Gabriela Menyhart
Integrative Massage Therapy

Integrative Massage Therapy Approach

My approach to massage therapy is to be a supportive facilitator in your healing path by using an innovative blend of Eastern and Western techniques that provides a nourishing and nurturing therapeutic experience.   I also strive to work in sync with our medical community such as physiotherapists and general practitioners so that your health team is able to support you best.

Safe and Supportive Environment:

The ability to receive therapeutic support is markedly decreased by any resistance from uncertainty in your system.
To help overcome this uncertainty I create a:
  • nurturing and nourishing therapeutic space
  • communicate any concerns you might have throughout your treatment.

Educate and Empower:

By taking to an active role in your healing (versus more commonly passive approaches) you will:
  • increase your self-awareness
  • enhance your therapeutic benefits

To facilitate this, I explain and involve you in your treatment such as:
  • moving your body such as rolling your shoulders to bring conscious awareness that enhances the treatment benefits
  • mindfulness of your breathing habits to decrease neck tension
  • actively contracting/relaxing specific muscles in treatment to target problem areas

Manual Therapeutic & Intuitive Techniques:

The techniques I practice all reflect my desire to awaken and work with the healing systems that already exist in your own body, mind and spirit and to integrate them with classic massage therapy. This can change from treatment to treatment and each session involves finding the right balance of techniques for that given day.  

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep-Tissue Massage (light to powerful)
  • Stretching
  • Breathwork
  • Trigger Points

Craniosacral Therapy:  A therapy that uses gentle manual pressure applied to the skull, spine, and membranes to restore rhythmic flow to the craniosacral system that includes the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, and surrounding membranes.

Muscle Energy Technique: A form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the patient´s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed physician counterforce.

Swedish massage: Combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fibre friction. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist wants to achieve.

Deep-tissue massage: This massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.  Everyone is unique in pain tolerance so my touch can easily change from light to powerful massage therapy.

Stretching: Increasing the length of tight muscles allows for better movement of your joints and body overall. This can be done passively or actively.

Breathwork: To enhance your treatments, I introduce simple breathing exercises to help calm your central nervous system, support other techniques in releasing restrictions and assist you in at home relaxation exercises.

Trigger Points: This involves deactivating knots in your muscles that may cause local pain or pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure is applied to release the trigger points.  

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Please keep in mind the distinction between healing and treatment: treatment originates from the outside, whereas healing come from within." Dr. Andrew Weill