What We Do

We love it when people ask us what we do. To summarize, we use incredibly effective soft tissue therapy techniques to reduce pain and improve function. We move you from disability to high level wellness by engaging you in your healing process. In your journey to thrive, we act as guides to help set you on the right path, with the right tools and knowhow to get there. We work with your body, not on it and adapt our techniques to meet your needs.

So what is a Turning Point Massage? It is the way we pull together various techniques specifically for you. As one of our clients put it, "it is more than just massage".

We combine a lot of effective techniques in a blend that targets your problems. If you want to geek out a little on methodology, here's to you!

  1. Trigger Point Therapy
    • Trigger PointsTrigger Points (TrPs) are dysfunctional knots in muscles that cause all manner of grief and pain. In fact 75-85% of soft tissue pain is caused by TrPs and they almost always make other problems worse too! They can send pain to distant locations, mimic other conditions, and be a devil to find when you don't know what you're looking for. They decrease movement and strength even when they aren't active and don't go away on their own. The good news is that, with the right expertise, diligence, and techniques, they are fairly easy to treat. When our clients testify to a problem that bothered them for years, nobody seemed to have answers for, and that we helped almost immediately - it's usually a TrP! A regimen of expert and at-home treatments leads to the best and fastest results.
  2. Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) & Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
    • While quite a mouthful, these techniques address the neurological control the brain exerts over muscles and movement coordination. PNF is a part of a larger set of techniques called MET. All movement and tension in the body is regulated by the nervous system and MET helps to reset the system, reduce painful feedback, and re-educate movement patterns. Highly specific movement and resistance exercises engage and disengage muscles and nerve signals to create the desired effects. MET almost always reduces pain and/or tension and sometimes melts the problem away like magic.
  3. ktapeKinesiotaping
    • Kinesiotaping is far different from the immobilizing white tape most people are familiar with. Kinesiotape actually supports movement instead of restricting it. It can be used for reducing pain and/or swelling, improving posture, guiding movement, or improving sports performance. It doesn't hurt that it makes you look cool too. It was all over athletes at the last Olympics because it works, so keep your eyes open next time you watch sports on TV! Learn more here
  4. Sports Massage
    • Athletes need their bodies to perform at their peak and sports massage targets optimizing general performance and the specific kinetic chains related to the sport. The more intense the training and conditioning of the athlete, the more recovery activity is necessary to prevent injury and deconditioning. Sports massage is an essential ingredient to athletic success and is a factor in many top athlete's prowess.
  5. Lymphatic Facilitation
    • LF is focused on healing and drainage by assisting the body's process of fluid removal. While very subtle, this technique is extremely effective in reducing swelling following traumatic injury or surgery - some studies demonstrate a 50% decrease in time to heal! This technique is unlike any other form of massage and must be extremely light to properly engage the delicate lymphatic structures under the skin. It can also be taught for at-home treatment and even better outcomes.
  6. Myofascial Therapy
    • You have more connective tissue (fascia) than anything else in your body. It is designed for transmitting force and movement as well as support - whether it is delivering the force generated by a muscle to a bone (tendon) or guiding a joint (ligament). Fascia unites movement and enables muscles to work together, changing strength into dynamic power. Fascial meridians are movement superhighways in the body. Fascia can also act like cling wrap when it gets dysfunctional, limiting movement instead of facilitating it and binding areas instead of connecting them. Myofascial work frees up the tissue that surrounds, supports, and connects the body and our movement together
  7. Aromatherapy
    • AromatherapyEssential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. While the scent of the oils is the most distinctive quality, the oils have many therapeutic benefits, including hormone-like activity, antimicrobial qualities, emotional and psychological effects, anti-inflammation, anti-spasmodic, and many more. These oils are a powerful tool to promote health, wellness, and specific therapeutic effects in the body. In our practice, we can administer the oils both through airborne inhalation (fantastic for preventing the spread of germs in flu season!) and in carrier oils that get absorbed through the skin.
  8. Cupping/Myofascial Decompression
    • CuppingIn contrast to most other massage techniques, cupping lifts the tissues and creates space between layers rather than compressing them. These tools allow us to do more than we can with hands and fingers alone and are a great complement to our myofascial therapies. You may have seen cupping done in acupuncture or stars at the Oscars with dark round marks. The discoloration is not bruising, but blood and lymph freed from stagnant tissues. We may use stationary cupping over problem spots, but more often use a gliding cupping to loosen the connective tissue over a larger region.
  9. Neuromuscular Therapy
    • NMT focuses on rebalancing the tension and contraction in soft tissues - forces that imbalance joints, cause pain, and limit mobility. NMT works with the muscles, connective tissue (tendons, ligaments...), and neurological controls over movement and tension. It's impossible to move well or maintain proper posture with restricted structure, dysfunctional movement patterns, or when your brain is actively working against you!
  10. Orthopedic Massage
    • OM focuses on functional and symptomatic improvement through assessment, treatment, and reassessment. Assessed conditions inform the therapist about which techniques to apply for the desired effects and outcomes. Advanced knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and movement is applied. OM is less a specific set of techniques as it is a methodology about their application.
  11. Swedish Massage
    • Ahhh, the classic standby in massage. Swedish is a holistic, generally focused massage treatment and is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think "massage". Swedish is a foundation style focused on whole body connections, relaxation, general loosening, and it just feels good!
  12. Shiatsu
    • Based out of acupuncture, Shiatsu is a Japanese method of finger pressure that focuses on the energy meridians of the body, or Chi. Modern research shows over 75% correlation between acupoints and trigger points and also a high correlation with the soft-tissue meridians used to transmit motion through the body. Stimulating parts of the meridian affect the whole and can also influence distant areas.
  13. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) & Facilitated Stretching stretch
    • Stretching is complicated and that's why you've probably heard a lot of conflicting methods. It is important to stretch without engaging protective reflexes that are counterproductive. AIS is a very effective method using repeated contract/stretch cycles. PNF and static/dynamic stretching all have different roles and applications in supporting flexibility, strength, and functional movement.
  14. Medical Massage
    • Medical massage is soft-tissue treatment prescribed by a physician. The techniques are not unique, but the bodywork is performed in the greater context of integrated healthcare at the direction of the doctor. A prescription denotes "medical necessity" and is required for insurance reimbursement (never guaranteed) or utilization of FSA/HSA plans.
  15. Positional Release
    • PR works to reset the tension in the muscles by influencing the stretch/tension receptors in the muscles and tendons. By placing the muscle into its position of greatest "ease", it reduces tension stimulus and gives the muscle permission to relax.
  16. Chair Massage
    • Geared specifically to the needs of the workplace and onsite treatment, chair massage offers portability and easy access to common problem areas of the back, shoulder, neck, and arms.