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Amy, who is a native of Colorado, became interested in massage therapy after earning a B.A. degree in History from Colorado State University in 2010. She later graduated from the Massage Therapy Specialist program at Everest College in Tacoma, Washington in 2012 while her husband was stationed at Ft. Lewis. After working as a therapist for three years in Washington, Amy and her husband relocated to Columbus, GA in 2015 after he was transferred to Ft. Benning.

Amy utilizes a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage along with PNF/Reciprocal Inhibition stretching in order to best serve the needs of each client.

Description of Massages

Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is the most common type of massage and is primarily used to relax muscles and increase circulation. Your therapist will use long, gliding strokes along with kneading, tapping and some deeper, circular strokes. Pressure varies from light to firm, but does not extend into the deeper muscles. Swedish massage is often used in preparation for deep tissue work.

Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage can help relieve pain due to chronic conditions by breaking up adhesions (knots) that form in the deeper muscles. In order to reach the deeper muscles, much greater pressure is applied, such that you might experience some tenderness later in the treated areas. Properly done, a deep tissue massage should not be painful to receive, however, since tensing up during the massage, which is a natural reaction to pain, is ultimately counterproductive.

Sports Massage: Sports massage is used by athletes to help prepare for and recover from events. While training for competition, your therapist will focus on releasing short muscles and increasing overall flexibility in order to prevent injuries and enhance performance. Day-of-event massages help prepare muscles for activity and are usually 15-30 minutes long. Restorative massages can be performed from a few hours to a few days after an event to ensure proper muscle recovery and are usually 30-50 minutes in length.

PNF/Reciprocal Inhibition Stretching: For people who have chronically short, tight muscles (= weakened muscles), your therapist may utilize some specialized stretching techniques during your massage. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) helps increase flexibility through alternately contracting and relaxing muscles with assisted stretching. Reciprocal Inhibition works by simultaneously stretching/relaxing pairs of muscles which act in opposite directions, e.g. the biceps and triceps muscles.