Anya Adams, LMBT NC #7977
Be Well Durham

Phone: 919-358-8047

A special now through March – first time clients get a 60 min session for $50, and a 90 min for $75.

Modalities: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Licensed Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Medical Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy

Swedish Massage
The primary goal of a Swedish Massage is to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Increased blood flow allows for more oxygen, nutrients and vitamins to be delivered to the muscle fibers, which, in turn, helps in the overall recovery processes. Swedish is also great for stimulating lymphatic flow, and creating a relaxation response. The relaxation response is a state in which your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your production of stress hormone cortisol decreases, and your muscles relax. The relaxation response also increases the available level of serotonin, a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts.

Swedish massage can be preformed with different intensity of pressure, and includes strokes such as gliding, kneading, compression, and sometimes tapping.

Deep Tissue Massage
The intent of a Deep Tissue Massage is to improve dysfunctional muscular-skeletal patterns, break adhesions formed in the muscles, and to free and realign muscle fibers. The primary goal is less about general relaxation and more about promoting change in the actual structure of the body. The therapist will use different techniques to access deeper layers of muscles to create change in the area of concern.

DTM can be useful to those that are recovering from an injury (once the client is out of the acute phase), for athletes, for people with postural strains, or people with chronic pain. Typically there is an area or a few areas where this type of work is needed. You likely, do not need DTM on your whole body.

The amount of pressure, and intensity should be adjusted to every client’s level of tolerance. You may experience some discomfort during a session, and some muscle soreness for a day or two after a massage, but DTM should never cause intense pain.

Licensed Massage Therapy
A general term describing any type of massage that is performed by a licensed massage therapist.

Therapeutic Massage
Every therapist has a unique style of massage, based on various massage and bodywork modalities that they have studied and adopted throughout their massage career. Therapeutic massage becomes a fusion of various techniques that the therapist sees as most beneficial for his/her client. It also varies from client to client, because no two bodies are the same.

Medical Massage
To become certified in Medical Massage, a therapist must go through the training that reviews anatomy, and teaches how to address common muscular skeletal traumas and disfunctions. Medical massage focuses on a particular medical diagnosis. It isn’t a particular style of massage in itself. It applies the various massage techniques already in practice to achieve client-specific medical goals. After a short assessment a therapist may use Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial therapy or other techniques to address the issue at hand.

One of it’s main benefits of medical massage is that it can be offered in a 15-30 minute session that targets just the problem area. This allows clients to receive massage more often, creating more rapid improvement. It can also be incorporated into a longer massage session.

Craniosacral Therapy
A non-invasive, gentle therapy that works with the cranio-sacral system of the body. The craniosacral system (the membranes and fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord) has a direct impact on the nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, and endocrine systems and therefore plays an integral role in the overall functioning and homeostasis of the body.

CranioSacral system produces a subtle rhythmical motion that radiates through connective tissue known as fascia, and can be felt anywhere in the body. The therapist uses this rhythmical motion to assess and to balance myofascial restrictions that can cause pain and dysfunction.