Bodywork Denver Modalities
Dave uses an integrated approach to massage, usually calling on several modalities in a single session to meet the client's goals. It's impossible to list every potential modality here by name, so please feel free to inquire if I can meet your needs!
Structural Deep Tissue and Myofascial
This is the bread and butter of therapeutic work to restore muscle balance. Muscle imbalances arise in opposing muscle pairs (for example biceps and triceps) when one of those muscles is stronger or shorter than the other. This results in a resting posture with the stronger muscle permanently "flexed", and the opposing muscle permanently "stretched." Often the opposing muscle becomes weak, inhibited, and painful. In addition, these imbalances increase the potential for injury due to lack of stability across the corresponding joint.
These sorts of muscle imbalances are extremely common in anyone who is human. :-)
Deep tissue and myofascial techniques work hand-in-hand to help lengthen and release muscles that have become short and tight, as well as shorten and activate the opposing muscle which may have become weak and inhibited. This technique combined with targeted stretching and strengthening will improve muscle balance and reduce pain.
Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy
Muscles and nerves live together in very close quarters. Clearly nerves act on muscles, and cause them to flex. However muscles can also act on nerves, causing very interesting effects. Muscle tension or injury near or around a nerve bundle can cause a variety of symptoms to other parts of the body including pain, tingling, hot/cold sensations and more. Since your nervous system travels your entire body, these "reffered" sensations can show up in parts of your body far from the actual muscle/nerve interaction. These muscle/nerve interaction points are called "trigger points".
For example, a trigger point located in the muscles of your neck can cause a constant tingling or pain in your back or arm. This is called "referred pain."
Neuromusclar sessions involve seeking the trigger points causing referred pain, and treating them with local pressure. An NMT session can cause long lasting or permanent relief to referred pain caused by this mechanism.
Whether a casual player, a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, many players are working towards self-improvement and their personal best. Optimum performance involves a perfect harmony of balance in the drive-chain of all the muscles used to compete. For example, a cyclist uses calves, quads and hamstrings as they grind up that 2,000' climb in Evergreen. What happens if the calves burn out before the hammies or quads? You've got legs left that you can't use, and your performance needs optimization.
Sports massage techniques work on targeting balance in the entire drive-chain for your sport, allowing more efficiency and proper sharing of the load between all the muscles involved. Good increase in muscle balance should show tangible, verifiable improvement in performance.
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the ground, and the client is fully clothed. The practitioner takes the client through a range of yoga-like stretches and manipulations while clearing the clients “sen lines” which is an energetic technique associated with Traditional Thai medicine.
Dave is a certified Thai Massage Practitioner, having studied under a recognized Master who trained at Thailand’s SVG and Old Medicine Hospital.
This modality is recommended for an energetic full-body awakening and exercise in range-of-motion. Don’t be surprised if some emotions come up!