Catskill Mountain Massage Therapy




Jesse Scherer
Licensed Massage Therapist
Phone: 914.466.1517
Fax:     845.201.0124

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Mayan Abdominal Massage



The following are some of the modalities that Jesse may use in your sessions.

  • Specific Deep Tissue Massage - This is a very specific massage technique utilizing focused and precise pressure. Looking for shortened muscles and/or distorted postural patterns and using deep strokes, the therapist works to lengthen the muscle fibers, to restore balance, and to reestablish structural and functional integrity to the greatest degree possible for the client. This type of massage is oriented toward specific muscle groups and chronic stiffness patterns.
  • The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage ™ - is a non-invasive, external, massage technique. It guides internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well being. The technique works by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of chi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology. Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. This massage is effective for both men and women.
  • Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) - is a specialized form of manual therapy that uses static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. Conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica, rotator cuff dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, and migraines are helped through this technique. It is said that neuromuscular therapy is one of the most effective types of massage therapy for lower back pain.
    NMT is also used to locate and release spasms and hyper contractions in the tissue. It aids the healing process for injured tissue, assists in venous and lymphatic flow, restores postural alignment, and imparts flexibility to the tissues.
    It disperses the lactic acid, so the deficient muscle can begin to accept a clean supply of oxygen and blood flow. Often clients will experience some muscle soreness following a neuromuscular therapy massage. However, like with exercise, the muscle soreness will disappear within a few days and the client's body will feel more relaxed for about a week following the treatment.

  • Deep Connective Tissue Massage - Deep connective tissue massage is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the body's range of motion, to improve posture and to restore the length and flexibility to the fascia (the fibrous tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs), by normalizing the tissue and by improving the strength and overall health of the entire fascial system (connective tissues throughout the entire body).During a session, the massage therapist will focus on releasing tension from the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (or connective tissues) with deep, intense strokes. When a therapist locates a chronic knot (also referred to as an adhesion), they will often recommend that a client adapt a total lifestyle change - which may include exercises to help improve posture, balance, movement, and relaxation.
  • Medical Massage is a great new addition to the area of western medicine, as it is finally being understood and utilized as a necessary step towards injury recovery! It is designed to address the discomforts of a client. The purpose of the massage is to deal with any dysfunctional areas or problems in the soft-tissues of the body. It differs from therapeutic massage as it does not focus on relieving tension or stress from the body. It is usually used for patients who are recovering from injuries or surgical procedures. The doctor will inform the client if he or she could benefit from massage therapy as it is often used to help speed healing and recovery. Medical Massage therapy is used to slowly rehabilitate the unused muscles that have become stiff from disuse following an injury.
  • Sports Massage consists of rapid strokes with the intention of helping to release any built up tension and lactic acid in the overworked muscles so that blood and oxygen can return to the muscle and effectively promote muscle repair. Sports massage, if received as part of a sports program, can help an athlete prevent injury due to overuse.
  • Shiatsu consists of a finger-pressure technique that utilizes the traditional acupuncture points of Oriental healing. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy (or chi) and restoring the balance in the various meridians on the body. When these meridians are unblocked the major body systems and organs they represent are encouraged to heal and attain perfect balance. The benefits of Shiatsu massage may include pain relief, feelings of euphoria and a strengthening of the body's resistance to disease and disorder. However following the first Shiatsu massage, many clients complain of cold or flu-like symptoms, aches and pains, and headaches. These symptoms are a side-effect of the deep relaxation that occurs after all of the major systems in your body are stimulated and encouraged to heal. These symptoms never last longer than 24-hours, and they decrease with each additional Shiatsu massage.
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  • Polarity - Developed by Randolph Stone, Polarity attempts to balance the flow of life energy within the human being. The Bodies energy system has positive, negative and neutral poles and currents, by tuning in to the energy patterns the therapist is able to understand where blockages and congestions may be and utilize techniques of touch to help restore balance.
  • Reflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, you are increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions.
  • Craniosacral Therapy - (according to Oliver Nash) Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system. The Craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which form the fluid-filled sac around the core of the nervous system - surrounding, nourishing, and protecting the brain and spinal cord. Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a small coin, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body areas to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress.
    Once a source has been determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction.
    Other times, CST may be combined with other complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level.


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  • Harmonyum - The "Harmonyum Healing System" activates the original seed and awakens the threefold soul, born of the threefold spirit, from the threefold body into self consciousness and self knowledge. During a Harmonyum treatment, the spiritual force is transmitted to activate the divine fire within the recipient. It is a gentle, healing, and non invasive process that releases a huge amount of divine love, peace and light healing energy in the recipient. This release of divine healing love creates a wonderful feeling of cosmic peace along with a healing relaxation in those who are receiving this treatment. Harmonyum brings the mind into an agreeable state. This will help you along greatly on your path with meditation!
  • Structural Integration - A system to improve structural alignment and enhance ease of movement consisting of organized sessions of manual therapy of the fascial matrix, guided movement, and embodiment education.

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Last updated:  October 23, 2018