Service Descriptions

Below are the short descriptions of the services provided by Bernard Serota at Serota Massage Therapy. Areas of my training that are available described below under the Seven Service Categories which are found on my web scheduler: Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping Therapy Options, Toning and Beautifying, Table Stretching/Massage, Swedish Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Reiki. There are also some services that are not listed independently, but are described below and can be provided by request.

 

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:

Deep Tissue Massage is the "FIX ME" massage. It addresses muscular problems/pain/range of motion and connective tissue problems. It can greatly improve posture, assist in muscle recovery and growth, and detoxify large muscle groups. Serota Deep Tissue Massage incorporates cupping massage movements for strong myofascial release, visceral manipulation when recommended, and cupping assisted stretching for thorough deep fascial releases of larger muscle groups. TMJ Relief is also listed under this category.

  • Massage Sessions are offered as
  • 30 MINUTE SESSIONS for $40.00
  • 60 MINUTE SESSIONS for $75.00
  • 90 MINUTE SESSIONS for $112.50
  • 120 MINUTE SESSIONS for $150.00
  • TMJ Relief - 60 MINUTE SESSIONS for $80.00 (Described below)
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  • The TMJ Relief Protocol is an all encompassing deep tissue massage approach to relieving tension created by the soft tissue involved, around,  and connected to the TMJ joint itself, as well as the seemingly unrelated structures and soft tissues that TMJ discomfort will commonly refer pain. 
    • This protocol includes intraoral work in which I will be wearing sterilized gloves and access eight points within the mouth (muscles within the month that exert tension). This has been brought incredible relief to those who experience their primary tension from within the mouth.
    • For those who prefer a more gentle, and vastly different approach, consider CranioSacral Therapy.

CUPPING THERAPY OPTIONS

A Cupping "Blanket" is a wonderful and powerfully therapeutic service where the cups are strategically placed over a target muscle group, suction is applied and gradually increased which leads to a very gentle, slow pull on the body's connective tissue. This gentle connective tissue release provides relief for deep fascial adhesions, increased lymph/blood circulation, deep local detoxification, and ultimately a higher metabolism. This approach can provide relief for sciatica, back pain, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff issues. Cupping therapy can provide a different kind of looseness than massage therapy, since it affects the body's connective tissue so profoundly.  Even the most neurotic people have experienced deep relaxation after a the first few minutes of application. Since this therapy results in a strong detoxification of problem tissue, it will often bring trapped metabolic waste, toxins, and cellular debris to the surface in a very visual way. These are NOT BRUISES, since bruising occurs with ruptured capillaries and traumatized tissue (which is not the case with cupping therapy). Once this occurs, and the toxic load is evacuated, the body can divert energy back to other systems. This results in a higher metabolism, more energy, and a reduction in bloating/water weight. And when the tissue is opened back up to circulation and proper lymph drainage, the tissue functions better overall. Potential Blanket target zones are the back, shoulders, abdomen, pelvis, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, feet, hands, and chest.

  • Cupping sessions are available in
    • 30 MINUTE SESSION addressing 1 target area for $50.00
    • 60 MINUTE SESSION addressing 2 target areas for $100.00
    • 90 MINUTE SESSION addressing 3 to 5 target areas for $150.00
    • Sessions above are also offered with massage therapy in service combinations under the cupping dropdown menu. 

TONING & BEAUTIFYING

Described below are the services for Facial Rejuvenation, Cellulite Reduction/Lifting, Bloating Redux/Abdominal Toning, and Foot Reflexology/Acupressure. These services have a target zone and treatment protocol for specific effect, but results are typically immediate. 

 Note the reduction in deep set wrinkles on the forehead, and the lessening of the fine lines all around the eyes. The bags under the eyes have firmed and the skin tone and color has improved with circumlation.

Note the reduction in deep set wrinkles on the forehead, and the lessening of the fine lines all around the eyes. The bags under the eyes have firmed and the skin tone and color has improved with circumlation.

 Facial Rejuvenation will drain toxins creating water retention around the mouth, jaw, and neck, while promoting  significant changes in the skin tone/color/firmness/fullness. This was a short 20 minute session, and more can be achieved.

Facial Rejuvenation will drain toxins creating water retention around the mouth, jaw, and neck, while promoting significant changes in the skin tone/color/firmness/fullness. This was a short 20 minute session, and more can be achieved.

Facial Rejuvenation 

  • A facial cupping technique using gentle hand-blown glass cupping instruments that do not leave marks, but they do detoxify the face, restore blood and lymph circulation, relieve the connective tissues beneath the skin, reduce bloating, break down deep-set wrinkles, and can temporarily eliminate fine lines. This process does stimulate collagen production which leads to LONG TERM RESULTS with repeated sessions. This picture was the result of only one short 20 minute session! WARNING: Facial rejuvenation is a detoxifying treatment and will not harm you, but it will stimulate healthy elimination of fillers injected into the skin where treated. If you have invested in those services and still want to try Facial Rejuvenation, book towards the end of the treatment's active life. 
    • Facial Rejuvenation (30 min) -$50
    • Facial Rejuvenation (60 min) -$100

Cellulite Reduction/Lifting

  • This service focuses on eliminating the toxins within the adipose tissues surrounding the legs and pelvis that create the uneven appearance and texture within the skin. Additional time will be used to focus on muscular and connective tissue patterns that maybe contributing to an unhealthy shape and tone of the pelvic and hip muscles. The Cellulite Reduction/Lifting Treatment is $85 for 60 minutes.

Bloating Redux/Abdominal Toning

  • This half hour treatment addresses the stomach tone and initiates a detoxification and flushing of the digestive tract and visceral tissues. This includes a lot of lymph drainage, abdominal massage, extremely beneficial cupping approaches, and some visceral manipulation to release connective tissue patterns, abdominal restrictions, and initiate a heavy lymph drain resulting in increased elimination, bowel and urinary activity, gas expulsion, and toxin release. The skin around and connective tissue within the abdomen will tone up with healthy blood and lymph circulation. A 30 minute Bloating Redux/Abdominal Toning treatment is $50.

Foot Reflexology/Acupressure Treatment

  • Foot reflexology is an acupressure treatment where pressure points/zones located on the feet associated with areas and organs throughout the body are accessed. This service is very relaxing to the body and relieving to the feet. $45

 

 

 

TABLE STRETCHING/MASSAGE

  • Table stretching is service where the client wears flexible clothing, relaxes on the table, and is passively stretched by Bernard, who takes muscles through their full or restricted range of motion until a beneficial stretch is achieved. Table stretching is offered alone and in combination with massage therapy. Benefits of Table stretching include an increased or improved in range of motion and the service typically results in relaxation. Table stretching before a deep tissue massage will also lessen the intensity of the massage, better allowing a client to relax during the deep tissue portion of a combination service.
    • 60 MINUTE TABLE STRETCHING SESSION for $80.00
    • TABLE STRETCHING AND MASSAGE COMBINATIONS: various session links are available under the dropdown menu and the associated price will be to the right of the service.

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish massage is soothing and sedating with very light pressure and is heavily characterized by sweeping motions across the skin. It is therapeutic for blood/lymph circulation and skin tone, but does not address muscular pain. Serota Swedish massage incorporates some elements of craniosacral therapy, foot/hand/facial acupressure therapy, and light cupping therapy movements for lymph drainage purposes.

  • Massage Sessions are offered as
    • 120 MINUTE SESSIONS for $150.00
    • 90 MINUTE SESSIONS for $112.50
    • 60 MINUTE SESSIONS for $75.00
    • 30 MINUTE SESSIONS for $40.00
  • MASSAGE COMBINATIONS WITH OTHER THERAPIES: Massage has been paired with Table Stretching and Cupping Therapy in various lengths under their service menus for those interested in receiving longer sessions with multiple therapy applications. Prices vary with assorted lengths and are visible on the dropdown menus on the web scheduler.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

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CranioSacral therapy is an amazing therapy modality that can be potentially be the answer to seemingly unrelated problems. In short, the structures and tissues surrounding your brain and spinal cord could be exerting pressure on or disrupting the healthy function of your brain, spinal cord, or nerves by connective adhesions or cranial pressures from obstructed movement! Weird things can happen when nerves are pressured and depending on the nerve, it can be potentially anything. CranioSacral Therapy assesses the health and movement of the connective tissue within the cranium and spinal cord, as well as the minute movement of the cranial bones of the skull and the circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) throughout the brain and spinal cord (which provides nourishment and carry away waste!). The adult cranial bones fuse together, but the material of the cranial sutures do allow for a small amount of expansion with the production and elimination of CSF. Calcium deposits building in the sutures, compression, injuries, and posture can affect the cranium's ability to expand and the CSF to flow throughout. Furthermore, the brain and spinal cord are covered by several layers of connective tissue that, like all other areas of your body, can become tight or adhered, creating migraines, tension headaches, jaw dysfunction, eye pressure and discomfort, ear pressures and discomfort, sinus restrictions, sinus headaches, and issues ALL THROUGHOUT the body if cranial nerves are compressed or restricted.

  • CranioSacral Therapy is not a massage and is done while the client is wearing comfortable but thin clothing (no denim please).
  • It is profoundly relaxing and gentle. The movements are subtle and noninvasive, but opening up the nerve pathways may lead to a "healing crisis" where the body begins to fix itself and leads to a reorganization of the tissue (happens naturally, unlike direct application such as deep tissue) and this reorganization may result in heavy detoxing or be uncomfortable before it's better. But most experience immediate relaxation and relief. Don't be discouraged, because wellness is worth it.
    • CranioSacral Therapy for 60 minutes is $80.00
    • CranioSacral Therapy for 90 minutes is $120.00
    • CranioSacral Therapy may be blended with other services at a later time, but it's my preference that you receive this service by itself as to better identify and distinguish the results instead of confusing them with the results of other services provided in tandem.

 

REIKI

Reiki is a beautiful, noninvasive, spiritual healing practice that results in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual results that are unique to each recipient. I would describe it as very intense hands on prayer, in which positive, restorative energy passes through the hands of the practitioner as they are positioned on the client's body at major junctions.  Tissue reorganization (an example of a very common physical experience) is usually felt in the form of "therapeutic pulses" which I would describe as a non painful spasm and many clients experience temperature changes in areas which are flooded with fresh circulation. Before I got deeper into CranioSacral Therapy, receiving Reiki sessions was the only therapy that would release my upper neck/occipital base tension (since I haven't found a deep tissue therapist like myself who digs in there!). To sum up the mental/emotional/spiritual benefits, Reiki allows for the evacuation of negative emotional energy we store in muscular tension patterns and disrupted organ function and assists with the restoration of function. It's unburdening, as prayer should be. This service is done while the client is fully dressed, but it can be included with massage if requested and time allows. 

  • Reiki can be done while fully clothed, or built into any service upon request.
  • Pricing is equivalent to massage services and is available on my service menu independently for 30, 60, and 90 minute increments. Or you can request it to be included in longer combination sessions in the "note" section of the appointment request or in person at your appointment.

Below are the unlisted services that do not appear on my service menu, but can be provided if requested:

lymph drainage therapy

 Interstitial fluid around your cells becomes "lymph" when it's drawn into the lymph capillaries. When dehydrated, water can pass back out of the capillary walls, where germs, metabolic wastes, large proteins, medications, and various chemicals cannot. The lymph can continue to thicken until it literally gels and gums up the waste removal process from regional tissues or organs. Just like a fish in a dirty tank, your cells will not thrive when they are forced to operate in their own waste...

Interstitial fluid around your cells becomes "lymph" when it's drawn into the lymph capillaries. When dehydrated, water can pass back out of the capillary walls, where germs, metabolic wastes, large proteins, medications, and various chemicals cannot. The lymph can continue to thicken until it literally gels and gums up the waste removal process from regional tissues or organs. Just like a fish in a dirty tank, your cells will not thrive when they are forced to operate in their own waste...

  • Lymph drainage therapy (LDT1) is a very light touch therapy that aims to gently stimulate superficial lymph capillary action. But it is extremely soothing and strongly detoxifying. The original training does not include massage, but for best results, I incorporate Swedish techniques and cupping massage movements, and cupping approaches to reducing cellulite and for detoxing the abdomen. This is a light pressure massage that primarily targets the body's superficial water layer, so it will not leave you with the feeling of being worked out as a deep tissue session would, but it's very soothing. Benefits of Lymph Drainage therapy are reduced swelling/bloating, significant reduction in cellulite, detoxification of the skin, increased circulation, increased lymph capillary activity, and higher metabolism with a body less taxed by a toxic load. There can also be an improvement in digestion with abdominal work. Clients who receive this work should also intake significant amounts of water following the session. If there is a high toxic load, there's potential of getting dehydrated and ill as the body eliminates it, so drinking water is essential.

 

visceral manipulation therapy

  • Your organs have a range of motion (they flow up and down with expanding of your lungs while breathing) and anchoring structures (membranes and ligaments) that connect them to other organs, bones, and the outer abdominal wall. These connective tissues are not very different from those of your skin and muscles, and can be under considerable tension which will create referral pain or interfere with organ function.
    • The stomach can actually create neck pain (think of how it can pull on the esophagus, which runs down your throat and anchored throughout your neck).
    • The small intestine is anchored to your lower back in the lumbar region by the mesentery, which can pull on your low back from the inside, creating LOW BACK PAIN.
    • The large intestine can create side pain at the base of the ribs and referral pains throughout the pelvis and to the interior of the knees.
    • The liver can restrict diaphragm range of motion. One of the liver's surrounding membranes actually penetrates every aspect of the liver and when stretched, it can restore/improve liver function.
  • Visceral Manipulation Therapy is a gentle, but direct manipulation of the internal organs of the abdomen to bring relief and restore better function and range of motion to the visceral. It's extremely common for surgery or injury to create additional adhesions that this modality would work towards correcting.