Mary Ann Zenter, LMT

Deep Tissue Massage

Aims at releasing specific muscles and underlying connective tissue in order to realign structural imbalances. This technique may not include the whole body.  Deep tissue work uses myofascial release techniques, cross-fiber frictioning, tendon frictioning or compression.  It is not the same as a strong vigorous massage.

Neuromuscular Technique

Also called Trigger Point Therapy, this technique consists of alternating levels of direct pressure applied to areas of muscle that are in spasm.  Very effective in breaking the pain-spasm cycle, it helps to clear up referred pain patterns.  For example, a trigger point in the shoulder may be the root of arm pain.

Myofascial Release

A deep tissue massage technique which 'hooks' and releases the connective tissue around muscles.  It is effective in releasing chronically tight areas.  It is often done with very little lotion or oil.  It is done slowly and specifically to one area of the body during a session.

Sports Massage

Geared directly to the person who is in training for a particular sport.  The focus is on injury prevention, maximizing performance, and injury treatment.  The massage is usually vigorous and uses cross-friction, compression, pressure points, and strokes for increasing circulation.

Swedish Massage

The basis of most massage, it is a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the muscles, combined with active and passive movement of the joints.  When used for an entire session, Swedish promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion and relieves muscle tension.