Here at The KOR we offer massage therapy Tuesday thru Friday from 10-7 at our KOR West location in Beaverton. Visit www.hopemassageworks.com to schedule an appoitment.
Heidi Hope, LMT
Heidi Hope has been a state certified clinical massage therapist since 2004. She has developed a busy practice providing pain relief, improved mobility, and stress relief to many people. Having taken various continued education classes over the years, including structural relief therapy and advanced deep tissue classes, Heidi has been helping her clients to improve their postural dysfuctions as well as maintain or increase mobility.
Heidi graduated from Ashmead College with honors in 2004 and has been helping her clients ever since. Heidi grew up in Forest Grove, OR and has maintained a busy practice there since she graduated. She is excited to join a clinic of health care professionals who share the same goals that she has for helping people and to have the opportunity to expand and grow her practice in a new area.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has many health benefits beyond simple relaxation. In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
-Increased circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
-Stimulates the flow of lymph- the body’s natural defense system.
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Releases endorphins- the body’s natural painkiller
- Improves range of motion
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of athletes at any level
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
-Reduces spasms and cramping
A few types of massage offered at The KOR
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy. It involves using long flowing strokes to promote relaxation as well as increasing healing blood flow to muscles. It also helps to increase lymphatic flow and aids the body in removing toxins and increasing circulation.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes to focus pressure on layers of muscle, tendons, and other tissue deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscular injuries.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of techniques to help athletes in training- before, during, or after sporting events. Sports massage allows athletes to recover more rapidly from injury. Massage decreases muscle soreness, enabling the athlete to train more consistently.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. Trigger point therapy addresses the tender muscle points (trigger point), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
During pregnancy, your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when other medical options may be more limited. Using pillows, the massage therapist will get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.