Debra Specht

Massage for Health and Wellness

I have been a massage therapists since 2008. Treating many people with severe pain issues from auto injuries to arthritis, and recovery from open heart surgery.  Some clients just want to relax and we can accommodate that with Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage.  If you prefer a Therapeutic Massage we have a variety of advanced techniques to loosen tight muscles, release adhesive tissue and unwind tight fascia.  I have taken several advanced courses in the following modalities: Swedish,...

I have been a massage therapists since 2008. Treating many people with severe pain issues from auto injuries to arthritis, and recovery from open heart surgery.  Some clients just want to relax and we can accommodate that with Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage.  If you prefer a Therapeutic Massage we have a variety of advanced techniques to loosen tight muscles, release adhesive tissue and unwind tight fascia.  I have taken several advanced courses in the following modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Massage Cupping, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral, Neuromuscular Therapy, Active Isolated Stretching with Resistance, Chair Massage and Trigger Point Therapy.  So if you wish to work out an issue or are just seeking a respite from the daily grind, I can accommodate your massage preference.  Call or connect online today to see how much better you can feel.

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Where I Work
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

FL # MA86858

Education
2008

Oregon School of Massage

Western Focus Massage - Initial Certification

Experience
Bodywork

Myofascial Release

In 2017, I attended an introductory course in Myofascial Release to refocus my attention on this teqhnique. This technique has been taught in most of the other classes taken in the past but by taking it directly, I was able to focus and practice this method to really get a good feel for how this can help my current clients/patients with chronic muscle issues. This is a very powerful technique that allows the release of the fascia that surrounds all muscle, ligaments, tendons, and organs. The fascia is what holds us all together, it is connective tissue. When muscles are tight, you can relax them. But, if the fascia is also tight, the muscles may not be able to stay in the relaxed state and will go back to the previous tight pattern.

Swedish Massage

Began this practice in November 2008 in Salem, Oregon after graduating from Oregon School of Massage. Specializing in Swedish Massage and Trigger Point Massage.

Massage Cupping

Attended courses in 2010 to learn and incorporate Contemporary Cupping and Eastern Cupping Therapy to my massage practice. This is an ancient healing art that is now making its way back into the alternative health. Cupping is also known as negative pressure massage and increases circulation to the muscle tissue, allowing for the tissue to release and become more pliable and less painful.

Secrets of Deep Tissue

Attended a course called Secrets of Deep Tissue in Portland, Oregon in 2011 This increased my work on specific injuries and physical issues. This course definitely added to my massage tool kit and I use these techniques daily.

Neuromuscular Therapy

In 2013, attended three training classes for Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) to increase my ability to work on deep muscle issues for those that need this type of work. The classes taken was Neuromuscluar Therapy Intro, NMT - Hip, Thigh and Knee, and NMT - Leg, Ankle, Foot. These are extremely deep techniques, and definitely not a feel good massage.

Medical Massage Course

In 2015, I signed up to take 40 hours of training classes for Medical Massage in Portland, Oregon. The courses encompassed the following: Neuromuscular Evaluation and Treatment of the Lower Body, Neuromuscular Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremity, Neuromuscular Evaluation and Treatment of the Back, Neuromuscular Evaluation and Treatment of the Neck, Postural Distortion and Pain and Insurance Billing and Reimbursement. This course absolutely changed my massage practice. I have always done medical based massage but this course integrated many teqhniques used by Physical Therapists and Osteopathic Physicians.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

In 2016, I attended two courses in Cranial Sacral Therapy in Portland, Oregon. This type of therapy is very light work. It increases healing the body through increasing the function of Cranial Spinal Fluid throughout the spine and skull.

Ative Isolated Streting - Lower Body

This was a fantastic course when we learned to use muscle energy to loosen tight muscle fibers. I use this technique often in my Therapeutic and Medical Massage practice.

Aromatherapy

To add some fun and interest I took a course from American College of Healthcare Sciences for Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists. This course outlined the benefits of Essential Oils when used on the body through direct application or Diffusion into the air. Many oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, etc. When researching essential oils you must be sure they are of the best Therapeutic quality. Some oils can be invigorating, cooling, and even help you breathe easier when allergy season arrives.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork or Reflexology services

by Christina on Jul 13
I have seen Debra for about a year now. She is always professional and willing to go that extra distance. As a therapist myself I appreciate her knowledge and dedication. My last treatment consisted of some much needed trigger point therapy. She helps keep my body agile and ready to tackle the world.
by Liana on Jul 10
Have been to a number of therapist she is very educated and talented !
by Anonymous on Jun 22
Awesome for anyone needing relief from back pain.
by Anonymous on May 24
I was in so much pain and discomfort when I walked in Debra did great job helping me loosen up I may still need another appointment as it’s still pretty bad I would recommend her! I will be back ????
by Anonymous on Mar 26
Best massage I've had In a long time. Debbie is very knowledgeable regarding techniques to address my tight and stiff muscles.
by Jennifer on Jan 08
Debra is the best. She does miracles on my neck and shoulders. Always feel great when I leave.
by Anonymous on Nov 26
Debbie was amazing! My upper back and neck were so locked up I couldn’t turn my head. Very painful! Between Debbie’s deep tissue massage and “tricks up her sleeve”, I was a head turning son of a gun the next day. Saved my vacation. Thanks Debbie!
by Anonymous on Nov 24
Professional and very skillful.
by Karen on Nov 10
I liked that she listened to my problems and worked diligently to improve them which whe did ! I already have my next appointment !
by Susan on Oct 18
Debra is thorough and extremely knowledgeable in massage therapy; she exercises a keen awareness to discern areas needing extra attention. She is pleasant, respectful, and professional. I came in bound tightly from my neck to my waist; I left with great range of motion in my neck and lasting relaxation from head to toe. I recommend her services highly and will definitely return for more treatments.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Integrated Massage
  • Other
  • Swedish Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

Reflexology

  • Reflexology

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