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Our Technique

At Full Compass Massage we perform client-based massage.  It is bodywork that is based not only on your preferences, requests and the requirements of your body, but which is also crafted based on our assessment of your musculoskeletal health, posture and daily activities. Whether your needs are restorative, relaxation or therapeutic, your massage will be customized for best results and your comfort.

A variety of bodywork approaches and modalities make up the core skill sets of Full Compass Massage, and each of these modalities offer different benefits. Any combination of these modalities may be applied during the course of your massage, and you can request a specific approach at any time.


Medical Massage
Medical massage is outcome-based massage.  It involves the application of specific techniques within a protocol that targets specific problems and pathologies a patient presents with a physician's diagnosis to be administered after evaluation and assessment by a medical massage therapist.  Often medical massage will incorporate orthopedic tests to verify physician's findings, and techniques can include proprioceptive neruomuscular facilitation (PNF), cross fiber friction, deep transverse friction, as well as, the below listed massage modalities.  It is helpful to have an open lane of communication between therapist and physician(s) to ensure goals are being met.


Perhaps the most well known method of massage includes the refined group of strokes originally developed by Per Henrik Ling. The strokes include effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration and cross fiber. With combinations of these strokes a practioner can assist in relaxation, envigorate the body, promote circulation, and treat many muscular issues. For regular receivers of massage the gliding strokes (effleurage) and kneading (petrissage) are like welcome friends, but the benefits of tapotement, (tapping, slapping, pummeling and pinchment), as well as, shaking and cross fiber are markedly therapeutic in nature. Some of the benefits include breaking up adhesions, loosening joints for increased mobility and reducing scar tissue for a more functional scar.


Deep Tissue
This particular approach is not defined as largely by the stroke, but it is known for its subcutaneous and visceral manipulations. The strokes are slower, deeper, and the intention is therapeutic, the focus being the underlying muscles beneath the musculature closer to the skin. It is very important to have good communication between the practioner and the client to ensure a proper envelope of comfort for the client as the work is highly perceptive. Deep Tissue work is particularly beneficial to athletes, persons who have long standing aches and fascial adhesion.


Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy
Popularized by Paul St. John, this type of therapy is designed to locate and treat trigger points, which can be defined as painful points located within a tight band of muscle that, when palpated, cause pain to be referred throughout the body. Ischemic pressure is the primary method of treatment, though Swedish strokes can be utilized in treatment, as well as, cold therapies. Trigger points are very distinctive and disruptive. The benefits of this therapy include reduction of chronic pain associated with trigger points, increased motion and correct affiliated postural distortions.


Myofascial Release
For many who are discovering massage for the first time fascia will be the word of the day. It can be defined as connective tissue that surrounds, separates and binds together muscles, organs, blood vessels and other soft tissues and structures within the body. This tissue can be varying in texture density, but when it becomes dehydrated and overly adhesive it causes other tissue to bind, which in turn can reduce motion, limit flexibility and cause pain. Myofascial release helps to restore proper balance in these tissues by use of direct pressure, shearing and skin rolling.


Thai Massage
Originally based on Ayurvedic techniques this system of approach focuses on sen lines, similar to meridians, and utilizes stretching and direct pressure that is similar to Shiatsu. This massage is generally done on mats on the floor and is performed fully clothed.


Developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui in Japan, this type of work is defined as energy therapy and utilizes energy known as qi/chi/ki through the palms. It bears similarity to some elements of the traditional Chinese qigong, but whereas qigong is a system involving many types of movements, meditations and static processes reiki is pure system of energy work. People vary in sensitivity to energy work, and the benefits can also vary dramatically. It is non-invasive, can be performed fully clothed and does not require direct pressure or touching to perform.

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