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