Thea R. Martin

Thea R. Martin LMT 1654

All massages are not created equal. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your therapeutic goals, whether it be relaxation, stress reduction, decrease muscle tension or tightness, increase blood circulation, restore flexibility, or any of a multitude of other benefits that research has shown.

An honor graduate from Blue Cliff College, Gulfport in 2009 I received my license to practice Massage Therapy. I knew going into school I wanted to work in the rehabilitation arena. Having spent the better of 20+ years massaging my then husband almost daily so that he could get out of bed and work I knew the many benefits of massage before having institutionally learned them first hand. After graduation I worked with a pain management physician here on the Gulf Coast, which led me to the “need to know more” scenario beyond initial education. I feverishly threw myself into continuing education/college courses offering more of that knowledge for the next several years. I became certified as a medical massage practitioner from LMT Success Group in 2010. During that class I learned more of the cupping modality and its many benefits so I pursued that avenue. I became certified in ACE Massage Cupping from Herman Bryant and continued learning with Anita Shannon and Medicupping. Sometime during this period, I myself became a patient/client, as I ruptured L5/S1. Prior to having two spinal surgeries Medicupping was the only thing that allowed me the mobility to get out of bed. In my search for my own relief I came to know Magnus Eklund. I began taking classes he offered in Myofascial Strategies and have since taken many of his classes which include, Synergetic® Myofascial Strategies: Low Back, Spine, Sacrum, Pelvis, Hips, Legs & Feet, Synergetic® Myofascial Strategies: Neck, Spine, Chest, Shoulder Girdle, Arms & Hands, Synergetic® Myofascial Strategies: Lumbar, Sacrum, Hips & Pelvis and Synergetic® Myofascial Therapy™ Certification–Level 1 with Levels 2-4 coming for completion by November 2017 and Level 5 completion in early 2018 for the SMT 10 series which alongside of Medicupping will remain my specialty.

I offer an integrated massage therapy session that brings different massage modalities and techniques together. Whether you choose foot or full body massage, as a licensed therapist I specialize in medical/clinical massage therapy and have extensive training and certifications in several massage modalities beyond Synergetic® Myofascial Therapy™ including deep tissue, Swedish, sports, trigger point/neuromuscular therapy and Vacuum therapies to optimize your massage therapy session. A brief description of the modalities are listed below. After an initial assessment/evaluation you and I together will develop a session plan customized specifically for your needs and wellness goals.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue therapy aims at a deeper level of the muscle tissue and is more focused on specific areas of pain and tension.

Myofascial Therapy
Myofascial release is a therapy using stretching strokes that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. This technique aims to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.

Trigger Point/Neuromuscular Therapy
Trigger point or neuromuscular therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on highly irritable and tender localized nodules in taut bands of muscle tissue. Sustained pressure is applied in intervals to effectively alleviate the nodule. Neuromuscular therapy works by encouraging blood, oxygen and lymph circulation to the muscle to relieve the restriction. The therapeutic pressure and massage typically can produce initial soreness and “good pain” in muscle tissue.

Medicupping or Myofascial Decompression Therapy (DRY CUPPING)
This therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum pistol, bulb or machine to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, and are parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissues or can work superficially to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid tendencies. One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the “separation” that the vacuum produces in tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue (adhesions), which is invaluable in pre- and post-surgery treatments. It is becoming evident that separation of fused, congested soft tissue and increase in tissue function can be a catalyst for change in many current health conditions. Minimal discomfort and residual detox may be experienced days following.

If you’d like more information or wish to book a session with me please contact 228-223-4959 to make an appointment.

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