The following techniques may be provided as
stand-alone treatments, or they may be combined with each
other or with any other bodywork treatment for a luxurious
and therapeutic combination treatment.
Total Body Transformation - our
Remember those Progressive
Muscle Relaxation techniques we learned, when we were
younger, that were designed to produce extreme relaxation?
(see video to the right) These techniques were based
on the understanding that a sufficiently fatigued muscle
is incapable of holding tension. If your massage therapist
or physical therapist were to apply pressure to the
muscle being focused on, while you were to flex and
work the muscle, it would fatigue even more completely
and efficiently, releasing more tension and lactic acid
than you would be able to release by performing these
techniques by yourself.
Total Body Transformation is by far the most effective
form of bodywork you'll find at releasing tight muscles
throughout the body in the least amount of time WITHOUT
PAIN - it's not a massage, but more like a physical
therapy workout. If you want to feel like a soggy noodle
and sleep like a baby for days (or maybe even weeks)
after your treatment, and you don't mind working for
it, this is the treatment for you!
This is not your
We use Active
Release techniques from head-to-toe to slightly
fatigue every major muscle group in the body, effectively
releasing lactic acid and tension in a gentle-but-effective
way. Each and every major muscle group is worked progressively,
until your entire body is completely relaxed and tension-free.
treatment becomes more and more effective as you and
your therapist become more and more established in a
synergistic, personalized routine together. We're not
kidding when we tell you that this treatment
is not for beginners! This treatment will release
more lactic acid than any other type of massage or bodywork.
If you've never had a massage, or if it has been more
than a year since your last massage, please do not schedule
this treatment until you have had at least one full-body
deep-Swedish-type massage to flush excess lactic acid
from the body first. (Forcing too much lactic acid into
the bloodstream at once, when your body isn't used to
it, can result in excessive muscle soreness or nausea
Level: SAVE $40 ON YOUR FIRST TREATMENT!
We recommend 2½ hours for
your first treatment (reg $200, you pay just $160),
which will include a brief intake/consultation and
an explanation of the technique, followed by a full
2 hours or more of treatment with movement instruction.
Level: Once you've learned the required movements,
maintenance level treatment takes less time. Once
you're happy with the results you've achieved from
your Introductory Level or Transformative Level of
treatment, Maintenance Level treatment will help you
to maintain those results. This level brings each
major muscle group to a light fatigue. 90
Transformative Level: Same
as Maintenance Level, except that muscles are brought
to a more complete state of fatigue. If you're still
experiencing pain, fatigue or postural problems, continue
at this level until you feel ready to maintain what
you have achieved. 2-hours.
Expert Level: More
muscle groups, more fatigue, more transformation!
Recommended for athletes and extra-strong body types.
developed tendonitis in my right arm, which
was very painful and affected my ability to
do my job. [Chena] was able to work me into
her schedule the same week. She assessed my
pain and developed a therapy based on my individual
needs. She used neuromuscular-therapy and cupping-therapy
on me and continually provided explanations
of the process and the benefits it would provide.
I never heard of cupping before... but I loved
the results! I noticed less pain and increased
comfort the next day. My arm continues to heal
thanks to [Chena's] professional therapy and
I continue to recommend her to my friends and
coworkers." - Kacey Gallagher, Cheyenne,
Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT)
Developed by Dr. Stephen
Kaufman, this amazing system of instant pain relief
is also widely known as the "Kaufman Technique."
If you are having pain that is so severe that you can't
bear the thought of anyone touching you, let alone performing
bodywork, then start with this technique! Click
here for more information about Dr. Kaufman and
his amazing work. Book
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Points are
regarded as the source of pain. When a Trigger Point
is effectively "turned off", pain disappears.
In this technique, the therapist is using thumbs,
fingertips or elbows to apply firm pressure to individual
points on a muscle in order to encourage the Trigger
Point to release and the muscle to relax.
The use of vibrational
devices in trigger point therapy is increasing in
popularity. It helps to decrease hand/finger fatigue
for the therapist, allowing for longer, more intense
treatments. The Ohio State University Medical Center
recommends using vibration massage as a method of
pain relief that doesn't involve drugs. The vibrational
massage helps relieve painful conditions by creating
numbness in the afflicted area. Vibration can also
help relax muscles surrounding the painful site, which
can further reduce the pain. It also increases circulation,
restores chi to the area being treated, and it simply
feels great! Book
have been getting regular massages for 11 years.
After a car accident in 1998, I started visiting
massage therapists to relieve the pain in my
neck and back. I've seen many massage therapists
throughout the years, but none of them compare
to the relief I've felt since starting with
[Chena] at Transformations Wellness. She is
extremely thorough before each massage; asking
me questions about where I need relief, and
then focusing on those areas until we're both
satisfied. She also is unique in the techniques
that she specializes in. I've been particularly
impressed with the addition of deep-tissue stretches
to my massage. I leave each session feeling
100% better than when I walked in - and always
anxious to go back! I recommend Transformations
Wellness to anyone who is looking for relief,
relaxation, and getting great value...!"
- Monica, Cheyenne
In this technique, the
client is working with the therapist in order to flex
and stretch the muscle being worked as the therapist
is applying firm pressure on it. When the client flexes
a muscle, the fibers spread and the therapist can wiggle
in between the muscle fibers; when the client stretches
or relaxes the muscle, it softens to allow the therapist
to work in a little deeper. The continuation of this
alternating flex and relax/stretch allows for the most
effective and painless penetration of the muscle tissue
possible. Book It!
Traction, Compression and Decompression
The use of quick, firm pressure,
stretching and traction helps to increase range of motion
and decrease pain in the joints of the hands, feet, neck and
spine. Book It!
There are at least two
variations of Muscle Stripping: Rapid and Slow. Rapid
Muscle Stripping is the most aggressive and painful
of the techniques listed here, but may also be the most
effective in extreme cases such as chronic pain conditions
caused by incorrectly-healed or untreated past injury.
In this technique, the therapist is using knuckles or
elbows to firmly and rapidly "strip" the muscle
while the client is breathing deeply and performing
a rapid stretching movement with the body part being
treated. It is recommended only in extreme cases, or
when a rapid result is desired. In Slow Muscle Stripping,
the therapist is using thumbs or elbows with very slow,
firm, deep movements. Book It!
[Chena], I got a great sense of how important
your mission is to you, and so I thought you'd
enjoy a follow-up report on my experience with
your bodywork. Admittedly, when I left you I felt
perhaps as much discomfort as I had the whole
week, but by about four hours later I was marveling
at how good I felt! I guzzled water, and made
sure that this time I had plenty of back support
in the "torture chair", and 90% of my
pain was gone! On that [pain] scale of 1-10, where
you wanted to get it down to a "2",
I'd say we made it down to "1". Thank
you for your excellent care, and for the education
that came with it about taking care of myself...
I look forward to coming back to Cheyenne... Many
thanks," - Leslie Getty, Boulder, CO.
Myofacial Release is a form
of Slow Muscle Stripping (see above). The therapist uses slow
pressure and passive movement to separate soft tissues where
they are stuck together with excess lactic acid, and to realign
muscle fibers to increase muscle efficiency. Book
Acupressure and ETPS (Electronic Acupuncture)
is one of the most effective methods for redistributing
"stuck" energy in the body. Many people don't
realize that acupuncture can be painless and non-invasive
- points can be stimulated with finger-pressure or with
electricity (with a small TENS unit) instead of with
had a very painful back spasm that my husband
ended up taking me to the emergency room for.
I took pain killers and muscle relaxers for
a couple of weeks, and the knot was bearable,
but still painful. Then I had my monthly massage
with Chena, and my back suffered a spasm during
our session. Chena quickly massaged one spot,
I got no relief, and she switched to another
[and the spasm stopped]. It was amazing! She
worked a spot under my arm that I would have
thought was totally unrelated to my back, and
the knot released. I hadn't been able to get
that kind of relief from weeks of pills! I'm
a beliver in her knowledge and ability!"
~ Mandy, Cheyenne
Acupuncture Cupping Therapy
This technique involves
the use of suction cups applied to the body, which causes
the muscle fibers to expand and separate, as opposed
to pressure-strokes used in mainstream massage therapy
which compress the fibers together. By expanding the
muscle tissue, it allows for additional space within
the muscle for lactic acid and other toxins to flow
and be released from the tissue more completely and
more rapidly than with traditional massage techniques.
The suction that occurs also forces body fluid to flow
through the tissue, which further encourages toxins
to be "flushed" from the area. It also allows
the therapist to more effectively re-align tight muscle
tissue fibers, which releases the "knot" that
is created by tension and excess lactic acid buildup.
Cupping Therapy can be used in conjunction with acupuncture
needling and massage for an effective and synergistic
combination treatment. Book It!
that can be addressed with acutherapies
(such as acupressure, ETPS and cupping/magnetic therapies)