DB Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Professional Massage Therapy

Types Of Massage and Massage Tools


Advanced Bodywork draws from varying massage styles and techniques. Using the most effective Advanced Bodywork/massage techniques in an intuitive process blending all of these modalities. Whether it’s deep tissue sports related massage or light touch, compassionate touch.  DBT's toolbox is full of options. Each massage session is customized to fit your needs.

Integrated Positional Hold Therapy 

Integrated Positional Therapy is a gentle, effective therapy for the treatment of chronic and acute muscular pain and for increasing range of motion, this treatment includes careful observation and evaluation of posture and joint alignment followed by placing the affected muscles in a position of comfort for 90 seconds to 2 minutes.  Positional Release Therapy achieves its benefits by means of an automatic resetting of muscle spindles. Relief is immediate and long lasting. These techniques are very effective in the treatment of pain due to injury, stress, repetitive strain, postural distortion, and chronic neuromuscular conditions. 

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).

This advanced massage technique, which uses a combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions (gentle resistance) is used to break neuromuscular holding patterns to help reset muscle holding patterns and overall length. It is used to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes & tight individuals relax muscles and improve performance. With proper muscle resting length and good joint range of motion, you’ll have better biomechanics, less fatigue and decrease overuse injuries.

Neuromuscular therapy

is a form of massage used to treat and prevent tissue injuries and chronic pain. These massage techniques manipulate muscles, tendons and connective tissues to heal and balance the central nervous system. Injury and various traumas may cause pain and interfere with nerve transmitters; neuromuscular therapy works to stabilize neurological activity and repair soft tissue function.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy utilizes an array of manual massage techniques to shift underlying structures of the body causing pain and restriction. These massage modalities can include range of motion joint mobilization, trigger point and or hands-on traction. Manual mobilization of the muscles and connective tissue work can offer total relief from pain. A series of regular massage treatments will give long-lasting results.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Using a gentle, non-invasive touch generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And few systems have as much impact on the central nervous system as the Craniosacral system the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.

Every day your body endures stresses and strains, and your structures work to compensate for them. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the Craniosacral system, which can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. The result is a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.

Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. Generally using about 5 grams of pressure roughly the weight of a nickel the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the Craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the Craniosacral system.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

Medical Massage

DBT has specialized training for Medical Massage Therapy. This massage can be specifically directed to treat the client who may have been diagnosed or prescribed massage by a physician and directed to work in a site-specific area or the whole body with specific parameters.  Joint repairs, joint replacements, amputees just to name a few.  A variety of manual therapy modalities or techniques are used during the treatment session. Medical Massage Therapists work with your doctor and other allied health professionals. This type of massage can concentrate on you recovering faster with long-lasting results for your overall health and wellbeing.  

Sports Related Massage

Whether you’re aging gracefully, a weekend warrior, rehabbing an injury or surgery or just need a “tune-up” with your wellness routine, DBT can help clients of all ages. If you need to perform your best, sports massage may be a very good massage treatment option. Tight or imbalanced muscles can cause alignment issues that directly affect your physical performance. Active and passive stretching techniques are used to improve range of motion and the muscles ability to fire reflex signals appropriately. Deep tissue massage is often used to release and free the muscles for peak performance.

Cold Stone Therapy

Used to address the vascular component.  As such, DBT does not use Hot Stone treatments.  DBT instead uses cold stone to reduce inflammation that contributes to swelling, pain and inflammation.

Cupping  Therapy

This tool can be set for steady suction or a pulsing action both with intensity settings ranging from subtle to strong. Releasing taut bands of muscles and connective tissue, proving to be a powerful tool to relive pain and discomfort. DBT uses cupping with light to medium suction for short durations.