Tracy Rodriguez completed a 750 hour, year-long massage therapy program at The Massage School in Easthampton, MA and is a licensed massage therapist. The focus of the program was Swedish massage and also included the basics of Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Thai massage. After suffering a serious concussion three years ago, massage therapy and acupuncture played an integral role in her recovery. The tranfomation was so remarkable that she studied massage and changed careers so she could focus on helping others heal, reduce stress, and improve their overall sense of well-being. She lives and practices in Putney, VT.
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered massage technique in the west, utilizing a firm pressure on the muscles. It increases circulation, eases muscle tension, and stimulates the nervous system, thereby reducing both emotional and physical stress.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy applies alternating levels of concentrated pressure to "trigger points" to break cycles of spasm and pain. It involves placing pressure on that trigger point so that the muscle can relax and release. Pressure is generally applied with fingers, knuckles, and elbows.
Deep tissue massage aims at affecting the deeper tissue structure of the muscles, along with the connective tissue known as the fascia. It helps with both small muscle injuries as well as chronic problems. During deep tissue massage, the therapist concentrates on releasing specific chronic muscular tension as well as muscular knots or adhesions.
Cupping is a method of using glass or silicon cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. This draws up the underlying tissues, creating a rush of blood to the area, increasing circulation and facilitating joint mobilization. Cupping pulls toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system can more readily eliminate them.
Prenatal massage reduces stress, helps with the reduction of musculoskeletal strain and pain, facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and other physiological processes during pregnancy. Tracy completed 32 hours of prenatal training.
Now booking appointments on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and select Sundays. Email below or call 413-522-5584 to schedule an appointment. Gift certificates available.