The massage therapists at Restorative Therapeutics offers deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Prenatal massage and Cupping therapy to clients in Appleton. Massages are designed to help you relax and reduce stress and pain.
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Meet Kathryn Tollefson, Massage Therapist
"I customize every session to meet the unique therapeutic needs of each client. I will take the time to listen to your concerns, carefully analyze your signs and symptoms and provide you with the highest quality massage and self-care recommendations possible. If a solution is not obvious, I will make every effort to find the answers. I will work WITH you to help you feel your best."
She is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, a certified CPR instructor through the American Heart Association and an ACE Certified Massage Cupping Practitioner.
*The following are GENERAL descriptions of each service. All services are customized for each client's preferences and needs.
Swedish Massage: Great for general relaxation, Swedish massage uses long gliding strokes, gentle kneading and compression to release mild muscle tension, reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage uses specialized techniques to address the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. While this modality generally utilizes a heavier pressure, clients should always alert the therapist if the pressure is too much or if any part of the massage is too uncomfortable. If you feel the urge to tense up or hold your breath, the pressure is beyond your tolerance and the treatment will be less effective.
Therapeutic Massage: Therapeutic massage is customized to address the unique needs of each individual client. It may include a variety of modalities including but not limited to Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point release, myofascial release, neuromuscular facilitation, massage cupping and many more.
Clients should be prepared to communicate with the therapist regarding their comfort level throughout the massage and any health concerns to ensure the best treatment result possible. Some therapeutic issues may be significantly improved after just one session while others can take many sessions to see a noticeable change. This can depend on the severity of the issue, how long the issue has been present, the over health of the client and the client's involvement in their treatment outside of the massage session.
Prenatal Massage: Swedish techniques are applied to the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back and hips. Lymphatic drainage may be applied to the legs and gentle myofascial may be applied to the abdomen. The client is positioned on the table in accordance with safety considerations related to each trimester and individual preferences. Clients must notify the therapist of any risks associated with the pregnancy.
Hot Stone Massage (Coming Soon!): Each area of the body is first massaged with heated stones to increase circulation, soften muscle and connective tissue and enhance relaxation. Then, Swedish and/or deep tissue techniques are applied to complete the treatment.
Massage Cupping: Cupping can be incorporated into any massage session. Adapted from the ancient practice of Chinese cupping therapy, Massage Cupping uses suction and negative pressure to release tight muscles, tone attachments, loosen adhesion and lift connective tissue, hydrate tissues and drain excess fluids and waste products by opening the lymphatic pathways.
Facial Lift and Drainage Cupping: Facial cupping uses light, relaxing suction and lymphatic facilitation to reduce puffiness, plump skin, reduce fine lines and dark circles, reduce sinus pressure and tension of facial muscles. It can be applied as a 15 or 30 minute add-on to your current massage service or as a 30 minute stand-alone treatment. Treatments for aesthetic purposes are most effective when completed in a series, but not required. Treatments for therapeutic purposes may be applied as needed.