Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy
Massage provides relief to people of all ages-from infants to seniors-and from all walks of life-the competitive athlete to the home gardener or the overstressed, overworked executive.

Sara Jean McCarthy, LMT
Sara Jean McCarthy has been a licensed and practicing massage therapist for 13 years, after graduating from The Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Her work is fully integrative and specifically adjusted to the needs of each individual client – it is nurturing, specific, empowering, & productive.

Through various modalities studied & practiced throughout the past decade-plus, her treatments combine therapeutic, clinical, energetic, and restorative approaches to best provide healing. She is passionate about the mind/body connection and helping to provide balance and relief from daily stress and chronic pain as well as continued comfort from long-term injuries & emotional/mental trauma.

The techniques Sara Jean has been trained in & that inform her treatments are: Swedish, Neuromuscular, Reiki, Myofascial Release, Sports Massge, Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, Hot Stone & Pre/Post-Natal Massage.

Treating the Body
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few. Here’s why:

Bodywork offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many physiological effects, such as:

  • Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Increasing joint flexibility.
  • Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
  • Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with low back pain.
  • Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.

Swedish Massage – a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

Deep Tissue – releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. This type of treatment focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.

Sports Massage – massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.

Trigger Point Therapy – applies concentrated finger pressure to “trigger points” (painful irritated areas in the muscle) to break cycles of spasm and pain.

Pre and Post Natal – involves manipulation of the soft tissues, and is the physical movement, stroking, and stretching of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue. Prenatal massage helps minimize stress, promote relaxation, and prepare the muscles for childbirth. Postnatal massage helps restore your muscles to a healthier, more normal status.