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Massage Therapy

Whether you are looking for relaxation or injury specific treatment, Sequim Gym offers its qualified staff in many different modalities to help you with pain management, post rehab or chronic pain issues.

Massage Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These “knots” are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.

Myofascial Release

Myofacial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don’t typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.

Chair Massage


Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which we bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.If you may be interested in us doing in office chair massage, please call us so that we can plan a time that will work for you.

In-home Massage


Looking for massage therapy but dont want to leave your house? Northwest Massage offers in-home massage therapy around Port Angeles and Sequim. If you are looking to just relax after massage or have limited ability to make it to the clinic for treatment or relaxation, in-home massage therapy can be a great option!All the services we offer in our clinic including, cupping therapy, Active Isolated Stretching and the various treatment protocols can be offered in the comfort of your own home. If you would like more information about this service, please call our office to schedule a appointment!

Cupping Therapy (Negative Pressure)

By Creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy releases rigid soft tissues, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. Myofascial release is direct, and correct application addresses a myriad of debilitating and stubborn conditions. Restructuring of the myofascial bands are possible with several treatments, and there is no form of lymphatic stimulation and drainage that even approaches the efficacy and speed of suction/negative pressure therapy.

Cupping Therapy (Negative Pressure)

By Creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy releases rigid soft tissues, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesion’s, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. Myofascial release is direct, and correct application addresses a myriad of debilitating and stubborn conditions. Restructuring of the myofascial bands are possible with several treatments, and there is no form of lymphatic stimulation and drainage that even approaches the efficacy and speed of suction/negative pressure therapy.

The pulling action of cupping therapy engages the parasympathetic nervous system allowing for a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. By creating negative pressure above the surface of the tissues, the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the tissues below to be lifted upwards - increasing the space for the underlying structures. Since Cupping techniques use negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, superior body work ranging from Myofascial Release and deep tissue work to Manual Lymphatic drainage is easily accomplished. The suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release by pulling it up and away from underlying structures, thus loosening areas of adhesion’s or restriction. It activates muscle spindle reflexes that relax contractile tissue and retrains the myofascial structures.

Contracted, congested tissue structure w ill soften quickly and it’s remarkable on rigid and aching muscles, activating the secretion of synovial fluids to release joint stiffness in not possible using pressure of traditional massage- with only a few minutes of negative pressure therapy. IT creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilation reaction- drawing blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients.

Cupping stimulates the nervous system reflex to the cerebral cortex, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease. One the reasons cupping is so effective in sedation on the body is the strong, stimulating pull on millions of nerve endings contained in its structures.

Cupping is very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sciatica, insomnia, colon disorders, anxiety, fatigue, poor circulation, edema, sports injuries, cellulite, nervous tension, chronic headache, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, neuralgia and menstrual problems. It is suitable for the treatment of pain, diseases of digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems, some skin conditions, facial paralysis, weak muscles and the common cold.

Cupping Therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Colds & Influenza
  • Headaches
  • Abscesses
  • Arthritis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatism
  • High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis
  • Bronchial asthma & congestion
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)
  • Dispels colds and respiratory infections
  • Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Liver disorders
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Dermatological disorders
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Anxiety &insomnia
  • Post-injury trauma
  • Post-surgery adhesion’s
  • Cellulite
  • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck
  • Chronic gastric pain
  • Vertigo
  • Menopausal discomforts
  • Activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles and improves varicose veins
Benefits of cupping therapy:

  • Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Nervous System Sedation
  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
  • Loosens Adhesion’s
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Nervous System Sedation
  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
  • Loosens Adhesion’s
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Cupping Therapy

Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Stretching is a system that takes your core and foundation into account. It utilizes precise exercises to achieve local joint stability, stamina, and power. This will give you the dynamic strength you require for optimal function. With greater flexibility and strength your body can maintain balance that reduces stress on joints and allows release from a multitude of physical restrictions and weaknesses that impair health and well-being.

Active Isolated Stretching

Introduction

The Comprehensive Stretching & Strengthening Solutions approach is based on the principles of Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening; pioneered by Aaron Mattes over 40 years ago. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic flexibility system derived from extensive research in kinesiology, the study of muscles and movement. AIS takes into account each joint, its movements, and the muscles that create those movements. It is the most in-depth stretching system currently in use in the world.

Active Isolated Stretching is a system that takes your core and foundation into account. It utilizes precise exercises to achieve local joint stability, stamina, and power. This will give you the dynamic strength you require for optimal function. With greater flexibility and strength your body can maintain balance that reduces stress on joints and allows release from a multitude of physical restrictions and weaknesses that impair health and well-being.

As we age our muscles tend to lose elasticity and recovery from injuries may take longer. Physical trauma, stress, and repetitive movements over the years result in nerve impingement, shortened muscles, and decreased mobility. Stretching increases circulation, reduces pain, improves athletic performance, helps to restore balance, and promotes faster recovery from injury. Strengthening allows the gains made through stretching to be maintained by creating stability in the joint, which allows the muscles to relax.

To learn more about Aaron L. Mattes, the pioneer of Active Isolated StretIsolated Stretching (AIS); go to www.stretchingusa.com

How does AIS Work

The effectiveness of AIS is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, in which a contracting muscle (agonist) sends a signal to the opposite muscle (antagonist) to relax so that movement can occur. Physiologically a muscle is more easily stretched when there is active muscle contraction. AIS utilizes the principle of reciprocal inhibition by employing specific, active movements for each exercise.

The other key principle in AIS is related to the built-in protective mechanisms of muscles. Sensors located in specialized muscle fibers called muscle spindles, detect changes in muscle length and the speed at which lengthening occurs. The spindle cells monitor for sudden stretches (a quick movement in sports), excessive stretches (pushing the joint further than physically possible), and prolonged stretches. When the spindle cells sense any of these conditions within the muscle, it triggers the stretch reflex, which causes the muscle to contract.

To avoid triggering the stretch reflex, keep your movements active, gentle, slow, and rhythmic. Hold each hold each stretch for no more than 2 seconds. Never push the stretch into pain or hold the stretch longer than 2 seconds. Adhering to these physiological principles. your body will realize quick gains in flexibility without injury.

Benefits of AIS

AIS has other benefits in addition to improved flexibility. Each stretch is repeated several times similar to a work-out. The pumping action of repeated muscular activity and deep breathing promote better circulation, the removal of metabolic waste products, and the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the cells. AIS affects superficial and deep fascial layers by realigning collagen fibers and breaking up adhesions and scar tissue. Since AIS is an active stretching work-out of major muscle groups, it does not require a warm-up phase and can be used to prepare for any exercise program.

  • Improves flexibility
  • Stress relief
  • Reduces muscle spasm
  • Quickens the recovery after an injury
  • Promotes balance in the body
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Better posture
  • Relieves muscle soreness
  • Increases athletic performance
  • Reduces the risk of muscle strain and ligament sprain
  • Improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells
  • Stimulates lymph circulation and eliminates cellular waste
Under the skilled guidance of a trained practitioner, AIS is effective in alleviating the symptoms of numerous physical disorders:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Headaches
  • Muscular Injuries
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Neck Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Nerve and Muscular Impingement Syndromes
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Poor Circulation
  • Edema
  • Pre- & Post Surgical Conditions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Bulging and Herniated Disc

Neuro-Kinetic Therapy

NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure.

Neuro-Kinetic Therapy

NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure.

A good example is a baby learning to stand. Each time the baby tries to stand and falls the motor control center stores the successful aspects of each attempt. When that program contains enough successful information the baby is finally able to stand. Conversely, a dysfunctional movement program can be created by injury. For example, in a whiplash, the posterior neck muscles become very tight and painful. No matter how much they are manipulated or stretched they stubbornly remain that way. Why? Because the anterior neck muscles are weak and inhibitedLoosening the posterior neck muscles followed by strengthening the anterior neck muscles will reprogram the motor control center. How do we know that the anterior neck muscles are weak or inhibited? Manual muscle testing is employed to assess whether or not a muscle is strong/ facilitated or weak/inhibited. When a muscle tests weak the motor control center perceives this as a failure and is opened to new learning. This presents an opportunity to use the NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system protocol of test-release-retest to reprogram the motor control center. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns is an essential component of rehabilitative therapy.

The NKT protocol allows the practitioner to address the motor control center in the cerebellum which coordinates and stores all movement programs. When a muscle test fails the motor control center is opened to new learning. The NKT protocol actually re-programs the dysfunctional routines stored in the motor control center. This allows the practitioner to treat the cause of dysfunction instead of the symptoms. The use of manual muscle testing is combined with a variety of different manual massage techniques and specific treatment outcomes can be achieved with active participation in take home exercises. 

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