After graduating from The American Institute of Massage Therapy in 2009 Emily spent several years working in spas, perfecting the relaxing techniques they’re famous for. She pursued Scalp Massage, Foot Massage, and Hot Stone Therapy with the same zeal that she now applies to broadening her knowledge of Medical Massage. Emily uses the best relaxation modalities to enhance the specific Orthopedic therapy she applies to each client to help reduce pain from injury and postural distortion and increase ease and range of motion.
Continuing her education has been an exciting journey. Numerous colleagues have taught Emily much in the classroom as well as trade settings.
In 2015 she earned certifications in Myofascial Release and Orthopedic Massage from The Advanced Massage Training Center of New Orleans.
In the first half of 2016 Emily earned Advanced Practitioner certifications in Myofascial Release and Medical Massage at the same school, adding movement modalities to her therapeutic toolbox and diving more deeply into gentle techniques which can be incredibly effective for clients whose level of discomfort or sensitivity precludes aggressive work.
Following a desire to continue study and share what she’d learned, Emily returned once more to The Advanced Massage Training Center of New Orleans in 2017-2018 to earn Teaching Certificates in Myofascial Release and Medical Massage. She first used these teaching skills facilitating monthly Partner Massage Workshops for community members in New Orleans at Swaha Yoga; believing strongly in the power of friends, family members, and romantic partners to add value to relationships and improve daily functioning with basic massage techniques.
Myofascial Release– A manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue surrounding every structure and cell in the body. Muscles and the spaces between them are warmed and softened over an area of congestion manually or with specialized tools and heating pads, allowing specific work within the individual’s window of tolerance. Much of this work is creating space between structures and freeing up myofascial adhesions to relieve pain and increase range of motion. This process takes time and so is limited to a specific area within a session.
Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy– A targeted manual therapy designed to alleviate pain from postural distortions and neural entrapment. NMT encourages the therapist to address surrounding tissues that commonly contribute to pain and restricted movement in a specific place as well as find and clear myofascial trigger points that perpetuate these dysfunctional patterns. Clearing chemical sticking points (trigger points) within the muscles is best done when the person is also working outside Massage sessions to strengthen postural muscles so that the trigger points don’t immediately return to reinforce the distortions.
Cranial Therapy– A gentle form of bodywork that focuses on the head and face. This type of work is effective in calming the nervous system and reducing the frequency and duration of headaches. Specific work along the cranial sutures and the suboccipital muscles target common points of adhesion in the fascia while gentle static pressure along bony landmarks on the face promote a deep meditative state which can lead to a full body release of tension. This type of work is also particularly useful when treating pain and discomfort caused by TMJD and anxiety.
Other modalities Emily draws from include Trager (rocking and jostling), Thai Massage (lazy man’s yoga), Joint Unwinding (similar to fascial unwinding), Swedish (common in spas), and a range of active assisted modalities designed to neurologically reeducate faulty movement patterns.
Peter Fuller at The Advanced Massage Training Center of New Orleans:
The yoda of massage therapy in New Orleans. Peter’s approach to teaching is unique in that he encourages his students to use critical thinking to solve problems. He is a brilliant therapist and has lots of techniques to offer but before he shows what he does, he gives his student a concept and has them try applying it to various parts of the body. This encourages creativity and confidence that allow therapists to adapt quickly in session to meet client needs.
If Peter is Yoda then Joe is Obi-Wan Kenobi. An exceptionally intelligent man and highly skilled massage therapist and acrobat, Joe is a natural teacher. He excels in combining Orthopedic Massage and Thai Massage techniques as well as identifying faulty movement patterns and correcting them.
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