Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork


Jennifer (Jen) Bjorgum

 

  • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy, Esalen and Sports Massage
  • Also studied CranioSacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, LaStone and myofascial mobilization.
  • Lymph Drainage Practitioner-in-Training
Jen believes in the power of touch to heal. She uses NeuroMuscular Therapy to reduce aches and pains and lighter Esalen, CranioSacral and Polarity Therapy to reduce stress, relax and energize her clients.
Contact Jen or call her at 507-319-0272

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Benefits of therapeutic massage include increased blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, pain relief, balanced bodily functions, clearer thinking, improved sense of well being and reduced mental stress and anxiety. Jen have been studying and practicing therapeutic massage for over 20 years. The modalities she has studied are described below:


Types of Massage

  • Pregnancy massage - gentle full body massage often given with client lying on her side. This massage facilitates comfort and support. It calms and soothes muscles and emotions while promoting a feeling of relaxation and inner peace. Infant massage also available.
  • NeuroMuscular Therapy - NeuroMuscular Therapy focuses on anatomy and physiology, functions and dysfunction of muscles and joints, working to eliminate the causes of neuromuscular pain patterns. A specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief is used to bring balance between the muculoskeletal and nervous systems.
  • Sports Massage - Sports massage is typically used before, during or after an athletic event to reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility or decrease fatigue. It can prepare athletes to perform at their peak as well as helping to relieve swelling and prevent injuries.
  • Esalen Massage - Esalen massage is similar to Swedish Massage working on muscles and the circulatory system and emphasizing deep relaxation with long flowing strokes. The therapist focuses on the body as a whole, harmonizing body, mind and spirit and promoting emotional and spiritual healing.
  • CranioSacral Therapy - The CranioSacral therapist works gently with subtle movement on the spine, the skull and it's cranial sutures, diaphragms and fascia. By gently moving the spine and cranial bones the restrictions of nerve passages are eased and movement of the cranial sacral fluid through the spinal cord is optimized.
  • Lymph Drainage Therapy - Lymph drainage therapy as taught by Dr. Bruno Chikly from France, encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. Gentle rhythmic manual maneuvers of the skin are used to activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, drain body fluid stagnation and stimulate the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. Lymph drainage can reduce edema, detoxify the body, help in regeneration of tissues including burns and wounds, give relief for sinusitis, provide deep relaxation to help with stress, insomnia and loss of vitality. Jen is a practitioner-in- training and not yet certified to work with lymphedema clients, that is, clients who have lymphedema as a result of damage to the lymph vessels or removal of lymph nodes.
  • Swedish massage - refers to a collection of techniques designed
    primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and moving in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, and remove metabolic waste products, help the client obtain a feeling of connectedness and a better awareness of their body. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves. It can help reduce emotional and physical stress and is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management.
  • Reflexology - the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and the hands that correspond with all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method that uses the fingers and thumbs on these reflex areas.
  • Chair or "on-site" massage - is one name for a short (15-20 minute) massage of a client sitting in a special, portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used while their shoulders, neck, upper back, head and arms are massaged. On-Site is popular at some offices as an employee benefit and for some conferences, workshops and certain social events.

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