Musculo-skeletal pain

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a great way to restore motion to the body. The term myofascial is a combination of “myo” meaning “muscle” and “fascia” – the soft tissue between your skin and muscle, and surrounding and infusing into the muscles. This soft tissue tends to bunch up and tighten frequently, causing it to lose it pliability, and is usually one of the main reasons our bodies experience stiffness and tension. By massaging the body’s myofascial connective tissues, the therapist can relieve pain from many sources, and restore better range of motion. continue reading »


Massage Therapy for Back Pain

It’s a fact – almost everyone experiences back pain at some point. Back pain is a nuisance, it can prevent you from doing the things you want to do, and living the way you want to live. continue reading »


How Massage Can Help Sciatica

Sciatica is characterized by pain in the buttocks that that often radiates down the outer and back leg and possibly even to the toes. If left alone, sciatica can be very debilitating. The sciatic nerve is  the longest nerve in the human body, arising from the lower portion of our spinal cord and following the same pathway through the leg that typical pain patterns occur. The sciatic nerve runs through so much of our body, it’s no wonder having sciatica can be such a literal pain. continue reading »


5 Reasons to Get Massage for Sports Injury

1. Promotes Increased Circulation

Massage increases and promotes healthy circulation throughout the body. Increased circulation can benefit the heart, muscles and arteries. Healthy blood circulation is important for a fast and quick recovery from sports injury.

2. Relaxes Your Muscles

Massage allows both your body and mind to relax. Reap the benefits of massage therapy and allow your muscles to relax as you recover from debilitating sports injury.

3. Can Prevent Future Injury

Using massage for rehabilitation can also help prevent the affected area from becoming injured again. With massage therapy your muscles and surrounding tissues become more supple and pliable, less stiff, and the process of healing is sped up so you can return to your normal athletic activities sooner.

4. Warms Your Muscles

The pressure supplied by your massage therapist’s hands not only increases the circulation throughout the body, but warms your muscles too. This is important for a faster and more complete recovery process.

5. Effective Pain Management tool

Massage is a natural and effective form of  pain management.  Receiving massage does a world of good for your body. You are helping manage the pain you are experiencing and can avoid use of potentially dangerous pain medications. Consider getting massage today for its rejuvenating and relaxing benefits and to support healing from various sports injuries.


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage can induce one of the most comforting and widespread feelings of relaxation throughout the body. It has been widely reported that many individuals who choose to receive deep tissue massage experience  a state of deep relaxation. Deep tissue massage has been referred to as one of the main techniques of relaxation therapy. continue reading »


Massage Therapy to Loosen Tight Shoulders

One of the most common reasons that people seek massage is to loosen tight muscles, especially the muscles in the shoulders. When the trapezius muscles are tight you can feel it throughout your body. It isn’t just your shoulders that are affected. Other symptoms of tight shoulder muscles are headaches, stiff upper back, sore arms and neck.

Tight shoulders are very prevalent in those who spend lots of time sitting at computers or other devices (who doesn’t these days?); those who may have just started – or are exceptionally enthusiastic – in working out that specific part of the body, and those who regularly engage in strenuous activities. Inadequate physical activity and stress can also contribute to your experience of pain or tightness in your neck and shoulders. Massage therapy is great way to alleviate this pain and get you on the path to recovery. continue reading »


“Healing hands and intuitive sensibilities”

Healing hands and intuitive sensibilities make Christine one of the best practitioners I have ever known. Thanks to her help over 20 years ago for severe sciatica, I have been able to strengthen my back and core muscles. She is a gift to all of us. (Anne D. – 9/9/2017)


“Strongly endorse Christine Ruppert”

I don’t endorse many health practitioners. However, I strongly endorse Christine Ruppert, massage therapist. She was my therapist for more than a decade, through very tough years as scoliosis warped my spine, my muscles, and my pain receptors.

If you are in DC, or suburban Maryland, and need excellent massage therapy for neuro-muscular problems, do yourself a favor and book an appointment with Christine. (Dave W., 8/4/17)


“Christine’s understanding of the mind/body connection is amazing.”

I have been searching for the right therapist for 20 years. Christine’s understanding of the mind/body connection is amazing. I came to her a few months ago to try the lymphatic drainage massage she offers. I was immediately impressed with her initial desire to understand my entire situation. After a few sessions she expanded her massage to include more than the lymphatic massage we began with. Having worked with well over 100 therapists, I have to say that Christine works at a level well beyond the others I have worked with. I appreciate her work and believe she will guide my body to the desired state. I strongly recommend her to anyone in search of a great therapist. (Kevin N. – 9/25/17)


Get Massage Therapy for Neck Pain

Massage therapy is a rejuvenating and relaxing experience. Massage can assist in healing a great variety of health problems. Massage therapy is particularly good at resolving neck pain. Many, many people have used massage therapy to relieve their neck pain, and you can too! Read on and learn three important reasons for using massage therapy to stop the neck pain issues that are bothering you.

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