NHE will provide an experience of therapeutic bodywork, medical massage & therapeutic exercise beyond the expectations of our clients to help them achieve natural health, wellness, and vitality at the highest levels available to them.
To make this happen Steve brings 15 years of experience working in the sports medicine and physical therapy fields, extensive education and experience working with all ages, body types and activity levels, and intense compassion and desire to help those around him.
The Importance of Finding the Right Therapist
Finding a qualified massage therapist can be difficult these days. Many are fresh graduates from good schools, but they lack the experience to provide an individualized treatment. They know the technicalities to provide adequate service, but they are unable to fashion a treatment that meets individual needs of the client and truly help them meet their goals. Others may have been to qualified schools, but the education they got was light in the actual anatomy and physiology of the human body that is required to provide quality service to the client. The effect of this is that you may search through many therapists and not be able to find one that meets your needs of recovering from injury or illness and enhancing your performance and enjoyment of life.
What is Massage?
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough” or the Greek verb (masso) “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”. In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed.