James has been a registered massage therapist since 2003 when he graduated from the Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies with over 2,500 hours of training.
He has an attentive and skillful approach that can be relaxing, while also providing results with respect to deeper muscular discomfort and disorders.
Regardless of your fitness level, James can help you on your way to achieving a greater level of well-being, quality of life and movement.
Most injuries and disorders respond well to massage therapy. Therapeutic massage can be used to treat symptoms of illnesses, to relieve stress, pain, and muscular symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses.
Many clients seek out massage services to rehabilitate from injuries and the resulting pain and muscular soreness attributed them. This may be due to a variety of reasons including sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, repetitive motion injuries, surgical treatment and postural distortions. Depending on the condition and client needs appropriate techniques are used, such as neuromuscular technique (trigger point therapy), soft tissue release, myofascial release, cross fiber friction, flushing effleurage, joint mobilization and stretching.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue techniques focus on the deeper layers of muscles. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes, very firm pressure, stretching and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It restores a full range of motion. It may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. Sometimes soreness may appear the next day. However, when it passes, you should feel better than ever.
Sports massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
This traditional massage incorporates regular pressure to release knots, tension, to ease muscle pain and to relax. It increases the oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Lymphatic drainage is a form of light massage with circular pumping movements that encourage lymph flow in the body. The lymphatic system is located directly beneath the skin, so the pumping, circular movements are very light. In the first place the therapist massages near nodes to stimulate them to work and then along lymph vessels in the direction of the lymph flow. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins. It provides immunity against disease. This type of massage is particularly good for detoxification, edema and also helpsreduce cellulite.
Hot Stone Massage
It involves the application of heated basalt stonesto key points on the body, giving massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage. In cases of muscular injury and inflammation frozen, cooling marble stones are used. This creates a type of thermo therapeutic ‘vascular gymnastics’ in the circulatory system to help the body detoxify and heal. The warmer stones dilate the blood vessels, while the cold stones contract them. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system. Stones massage makes you feel deeply relaxed, allowing you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. It is really an amazing experience to offer to the ones you love!