when a client comes in with reduced range of motion and pain and walks out 70-100% better after just one session!
Now, I do not claim to "heal" people. I do not claim that my massage sessions will hold at that rate for more than a couple of days. What I DO claim is that, working with you, we will find a way through massage as well as other techniques I feel will benefit your overall wellbeing will allow you to live a more pain free and balanced life.
THAT's what makes me unique.