The Origin of Massage

The origins of therapeutic massage are rooted in the common instinctive response to hold or rub a painful area. Therapeutic massage is simply an established and more complex form of this instinctive reaction to bodily discomfort. When performed skillfully, it can relieve many kinds of chronic problems and disabling aches and pains. Therapeutic massage is one of the most well known forms of complementary and alternative medicine and is strongly supported by many types of health care practitioners.

What is Massage?

Massage is traditionally defined as the manual manipulation of soft tissues of the body, including the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, using a system of strokes that include gliding, kneading, friction, pressure, and tapping.  The discipline of massage and bodywork is rich in history and diverse in it form. 

The purpose of massage is to establish and maintain good physical condition and health by normalizing and improving muscle tone, stimulating circulation and promoting relaxation. In addition, this can produce a therapeutic effect on the respiratory and nervous systems and create subtle changes among all body systems.

Massage Specialties

Swedish Massage by Massage Essentials of Northfield MN
Swedish Massage | SW

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly practiced forms of massage therapy. It was developed by Dutch Doctor Johann Georg Mezger in 1868.  Oil or massage cream are used  along with a series of five strokes.  They include effleurage (gliding), friction (rubbing), petrissage (kneading), percussion (vibration) and tapotement (tapping). SM is best known for alleviating muscle tension, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation and promoting a sense of relaxation and well being. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of massage therapy. 

Deep Tissues Massage by Massage Essentials of Northfield MN
Deep Tissue Massage | DTM

Knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms are commonly used to perform deep tissue massage techniques. Firm pressure and slow strokes are applied to deep layers of muscle and fascial tissue to physically break down adhesions and lengthen taut bands.  Repetitive use, physical injury, poor posture and muscle sprains & strains can cause pain & inflammation, disrupted circulation and limit range of motion. DTM is the perfect treatment for your rehabilitation needs. 

Neuromuscular Therapy by Massage Essentials of Northfield MN
Neuromuscular Therapy | NMT

Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of manual manipulation of soft tissue utilizing static pressure on trigger points to release their  chronic contraction. Trigger points are tender areas usually found in tight muscles.  They radiate or refer pain to other parts of the body.  They can also cause muscle weakness and restricted range of motion. Friction strokes are first used to warm the tissue followed by 8-12 seconds of compression to release the point.  NMT can decrease pain, improve range of motion, increase circulation and enhance the function of joints and muscles. 

Connective Tissue Massage by Massage Essentials of Northfield MN
Connective Tissue Massage | CTM

This approach releases restrictions found in fascial tissue, which is the continuous sheath that provides structural support for the skeleton, ligaments, muscles & tendons.  CMT does not involve the use of cream or oil and use of broad, deliberate strokes to warm & lengthen deeper layers of muscle tissue and release any built-up tension.  CMT can increase range of motion, improve posture, promote relaxation and heighten self-awareness.

The Benefits of Massage

The most well known benefits of massage therapy include decreased pain, improved circulation, reduction of stress and tension, increase range of motion and ultimately, relaxation.  However, massage can also create positive effects on digestion, breathing, cardiovascular health, lymph circulation, immune function, attentiveness and learning.  Some common reasons people seek out massage include reduction of fatigue, diminish premenstrual symptoms, ease symptoms of repetitive-use syndrome, reduce the number of headache days for migraine sufferers, assists in overcoming addictions (such as cigarette smoking), promote self healing of psychiatric problems (such as anxiety & depression) and to enhance self-awareness.  Overall massage and bodywork promotes a life-style of good health and wellness.


Filling out paperwork consisting of general client information, massage history, and health history prior to you visit allows me time to review your conditions and allow me to customize your massage session.  I will send you these forms via my massage clinic management site called Clinicsence.  New clients should arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment to discuss paperwork and sign the Patient Bill of Rights, disclaimer, cancellation policy, and HIPPA forms.  At this time, we will discuss goals of treatment  and taylor a plan that best suits your needs. 


My massage space is peaceful, calm and relaxing. My massage table is padded and heated for your comfort and I am always willing to make adjustments and accommodations to make you feel more at ease. I often have relaxing music playing in the background that can be easily modified to enhance your listening experience. I use Biotone which is a high quality hypo-allergenic massage cream during your treatment.  Upon request, I will use essential oils from DoTerra.  They are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®  and contain no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants. For treatment, you are covered by a sheet and/or blanket.  I  only uncover the particular part of the body being worked on at that moment. Feel free to give feedback about techniques being used at any time during the session. Your comfort is of the utmost importance.