Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. It primarily focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.

It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend after-care treatments to the area after the massage.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

Relaxation Massage

A relaxation massage is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort. Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relieve minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation. Most people don’t take enough time off for themselves anymore. It’s about time you’ve pampered yourself!

Aromatherapy Massage

Massage therapy is beneficial on its own; however when used in conjunction with essential oils, these two therapies can be synergistically more beneficial than when they’re performed separately. Aromatherapy massage involves a massage treatment using essential oils. The essential oils used are determined by the massage therapist. They are chosen to treat the emotional component of health through the olfactory glands (through smell). Aromatherapy massage works when essential oils are inhaled by the client. When the fragrant oils are inhaled, a chemical message is sent to the brain which triggers a certain emotional response.

Prenatal Massage

Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension-which aids in better sleep-and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

Amy Jo Jordan, LMT

Amy-Jo-JordanAmy Jo has had long history with body work, learning an intuitive touch at a young age from her mother’s massage practice. With her desire to lend herself to the healing arts, Amy Jo took it upon herself to be a Licensed Massage Therapist through Flint School of Therapeutic Massage and now a Certified Cupping Therapist through International Cupping Therapy Association. Also a Reiki Master since the age of 21, she prides herself in giving each and every client her complete attention and full intention to help them feel relief from an area of concern.

“I’m thrilled to work with such a wonderful, positive community that Dr. Jena has created here at Big Beautiful Life.” Jordan perfects an integrated deep tissue massage with biofeedback to help strengthen and reset the body’s innate proficiency, and release stress from the emotional, mental and physical body. “My main goal is to help others because I care. I empathize with people who are struggling to be well and who aspire to live life at their best.”

Christy Baum BS, LMT, NCTMB

Welcome to Big Beautiful Life. My name is Christy Baum. I have over 12 years of experience in massage therapy, allowing me to offer a wide range of integrative modalities to help you to achieve your optimal health goals. 

Massage techniques offered: Swedish, Pregnancy, Deep Tissue, Sports, Lymphatic, and Corporate Chair.

Bodywork Modalities offered:  Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy and foot reflexive zone therapy.

I graduated from the Greenville Technical College Massage program in May of 2004, and have been actively practicing in Traverse City since getting my National Certification in September of 2004.

I also have a BS degree from Excelsior College majoring in Biology and I taught Massage Therapy at Baker College of Cadillac from 2007-2013.

I have been licensed in the State of Michigan since 2013, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2004.

In my spare time I hike, snowshoe, kayak, play CoEd softball, dog sit, camp, and explore beautiful Northern Michigan. During the summer I also volunteer for TCFF.

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