WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE?
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, stress and to promote health and wellness. It also improves the functionality of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
Here at bwellhealth our therapists have a diverse background of techniques, education and experience. Some of the services we provide include:
- Deep Tissue Massage- releases restrictions of the deeper muscles and underlying connective tissue through slow, deep pressure movements to relieve tension and pain.
- Trigger Point Therapy- for the release of trigger points within the skeletal muscle.
- Swedish Massage- light to medium pressure used for stress relief and relaxation.
- Shiatsu/Acupressure- releases concentrations of energy or blockages for a more whole-body approach to restoring energy balance.
- Myofascial Release- is used to identify and release areas of restrictions in the fascial system and aims to produce a well-balanced, mobile and symmetrical body.
- Polarity- uses energy to restore the body’s balance.
- CranioSacral therapy- is a gentle technique for releasing muscle/joint tension and tissue restriction, in order to promote balance and relaxation.
- Lymphatic drainage for edema and swelling.
- Prenatal massage- helps to relieve headaches, back pain, enhances sleep and reduces stress and fatigue.
MEET OUR THERAPISTS:
JoAnn McAllister has been practicing massage therapy for 25 years. She graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York in 1990, where she was originally licensed by the state medical board.
JoAnn also lived, worked, and studied at Omega Institute for Holistic studies from 1990-1992. While in residence, she studied with holistic practitioners and healers from all over the world. Her work reflects this diverse background, as a session is likely to include any or all of the modalities in her repertoire.
JoAnn’s practice offers:
- Classic Swedish
- Deep Tissue
- Trigger point release
- Polarity therapy
As a rule, JoAnn concludes each session with a deep relaxation energy protocol from polarity therapy which helps the client integrate the physical work.
JoAnn has been associated with Dr. Bardwell’s practice for over 10 years.
Rebecca Goldenthal, LMT
Rebecca Goldenthal received her massage therapy training at the National Holistic Institute (NHI) located in San Francisco, California. At NHI she was introduced to both Eastern (shiatsu & Thai massage) and Western (Swedish & Deep Tissue) modalities of body work and a wide range of techniques in between. While still a student at NHI Rebecca began to build a private practice at a well known wellness center in the heart of San Francisco. Rebecca’s clients ranged from corporate executives to professional athletes. Rebecca graduated from NHI with honors, and while she lived in the Bay Area continued to work in the wellness field.
In 2005, Rebecca moved back to Maine where she worked in private practice. Rebecca’s modalities include deep tissue, Swedish and Polarity. She enjoys working with her clients at bwellhealth and looks forward to helping them reach their optimal health.
Robert Phipps, LMT
Rob is a graduate of New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts and has been practicing massage for 8 years. He has extensive experience working with people who may be dealing with physical challenges, having spent 6 years assisting physical therapists in all aspects of outpatient rehab.
The core of Rob’s approach to massage as a healing modality is presence and stillness. “A massage session is a beautiful opportunity (for client and therapist) to become very present, and enter into the deeper stillness within ourselves–this is where deep healing, transformation and peace are found. Once the stillness that we are is experienced, it cannot be forgotten–it becomes a powerful seed planted within us that has incredible potential to transform our health as well as our lives.”
Rob also trained at Wellcoaches School of Wellness Coaching, and holds a B.S. in Biology from Creighton University.