About OPEN Massage, LLC
Why the name "Open Massage"? Several people have already posed that question to me. Well, my business instructor in massage school, who is now a good friend, consultant, and client, stressed the importance of thoughtfully choosing a business name. I wanted a simple word that tied together dentistry and massage, without sounding "cheesy". One evening, during my hour-long drive to school, the word "OPEN" came to me. "Open" has multiple meanings, from "open wide" (in dentistry), to openness, open your mouth now because you can, open to new ideas ,,,, you get the idea.
And here's what's cool -- several of my TMJ clients (including my business instructor), after finishing their massage, have said to me, "Wow, I don't know, I just feel more ,,,, open." My treatment really does create a more loose, open, free feeling in clients' tight shoulders, head, neck, and face.
TMJ: Temporo Mandibular Joint. The condyle of the mandible fits into the concavity in the base of the skull, in the temporal bone, right in the front of the ear. This is why TMJ pain frequently mimics ear pain.
Bruce's TMJ routine includes:
- Client education about your condition
- Preventive & healing measures
- Stretches & exercises
The hands-on treatment portion is done with the client fullly clothed, lying on your back on a massage table, and is a combination of traditional deep tissue muscle massage, myofascial work (stretching the fascia layers), and craniosacral treatment (very light pressure). Included in this routine, if clients feel comfortable with it, is the use of all three modalities with finger pressure inside the mouth -- these adjustments/releases are especially effective -- this is a unique aspect of OPEN Massage.
Bruce is fascinated with how pelvis position affects TMJ alignment. He likes to include some gentle adjustments of the pelvis and the joint between the sacrum and pelvis.
For TMJ Treatment, the first appointment is usually 75 minutes, and any subsequent appointments are 60 minutes. Generally, these treatments should be no less than one week apart, and most clients seem to have good, lasting relief after three appointments, depending on the presenting situation and symptoms.
Especially for TMJ patrons, but for all of Bruce's clients, he is very open to phone or email contact for any questions, concerns, or feedback.
636 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
Mondays & Wednesdays: 9am - 6pm
Weekends & evenings: By appointment