Massage and Bodywork 

My name is Teri A. Nofer and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist with a background in physical therapy as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  The focus of all my treatments is on building a relationship with clients based on professional knowledge and trust. New clients can expect me to conduct a complete history as well as postural assessment and also a discussion about work and play. During that  session and follow up sessions I then strive to provide better quality of movement with decreased pain and tension. I also work with clients to develop a wellness plan outside of the massage session with ways in which they can continue to feel better until their next appointment.

To find out more about why the way you sit, work, stand and move is important please watch this video of Tom Myers talking to Google.  He is the author of Anatomy Trains and one of my many teachers and mentors.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist qualified to work in the healthcare setting by the State of Maryland, my mission is to bring you the advantages of massage so you can improve the quality of your life.  I use many of the same quality treatments enjoyed by elite athletes to help you recover and avoid re-injury.  I also work with top level chiropractors and physical therapists in support of your plan of care.  We work together on your personal wellness goals as we improve muscle tone, decrease pain, increase range of motion and improve your body’s ability to function everyday of your life.

Questions? Call me. Together we will set up a treatment plan to meet your therapeutic goals.

Myofascial Release

Method taught by John Barnes, PT
MFR I, II, Unwinding, Cervical Thoracic and Fascial Pelvis

Treatment requires a focused ‘listening’ touch. A gentle, hands on skin technique allows the therapist to tune in to the tissues and ‘feel’ what is going on.

A prolonged light pressure/ tension on the fascia will induce the piezoelectric phenomenon (pressure/ electricity) which releases the musculo-elastic component causing it to elongate. Holding tension for longer (5 minutes or more) will allow the collagen barrier to relax, the ground substance (liquid crystals) to return to its liquid form, restoring flow to the system and important chemicals (interluekin 3 and 8) to be released, allowing the body to heal itself and produce permanent results.

Pressure point massage 2

Integrated Positional Release for Pain Relief

Method taught by Lee Albert, NMT in Integrated Positional Therapy I, II

Lee Albert discovered during his experiences that the way we sleep, sit, work, garden, exercise and move is often a contributor to our pain and stiffness, because after his treatments pain often returned, many times more than once.

 

The Lee Albert approach to Integrated Positional Therapy is based upon osteopathic techniques of Strain/Counterstrain and Muscle Energy Technique to relieve a presenting acute condition by bringing the body into balance and aligning physical structure. 

An integral part of your treatment is a thorough assessment to evaluate the ways that we exercise and the stresses that are put onto our bodies from our working environment. 

With the contributing factors identified we work together to produce a home plan for positioning, and stretching in order to maximize recovery and maintain wellbeing.

Physiotherapy

Swedish Massage including Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Release

Method taught by Tara Labaffi LMT at Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage.


May be provided as part of any treatment, but Is not usually the primary focus as reduction in pain levels is usually not long lasting.  Swedish massage is usually provided as a finishing touch to improve relaxation and circulation.

Can be provided as full treatment upon request

Massage

Teri A. Nofer, PTA, LMT

8894 Stanford Overlook, Suite 303, Columbia, MD, USA

860-682-3470

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