Gina Welch, LMT
I stumbled upon massage and it's benefits through my Chiropractor who told me that all my problems in my neck and shoulder area were caused by stress, and that I needed to have my husband massage my shoulders... "can I have that in writing?"
My husband massaged me nearly every night! I would sit on the floor in front of the couch and he would sit on the couch and rub my shoulders. I would feel so much better; I began to notice that not only did my headaches go away... I also noticed that my sinus's would open up, a sore throat would go away, the symptoms of an earache would abate and the chronic discomfort in my neck and shoulders had stopped altogether.
I thought that this new information was amazing!
What really impressed me was that at a family function someone asked me if I had an aspirin, and I thought 'I haven't been in the medicine cabinet in a long time, I'd better check the date'. Much to my surprise the pain reliever had expired 3 years before! I went from popping pain relievers and antihistamines for headaches and sinus problems every day, to not having had taken them for over 3 years because my husband rubbed my shoulders.
That was my "Ah-ha" moment. I began offering the same shoulder rubs to friends, family and co workers if I saw them reaching for an over the counter pain reliever. And soon people were encouraging me to go to massage school. I began looking into reputable massage schools.
I graduated Kripalu School of Bodywork in April 2006.
I opened the CranioSacral and Massage Center in the fall of 2007 with the hopes of offering a place where people can come for bodywork that will relieve not only their symptoms, but the cause of them.
I have taken several courses with the Upledger Institute and have been a teacher assistant to many classes. I've completed Myofascial Release 1, Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, and Unwinding with John F. Barnes and continue to learn through study groups and in working with my peers to hone my skills. This has taken my treatments to a whole different level of care, release and treatment.
I've taken Visceral Manipulation courses from Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., P.T. where I am learning about releasing our organs from restrictions from life and injuries. This work is amazing and I am happy to be learning these new skills to add to my repertoire.
I continue to seek natural ways to help the body release restrictions that promote healing.
Our bodies are meant to heal; we cut a finger, it heals... we break a bone, it heals... we have surgery, we heal... Through life experiences we tighten muscles and fascia, through listening to the body I am able to assist the body to release them. The power that made the body, heals the body... I am simply a conduit.
Gina Welch, LMT
GINA'S SERVICES & RATES
CHAIR MASSAGE:$20/15 min $40/30 min
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into a busy schedule.
Many ways to utilize this effective bodywork:
- Employee or Customer appreciation
- In lieu of flowers for any occasion; birthday, people in your wedding party, and even for your friend, coworker or family member who is taking care of an ill loved one or recently lost a loved one.
- Christmas parties
- Health fairs
- Church picnics
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: $85/hour, $120/90 mins, $55/30 mins
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to tension, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: $85/hour, $120/90 mins, $55/30 mins
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch therapy where the practitioner feels your cranio rhythm (this can be detected, like your heartbeat, anywhere throughout your body) then detects for blockages. The practitioner then assists in bringing about a better cranio rhythm to help the body function at it's optimum level, by working with fascia, muscles and bony landmarks
The cranio system directly influences your nervous system, so when the practitioner is 'fine tuning' your rhythm, simultaneously he or she is boosting your immune system! It is quite helpful for trauma, chronic headaches and injuries, infertility, difficult pregnancies or menstral periods...and seems to help those cases where the client has tried everything else and the medical field can not help any further.
Trained by John Upledger Institute
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: $85/hour, $120/90 mins, $55/30 mins
Every body has fascia. Fascia serves to surround and infuse every structure and therefore helps to support and protect those very structures. It creates separation between vessels, organs, bones and muscles. Fascia also creates space through which delicate nerves, blood vessels and fluids must pass.
When fascia is restricted or shortened, through trauma, poor posture or repetitive motion it has the propensity to create 2,000 lbs of tensile pressure! This can create a great deal of pain, limit range of motion, restrict blood flow and fluids and potentially create other symptoms in the body. Keep in mind that there isn't a technological method of looking at connective tissue, and is much often overlooked in the medical community as a source of problem.
Myofascial Release is a form of therapy that releases restrictions that cause pain, limits range of motion, and other symptoms, while it can increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body.
Trained by John F. Barnes- Myofascial Release (MFR)
Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's daily life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress and/or repetitive motions such as raking or shoveling.
Always working within the clients comfort, pressure is applied to the fullest point in the belly of the muscle, and soon the muscle softens and releases. Clients can often feel the muscle release and the relief tends to be immediate.
Trigger point therapy is integrated into every session.
Young ones need body work as well; from massage to craniosacral therapy for chronic ear infections, nasal congestion, A D D, ADHD, Scoliosis, autism, digestion issues and so much more. They tend to respond quicker than adults to the relaxing effects of massage and cranio meaning less work, leading us to special rates for children. Please inquire for your childs specific needs.
*Seniors & Veterans receive $10 off regular one hour sessions or longer
*Children under 18 - special pricing