"Hello Everyone - I'm Ash, and I look forward to bringing you into wellness."
-Ashley Van Valkenburgh, LMT
As a top Massage Therapist I graduated with my Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy from ECPI - Medical Careers Institute.
As a Massage Therapist, it’s my intent to make a treatment plan most suited to your needs. This is what I’ve set myself to do while working injunction with Advanced Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center. My 4 years experience as a Chiropractic Assistant, on top of my 4 years experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist; give me more of an in-depth knowledge of spinal conditions, and ways to treat them.
"It's my goal to set you on the right path to lead you further along into wellness so you can lead a happier, fuller life." - Ashley Van Valkenburgh, LMT
My drive has always been to push forward and seek the most knowledge, allowing me to not only improve and help my own health, but my clients as well!
I am continuing my education at Ashford University, as well as taking some new upcoming certifications this year!
I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health!
I am enrolled to earn my Medical Massage Practitioner Certification & my Ashiatsu Certification in 2018!
Modalities are also know as Massage Techniques. Here is some information on those I'm skilled in, and a brief description.
Swedish: Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. Swedish includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.
Deep Tissue: Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is used to treat particular musculoskeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.
Neuromuscular Therapy: Neuromuscular Therapy is a program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes by utilizing specific massage techniques, including the pressure of trigger points, to eliminate the causes of pain patterns. This approach brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It enhances the function of joints, muscles, and movement, and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.
Chair Massage: When looking for some brief relaxation, or you're not comfortable getting undressed; this is the Massage for you! You are massaged, fully clothed, in a special chair designed to relax you.
On-Site Massage: On-site massage is any massage done at a location away from the therapist’s studio or clinic. Message for more information/pricing!
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for curative and rejuvenating effects. After an initial discussion with the client, specific essential oils are used in conjunction with other appropriate techniques, such as massage, acupressure, reflexology, etc. The essential oil is absorbed through the skin and into the body to affect physiological change. When inhaled the aroma directly affects the limbic area of the brain that is related to emotions and memories.
Hot/Cold Therapy: We used the application of heat and ice during a massage session. Heat promotes: increased circulation or blood flow, improved flexibility in connective tissue, decreases joint stiffness, pain, muscle spasms, muscle strains/sprains, and arthritis. Cold promotes: reducing your metabolic rate, decreasing inflammation, decreasing circulation, decreasing muscle spasms and pain.
Integrative Therapy: Created to assist in the release of emotional issues trapped in the body. Long fluid strokes are used to move energy from the head down and out through the hands and feet. This is combined with the use of deep breath-work to aid the process. I combine this technique with others.