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Amanda Chapman, LMT
Owner / LMT
Mind * Body * Spirit
Amanda Chapman began her journey into massage after suffering multiple injuries and concussions from an active lifestyle. In anguish and frustrated with not getting relief from traditional approaches she turned to massage as a course of therapy and comfort. With easement of the chronic pain, tension and overall unpleasantness; Amanda made it her passion to study the art of massage and how she could use it to help others. She completed her studies at the top of her class from the Seacoast Career School in Manchester, NH with nearly a thousand hours of hands-on training. Since 2006 she has been licensed in the State of New Hampshire and has also maintained a good standing membership with Associated Body Work and Massage Professionals organization.
On her off time, Amanda enjoys working out, bicycling and running. She is a native of New Hampshire, where she currently resides but has traveled extensively throughout the United States exploring her passion for the great outdoors. When not focusing on helping her clients she can be found enjoying time with her family and hiking throughout the State with her four-legged friend Kylie. Who are both working on completing all of their 4,000 footers. Amanda is a lover of nature and learned to appreciate the simpler things in life after successfully through hiking the 2,184 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2000.
Amanda is passionate about her discipline and continues to learn new therapies and techniques to create the perfect client experience.
Amanda Chapman, LMT
Below is a partial list of Amanda's services. Please click on the "Contact Amanda" button for more information.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as "adhesions") and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist addresses chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries. While it's true that the pressure of deep tissue is generally more intense than that of a Swedish massage, it shouldn't have to be painful to be effective. If you're experiencing pain, let your massage therapist know right away. This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause limited mobility. It's effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from athletic or sports events. Even if you aren't an athlete, sports massage may help muscle pain or restricted range of motion. The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body's soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups depending on which sport the athlete plays. This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility. In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than a typical Swedish massage. The therapist may also include compression, pressure point therapy, friction, and joint mobilization.
The standard type of massage offered in most clinics, gyms, spas, and wellness centers, Swedish massage or relaxation therapy is virtually synonymous with massage therapy. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas. Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it can be especially helpful if you're recovering from an injury.
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother's needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief. Massage therapists who have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage know how to position and support the woman's body during the massage, modify techniques, and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy. Most will have a special table that allows the woman to rest comfortably and safely during the massage. Ideally, you should seek out a practitioner who is experienced and licensed in prenatal massage.
Like having your feet worked on? The therapist uses finger pressure and techniques such as kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing in the body. Reflexology is based on "reflex areas" on the hands and feet, whose energy is believed to be connected to organs and other body parts. By applying pressure to the reflex points, the reflexologist can balance your nervous system and stimulate endorphins, the body's natural pleasure response, which reduces stress and discomfort. Reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations but was refined by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingram in the 1930s. This can be a deeply relaxing therapy, especially if you stand all day or have tired, achy feet. You remove your shoes and socks but otherwise remain clothed.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.