Parisou Massage Therapy
Katie Parisou, LMT

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Welcome to Parisou Massage Therapy, located in State College, Pennsylvania!


One of our favorite sayings is, "Do you know when your last massage was?  If you have to think about it, then it's been too long!"  We at Parisou Massage Therapy are firm believers in regular massage for EVERYONE!  As a result, we offer numerous forms of massage so that you will receive the ideal massage for you.  Below is a quick rundown of the types of massage that are offered:

Now offering SMRT: Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique!  SMRT is a positional release modality that easefully and naturally prompts the body to regain homeostasis.  This means using passive contraction of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue to speak directly to the proprioceptors within these structures.  In simpler terms, we put the muscles and bones into their "happy place" which allows the all-clear signal to be sent to the brain, where in turn the brain tells the muscle to relax and have no pain.  This technique is incredibly gentle, quick, calming to the nervous system and stimulation to the lymphatic system.

Restorative Massage- This is “the gold standard” at Parisou Massage Therapy.  What this really means is that a session can be a mix of any number of skills and years of training granting you an amazing massage that is truly tailored to you and your needs.  Some days it might be deep tissue techniques or SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique) .  Other days, it could mean a combo of deep tissue and medicupping.  Whatever needs you have, they will be addressed to the best of our abilities in this massage.

Medicupping VacuTherapy- What the cup?  Medicupping therapy utilizes glass or poly-carbonate cups and a vacuum machine to create suction on the body surface.  This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid tendencies.  Massage cupping can profoundly affect physiology and structure, enabling the body to release old restrictions and compensatory patterns, and return to healthy functioning.  The techniques are safe and comfortable for use on children, adults, and seniors.  Treatments can be done once for simple issues, or in a series to resolve more complicated conditions.

Common conditions that respond to VacuTherapies:

  • Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Cellulite, Asthma and Pneumonia, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Poorly Nourished Skin and Muscle Tissue, Migraine, Tension Headaches and Sinusitis, Sluggish Colon and IBS, Pre- and Post- Operative Conditions, Bursitis, Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis, Muscular Aches, Poor Circulation, TMJ Dysfunction, Neuralgia, Lung Inflammation and Congestion, High/Low Blood Pressure, Stagnant Lymph and Edema, Athletic Stress and Injury, Post-Event, Scars and Adhesions, Vascular Issues- Spider Veins & Varicosities, Edema: General & Post-Operative

Oncology Massage- Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment.  Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage. Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment are critical to providing a safe massage.  Your therapist will ask questions about these issues and more, depending on your unique situation.  Many of the changes that will be made to your session will be virtually imperceptible to you as a recipient (and others may be quite obvious), but they are essential to safety and proper support of your well-being.  

Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi Massage- Lomi Lomi is a Hawaiian method of massage that combines a variety of techniques to relax each part of your body. It will leave you feeling serene and relaxed.  A Lomi session typically starts face-down, and runs between 60-75 minutes long.

Pregnancy Massage- Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. The bodies of expecting mothers are working twice as hard as normal during pregnancy, and as a result, they need regular massage more than ever. Specially-designed massage cushions and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen, while still allowing mom the ability to lay on her belly during the massage.  Post-natal massage is also offered.  Babies are welcome! (We’ve even done sessions where mom was breast-feeding the baby and still able to receive her massage at the same time!)

Thermalball Massage- Soft Thermalballs are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils, the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of Thermalballs induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering.  Note: this service is only offered during the “colder” months of fall, winter and early spring.

 

More information, including pricing and how to schedule an appointment for yourself online, is available on this site.  We look forward to seeing you soon!!