Jessica Laub graduated from the Milwaukee School of Massage in 1998 and has practiced at the downtown YMCA, Beehive Salon and the Milwaukee School of Massage Graduate Clinic. Jessica uses a mix of massage modalities to assist her clients including Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy and Reiki, as well as other therapeutic and relaxation massage techniques.
Tami is a graduate of the Blue Sky School of Therapeutic Bodywork and Massage Therapy. She has thorough and comprehensive training in the latest techniques of medical massage. She tailors sessions to the needs of each client, ranging from specific muscle work for headaches and back pain to general relaxation massage. Her strong focus on heat therapy increases the healing benefits to muscles and effectively relieving aches and pains. Tami received certification in Oncology massage. Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with 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 therapist’s skill set are an informed 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.
Rachel graduated massage school in August 2000. She is nationally certified and enjoys taking continuing education classes to expand her knowledge of massage techniques. She specializes in neuromuscular, therapeutic, and relaxation massage.
P.J. Rockwell has worked as a massage therapist for 20 years. He received his education from Blue Sky Educational Foundation, and specializes in deep tissue therapy. P.J. worked for 8 years at Actaea in Shorewood, and in 2003 he was voted Milwaukee’s Best Massage Therapist in the Shepherd Express.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression.
Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissue. In addition, massage stimulates the release of endorphins “the body’s natural painkiller” into the brain and nervous system. Massage therapy provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces mental stress and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity. It also satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch, creates a feeling of well-being and reduces anxiety levels.
Pregnancy and Massage Therapy
Benefits of Pre Natal Massage
- Eases stress on weight-bearing joints and muscles.
- Alleviates sciatic pain.
- Stabilizes the rotation of the pelvis.
- Assists with decreasing edema (swelling in the body, especially the legs and feet).
- Reduces pain caused by compromised posture and muscle imbalances through therapist assisted stretches and take home exercises.
- Eases the discomfort of the baby pushing up into the ribs through breathing techniques that expand the diaphragm.
- Provides the laboring mother with focus and increased relaxation.
- Addresses posture shifts in the gravity balance and changes in the musculoskeletal structures through postural education and movement awareness exercises.
Benefits of Post Natal Massage
- Alleviates the birth trauma in the tissues.
- Alleviates muscle spasms.
- Alleviates tension in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hips.
- Therapist assisted stretches and take home exercises stretch and strengthen muscles affected by the new body patterns of holding and caring for an infant.
- Facilitates the physiological healing and postural realignment of spine & pelvis.
- Facilitates the reawakening and rehabilitation of the abdominal musculature after birth through postural education and movement awareness exercises.