Releasing tension deep within the body.
Functional Massage sessions incorporate all of the relaxation of a traditional massage with the restorative capabilities of myofascial release, and cranial-sacral therapy. Kristi Kirkpatrick, LMT uses gentle touch and subtle clues from your body to relax you while restoring movement and function.
Functional massage incorporates all of the traditional relaxing massage techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Rebounding, Triggerpoint, and Thai but provides the added benefit of addressing structural ailments. Utilizing the specialty techniques of craniosacral therapy and myofascial release, Kristi addresses concerns including loss of motion, pain, swelling, lymphatic drainage, loss of function and much more. Functional massage is designed to relax you as it works out your structural issues.
Functional massage can help more than just aching or tight muscles. Migraines, TMJ, neck and back pain can all be helped. Kristi also works with babies, expectant mothers, and children to address issues including
- Breastfeeding Difficulties
- Colic and GI Upset
- Pregnancy Pain
- Tongue Tie
- Walking/Crawling difficulties
- Pregnancy Recovery
- Latching Improvement
- C-Section Delivery
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain. Craniaosacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder.
Myofascial release focuses on the connective tissue, fascia, which envelops each muscle within your body. Fascia serves a barrier to allow smooth and pain free movement. Injuries, over-use, or everyday wear and tear can cause scar tissue to form in your fascia. This scar tissue causes joint dysfunction, pain, and limited motion. Myofascial release gently breaks down the scar tissue in your fascia, restoring function, decreasing pain and increasing motion.
preparing for your session
Sneak in a session before work or on your lunch hour; Functional Massage requires no oils so you can do it anytime! During your session you will stay fully clothed. Make sure to choose clothes that allow you to move freely and comfortably. We recommend materials similar to workout clothes for ease of access to your muscles. Thicker materials such as jean, corduroy, and sweatshirts can inhibit your therapy session.
Hydrating before and after your appointment will help remove any toxic build-up released by your session and allow you to heal more efficiently. Do your best to drink plenty of water before and after your appointments!