Welcome to Therapeutic Massage!
Therapeutic massage is probably the most powerful, non-invasive method of treating, preventing, and controlling pain available today.
The first thing we usually do when we feel pain in our bodies is to rub the area; massage therapy in its most basic form. Massage has a long and distinguished history including use by the ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Today massage is often prescribed by doctors and is increasingly used by everyone for pain relief and a more active lifestyle. The Right Touch, a private practice in the Denver-Metro area operated by Sandra Gill, Licensed Massage Therapist, provides over 15 years of experience to assist clients with professional therapeutic massage.
Massage therapy is based on the fact that our soft tissues -- muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia -- respond to touch. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilize them, and provide protective armor for our internal organs. Most pain originates from soft tissues. Trigger points -- specific responsive points in muscles which radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body -- can mimic numerous conditions. For instance, headaches usually originate in the muscles of the neck and head. Low back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in back muscles than from vertebral disk problems. Regular massage therapy can help alleviate many manifestations of pain. For more information, see Massage Benefits.
Who Am I?
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated with Honors from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1997. I have been in private practice in the Thornton area ever since. I specialize in therapeutic massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular, sports massage, muscle release technique, and chair massage. I am legally registered as a massage therapist in Colorado (license #765). I am a member of the Associated Bodyworker and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics. I regularly provide chair massage at my booth at the Capitol Hill People's Fair and A Taste of Colorado. I am a member of the the Colorado Sports Massage Team. I have been a member of the Sports Massage Team for "Ride the Rockies", "Triple Bypass" and the Bicycle Tour of Colorado Sports Massage Team. My Curriculum Vitae is posted here. There is a brief video at the bottom of this page for your viewing enjoyment.
I believe in the growth and development of my therapeutic skills to provide the best service for my clients. I have completed continuing training that includes Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Muscle Release Technique Workshop, Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Massage During Pregnancy, Ethics, American Heart Association CPR, Providing Body-Centered Therapies, Massage and Pharmacology, Cranio-Sacral, Natural Approaches to Menopause, and F.A.S.T. Defense.
Annually, I participate on the sports massage team for the Children's Hospital Courage Classic Bicycle Tour and donate a portion of my fees to Children's Hospital as well as the MS150, where a portion of my fees are donated to the MS Foundation. I also regularly support the Smile Train, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Engineers Without Borders.
I have a Master's degree in Secondary Education and have worked for many years in corporate training. I am able to provide training regarding ergonomics and stress reduction. I have provided continuing training for The Adams County Family Daycare Association on Infant Massage and Self-care Massage. I enjoy speaking to groups about the benefits of regular massage.
I am a Colorado native and enjoy the outdoors. My outdoor activities include Waymarking and Geocaching, hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. I often take my dogs for walks. I also enjoy reading, genealogy, sewing and cross-stitch.
Safety and RoadID
As a service to my clients and visitors to this site, I am including a link to a credible safety product, RoadID. I had noticed this emergency medical information identification on many of the cyclists that I provide sports massage for at the Ride the Rockies, Triple Bypass, MS150 and Courage Classic events. My clients explained to me that the RoadID allows for a secure, online or telephone accessible emergency medical information.
I realized that I am usually alone when I am involved in my outdoor activities such as Waymarking, hiking and skiing as well as when I am on the various sports massage teams. I purchased the interactive RoadID necklace to provide my emergency medical information should I not be able to speak to the first responders. My medical information is accessible to the first responders by either web page or telephone using the serial number and PIN engraved on the RoadID tag. Since I created the emergency medical information, I know it is current and correct. In addition, I am able to include several emergency contacts as well as notes of other important medical information such as health insurance information and dates of vaccinations. The RoadID is available as a bracelet, anklet, shoelace pouch or necklace. I chose the necklace because as a massage therapist, I can't wear a bracelet. I chose the interactive RoadID since that is the one that provides the secure web site for your emergency medical information. The interactive RoadID cost $10 per year subscription, with the first year being included in the purchase price. RoadID also donates a portion of the proceeds to a charity you may choose when purchasing their product.
I have never placed a product on my site before, but so many of my clients are active outdoors or live alone that I believe they should investigate this product for their peace of mind and safety. By using the link in this section or on the menu bar at left, RoadID will know you came from my web site. I'll be happy to show you my RoadID when you visit for your massage.
My rates are: $55 for an hour session; $30 for a half-hour session; $15 for 15 minutes; $80 for 1 1/2 hours, $110 for 2 hours and $20 for a 20-minute chair massage. Gift certificates are always available. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment (Map to Office).
My fees are very competitive and my service provides a memorable experience for your employees/clients. My fee for company-provided chair massage is $60 per hour. For employee paid chair massage, the fee is $10 for ten minutes, $15 for fifteen minutes, $20 for twenty minutes and $30 for 30 minutes. If you have a larger group, I can bring additional qualified massage therapists to assist. For more information, visit this page about Chair Massage or my MassageChair website.
Massage in the News
Studies and articles about therapeutic massage are becoming more common as the popularity and understanding of massage grows. Check out these recent articles:
Take a moment to read my October-December 2013 newsletter in PDF format. The Adobe Reader is available free at this link.
While no one can guarantee the success of any medical treatment, my clients are often astounded with the improvement to their health in such a timely manner. Regular massage helps the body's healing process work more efficiently.
M., who started receiving therapeutic massage (in conjunction with her traditional medical care) for chronic pain due to a broken foot is now able to walk stairs, has reduced reliance on her TENS unit, has reduced the amount of painkillers, and has improved her range of motion to the point where she can again begin exercising.
L., who has suffered with low back pain for more than 2 years, rarely experiences the pain even though she is back to working 12-hour days. She has been receiving massage for approximately four months. During her recent vacation to Hawaii, she was able to hike, kayak and rappel with no concern about low back pain.
J. separated his achilles tendon while participating in martial arts. After successful surgery, regular physical therapy and massage have restored his range of motion and alleviated the pain so he may resume his activities and sparring.
This information is not meant to say the massage is the "do all, be all, end all," but to show that you can easily improve your life and health with little effort or expense.
I would like an opportunity to answer any questions or discuss any concerns. Please feel free to contact me at 303-349-7277 or send an email.
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