About

Erin became a licensed massage therapist and an Asian Bodywork Therapist in the United States in 2001.

 

Before moving to Mexico she also held national certifications requiring above minimum standard hours of continuing education annually (NCMTB) and was an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Professional Member.

 

Erin attended two schools for the healing arts with an emphasis on Asian bodywork therapies including Shiatsu, Energy Medicine; western based practices including Mayofacial Release, Reflexology, Musculoskeletal realignment, Hydrotherapies, Structural Integration, Hot Stone therapies, and more.

 

She draws on a number of modalities when customizing treatments for clients based on extensive study, practice and experience.

Erin Dixon

LMT (U.S.) Licensed Massage Therapist

ABT (U.S.) Asian Bodywork Therapist

Shiatsu Clinic & School

Eastwind School for the Healing Arts

 

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent or chronic pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), repetitive use strain/injury (computer work, sports, long distance travel, etc) and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.

 

The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief or total elimination of pain or restriction of movement. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work. When a client asks for a massage and uses the term “deep tissue”, more often than not he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner claims to employ deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; it might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive.

 

 

Medical Massage is a controversial term in the massage profession.  Many use it to describe a specific technique. Others use it to describe a general category of massage and many methods such as deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, acupressure, myofascial release and trigger point therapy as well as reiki, osteopathic techniques, cranial-sacral techniques and many more can be used to work with various medical conditions. Massage used in the medical field includes decongestive therapy used for lymphedema, which can be used in conjunction with the treatment of breast cancer. Light massage is also used in pain management and palliative care. Medical massage that I offer aims to treat underlying causes of lost range of motion of joints, joint pain, pain resulting from traumas, mental/emotional related body complaints, promotion of general health and wellbeing, other types of health concerns such as constipation, stress induced disorders, headaches, sinus infections, high blood pressure, lack of proper circulation, anxiety, alleviate depression, self image issues, and many more common conditions that can be cured or improved naturally without medication, surgery or ongoing suffering. This is appropriate for any age child to geriatric.

 

 

 

 

 

The Direct Myofascial release method, a type of deep tissue therapy, engages the myofascial tissue "restrictive barrier" (tension). The tissue is loaded with a constant force until release occurs.  Practitioners use knuckles, forearms, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying a few kilograms-force or tens of newtons. Direct myofascial release is an attempt to bring about changes in the myofascial structures by stretching or elongation of fascia, or mobilizing adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached.

 

Robert Ward suggested that the intermolecular forces direct method came from the osteopathy school in the 1920s by William Neidner, at which point it was called "fascial twist". German physiotherapist Elizabeth Dicke developed connective tissue massage (German: Bindegewebsmassage) in the 1920s, which involved superficial stretching of the myofascia. Ida Rolf developed structural integration, in the 1950s, a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education based on yoga, osteopathic manipulation, and the movement schools of the early part of the twentieth century, with the goal of balancing the body by stretching the skin in oscillatory patterns. She proposed that she could improve a patient's body posture and structure by bringing the myofascial system back toward its normal pattern. Since Rolf's death in 1979, various structural integration schools have adopted and developed her theory and methods.

 

Rolf reduced her practice to a maxim: "Put the tissue where it should be and then ask for movement."

Michael Stanborough summarized his style of direct myofascial release technique as follows:

Land on the surface of the body with the appropriate 'tool' (knuckles, or forearm etc.).

Sink into the soft tissue.

Contact the first barrier/restricted layer.

Put in a 'line of tension'.

Engage the fascia by taking up the slack in the tissue.

Finally, move or drag the fascia across the surface while staying in touch with the underlying layers.

Exit gracefully.

 

This can be used on children to adults. Different therapists bring their own style, knowledge, and experience to their work, which can have a significant effect on their client's experience.  

Medical Massage

Direct Myofacial Release

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