Happy muscles don't hurt! Let me help you release your aches and pains.
You can request a specific technique or you can allow me to tailor a treatment to best suit your needs. In my 15 years of massage experience and with over a 1000 hours of training, I have dealt with and treated a wide range of conditions and will ensure that you will leave with a sense of relief.
Massage & Bodywork
The key to releasing your aches and pains is in understanding the cause of your symptoms through holistic assessment, treating related contracted muscles and fascia to get to the root cause of your pain. The best way to help you facilitate your healing is to bring awareness of what you can do to contribute to your own health and well-being.
Each session begins with us sitting together to discuss which types of treatment are right for you based on your medical history, the current tension and discomfort you are experiencing, and your specific wellness goals for your body.
Bodywork is a unique and holistic approach to treating the body, which incorporates more than one modality of healing massage techniques.
I look forward to working with you towards your health and wellness goals. The techniques that you can request, or that I may use in my bodywork sessions are:
With long, flowing strokes moving toward the heart, Swedish Massage relaxes muscles by applying pressure with a variety of techniques. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to significantly increase the flow of oxygen in the blood, thereby assisting in the release of toxins from the tissues. Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain and micro-injuries by flushing lactic acid and other metabolic wastes from the tissues and by increasing blood circulation. Massage will also stretch the ligaments and tendons, keeping them pliable and offering them optimal opportunities for revitalization and repair. Swedish massage can dramatically reduce emotional and physical stress, and is most beneficial if implemented in a regular stress management program.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, aiming to release the chronic tension patterns through slow strokes and deeper pressure on the contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia. This work helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue and adhesions, which is the “sticking” of myofascia of two overlying muscles. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
In treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), the therapist will focus treatment on the reduction of tension in the masticatory (chewing) muscles, eliminating trigger points—the hyperirritable “knots” felt in the muscle that refer pain elsewhere—and releasing tension in the fascia around the jaw area.
The session will include an extensive intake and consultation with the client. Each session is tailored to the specific needs of the individual client. Postural anlysis, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, post-isometric relaxation, craniosacral therapy, and myofascial release techniques will be incorporated into each session depending on the needs of the client.
The therapist will work on the external musculature on the head face and neck, as well as, gloving up and working intraorally on the internal muscles of the mouth. Session typically are 60-90 minutes long and it will take anywhere from 2-10 sessions to help alleviate the symptoms the client is experiencing from TMD.
Every mama needs a massage!
Prenatal massage helps to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms, legs and feet and relieves muscle and joint pain by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body. Prenatal massage offers much needed relief from headaches, cramps, chronic back, neck, pelvis and joint pain that is often present during pregnancy, especially in later trimesters. Massage offers a natural, alternative choice for pain relief, as not many medications can be safely taken during pregnancy. Massage therapy can help to minimize anxiety and depression during this special time and is extremely beneficial in reducing the effects of post-partum depression.
A great birth vision and meditation for mammas!
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the Craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Visceral manipulation is the practice of an experienced therapist using his or her hands to move and release fascial restrictions in your abdomen and pelvis to encourage the normal movement and function of your internal organs.
These techniques are based on the specific placement of gentle manual forces to encourage the normal movement of the abdominal organs and their connective tissues. It can potentially improve the function of individual organs and organ systems. Due to the delicate nature of organ tissue, gentle, non-invasive manual pressure reaps the greatest results.
It is my intention to provide my guests with professional and therapeutic services. The following policies and procedures serve as a guide for first-time and repeating guests of Amber Sciuto.
I strongly believe that your time is valuable as is mine and I make every attempt to be ready for your appointment at the scheduled time. In my commitment to provide a unique and outstanding massage experience to all of my clients and out of consideration for my time, I have adopted the following policies:
Arrival to Your Massage
Please arrive for your appointment 5 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. This allows you the time to fill out the appropriate client form (new clients), change and prepare for the service. All massages have a specific time schedule and early arrival allows for a relaxed and unhurried experience. If late arrival is inevitable, your service may be shortened in order to keep on schedule. The original treatment time will be charged.
Please provide at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel a treatment. If a client fails to cancel within 24 hours multiple times (2 or more), they may be asked to pre-pay for future services.
Late Arrival Policy
We regret that late arrivals will not receive extension of scheduled appointments. In special cases, and when our schedule will allow, we may be able to accommodate a partial or full appointment. This will be at our discretion and only with proper, advanced notification of your late arrival. The original reservation fee will be charged.
No Show Policy
I understand that unanticipated events occur in everyone’s life. Unforeseen events such as car problems, business meetings and children’s illnesses, are just a few reasons why one might consider canceling a massage appointment. However, we ask that you call if you cannot keep your appointment. My time is limited and I have made arrangements to be there, therefore, clients who fail to show for appointments are still responsible for the cost of their missed massage.
Prior to each massage session, the treatment plan will be discussed with you. At your first visit with us you will receive a copy of the massage therapy policies and will be asked to sign the consent stating that you have read the information, understand it, and agree to comply with the professional massage therapy policies and procedures. Clients who we have not seen for at least a year may also be asked to fill out this form.
Scope of Practice
Amber Sciuto is a licensed professional and held to the highest standards of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Massage Therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.
Massage therapists, acupuncturists, reflexologists and estheticians do not diagnose or prescribe for medical conditions. The massage therapist may refer you to a medical doctor for diagnosis. Our services are not intended as an alternative for proper medical attention for specific conditions.
Respect for Client Needs and Boundaries
Our Massage Therapists are happy to adjust pressure, temperature, musical volume, work longer on an area or move on if you request it.
The client may choose to: leave on as much clothing as needed for comfort, refuse any massage methods, stop massage at any time.
The client will always be modestly draped. Only the area being massaged will be undraped. The clients will be kept informed of the area to be massaged.
Sexual interaction or discussion of any kind between the client and the massage therapist is NEVER appropriate.
Confidentiality and Conversation
I treat all client visits and conditions as confidential. As such, I will not discuss your visit with anybody outside of our staff without your express permission.
You may choose to talk not talk during the massage. Conversation will be guided by the client’s direction.
Existing and New Medical Conditions
It is the responsibility of the client to keep the massage therapist informed of any medical treatment currently being taken, and to provide written permission from the physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc., that the massage may be continued.
The client must also keep the massage therapist informed of any changes in health conditions.
For clients undergoing chemo and radiation therapies – Please note that we require a doctor’s note that states the doctor is aware of and agrees to the desired treatment.