For new clients, the first session will involve a home visit and getting to know both you and your loved one. Sometimes it can take a while for children to become comfortable with massage so there may not be any touch on the first attempt! In order to ensure the relationship is allowed sufficient time to grow, Connective Touch requires a 3-session commitment from new clients.
At this time Connective Massage accepts only cash or checks made out to Ann Savage, owner and founder. We are hoping to accept credit cards in the near future! Payment must be rendered at the time of the session.
All massages are rounded to either 30 minutes or 1 hour, depending on the client's tolerance. The cost for a 30 minute massage is $45 and for an hour is $75.
Ann is a believer in blending massage modalities. Every massage will be a customized blend techniques, including any combination of Swedish strokes, deep tissue strokes, acupressure, reflexology, myofasical release, and craniosacral techniques, as appropriate to the client. Please see more detailed descriptions below but also be aware that all of these methods are of course adapted when used on our younger clients.
A unique aspect of Connective Touch's package is our inclusive chair massage for caregivers. If the parent or guardian present at the session chooses, they can receive a 10-15 minute relaxation massage performed in a seated, clothed position. This is an optional BONUS included in the session regardless of time as a vote of support for those who do so much for their lovd ones.
Often people think of Deep Tissue Massage as meaning the therapist is pressing really really hard! Deep pressure can be part of this bodywork, which aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body, but it is not required or the only aspect. Deep Tissue Massage works on specific identified muscles in a highly targeted and effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Plenty of water should be ingested after the session to help complete the treatment.
Fascia is the often unheard-of connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. When it becomes tight or "stuck," it can create pain and decrease range of motion. Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to remedy these issues and rebalance the entire body by slowly and thoroughly manipulating the fascia. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body by accessing its channels of energy. It's the same theory used in acupuncture, without the needles! Acupressure involves firm pressure directly to these "points" on the body, which can relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia, and can be worked into other types of massage easily.
Lymph is a often unknown but vital fluid within the body that flows throughout the organs and blood to clear impurities from the tissues. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through gentle and slight touch manipulation to the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet to rebalance the whole body. Reflexology is a in-depth science in which every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression. For children with disabilities and histories of hospitalizations, the feet can be a sensitive and/or neglected part of their body that can benefit from therapeutic touch.
Swedish Massage is what most people think of when they think of massage. A very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork, it combines an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion performed with various pressure to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. Reiki can easily be used in a session to increase relaxation and energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.