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.
Hot Stone Therapy
While Bodywork Denver isn't a spa, there is no denying the therapeutic power of heat and the grounding energy of the earth. Hot stones have been used since the dawn of humans, in almost all recorded cultures, for a variety of benefits.
In therapeutic work, not only does hot stone feel great (boy, it sure does!) but it is an excellent tool for targeting heat to soft tissue in preparation for bodywork. Maybe an elbow in your lower back is your thing! If not, some penetrating heat in that lower back will decrease the bodywork pressure needed to get deep and address your issue. Did I mention it feels great?
Hot stone sessions are currently available for 90-minute sessions at Sloan's Lake Studio.