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Houston Massage Therapy With Mary Regan

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Mary-Regan

Mary Regan

I specialize in analyzing and addressing the issues causing you pain and dysfunction or simply keeping you from being all you can be. Whether you are an athlete striving to improve your performance, you are experiencing simple muscle soreness, tension, and limited range or ease of motion, or you have a more complex issue (such as carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, temporal mandibular disorder, piriformis/sciatic syndrome, headaches, etc.), I look forward to helping you achieve optimal wellbeing.

I have a broad base of training, in addition to numerous specialties, which I combine according to what would best meet your individual needs. I provide a range of services from Swedish Deep Tissue work to Advanced Clinical or Medical Massage techniques that are very specific to the type of tissue and structural relationships contributing to your situation.

Chiropractic + Massage = Powerful Healing

Chiropractic and massage therapy, used in combination, form a powerful healing approach that addresses your structure, pain and wellness on many levels. Used together, they offer more complete recovery, as well as, preventative care to support ongoing good health and well-being. Your body will be more resilient in the face of daily stresses, and less prone to injury.

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The most common experience people have is with Swedish or relaxation massage.

Swedish and other Therapeutic massage techniques are invaluable tools to reduce stress and overall tension, improve circulation, increase body awareness and connectedness. While it can be gentle or Deep Tissue, it is more general or broad in nature and leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Deep Tissue may be slightly uncomfortable at times but, overall, Swedish is a “feel good” full body massage. See Clinical Massage if you are looking for techniques that treat muscle imbalances or address other specific issues.

Clinical

Clinical massage includes Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release. These target specific issues such as postural distortions or hyperirritable trigger point/knots and can feel a bit uncomfortable at times, however, they are very powerful in bringing relief and improvement. I maintain good monitoring communication to avoid initiating a guarding reflex since that is counter-productive in getting the muscle to let go. Many clients describe it as a “good pain” – exactly where/what they feel is needed. Typically, the session is focused on the areas experiencing issues as well as other links in the chain that led there, rather than full body (it is deep and specific versus broad and general).

Medical Massage

Medical Massage is a term that may be misused to mean Deep Tissue Swedish or Myofascial Release, however, I employ it as taught by Dr Ross Turchaninov, meaning a comprehensive approach to treating more complex issues (headaches, carpal or tarsal tunnel, TMD, rotator cuff syndrome, piriformis/sciatic syndrome, illiopsoas syndrome, tennis or golfer’s elbow, trapezius syndrome, tibial nerve neuralgia, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, back pain, and many other conditions).

After detailed analysis, numerous techniques which are proven to be most effective on each layer/type of tissue involved in the structural dysfunction are utilized with great specificity. The central nervous system involvement is treated at the beginning of each session. This addresses root cause and enables the other techniques to work through the remaining issues in the other tissues more effectively. Due to the care taken to manage the body’s pain analyzing system and modifications to improve effectiveness with less pressure in techniques such as Trigger Point, it feels less uncomfortable while providing greater relief.

As of this writing, I am the only therapist in Houston trained in this highly effective system of treatment. The areas addressed and the length of each session (typically 30-60 minutes) is determined by the protocol needed, as you progress through a course of treatment (think specific and integrated across all levels of tissue).

CranioSacral Therapy

I am also certified in CranioSacral Therapy which uses enhanced sensitivity to feel restrictions or unusual patterns in the cerebral spinal fluid flow (often from physical or emotional trauma) and uses subtle touch to assist the body to reorganize. While extremely gentle, this work can be profound, and may address a piece of the puzzle that other techniques wouldn’t find. It has enhanced my sensitivity in all types of massage.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage incorporates techniques that help keep your muscles supple and conditioned for peak performance. Any sport injuries would be treated through Medical Massage to assist healing and return you to your sport in the best possible condition.

Additional

I am also trained in Thai massage, which involves rhythmic stretching and pressing along acupressure meridians (think assisted yoga; may include Trigger Point work if desired) as well as Reiki (master level), which are excellent modalities for creating a sense of wellbeing and whole body integration. I am also a certified as a Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Qigong Instructor, and Healing Foods Educator.

I utilize all the techniques listed above, as well as a number of others, to obtain the best results for you. In addition, I bring the knowledge of technique modifications from those shared with Medical Massage to every session. I find everything I learn comes through in everything I do. Each of you also bring unique circumstances and perspectives to our partnership. I look forward working with you to find the best path to vibrant health!

Some Of The Benefits Of Massage

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Sports Massage conditions muscles for peak performance
  • Medical Massage treats many specific conditions (osteoarthritis, rotator cuff syndrome, piriformis syndrome, headaches, trapezius syndrome, tennis/golfer’s elbow, etc)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?

The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session?

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. For sessions focusing on specific issues, your therapist will inform you prior to the session what areas will be worked on.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting

More specific work for trigger points, chronic issues, or injuries may involve more targeted approaches which we can discuss.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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