Services Offered by Christina Russell, CMT

receiving massage therapyPhenomenal Touch™ Massage - The massage creates itself... organically unfolding, unwinding, swirling and undulating the body in a three dimensional water like dance. Fluidly moving the body in space while massaging both sides at once, the contact is slow deep and specific, making everything count. Entering and melting the muscle in the shortened position while working with gravity to create the perfect pressure and depth. Learn about Phenomenal Touch™ Massage courses taught by Christina.

The intuitive variations of rhythm and speed coupled with quiet pauses allows the giver and receiver to both drop in and give the body time to catch up. Utilization of fulcrums to lift the body, creates a sensation of levitation, while seamlessly transitioning, revisiting and weaving one move in to the next, brings a feeling of shape, integration and wholeness... A heart opening moving meditation. Read more on Phenomenal Touch™ Massage.

NEW! Vibro Sensory Stimulation Table - Clinical studies have shown that our bodies can be positively effected by being resonated with different frequencies. NASA uses vibration in weightless environments to prevent bone density loss and to improve muscle tone. Many specific frequencies have been identified to alleviate mental and physical health issues.

receiving massage therapyMany different terms are used to describe human interaction with a vibrating source; Vibroacoustic Therapy, Vibration Therapy, Physio-acoustics, Somatosensory Stimulation, Music Massage, Cymatic Therapy, Sona-Therapy, and even Magic Fingers to name a few. Most people have experienced Vibro-Tactile Stimulation in a number of forms, from standing to close to the main speakers at a rock concert to the vibrators used in Lazy Boy chairs and even the cat purring on your lap. The most frequent response from people who experience time on the Vibro Sensory Stimulation Massage table is how pleasurable and relaxing the affect is.

Being immersed in waves of sound has an almost immediate effect of escape from reality, cares and pain melt away and are replaced by a sense of euphoria and well being. The brain and body take a recess from everyday stress facilitated by the entraining and soothing vibration which relaxes every tense muscle. I welcome your feedback and the opportunity to customize your experience. During a session, you can choose to feel the music through the table, to feel one or more of the specific healing frequencies or a combination of both. For more technical information on this technology, visit hifiwellness.com.

Raindrop Therapy - Raindrop Therapy is a healing technique using pure essential oils. Raindrop Therapy combines aromatherapy, reflexology, massage and moist heat to create healing and cleansing through structural and electrical alignment to the body. The purpose of the therapy is to bring total balance, harmony, and body wellness - mental, physical, and emotional.

Raindrop Therapy uses a sequence of nine essential oils that have been clinically tested to have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. These essential oils are dropped gently on the spine and then lightly massaged in using various techniques. The practitioner dispenses the oils along the client's spine like little drops of rain from a height of about six inches. The oils are gently brushed up the spine and lightly massaged over the rest of the back. A hot compress is then applied, which facilitates oil absorption and muscle relaxation. A full body massage is given after the application of the oils.

receiving massage therapyIntegrative Neuromuscular Therapy - Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of pressure therapy that has its origins in the oriental healing arts of Shiatsu and Acupressure.  This powerful therapy normalizes and harmonizes two very important body systems: the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. It works toward the stress-tension pain cycle and the dissolving of long term pain patterns.

With the Integrative approach, neuromuscular therapy is brought into a more compassionate mode by utilizing bodywork, compassionate depth to prepare the tissue before penetrating into the deeper layers of muscles. This makes the treatments more effective: less uncomfortable for the client and as result, more effective. Use of t-bars, heat,  or essential oils maybe indicated to maximize a healing effect. 

receiving massage therapyPregnancy Massage - Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension-which aids in better sleep-and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Then after the birth, learn how to massage your baby with a Class on Infant Massage.

CranioSacral Therapy - CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Learn how CranioSacral Therapy works.

receiving massage therapyUsing a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Read more on CranioSacral Therapy.

Lymph Drainage Therapy - Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.

This type of therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist. Such a massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. To help lymph fluid move through the body, special rhythmic hand strokes are used, which many patients consider very relaxing. Proponents of lymphatic drainage believe that the process will reduce blockages of the lymphatic system, which in turn promotes a healthier body.

Reflexology - Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body. I incorporate reflexology techniques into each massage session as indicated by clients needs.

receiving massage therapyMyofascial Release - Myofascial Release, as developed and taught by John F. Barnes, PT, is a therapeutic technique that results in permanent lengthening of the body’s connective tissue/fascia and has the capacity to dramatically improve health and quality of life.

Fascia is the tough connective tissue surrounding and infusing every cell from head to toe like a three-dimensional spider web. It provides support and flexibility to all structures of the body. Basically, it holds the body together. It is elastic, strong and fluid. Elastin fibers are rubber-like. Collagen fibers provide strength and protection from over extension. A gel-like fluid called the ground substance fills the spaces between the elastin, collagen and muscle fibers. It allows them to glide smoothly over one another and acts as a shock absorber.

Injury, trauma, and poor posture cause these fascial fibers to tighten, shorten, thicken and adhere, putting abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, organs and the brain. Pain, restriction of motion and structural misalignment are some of the consequences. Modern medicine tends to look at muscles, bones and organs in isolation, generally ignoring the importance of the global system that connects them all together.

massage therapy by Christina RussellMyofascial Release is a gentle, hands-on approach used to free up fascial restrictions throughout the body. This is accomplished by applying sustained pressure into the fascial barrier or restriction, waiting a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds for a release to occur, following that release into the next barrier, and waiting again. After a series of releases, a noticeable softening can be felt as the tissue elongates. As fascial layers are released the client gains greater flexibility. This takes pressure off of sensitive structures and allows normal function. Read more on Myofascial Release.

Hot Stone Massage - A Three Dimensional Approach - Three dimensional hot stone massage is a dance of grace where stones seem to appear out of midair. You are moved fluidly through space, while the stones embrace both sides of the body at once, giving the ability to use both gravity and weight to gain depth. Hot stones allow the therapist to massage the body with heat. The action of being massaged with heat melts the tissue twice as fast as hands alone can do, hot stones are also extremely grounding and calming, helping the receiver to drop even deeper in to the full experience of the massage.

Compassionate/Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage - Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

massage therapy by Christina RussellSwedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Educational Lessons and Training - Check out the educational Classes and Training for Phenomenal Touch™ Massage, Couples Massage, and Infant Massage as well as athletic instruction for Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, and Bellydance. Find details on the Classes and Training page.

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Therapy Options & Extras -
Prices:
60 minutes = $85
75 minutes = $100
90 minutes = $115
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Vibro Sensory Stimulation Massage Table: This table can be used to enhance your massage experience, or it can now be used without receiving a massage. Learn more about the Vibro Sensory Table in the Services section.
...$1/minute with a $10 minimum

Raindrop Therapy: Using pure essential oils, Raindrop Therapy combines aromatherapy, reflexology, massage and moist heat to create healing and cleansing through structural and electrical alignment to the body. A full body massage is given after the application of the oils. Learn more about Raindrop Therapy in the Services section.
...$20 extra on a 75 minute or 110 minute massage session

Hot Stone Massage: Hot Stones embrace both sides of the body at once with heat. The action of being massaged with heat melts the tissue twice as fast as hands alone can do. Learn more about Hot Stone Massage in the Services section.
...$20 extra on a 90 minute massage session

 

 


 

 

Products -
Foam Rollers: Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle. ...6x36in

Sombra Pain Relieving Gel: Sombra's Original Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel has become one of the leading topical analgesics in the market today. Great for chronic conditions and basic aches and pains, the gel, which has a refreshing orange-citrus scent to it.
...4 oz jar

Young Living Essential Oils: Get oils such as Thieves for immune system, Wintergreen for pain, Peppermint for inflammation, and Lavender for stress reduction. Other oils can be special ordered.
...prices vary

Biofreeze: Biofreeze is a cold therapy pain reliever and the number one clinically used and recommended topical analgesic (muscle rub). Available as gel or spray.

Thera-Band: The Thera-Band® System of Progressive Resistance consists of 8 color-coded resistance levels for rehabilitation and exercise.

 

 


 

 

Massage Classes & Training -
Phenomenal Touch™ Massage Training: Level I courses are available as a 3 day session. Learn more on the Classes and Training page.

Couples Massage Training: Share relaxing massage with your partner. Get details on the Classes and Training page.

Infant Massage Training: Learn techniques to calm and soothe your baby. Learn more on the Classes and Training page.

 

 


 

 

Athletic Instruction & Lessons -
Beginning Bellydance: Fundamentals of belly dancing movement, basic posture, and body isolations in private or group lessons. Learn more on the Classes and Training page.

Beginning Mountain Biking: Learn some basic skills to build your confidence. Find more information on the Classes and Training page.

Nordic Skiing, aka Cross Country Skiing (skate or classic): Learn techniques that will improve your skills and efficiency. Get details on the Classes and Training page.

 

 


 

 

"Christina is amazing. This was the first time I saw her, because of her genuine concern to address my special needs, I felt like she knew me for years. She is not the cookie-cutter massage school therapist. She employs a variety of techniques and therapies to ensure that you walk out of her studio feeling like a new person."      
- Stuart