Charlottesville massage therapist Bianca H. King offers therapeutic stress reduction for body and mind. Located in Charlottesville, VA, her practice, German Massage Therapy, offers the best in Charlottesville, VA massage. More info...

Bianca H. King

LMT/CMT, Charlottesville, VA

Bianca is a Charlottesville massage therapist that has been practicing in Charlottesville since 1992. She received her education in Germany during the early 80's... More

Services

Bianca King - German Massage TherapyBianca offers a variety of customizable massage therapy services including:

Swedish Massage
Shiatsu
Deep Tissue
Myofascial Release
Neuromuscular Therapy
Pregnancy/Postpartum
Geriatric
Aromatherapy
Gentle Stretching
Heat Packs
Outdoor Hot Tub


Swedish Massage is the most commonly used and best known type of massage therapy. The massage therapist will use oil or cream to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other classic massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and sometimes tapping. The pressure varies from very gentle and soothing to firm, depending on your preference and tension areas in your body. This type of massage is a wonderful tool to ease away stress and tension.

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Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means "finger pressure". Shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage. Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced "chee") through the body.

Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi.

A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

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Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as adhesions).

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Myofascial release is a hands-on, alternative medicine which targets chronic pains all over the body such as in arthritis, back pains, and neck pain. Myofascial release works with the fascia surrounding every muscle, bone, and nerve system in the body. Fascia resembles something like a total body suit in that every single fiber is connected and so affects each other, both positively and negatively. When fascia is normal, it's wavy and relaxed and able to stretch, constrict, and move around without any restrictions and pain. However, when something in the body is injured or sore, the fascia bunches up in response, becoming tight and uncooperative. Much like a pulled thread in a sweater, the surrounding fibers become tight and unresponsive, leading to pain. The treatment involves a variety of different massage techniques such as sustained pressure and stretching, gentle massages using only a couple of fingers to deep tissue massage. These massages are meant to stretch out the bunched fascia and bring it back to its normal state.

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Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and homecare to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

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Pregnancy Massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs. It is also called Pre-Natal Massage. The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complimentary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.

Postpartum massage therapy is designed to help the new mother recover from the recent stress and pain of labor and delivery and regain balance and sense of her body after childbirth. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during and after pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.

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Geriatric Massage Therapy is a form of massage developed for use on the elderly. This style of massage addresses specific issues common to elderly individuals, such as increased fragility and sensitivity to touch. Many people feel that touch is beneficial, on the basis of their own personal experience. Several studies have also supported the idea that touch can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. Elderly people often feel very isolated and alone, so focused touch from a skilled massage therapist can help ease depression, stress, and other emotions related to perceived isolation. Touch can also stimulate circulation, boost the immune system, and ease the aches and pains which plague many elderly bodies.

Several issues must be considered when working on the elderly. The first is that elderly bodies tend to be more delicate. Deep tissue work and penetrating massage techniques are not suitable for many geriatric clients, because these styles of massage can cause pain and bruising. Elderly bodies also experience more stiffness and joint problems, and this issue must be taken into account when working with the elderly. The skin of older people is also very fragile, requiring the use of massage oil or cream and gentle massage techniques to avoid tearing or irritation.The goal of a geriatric massage session is usually to help the client relax, and to increase flexibility and ease joint pain. The massage tends to be very light and gentle, and the massage therapist or nurse stays very attuned to signs that the client might be experiencing discomfort. Sometimes, lightly brushing the skin is enough, while in other cases, slow circular massage moves may be used. Because elderly people tend to get colder more easily than younger people, geriatric massage is usually done on a warmed massage table with a thick pad which reduces pressure on protruding bones or healing surgical sites. The client is covered in a lightweight sheet and a blanket by request, and only the portion of the body which is actively being worked on will be exposed. More modest clients may prefer to wear undergarments or even clothes, in which case the massage will be adjusted to the patient's comfort level. Geriatric massage can take place by arrangement in the home, at my massage office, or in a hospital or long-term care facility.

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It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell, the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person. Bianca uses a variety of pure essential oils blended into massage oil. The addition of essential oils greatly increases the therapeutic effects of massage therapy.

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Contact Bianca  for more information or to set up an appointment.

Licensed Massage Therapist/Medical Massage Practitioner
Board Certified Massage Therapist; License #0019 001092

Rates

ONLINE NEW CLIENT SPECIAL: Mention this website and receive 15% off your first massage with Bianca.
60 min: $80.00
90 min: $115.00
120 min: $145.00
Hot Tub: $15.00



Packages

5x 1hr sessions: $350.00

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

You choose the style, add a Heat Pack, Aromatherapy (all included in the above fee).

Inappropriate behavior or language will end session immediately. 24 hour cancellation notice. Checks or cash, no credit cards