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For those whom this site is their first introduction to me, my name is Scott Henady, and I have been a massage therapist since November 1997. Currently I employ two distinct styles of massage therapy: Swedish deep tissue/sports massage and Tui Na, a form of Chinese orthopedic massage.
Massage Therapy is a Dance
Since I first entered the health & fitness industry in about 1996/97, I have experienced people approaching their health in many different ways. I have had the opportunity to help many people, some profoundly. As one of my first instructors said, massage therapy is a dance. I believe I can be a great partner to you for that dance, but realize partnering styles differ. In the event you aren’t comfortable with work being done, you are free to end your session and seek another partner. Similarly, if I feel the partnership isn’t working to your maximum benefit, I may recommend a different therapist or in some cases a different treatment modality better suited to your needs as a supplement to or substitute for the work we do together.
I hope with the information on this site, I can share a little of what my philosophy and skills are, and help you to decide if I might offer the help you’re looking for. For a description of the styles of massage I practice, see the Treatment page.
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Massage Therapy as one aspect of integrative health
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow
General Philosophy of Health
I believe that there are three components to health: physical health, mental/emotional health, and spiritual health. Further, imbalance in one can lead to imbalance in another. When the body and spirit are in balance, they are largely self-maintaining. The goal I have is restoring balance by reducing pressures that contribute to imbalance.
Physical Health: The factors contributing to our physical well-being include, but are not necessarily limited to, diet, activity, rest, and environment. Diet provides the basic resources our bodies need to replenish itself and fight off illness. Water is an essential component that helps our bodies to process and circulate those resources. Activity certainly includes exercise, but it also includes the regular things we do throughout our day, some of which can lead to repetitive strain injuries. Sometimes the omnipresence of such discomforts become so commonplace that we forget about them, attributing them to aging or some other process over which we have no control. Like water, proper rest is essential for the physical functioning of our bodies. Environment is a factor that can sometimes be overlooked for its influence on our health until a problem sends us to a doctor. Environment includes not just physical ergonomics, but also people, light, pollutants, and more.
Mental/emotional health: Many are aware of the influence their mental and emotional states have on their health. A stressful day creates a knot in your upper back and neck. You get depressed and experience fatigue and body aches. Some take this component of health for granted. Sure, I’ve had a bad day, but that doesn’t have anything to do with how my body is feeling.
Spiritual health: The spiritual impact on health is a bit more esoteric. The perspective I am coming from here is a matter of how one views the world and their place in it. Whatever your personal belief system, there may be times or situations where you are left feeling ungrounded, that life isn’t making sense. I believe that this influences mental/emotional health and thereby can also influence physical health.
When providing treatment, while physical factors will dominate the approach I take, I also try to take into account these other factors. I have a range of tools that I can offer through Swedish deep tissue/sports massage or tui na (Chinese orthopedic massage).
One of the most important things that I haven’t discussed is your own role in your health. I view myself as your partner. As different things are needed to maintain your health at different times, there are going to be times when what I offer is not what you need. If my abilities are insufficient to help you, I may be able to help you find modalities and/or practitioners who can.
In the western medical system we may have grown accustomed to, we look to our health care provider to tell us what we need. As such, it is easy to become passive bystanders who rely on the instructions of our providers and the magic pills they give us. Sometimes, my experience and training will give me more information than you have access to yourself, in which case I may be able to offer useful advice. But that doesn’t mean my advice trumps your own choices. I hope and expect that you will play an active role in choosing how to best optimize your own health and the treatment you seek for that purpose.