MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY

May 20, 2014

John James LMT - Medical Massage Plano

John James, LMT

Freedom from pain, renewed strength, and increased well-being is what we are committed to for our clients.

Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Medical Massage, Reflexology and Fibromyalgia Therapy are the therapeutic techniques we use.

To these we add focus on Inspiration (breathing) and Nutrition to enhance your Wellness.

John James, L.M.T.

 

Lauren Cato Robertson

February 1, 2013

Lauren Cato Robertson, MS, LMT, NCTMB

A naturally upbeat and optimistic person, Lauren began as a client as Massage Source after experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia, anxiety, and depression for many months following a series of particularly stressful life and family events. Having watched close friends and family members suffer from chronic pain and illness for years (fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, autism spectrum disorders, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, addiction, and trauma, among others…), and knowing that this wasn’t her natural state of being, she was inspired to pursue training in massage therapy when she realized how effective a treatment it was for her own condition, and wanted to pass that on to others. In massage school, Lauren was at the top of her class, earning a 4.0 GPA, and passed the NCBTMB national licensing exam (more difficult than that required in the state of Texas) with a 98%. Over the course of many months, Lauren trained daily with John and Alice as well, who recognized her natural talents and what John deemed her “love touch,” guiding and encouraging her to obtain formal training from the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral Therapy. Lauren has since completed Reiki Level I, CranioSacral Therapy I and II, is currently working towards her certification as a CranioSacral Therapist and planning to complete SomatoEmotional Release I in the coming months.

Prior to her training in massage therapy, Lauren earned her A.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in fine arts and social sciences from Cottey College in Nevada, MO, completed coursework in fine arts and earned a B.F.A in Restoration of Decorative Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and went on to complete her M.S. in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Architectural Conservation from Columbia University, also in New York City. She graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, NM and spent 11 summers at Camp Strawderman in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lauren rode horses for many years, competed in dressage and jumping, and is or has also been a synchronized swimmer, lifeguard, swimming teacher, artist, photographer, knitter, art teacher, pianist, tennis player, and world traveler. She is 90% vegan (but striving to do better), and very interested in nutrition, sustainability, upcycling old clothing and furniture, and better living in general.

A fifth generation Texan, Lauren moved back to Dallas in 2007 to pursue a job with an architectural firm specializing in Historic Preservation, and worked on many fascinating projects including the restorations of the John and Lucy Parks Estate in east Dallas, the Downtown Dallas Post Office and Courthouse, the Mabel Dodge Lujan House in Taos, NM, and the historic Settles Hotel in Big Spring, TX. Prior to her move to Texas, Lauren worked for Landmark West!, a non profit advocacy group for historic buildings on New York’s Upper West Side, and as a monuments conservation intern in New York’s Central Park, which led to her job as a conservator on the restoration of Bethesda Terrace while she was writing her masters thesis “Biological Growth on Stone Sculpture in Historic Gardens: The Case of Villa la Pietra.”

Lauren feels that while they may appear unrelated to massage therapy to the casual observer, her previous education and career experience are actually quite relevant to her current practice. A human body and a building both depend on the same structural principles and are subject to many of the same forces that cause dysfunction and deterioration, although the human body is arguably more complex. For instance, dysfunction in the foundation of a building will cause failure elsewhere in that building, such as cracks, broken pipes, and given enough time, collapse. In a nutshell, dysfunction of any structural component is a directly responsible for the deterioration of others. The earlier you intervene and find the root cause of the dysfunction, however small it may be, the better your chances are of recovering its structural integrity without having to complete a major intervention. On another level, the materials used in a building ultimately determine its longevity. If you use low quality materials, the building’s longevity will be significantly shorter than that of one built using high quality materials. In that vein of thought, Lauren is very interested in what her clients are putting into their bodies, and is happy to advise them on dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to get the best results from their treatment. She believes that there is hope for everyone to become the best version of themselves and strives to help her clients get to that point by being a facilitator for change and healing.

 

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia – the Treatment You’ve Been Waiting For

September 27, 2010

When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my doctor prescribed a number of pills to treat my symptoms.  Never once did he suggest I might try massage therapy, or any alternative treatments for that matter.  It was not until I did some research on my own that I discovered I had other options besides popping pills for my pain, fatigue, and other various ailments. Massage therapy for fibromyalgia was the treatment I had been waiting for.  A visit to John James just might make you feel the same way.

Defining Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy utilizes a variety of techniques to alleviate stress and chronic pain in a person’s body.  By using his hands, elbows, and forearms; massage therapists like John James press, rub and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the body with moderate to deep pressure – relevant to each individual’s needs.  When you visit your therapist for the first time, he will speak with you at length about what areas of your body need special attention and what kinds of treatment he recommends.

John James has years of experience treating patients with massage therapy for fibromyalgia – he specializes in it.  He understands the effects fibro symptoms have on the sufferer’s body and knows how to counterbalance those symptoms.  Many medical doctors are undereducated when it comes to this complex condition and may not fully understand the best ways to treat it.  Be assured that John James does have the education and understanding necessary for treating fibro patients!

Benefits of Massage for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition with chronic widespread pain throughout the entire body.  Patients offer suffer from migraines, poor sleep or insomnia, extreme fatigue, joint stiffness, TMJ, and depression.  Massage therapy for fibromyalgia not only helps relieve acute pain but also alleviates many (if not all) of the other symptoms as well.

A study conducted at The University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute concluded that massage therapy provided increased serotonin levels, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of a pain messenger called Substance P, decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns and overall sense of well-being.  Researchers who conducted the study stated that “Massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia has been a critical treatment for many patients, myself included.  Therapy sessions reduce stress and anxiety which are major contributors to flare-ups.  A 68-year old fibro patient named Jane Wagner says “Massage therapy helps me feel less pain, and I sleep better on the days I get therapy.”  This illustrates another key benefit of massage therapy: improved quality of sleep.  When a person with fibro does not get sufficient restorative sleep, her health suffers considerably.  A regular routine of massage therapy for fibromyalgia is an essential way to beat this common ailment.

Fibro patients who visit John James enjoy many benefits including improved circulation, increased range of motion, reduced joint stiffness, increased flexibility, decreased states of depression, reduced stress levels, fewer migraines, and reduced pain.  If you have questions about massage therapy for fibromyalgia, visit John James or call him today.  This very well may be the  treatment you’ve been waiting for.

by Alaina Coyle, Freelance Writer

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy Is Not A Luxury – It’s A Necessity

September 24, 2010

Millions of Americans suffer from the debilitating condition called fibromyalgia.  This complex syndrome is difficult to understand, difficult to diagnose, and often difficult to treat.  Fortunately there is an increasingly popular treatment that takes ‘difficult’ right out of the equation.  Fibromyalgia massage therapy is gaining popularity for good reason – because it works.  It provides relief often when no other treatments can.

Understanding Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

There was a time when many people believed that massages were only for the rich or privileged.  In fact, it was not that long ago that I was scoffed at for receiving regular massage treatments.  When I mentioned to an acquaintance how I was benefiting from my fibromyalgia massage therapy, she said (with a sneer) “I wish I could afford the luxury of getting regular massages.”  I simply told her that I do not consider my treatments as a luxury; I regard them as a necessity.

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy is a hands-on treatment utilizing a variety of techniques to relieve sore muscles, decrease joint stiffness, and alleviate a number of other fibromyalgia symptoms.  John James recognizes the impact this painful condition has on your body, and he is eager to help you.  He will listen to your concerns and work with you to find an appropriate treatment plan.  With years of experience, John understands each individual’s needs are different.  Your fibromyalgia massage therapy is tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring you get the most out of your treatments.

Benefiting from Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia massage therapy not only helps treat your pain, but it also treats the underlying problems that cause fibromyalgia flare-ups.  Research has proven that massage therapy improves quality of sleep and decreases stress – both huge contributing factors for controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.  In other words, you will have short-term benefits from your massage as well as long-term.

What are some of the other benefits you’ll enjoy?  Fibromyalgia massage therapy facilitates good circulation because the pressure of the massage moves blood through congested areas in your body.  When blood moves more freely, it brings oxygen-rich nutrients to your tissues; resulting in faster muscle repair.  Massage also flushes out lactic acid (a harmful toxin that causes pain), and improves the circulation of lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.  As a result, you’ll experience improved body function and lower blood pressure.

Many patients of John James also report fewer migraines, decreased feelings of tension and stress, as well as an increase in energy levels.  Why not visit John James to see for yourself?

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

Sports Massage – Essential for Any Fitness Routine

September 20, 2010

Sports massage is an essential part of the fitness routine for any sportsman or woman.  This special form of massage therapy may be used before, during, and after sporting events.  Athletes who receive regular sports massages suffer from fewer injuries and enjoy better overall health.

Types of Sports Massage

Each individual athlete uses different muscle groups and therefore has a unique set of needs when it comes to massage therapy.  Sports massage therapists like John James and Evelyn Davis are familiar with each muscle and how they are affected by specific movements and stresses of each sport.  Whether you are a football player, dancer, or swimmer; John James has the experience necessary to treat you effectively.

A maintenance program is recommended for the athlete who wants to improve his range of motion and muscle flexibility, as well as reach his optimal performance level.  Your massage sessions will help your body recover from previous injuries and prevent future ones from occurring. John or Evelyn will come to understand you and the needs of your body through these regular routine therapy treatments.

Event massage is another area of treatment that may include pre-event, inter-event, and/or post-event massage.  A brief 10 to 15 minute sports massage before and during an athletic event boosts your body’s circulation, warms up the muscles about to be used, and reduces mental tension – ensuring your best performance.  Seeing your sports therapist right after an event will reduce the risk of muscle spasms and help your tissues normalize and begin to repair themselves.

Even with proper preventative maintenance, muscles may cramp, bruise, and ache after strenuous activity.  Sports massage will speed healing and reduce discomfort during your rehabilitation process.  Whether you have an acute injury or have suffer from chronic pain, John James and Evelyn Davis use a variety of special techniques to facilitate your recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage

When you visit a skilled massage therapist like John James, you will enjoy a number of lasting benefits.  Sports massage is the most effective way to release muscle tension, restore balance to your musculoskeletal system, and extend the life of your sporting career.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduction of blood pressure
  • Relief for swollen joints
  • Improved blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Release of painful muscle and fascia tension
  • Improved muscle elasticity
  • Breakdown of scar tissue (which, left untreated, results in inflexible tissues prone to pain)
  • Relaxation of mind and body
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress
  • Improved quality of sleep

For athletes who compete on a regular basic, sports massage is key to maintaining a healthy body.  John James will pay special attention your trouble areas, monitor them and keep them in good condition.  Because you will experience a better quality of sleep thanks to your massage treatments, you will be more mentally alert for physical challenges.  You will enjoy physical, psychological, and physiological benefits; allowing you to achieve better levels of performance.  Whatever your goals are, John James Massage Plano Texas can help you reach them.

by Alaina Coyle

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