Chandra Stead LMT
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The current COVID-19 Situation
All new clients must be pre-screened before booking. Please call or text 513-205-2702.
You need to be up to date on COVID-19 Vaccines including booster, following safe social distancing protocols, wearing a mask in public places, and have not traveled out of state or on a plane within 10 days of your scheduled appointment.
Masks will be required for any clients coming into my office for a massage.
All Massages are customizable to your specific needs. All sessions are charged by the amount of time required not the modality that is used in the treatment. These are examples of the modalities offered either alone or in combinations.
Let me help you stretch. A great option for athletes, aspiring athletes or a weekend warrior who overdid it. I use resistance stretches a.k.a proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF is where you contract the muscle against resistance (usually another person) so that you create an isometric contraction (tension but no movement). The contraction is held for about five seconds and then released, after which the muscle can stretch a little further. PNF mixed with Thai Compression is a great way to loosen up tight muscles fast. Stretches are assisted and much deeper than you can do on your own.
The main concern is exercising, not stretching, right?
Not so fast. Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your flexibility, which in turn may improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. Understand why stretching can help — and how to stretch correctly.
Guided Meditation is defined as intentional self-regulation of attention. Simply put, guided meditation is meditation with the assistance of a guide. Guided meditation is usually experienced in a classroom setting, one-on-one with a meditation teacher, or with an audio or video recording that guides the meditation session. In your session with me which can be combined with your massage or energy work session, you will be guided into a state of calm relaxation to help you find your center and assist in relieving stress.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles, and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Structural Relief Therapy (SRT)
SRT changes the body by decreasing involuntary muscle contracture which decreases pain and increases range of motion. SRT reprograms involuntary muscle contraction. The brain is creating chemicals that tell these muscles or strands of muscles to contract. For some reason, the brain has not received the signal back from the muscle that it is already contracting. When you voluntarily move, these signals are overridden, but at rest, the muscle cells begin to involuntarily contract again. This is why you feel tighter in the morning when the cells have continually contracted overnight without the interruption of voluntary movement.
To stop involuntary muscle contraction, I find the SRT tender point, usually near an articulation (joint) that does not refer. I position the body until the client tells me the SRT tender point is gone or mostly diminished. I hold this position for 90 to 120 seconds, then return the body to a neutral position. This is a gentle technique for releasing difficult muscle issues. Great for clients who do not like or cannot tolerate deep tissue or trigger point therapy.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Cupping uses a silicone cup to pull an area of skin into a suction that decompresses muscles and connective tissue. This promotes blood flow to the compromised area, enhances circulation, and helps to increase the body's own healing processes.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin: Mild discomfort or Bruising.
Energy Healing is a form of complementary and alternative medicine based on the belief that a vital energy flows through the human body. The goal of energy healing is to balance the energy flow in the patient. I can integrate energy work into your massage session or do a stand-alone session for 30 or 60 minutes. I can also utilize crystals to amplify and complement your session. You need to request this work at the start of your session or when scheduling.
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.
You don't want all deep tissue? You want some relaxation but still want to work out the knots? The Renewal Massage is a custom combination of Swedish massage and multiple therapeutic techniques tailored to the individual. Work out the sore spots and still be relaxed at the end.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Sports massage is designed to help athletes perform at their peak. The techniques used during a sports massage are much like those used during a Swedish massage, but sports massage works much deeper into the muscles with stretching to promote flexibility. Sports massage boasts the ability to reduce muscle soreness, tension and swelling. The reduction of muscle tension during sports massage can help reduce an athlete's chances of sustaining an 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 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.
Thai Yoga massage - Not currently offered as a treatment option although some elements of Thai Massage can be utilized on the massage table.
The practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing and using the practitioner's feet along the body's energy ("Sen") lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically.
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used. *I am no longer offering full-length Thai Massage sessions but I can utilize the techniques on the table or combine them with a regular massage session.