Massage sessions tend to not follow a specific routine, allowing the client and my hands to tell me where to focus more attention as the session progresses. Having been trained in a variety of techniques (and picking up additional “tricks” on an ongoing basis), I don’t try to limit the content or direction of a massage session to any single modality, rather letting the session flow from one flavor of technique to another as the situation calls for. Following are a few brief descriptions of some styles of massage I will be combining during most sessions.
A dynamic massage mixing a blend of:
Deep Tissue A focused technique for the treatment of overused and tight muscles. Deeper layers of the soft tissue are affected by slowly working specific muscles and performing range-of-motion stretches. Swedish Massage A more general technique involving flowing, gliding strokes and the gentle lifting, kneading and compression of the skin and muscle for more of a relaxing, stress relieving experience. Myofascial Techniques A specific treatment with the intention of elimination of restrictions in the fascia (the thin tissue “wrapping” muscle, bone and organs in the body. With injury, overuse and other trauma, the fascia can become “bound up” and will therefore restrict proper activity of the muscles. These techniques, although performed slowly, can be uncomfortable feeling (often described as a burning or sharp feeling) but have profound results in restoring function.
60-Minute Session: $70
90-Minute Session: $100
30-Minute Session: $45
I look forward to working with you!
A Maine native, Eric was born and raised in Skowhegan, ME where he became involved with performance arts during high school. Following graduation, Eric gained his B.S. in Theater from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Eric found himself drawn to New York City for a 13-year-career, initially as Assistant to the Managing Director and later as Graphic Designer at New York City Center. Over the years working at this historic theater, Eric was an integral part of the Tony-award honored, Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, as well as working closely with many world-renowned dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in addition of many others participating in New York City Center’s annual Fall for Dance festival. In the summer of 2006, Eric moved back to his home state, settling down in the Bangor area with his partner, Terry Lacy and focusing on Om Land Yoga, as well as becoming a licensed massage therapist through Waldoboro’s Downeast School of Massage and opening Om Land Massage (formally Jiva Massage Therapy). An active member of the Maine Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, Eric volunteers as part of the AMTA Maine Sport Massage Team working on athletes participating in events such at Mount Desert Island Marathon, Beach to Beacon, Tour de Cure, and Lobsterman Triathlon. At Om Land Yoga, in addition to being Co-Owner, Eric is the General Manager and teaches Anatomy and Physiology for the Om Land Yoga Teacher Training program. In the community, Eric serves on the Board of Directors for Robinson Ballet in Bangor.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Not sure if massage is right for you? Think massage is just self-indulgent pampering? Below is a list of many condition massage can help with:
- Pain in individuals with lower back pain reduced.
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments.
- Athletic performance enhanced for athletes of any level in preparation for, and recovery from workouts and competitions.
- Blood pressure reduced.
- Help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica and muscle spasms.
- Diminishment of stress, which contributes to a large number of diseases and early aging (both internally and externally).
- Headaches, eye strain and migraine pain relieved and helps to reduce frequency.
- Improve postural function and ability to breathe more fully by reversing limiting holding patterns such as those created by hunching over computer keyboards.
- Improves the condition of the skin – the body’s largest organ.
- Attentiveness and learning increased, thus improving school and job performance.
- Joint flexibility and range of motion increased.
- Anxiety and depression lessened.
- Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing post surgical scar tissue, adhesions, swelling and stretch marks.
- Circulation improved, bringing an increased supply of oxygen to the bodies organs and tissues.
- Spasms and cramping reduced.
- Endorphins released–the body’s feel-good hormone with works as a natural painkiller.
- Stereotypical and off-task behavior for individuals with autism reduced while normalizing social behaviors.
- Provides a period of time for individuals with hectic lives to let everything go and focus on themselves.
Clearly the impact of massage on your therapeutic well being can be substantial, especially when used as a complementary therapy along side treatment received from your physician, chiropractor, physical therapist or other healthcare provider. PLUS … it just feels good!
WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT GET A MASSAGE?
There are certain conditions you may have which should be taken into consideration prior to receiving bodywork. Often the degree of these contraindications are minor or just limit the areas of the body which can be massaged. Through discussions with your massage therapist and, in some cases, your doctor it will be determined whether these conditions will pose a problem. For your well being it is best to be up front about all known conditions despite their perceived insignificance. Below you will find a list of some of the more common conditions which may or may not pose a problem but should be discussed:
- Active fever, flu or colds
- Contagious or unknown skin conditions
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Recent operations
- Diabetes with loss of peripheral sensations
- High or low blood pressure
- Osteoporosis / Osteopenia
- Significant varicose veins
- Numbness and lack of touch sensations
- Edema or swelling
- Drug use (both prescribed and illegal)
- Alcohol use
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Although massage has been gaining increased recognition through recent years for its therapeutic benefits, for many people who have not experienced a treatment, not knowing what to expect from your first massage is stressful in itself – not the effect we are looking for. Below are some commonly asked questions I have received and other information I think would help you be better informed and hopefully feel more prepared and comfortable for your massage.
Isn't massage therapy a luxury service?
How often should I receive a massage?
Do I have to be completely undressed to receive a massage?
What is the space like where I'll get my massage?
Am I expected to undress with the therapist present?
Will I be covered during the massage?
What if I have body areas I don't want massaged?
What kinds of oils do you use? Do you have to use oil?
What do I need to do during the massage?
Is there anything I should do to prepare for the massage?
How should I expect to feel following a massage?
What type of massage is right for me?
Do I need to tell you about all my health issues?
How will getting a massage be good for me?
Please take a moment to carefully read the following information.
A massage therapy session is an experience jointly created by the therapist and the client. Working together, massage encourages stress relief and body awareness. Your therapist will listen and respond to your words and to the tissues in your body to create a safe, healthy and supportive experience. All sessions are client-centered — your comfort and well-being are the highest priority. If you experience any pain or discomfort during the session, you will immediately inform the therapist so that the pressure and/or stokes may be adjusted to your level of comfort. You agree to keep the therapist updated as to any changes in your medical profile and understand that there shall be no liability on the practitioner’s part should you fail to do so.
APPOINTMENTS and CANCELLATIONS
Please be on time for your appointment. Cancellation notice is expected 24 hours in advance for both client and therapist. If you provide less than 24 hours notice, and we are unable to fill you appointment time you will be responsible for full payment of the missed appointment. If you are late arriving, you will receive only the amount of time remaining from your scheduled appointment.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS and OTHER ISSUES
A client’s use of alcohol and other drugs diminishes the ability of the therapist to achieve desired results and may be cause to terminate the session. Any behavior that might be interpreted as sexual in nature is cause to terminate the session. Cancellation policy applies and you will be responsible for full payment of the session.
If you have a specific medical condition or specific symptoms, massage may be contraindicated. If you are experiencing a condition that contraindicates massage, you may be referred to another appropriate healthcare provider. Massage should not be construed as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment and you should see a physician, chiropractor, or other qualified medical specialist for any mental or physical ailment you are aware of. The therapist will not diagnose, prescribe drugs or give advice to clients regarding their medical conditions. Referral from your primary care provider may be required prior to service being provided.
All client information is held strictly confidential except where required by law.
Client Intake and Consent Form
In order to save time when arriving for your initial appointment, new clients and returning clients with significant changes to your health may print and complete the Client Intake and Consent Form below. If you would rather complete the form at your appointment, please arrive about 5-10 minutes early in order to not take time away from your massage.
DIRECTIONS and CONTACT FORM
Located in downtown Bangor, the door to 6 State Street is located across the street from Bangor Savings Bank and next to the Kenduskeag Stream Park. Check Downtown Bangor’s website for convenient parking locations, or choose on street parking. Most of the street parking around Om Land is 90-minute parking. Please call or email me before stopping by. I will most likely only be at the office when I have an appointment with a client or if I am tied in knots with yoga classes.
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Om Land Massage
6 State Street, Suite 510
Bangor, ME 04401