SIMONE USSELMAN-TOD RMT

Human-Services

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor.  I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis.  This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.


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.


Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique is a type of bodywork that is extremely gentle and very relaxing. It stimulates the body’s own self-healing mechanisms, often providing fast and lasting relief from all types of pain and discomfort.  Bowen Technique uses small, gentle moves at specific points on the body.  There are regular pauses between the series of gentle moves to give the body time to integrate the healing.  The precise location of the Bowen moves parallel the latest research into the body’s energy meridians and acupoints.


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.


CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia


Soft Tissue Release

  Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate
and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue.
STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement.
The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous
release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle.
The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return
to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased
or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved.
Results are often obtained quickly and permanently.
These techniques can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.

Where can STR be used and who can benefit?
STR can be incorporated into any type of massage, therapist-assisted stretching or other
manual therapy techniques.
The techniques are simple to administer and can be performed in many settings,
both in the clinic and at an event.
STR is very effective on both acute pain and chronic pain.
Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR.