A massage by Gabriel includes a blend of multiple techniques to achieve the healing result the client needs. This includes:
Swedish: This is what most people imagine when thinking about a massage. This technique aims to increase circulation by gently gliding along the muscle. Gabriel incorporates this in every massage to first assess your body tension, and to warm the muscles and encourage overall body relaxation.
Deep Tissue: This is what most people say they want from a massage. The deeper the better, more pain more results. Well, Gabriel would like to clear that misconception; you should not feel pain from a massage. Therapists should strive for pushing the client to the border of pain and discomfort. The goal of deep tissue is to literally just reach the deeper muscles, and to do that some pressure is needed, and time. You must be patient and let the body respond to the work. If you want to “feel” the massage, you are looking for firm pressure, and maybe trigger point work where the sensation is more specific.
Myofascial Release: This deals with the fascia, which is a layer of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle in our bodies. The science is still developing on this, but we think trauma can be stored in the fascia, along with stress, emotions, and many other important functions. People have experienced release from therapists targeting these areas. The fascia responds to light pressure and sustained holds.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation(PNF): This technique uses a combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions (gentle resistance) in order to break neuro-muscular holding patterns to help reset muscle holding patterns and overall length. Basically, you let Gabriel move your body part into a stretch while you relax, then using 10~20% effort you would resist against a direction to release that muscle.
Stretching: This is incorporating what Gabriel learned from reaching black belt in Tae Kwon Do, practicing yoga, playing high school sports, and massage anatomy knowledge. This feels like a yoga session on the table, with traction to relief joints, and stretching to elongate muscles and tendons.
Energy: This healing targets the balance and flow of energy throughout the body, mind and soul. Working directly with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being. Gabriel’s practice includes reading a 365 daily Tao meditation book, doing yoga or any self care to feel better physically, and surfing to connect with nature and the community.