Flor Banks, Licensed Massage Therapist

Fairbanks, Alaska

Modalities

Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Pregnancy, Oncology, Sports Massage, Hot Stone, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Aromatherapy

 

Deep Tissue Massage:  This massage  relieves severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.
It should not be confused with "deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session.

 

Relaxation Massage:  Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle, flowing style that promotes general relaxation, relieves muscular tension,  improves circulation and range of movement. 

 

Pregnancy Massage:  This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.


Oncology massage:  This massage is a modification of existing massage therapy to safely work with the complications of cancer and cancer treatment.  Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.  Essential aspects of an oncology massage is the understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.

 

Sport Massage:  This massage is used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare body for peak performance. Drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and  prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.

 

Hot Stone therapy:   Water-heated stones are placed  at key points on the body to promote a deeper muscle relaxation.  Hot stones melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation.  The stones provide relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions, also decreases pain and muscle spasms, reduces chronic stress and tension, increases flexibility in joints, helps with mobility, relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles. (Need at least 24-hour advance notice).


Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD] :  It is a very gentle stretch of the skin technique that promotes lymph to drain. The lymph system plays a large role in immune function and circulation, and when lymph nodes are removed for any reason, people are at risk of developing lymphedema. MLD effectively reduces traumatic and post-surgical edema, can provide relief of migraine headaches. fibromyalgia symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis pain, scleroderma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), stress, fatigue, sinus infections, providing general relaxation and detoxification, and lymphedema treatment and more.


Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for curative and rejuvenating effects. This therapy reduces stress and tension, refreshes and invigorates the body, soothes emotions, and clears the mind. After an initial discussion with the client, specific essential oils are used. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the body to affect physiological change. When inhaled the aroma directly affects the limbic area of the brain that is related to emotions and memories.

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