Lauren at Balance Massage & WellWorks

What is Massage?

Massage is a "hands on" treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve and promote health and well-being.

Why do you call yourself a Pain Relief Specialist rather than a massage therapist?

I am very proud to be called a Massage Therapist, but after years of working with people, I found that ultimately, pain relief is what you seek. Pain and discomfort come in many forms and effective pain relief is what I consistently offered. Therefore, I adopted the title of Pain Relief Specialist.

What conditions have you successfully treated?

That's a great question! I am honored to have experience facilitating relief from the following conditions:

  • Tendinitis
  • Patellar tracking issues
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Snapping Scapula
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Discomfort from Spinal Curvatures
  • Cerebral Palsy Contractures
  • Sciatica and Sciatic-like symptoms, Piriformis Syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Emotional Stress
  • Surgical Recovery
  • Neck, Back, and Knee pain
  • Edema
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports Injuries, especially
    • Runners
    • Lifting, Crossfit, and Kettle Bell Athletes
    • Cyclists
    • Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian JiuJitsu
  • Other pains of unknown cause

I've had massage before. What will this Massage be like?

Our studio is located in a beautiful professional medical office. Your appointment is scheduled to comfortably allow a friendly discussion of what you hope to achieve from the treatment and for me to evaluate your presentation.

I utilize techniques that will give the best results, borrowing from many varieties of massage. My most popular tools come from TuiNa (Chinese Medical Massage - including Acupressure, Cupping, and GuaSha), Barnes Approach® MyoFascial Release, Trigger Point Release Therapy, and deep relaxation through pressure and tension of Deep Tissue Massage.

  • The primary focus of Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy is to address specific tight muscles and to correct postural distortion by "educating" the body to overcome dysfunctional patterns of these tight muscles. Deep tissue massage is characterized by slow and deliberate strokes along the muscle fibers to unblock adhesions and activate stretch receptors, which signal muscle release.
  • Barnes Approach® MyoFascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique to eliminate pain and restore motion. It involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial system, which is similar to a whole body stocking under the skin. The treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the detection of tissue restrictions and the application of the correct amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
  • Tui-Na is a complete system of healing that uses massage, mobilization, and acupressure to balance the flow of Qi, your vital energy. It can be very active or slow and quiet depending on the technique.
  • The heated glass jars of Cupping Therapy create a vacuum on the skin to treat tightness, musculoskeletal complaints, and adhesions of the tissues. It gives a very satisfying and interesting feeling of pulling instead of pushing on the body and is very effective for both acute and chronic tensions.
  • Gua Sha, meaning "scrape rash", involves repeated, pressurized strokes over the skin with the smooth edge of polished tool. GuaSha is excellent at releasing tension and inflammation in overworked muscles and tendons. It can even help if you feel a cold coming on!

Your Treatment will be enhanced by the skilled use of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to support a comforting and healing atmosphere.

Finally, I always keep in mind that this is YOUR massage. I invite your feedback or direction of what you prefer for the session.

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Balance Massage & WellWorks • Tui-Na in Milwaukee & Oak Creek • 414-975-2730