Active Release Techniques, Sports & Deep Tissue Massage Therapy in Aspen & Basalt
Active Release Techniques & Sports & Deep Tissue Massage Therapy in Aspen & Basalt
Active Release Techniques (ART) in Aspen & Basalt
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy & Massage Therapist in Aspen & Basalt
Sports & Sports Injury Massage in Aspen & Basalt
Yoga for Athletes & Applied Kinesiology in Aspen & Basalt
Benefits of Bodywork - Aspen & Basalt
Massage Testimonials & in Aspen & Basalt
Active Release Technique Specials & Deals in Aspen & Basalt
About Shawn Hadley - Certified Massage Therapist & Certified Active Release Techniques Provider
Benefits of Bodywork

Below is a list of some of the benefits of Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Active Release Techniques® and yoga that Shawn offers his clients in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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Pain Relief
Reduced Inflammation
Enhanced Local Circulation
Muscle Balance and Injury Prevention
Enhanced Collagen Remodeling
Decreased Stress and a Strengthened Immune System
Decreased Recovery Time and Increased Athletic Focus
Improved Range of Motion and Performance
Relief from Repetitive Use/Work Related Injuries
Improved Breathing Patterns

Pain Relief
The most recognizable mechanism to pain relief is the gate control theory. Where somatic stimulus (massage/ART) blocks the pain stimulus at the spinal gate because the spine will only process the first impulse it receives and the former travels faster. That is why you find yourself rubbing or holding an injury as an initial response to pain. Additionally, by improving tissue flexibility, circulation, and reducing spasm and trigger points (knots), the pain receptors in the affected tissues are indirectly desensitized. Similarly, when inflammation (swelling) is reduced, stimulus to the pain receptors in the affected tissues is also reduced. Furthermore, bodywork and massage will provide relief in both delayed onset muscle soreness and post-surgical pain.

Reduced Inflammation
A shift in fluids from an injured area to an area with healthy, intact blood and lymphatic vessels is possible, thus reducing inflammation and edema (excessive tissue fluid). Additionally, certain techniques will enhance the function of the lymphatic system and aid in edema uptake.

Enhanced Local Circulation
Local venous flow and hyperemia (increased amount of blood in the capillary network due to local vasodilation) is improved in the affected tissues. Although exercise is the best method to improve general circulation, for those with injuries that prevent movement, enhancing local circulation with massage can be of vital importance and greatly aid in recovery.

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I can say that Shawn is the best bodyworker that I have seen, and there have been a lot over the years. His intuition shines time and again as he always seems to know exactly what areas need to be worked, lengthened, released, and/or pampered. I have had two knee surgeries within the last 13 months, and Shawn has been an integral part of my recovery and healing, with great results, I might add. I can't recommend him and his services enough!!! It is magic!
Julie Hale - Insurance Broker - Denver, Colorado



Muscle Balance and Injury Prevention
Muscle camping, spasm and tension patterns can be assessed and decreased, along with voluntary and involuntary splinting (muscle recruitment), and fascial adhesions and restrictions, all of which promotes improved overall muscle balancing and helps in avoiding injuries such as chronic strain syndromes. Additionally, yoga and stretching/strengthening exercises help improve muscle balance, increased flexibility and core strength that further aid in avoiding injuries.

Enhanced Collagen Remodeling
During the subacute and maturation stages of healing, proper fiber alignment can be established by breaking apart fibers that are in poor alignment (as a result of natural collagen repair after an injury to tissue). In addition, by using friction techniques, fibroblast activity is stimulated further enhancing collagen repair.

Decreased Stress and a Strengthened Immune System
Neuroendocrine substances (communication molecules in the blood) such as cortisol and substance P, which stress and weaken the body, are effectively lowered. Furthermore, the availability of dopamine and serotonin, which aid in mood regulation, increase sensations of relaxation and joy and subtly help strengthen the body, are effectively increased. All of these things have a positive impact on the experienced levels of anxiety and stress and the strength of the immune system. In addition, yoga helps in staying calm, grounded and focused in the face of any adversity, intensity or stress.

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I had been struggling with a sore hip/thigh that was really affecting my yoga practice as well as my life in general. Walking into the massage room I felt a sense of peace and calmness that immediately invoked a feeling of relaxation. Shawn spent time speaking with me about what was happening in my life and about the discomfort I was feeling in my body. It was the first time I really had been asked about more than just what parts I wanted to work on. I felt great afterwards, but the real test for me was going to be when I went to my yoga class. I was in shock at how the discomfort was completely gone. I could do my practice to the full extent without having to bypass positions and have not had any pain come back since.
Jaime Vanecko - School Teacher - Denver, Colorado



Decreased Recovery Time and Increased Athletic Focus
Less tension and distress, a higher degree of tranquility and vitality, enhanced alertness, and fewer sleep difficulties. In which case, it seems logical that an athlete’s performance potential and rate of recovery would be positively affected by this decrease in stress and anxiety and enhanced sense of well-being and mental focus. In addition, yoga aids in developing restful alertness and balanced somatic awareness that greatly enhances athletic focus.

Improved Range of Motion and Performance/a>
Hyper-tonicity of the muscle can be reduced, improving its flexibility and tone. Furthermore fascial adhesions, restrictions and scar tissue can be greatly reduced. All of these benefits allow the muscle to contract and lengthen more efficiently, thus improving length, strength ratio, muscle power and range of motion. In addition, this sense of elongation and flexibility may have a positive impact on athletic performance through improved biomechanics. For instance, a golfer may find greater distance in striking a golf ball if restrictions, trigger points (knots) or scar tissue have been addressed, enabling an increase in trunk and shoulder rotation. Moreover, yoga improves flexibility and range of motion, thus increasing your power, form and efficiency.

Relief from Repetitive Use/Work Related Injuries
Problematic areas can be specifically treated with an emphasis on breaking down scar tissue and addressing the affected connective tissue, lengthening the muscle and restoring the nerve supply, thus relieving the acute symptoms of repetitive use/work related injuries.

Improved Breathing Patterns
Breathing capacity can be improved by restoring mobility to the thorax (mid chest area) and the muscles that aid in respiration.

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Shawn has a true gift as a healer! In 30 years of receiving bodywork, Shawn's touch and intuition is unrivaled. He's quite simply the best and more than worth his very affordable rate. Thanks Shawn! My intention is to see you soon and often.
Laura Cowperthwaite - Real Estate Broker Associate - Denver, Colorado






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