Heart of the Matter, LLC

Tools and techniques for healing, wholeness, and happiness.

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Newberg, OR 97132




Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage relieves the tension and inflammation that accumulates in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It’s commonly used to ease pain from injury. Many people think that Deep Tissue Massage has to hurt to be effective. That’s a myth! Susan uses slow, steady pressure to encourage the tight areas to loosen and eventually release. As with all of her massages, you choose the level of pressure that feels comfortable to you.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

• Relieves stress

• Reduces pain

• Rehabilitates injured muscles

• Increases joint flexibility

• Breaks up scar tissue

Myofascial Release (John Barnes Method) aka MFR

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles. Healthy fascia is pliable and stretchy, allowing your body to move freely. Unhealthy or damaged fascia is tight and tough, which inhibits movement and causes pain. Because fascia is interconnected throughout the body, an injury in one area can lead to pain in another. For example, if you hurt your hip in a car accident, you can develop chronic pain in your neck. During a Myofascial Release session Susan focuses on the source of the problem and not just where you are feeling the pain.

This technique differs from a typical massage. Once an area of restriction is found in the fascia, Susan will gently stretch the area and then apply pressure for a period of time (90 seconds - five minutes) until the fascia loosens. This is repeated on the surrounding areas. This technique is performed directly on the skin, without creams or oils, for the most effective results. 

Myofascial Release helps people with:

• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Back Pain

• Sciatica

• Migraines or Chronic Headaches

• Whiplash

• Neck Pain

• Jaw Pain or TMJ

• Scoliosis

• Fibromyalgia

• Painful scars

Pregnancy Massage

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy and not all of them are blissful! Susan offers Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage for mothers-to-be to soothe and relieve areas of discomfort. Specialized BodyCushions make you comfortable during your massage session. These soft cushions enable you to safely lay face up or down while Susan gently works on your sore, tired muscles. Pregnancy Massage is only available after the first trimester.

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:

• Promotes circulation

• Decreases swelling in arms and legs

• Lowers blood pressure

• Reduces stress and anxiety

• Soothes aches and pains

• Relieves back and sciatic pain

Choose from a 60 or 90 minute massage therapy session.

60 minutes, $85

90 minutes, $115

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