JAMES DUSTIN MASSAGE
Therapy With A Healing Touch
Your body. It’s an amazing machine that operates nonstop, rarely falling short of the demands you place upon it every day. To keep it working at its optimal level, it’s important to give your body a break and undo the damage of life’s daily physical and mental demands. And that’s where I can help—with knowledgeable and intuitive massage therapy techniques that can bring you relief by alleviating everything from sore muscles and headaches to anxiety and depression. Let’s take better care of your body starting today!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MASSAGE
Here’s a little insight into my five primary styles of massage and the areas they target to alleviate your specific pain or provide the relaxation you seek.
You may have heard of massage therapists working on “trigger points” and wondered what they are exactly. A trigger point is a hypersensitive spot in a tight band of muscle. Interestingly, most people have trigger points deriving from neurologic pain that, quite often, refers the pain away from the actual trigger point itself. So, for example, a trigger point in your upper traps may refer pain in the neck that results in a headache.
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Designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissues, this type of massage is my most often requested. With this approach, I work on both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia and other structures. I often recommend deep tissue massage for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes and bodybuilders) and patients who have sustained a physical injury.
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Ever experienced a clicking in your jaw or pain that radiates from your jaw, neck or upper back? TMJ could be the cause of what’s called myofascial pain—and the most common form of TMJ Disorder is discomfort in the muscles and connective tissue coverings of the jaw, neck and upper back. An entire session can be spent on this type of massage. It’s my belief that most of us spend our day with clenched jaws, so relaxing it can often result in your entire body following suit.
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Relaxation and Recovery
With this type of massage, we’re more focused on your overall well-being rather than on physical change in the body structure. That said, while my work often tends to focus on the clinical aspects of massage, I always try to incorporate relaxation and a well-being type of massage into any work I do. You really do get the best of both worlds with this approach that allows you to receive the deeper work needed at times while simply enjoying a relaxing massage.
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I can’t stress enough how much regular massage can help prevent injuries. With that said, sports massage therapy is geared toward all types of athletes—from those who are weight training and jogging to those doing Cross Fit classes and IronMan races. Sports massage focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
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MORE ON JAMES
Hello and welcome. When it comes to caring for your body with the help of a professional, your complete and implicit trust in their expertise, training and experience is important. As an Atlanta-based licensed massage therapist with both a fitness training and nutritional counseling background, you’re in very good hands when you schedule a massage with me. As a 2002 graduate of the Clinical Program at the Atlanta School of Massage, one of the highest rated neuromuscular massage schools in the country, I bring a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to my table.
During my intensive education and training, my innate skills in biomechanics and balance were not only recognized by my instructors, but also became a hallmark of my intuitive massage style—a healing approach informed by a lifelong fascination with human anatomy and physiology. In fact, this keen interest in the human body ultimately led to a ten-year partnership with a medical practice where I worked directly with physicians who prescribed massage therapy to their patients. To my mind, this comprehensive approach brings together the very best of Eastern and Western healthcare philosophies on our path to achieving happiness and overall well-being.
After all, at its best, massage is about more than making you feel better. It’s also about figuring out what’s going on with your body and where the source of your pain is emanating from—to not only provide relief during our session together, but also help you figure out how to keep it from coming back. I get so much satisfaction from helping clients who are genuinely happy to see me, knowing we’ll resolve whatever issues they have with real healing that goes beyond the benefits of a relaxing massage. You have my word, I’ll figure out what’s going on and bring you relief that lasts.
REAL BODY TALK
Do you commute to work? A slight rotation of the femur while driving can help alleviate and even prevent sciatica by keeping the piriformis muscle from being in a chronically stretched position and off the sciatic nerve.
Keeping a fat wallet in your back pocket? It might be causing unwanted pressure on your sciatic nerve and creating pain in your lower back. Consider carrying a smaller billfold or even nothing at all if you can keep essentials in your phone case.
Did you know something as simple as a tennis ball or golf ball can help with self-care of trigger points and many tendonitis and attachment point issues? Ask me about it the next time we schedule a massage and I’ll give you some tips on how to use them on your trouble spots.
After working with doctors for more than a decade and asking them what the most common reason for cramps was, the unanimous answer has always been dehydration. I can’t stress how important proper water intake is to overall good muscle heath—so be sure to make it a priority.
Stretching for literally 8 or 9 minutes a day can actually help prevent injuries. This is especially important if you engage in any type of physical activity or sport. Believe me, pre- and post-workout stretching WILL aid in your post workout recovery. It works for me and it can work for you!
Proper ergonomics while sitting at a desk are so important. Besides looking up OSHA guidelines for the ideal workstation set up, I encourage you to set a digital timer across the room that goes off every hour to force you to get up and move—if only for a few seconds to ward off body pain.
Ever wondered if a massage membership plan is the best route to go? In a word, yes! Think about it—with regular massages scheduled in advance, you not only bypass the hassle of scheduling them, you also save 30% and you have timed “check ins” for your body that gives it the attention it needs. Be good to yourself, do something great for your body with a membership plan.
If you verbally commit to at least one massage per calendar month, you can enjoy Membership pricing (per visit). There are no contracts to sign and you pay as you go. You can receive an unlimited number of massages per month and even purchase gift certificates at Membership prices.
Share the gift of massage! Gift certificates are always available and can make for a wonderful surprise for your friends, family and colleagues. Certificates are beautifully presented and can be made to any time amount (60, 90 & 120 minutes).
SCHEDULE A MASSAGE
Scheduling a session is simple, just fill out the form and submit online and I’ll follow up immediately with a confirmation. (Be sure to check your spam folder if you didn’t receive it.) My studio space is located in Atlanta, Georgia with easy access and parking for your convenience. Finally, please know my services are open to all interested in receiving professional, non-judgmental massage therapy, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
“When anyone asks me ‘where can I get a great massage?’, I always refer them to James.” – Bobby
“Your massages are awesome!”
“If you’re looking for a great massage therapist, look no further than James. He totally gets what’s going on with your body and you leave feeling as if the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.”
“I went to James for TMJ and stress problems. His knowledge of the body’s muscular and skeletal structure and his excellent technique made for success. His treatment for both relieved my symptoms and I highly recommend him.”
“I’ve been going to James for massage for years and have never experienced a therapist with a better touch or palpation skills. He has an uncanny ability to find the exact spot causing the problem and work it out.”
“James is a great masseuse! I went to him with chronic shoulder pain from working on computers all day. Not only was he able to work through my issues, he was also able to spot and help with pain I was experiencing with my hip rotation.”
“When work was super busy and life was stressful, getting a massage from James always helped my anxiety levels tremendously.”
“James has helped my chronic sciatic pain go away. I highly recommend him as a massage therapist…he’s the BEST!”
“Whether I’m getting a simple relaxation massage or need some deeper work (I suffer from occasional back and shoulder issues), James knows exactly how to do it. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed.”