Trigger Point Therapy for Pain Relief
Now Featured at MPG Fitness located at 12337 S. Rt. 59 in Plainfield IL
The goal of these sessions is to find the root cause of a persons physical pain, not just treat the symptoms. This is not your typical fluff-and-buff relaxation massage; nor is it a “no pain, no gain” deep tissue type massage. The primary focus is to restore functional and pain free movement. I am a clinically trained massage therapist specializing in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy but I also integrate techniques from other modalities in order to help someone achieve their goals.
Integrated Massage Therapy (In Home Service Only)
For those who don’t have any major pain issues but just want to stay on top of their health and take some time to relax, this session will help. I offer a unique blend of techniques from several modalities to incorporate a style that is all my own. After this session you will feel relaxed, renewed and loose. It’s a perfect way to take a mini vacation without leaving home.
Trigger Point Therapy sessions are done through loose fitting and movable clothing similar to what you would wear during a yoga class. The Integrative Massage Therapy sessions are performed in the traditional massage style meaning undressed with draping and lotions in the convenience of your own home.
Trigger Point Session $45 for a 30 minute session
In-home Integrative Massage: $120 for a 90 minute session
Packages and gift certificates also available. Ask for more details
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’ve had trigger point before and it hurt! Is this session going to be the same?
A: Although there are time when Trigger Points (TP’s) can elicit pretty intense pain signals, I always work within the clients tolerable discomfort range and try not to push the edge into the true pain range. I have worked on heavily muscled athlete as will as petite elderly women. I personalize the session to your comfort levels. Something else to consider, when I wen to school for massage therapy I had minimal training in what I thought was Trigger Point Therapy (TPT). It wasn’t until I went through and advanced training course that I realized all the things I was taught was not wrong but not fully correct either. Many therapists come out of their basic training with a similar situation.
Q: How come your prices are so much higher than those “Chain” type places. Can’t you lower them?
A: No I will not lower my prices. Those “Chain” type places offer a low price as an intro to get you in the door and try out the service. Afterwards they work on selling you a contract membership that you pay around $60 per month for a session. The sessions are 50 minutes of actual hands on because they book the therapists back to back and allow for undressing/redressing. If you don’t sign up for the membership, you are paying a fee close to what I charge but still only getting 50 minutes. Sometimes you get lucky and get a great therapist with years of experience but more often you get a new therapist that just got licensed (not that there is anything wrong with that, some have a natural talent). Those places are a great place for a new therapist to get started because they get a lot of experience quickly and they make the bulk of their hard earned cash in volume and especially tips. I however have been practicing since 2001 with a heavy specialization towards clinical application. I charge a higher fee because I have invested a great deal of time and money into my advanced training and I have a wide variety of experience. If someone feels inclined to tip me, I will accept it graciously but I do not expect one and would rather see that money be put towards enough sessions to resolve their issue. I may consider a package to offer someone but that is on an individual basis.
Q: Do I have to get undressed for the session? I am a little uncomfortable with disrobing.
A: Great news! No you don’t have to disrobe. I perform a lot of my work through clothing. For most women, I recommend yoga pants or equivalent loose movable type pants and a tank top or t-shirt. However, depending on the issues, I might step out of the room and ask that the bra be removed from under the shirt (No one like under wires being dug into ribs!). For the guys, either sweat/athletic pants and a tank or t-shirt. There is a lot of movement and re-positioning that happens during a Trigger Point session and I don’t want to mess with draping if I don’t have to. The Integrative sessions focus on relaxation and so are done in the traditional massage fashion.
Q: I have (migraines, carpal tunnel, sciatica, low back pain, rotator cuff issues, etc.) can you help me?
A: I have worked with a wide variety of issues and have had great success with a large number of clients. Every person is different and comes from a different background so all I can say is give it a shot and see. I re-evaluate after 3 sessions because that is a good number to see how progress is going. If nothing is changing, I will be the first to recommend that you see someone else. The benefit of trying my service is the side effect is sometimes soreness and relaxation which sounds much better than going under a surgeons knife at the first opportunity or dealing with drug side effects.
Q: Is this guaranteed to work after one session? How long will it take to get better?
A: Nothing in life is guaranteed and this is no exception. I always try to do my best to get someone of out pain but there are some situations where I have to recognize when something is out of my league or scope of practice. There are many internal issues with people that will affect how and if trigger points are released. Some that come to mind are vitamin and mineral deficiencies like iron, vitamin D and magnesium (there are many others as well). If you are suffering from pain and know that you have these deficiencies, it is best to work with your primary care physician first to be brought back up to a healthy range before coming to me for treatment. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time and money for something that I know probably isn’t going to work.
Q: Am I going to be sore afterwards?
A: I cannot predict who will be sore and who won’t. See the question above because they are related. If someone has many other health complications, dehydrated, taking medications, etc., there may be bruising and muscle soreness. Most of the soreness that happens after a TP session is similar to a DOMS soreness like you would get after a workout and goes away in about the same amount of time.
Q: I really like deep pressure, do you do Deep Tissue Massage?
Q: Do you offer Groupons, Living Social, etc.?
Q: What do you mean by self care? Aren’t you going to fix me? I have to do my own work outside of the session?
A: The short answer is yes. Many times we develop trigger points and dysfunctional patterns by our daily activities and work we choose. A good example is someone who sits hunched over a computer for 8-10 hours a day and 5 days a weeks. Not to mention the commute and activities during downtime like watching TV or trolling FaceBook. All this has to be taken into consideration and without making the necessary life changes, you will be wasting your time and money. I can’t make you well and especially if you’re not willing to invest in the journey yourself.
Q: Do you offer “special” services? 🙂
A: Sadly I feel that it is important to put this question in. Most people that have ever asked me have been a personal friend that was joking but the few times I have been asked were serious. If this is something that you are looking for specifically, you know where to find it and it is not here.