Kathryn Crum, LMT
I have training and a certificate in the following techniques :
Swedish Massage (Relaxation massage)
Swedish massage increases circulation, eases pain and calms the nervous system. This massage is a medium pressure massage and a variety of techniques are used to relax and restore tight and achy muscles.
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
A clinical approach to soft tissue therapy that combines myofascial therapy, trigger point therapy and orthopedic testing to decrease muscular pain and dysfunction, increase range of motion in joints and to enhance physical performance.
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique which blends acupuncture points and pressure together. Physical pressure is applied to specific acupuncture points for treatment and therapeutic response.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is the application of a controlled force to the soft tissue (myofascial) structures in a specific direction to stretch the tissues for the purpose of restoring or enhancing normal mobility of a restricted region.
Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (Muscle Release Technique)
Muscle release technique utilizing Active Isolated Stretching of the injured area with massage muscle striping done at the same time as the stretch. This technique lengthen stiff muscles and joints while increasing circulation to the area for healing.
Reflexology (Foot & Hand)
Reflexology is a science that deals with the reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Thumb and finger pressure is used on these reflex areas to relieve tension and stress, improve blood supply, unblocks nerve impulses and helps nature achieve homeostasis.
Auriculotherapy (Ear reflexology)
Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of acupoint on the external ear for the treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. Points can be stimulated using electrical stimulation (TENS), manual pressure (acupressure), low level light laser and ear pellet magnets. I have been certified by ACI (Auriculotherapy Certification Institute) since 2003.
Chinese Five Element Body Balancing (muscle testing)
Muscle testing is an ancient practice that is recently been rediscovered. It is a form of biofeedback that taps into the nervous system. It can access where energy is depleted in a given area allowing the practitoner to use meridian acupressure to correct and restore energy to the muscle. Neurolymphatic areas are massaged, foot and hand reflex areas are massaged and neuro-vascular points are held to restore health and muscle function.
Myoskeletal Alignment (Erik Dalton, PhD), Lower Body
This techniques takes its orgin from Rolfing, structural integration, philosophy by Dr. Ida Rolf. It combines the knowledge that the skeletal system and the myofascial system are intertwined and what effects one system has an effect on the other. Using the bones as levers to work deep fascial restrictions and implementing isometric muscle contraction/relaxation is at the core of this profound treatment. Spinal unwinding, articular springing & deep myofascial balancing maneuvers gently unlock chronic facet capsule fixations while restoring proper spinal curves and alleviating reflex muscle gaurding and joint blockage.
Massage cupping is a modified version of "cupping therapy" which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years. By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue. The cups once applied are kept moving in a massage and can be placed over tight areas for a few minutes if needed to help melt the adhesion and relieve pain. This movement of the cups does not leave reddish/purple markings on the body as in traditional cupping therapy. Very therapeutic and relaxing.
Advanced Myofascial and Deep Tissue for the neck and low back
I have trained with Dr. Ben Benjamin, orthopedic massage therapist for 40 years and sports medicine doctor. This training focuses on the treatment of injured ligaments in low back and neck .
I also have a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the University of Kansas, 1995