Heather Zivkovich

Heather Zivkovich

Massage Therapist

Let me help you discover how to become one with your body again. I help you ignite the spark within you that discovers your control over your own mind, body, health, happiness, and life. Do you want to feel better, move smoothly, and become healthier? Whether your goal involves a faster time on your next race, relieving pain, or simply becoming a healthier person, I can make that journey with you.

Massage supports good health, promotes well-being, and enhances your quality of life. I specialize in therapeutic techniques that were developed to directly address areas of chronic muscle tension, myofascial restrictions, and lack of cranial rhythm. They identify restrictions, relieve tension, increase mobility, restore flow, and offer relief from pain. My practice integrates many different massage techniques in order to custom tailor to the individual needs of each client.

It probably took you a long time to become unwell. Repeated healings may be necessary, so invest the time to participate in your wellness.

Dynamic Body Balancing: This is a modality born of what works. Developed by a chiropractor who wanted to be able to do more for her patients, it incorporates cranial sacral, myofascial release, and energy work, often in a dynamic or movement based format. It finds areas of restriction and allows the body to self-correct with encouragement from the practitioner.

Swedish Massage: This is the classic Western style of massage, with long, flowing strokes, gentle kneading and friction, and light to moderate pressure. Swedish massage is both relaxing and restorative, and is an ideal baseline for an integrated-modality massage session.

Myofascial Release: A gentle and effective hands-on technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Myofascial Unwinding: The movement-facilitation aspect of myofascial-release approach. The mind-body’s ability to self-correct.

Cranial Sacral: A holistic practice that involves a very light touch with the purpose of balancing the craniosacral system within the body, including the bones, nerves, and connective tissue of the cranium, spine and pelvis.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy: A deep tissue massage protocol designed to locate and release chronically contracted muscle fibers, or “knots,” which occur in well-documented patterns. Trigger points can be sensitive to pressure, and can refer pain in predictable patterns to other regions of the body; they can also functionally shorten muscles and inhibit range of motion. They are treated with specific, moderate pressure directly to the site of the trigger point to encourage the contracted muscle fibers to release.

Deep Tissue Massage: A group of techniques designed to address chronically tense bands of muscle tissue, muscle fibers misaligned from previous injury, and soft-tissue adhesions. These techniques require moderate to intense pressure and specialized massage strokes to reach deep into the affected tissues. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding

Fascia is often overlooked when trying to problem solve painful movement.  Fascia is a continuous web of connective tissue that extends from head to toe.  It covers and connects muscles, organs, nerves, blood vessels, all the way down to the cellular level.  Connective tissue will adapt according to how we are using our body.  For example, if you sit in front of a computer all day, your connective tissue will typically shorten in the front of the hips and the back of the legs (hip flexors and hamstrings).

Education

Dr. Carol Phillips, B.A., D.C.
February 2014 – December 2014
100 hour course in Dynamic Body Balancing

Anne Arundel Community College
October 2011 – August 2013
Degree in Therapeutic Massage

US Career Institute
October 2010 – August 2011
Massage Therapy Certification

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