What is Massage?

Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.

Some of the Benefits of Massage

  • Relaxing
  • Soothing
  • Healing
  • Reassuring
  • Eases tension, stiffness and pain
  • Improves breathing
  • Improves circulation
  • Enhances well-being

The Effects of Massage

Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.

Types of Massages We Offer

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage

The deepest of all massage techniques to release tension, restore flexibility and relax tight muscles.

Relaxation Massage

A perfect escape to leave you feeling rejuvenated. The long strokes of Swedish massage with light to medium pressure relieves tension, relaxes the muscles and calms the mind.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is intended for those athletes or anyone who exercises or seeks to improve their general physical fitness. It helps you prepare your body for athletic activities and maintain optimal condition.

About Eliot Kennedy: Licensed Massage Therapist

Eliot is a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City where she earned an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy-Massage Therapy. She is licensed in New York State and Pennsylvania, has passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

She moved to Pittsburgh from New York City in 2001, joining X Shadyside in 2002, and has been part of the Massage Team from the very beginning of the Massage Program.

Her modalities include: Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage.

Eliot’s technique allows for a carefully tailored massage designed to meet the needs of the individual. Her diverse cultural background brings a unique touch to her work. Eliot was born in Spain and grew up in Spain, France and the United States.

Eliot is very active and energetic, she currently runs regularly and practices yoga. Her skills and personality are sure to enchant, delight and satisfy each and every one of her clients.

About Brian D. Kleine: Licensed Massage Therapist

PA License: MSG1524

I have been a Massage Therapist since 2003.  My intial instruction was through IMI (Southfield, MI). A nationally accredited, 600 hour program.  I have previously held licenses  in Hawaii and Arkansas and currently, Pennsylvania. As a licensed professional, I am committed to continuing education, and have earned an additional 150 hours over my 15 years of practicing.

I have traveled and have had the honor to have been on the staff of some of the finest public and private venues in the region.

My  approach to working with the body, is one of evolution as a practitioner. Developing the palpative skill to follow the lines of tension across the kinetic framework has required my full commitment to patience and being fully present in each session.

I feel if those two principles are applied in every session, a synergy and trust is developed which allows practitioner to feel where the clients body wants and needs to go but only when it is ready. Techniques should never be forced and pain indicates trauma at some or multiple levels and needs to be respected.

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