Having sore muscles, like signing a five-year lease or wearing lead socks, makes it difficult to move. Evict tensely wound tenants with today's Groupon to Shadow and Trees Massage Therapy in West Hartford. Choose between the following options:
- For $55, you get a 90-minute massage (a $110 value).
- For $60, you get a 90-minute active-isolated-stretching session (a $120 value).
Nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, Matt DeMichele (#5135) bestows bodies with the relaxation and mobilization brought on by expert massage, stretching, and therapeutic techniques. Bust tension with a diverse variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial release, each of which is customized to address muscular needs, relaxation preferences, and addictions to crab walking. Alternatively, the facilitated movements of an active-isolated-stretching session target spots where clients endure discomfort, relieving deep-seated tension and pain and boosting flexibility to help improve the body's range of motion. During the stretching therapy, fully clothed clients work one-on-one with the therapist, holding stretches to lengthen muscles, attain greater mobility, and prepare to stow away in the suitcase of a business associate.
Shadow and Trees Massage Therapy
The word meditation typically calls to mind a feeling of stillness and solitude. Matt DeMichele, however, believes in a shared meditative experience—one that takes place in the muscles as well as the mind. For him, massage is "meditation-in-motion," a way to acknowledge and address the tensions that have restricted one's potential. Since graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and earning his certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork, Matt has hoped to build this awareness in others and act as a conduit for their body's healing.
Each appointment at Shadow and Trees Massage Therapy begins with an in-depth evaluation. Matt logs information on his clients' recurring aches to better customize a mix of modalities, often blending elements of Swedish, orthopedic, and myofascial massage. Having studied with Aaron Mattes, founder of the active-isolated-stretching method, Matt also leads muscles through short, specific stretches to boost their range of motion. A combination of his active isolated stretching and massage can help combat the effects of past injuries, encouraging ease of movement without smearing elbow joints with grease.