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Therapeutic Massage by Susan Chalker
410-371-0109
17112 York Rd
Parkton, Hereford MD 21120
susanchalker@gmail.com
Enjoy the benefits of FDA approved Amethyst Biomat now on my table for every massage! 
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Welcome!
"I'm just a nicer person after my massage."
Whether you are looking for general stress relief or specific pain relief from tight or injured muscles or one of the many other benefits of massage, Susan's multimodality, individualized massage sessions can help.  Modalities include:  

            Swedish/  Deep Tissue/ Healing Stone/ Prenatal 
       Myofascial/  Stretching/  Aromatherapy/ Craniosacral 
                    Reiki/Energy/  Seated Massage/  Raindrop
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi/ Cupping

Located in Northern Baltimore County (Hereford Zone), Susan is just 3 minutes from 1-83, Mt. Carmel Rd. Exit 27, 17112 York Rd 21120, convenient to Northern Baltimore County and Southern PA.  She is available for appointments both in her office and in homes/hospitals/offices.  Also working in the same building with her are a Chiropractor and another massage therapist. (So we can coordinate appointments.)

Susan Chalker is both nationally and MD state licensed since 1995.

 "I originally began seeing Susan for lower back pain but continued not only because of the pain relief, but because I began to experience the overall benefits of massage therapy. I felt less stressed, generally calmer and more energetic. Susan is a wonderful and knowledgeable therapist."



HOURS

                 Monday        8 AM - 8 PM
                 Tuesday       8 AM - 8 PM
                 Wednesday 8 AM - 8 PM
                 Thursday     8 AM - 8 PM  
                 Friday           8 AM - 8 PM

  Saturday   8 AM - 6 PM
  Sunday      Closed
Greetings!  

There is a tug of war going on in my mind and body between the frenetic(?) commercial consumer energy of the holidays and the desire of my heart to be still and know love and peace and joy. The more I can take time to settle in my heart, the more I can enjoy.

I offer a holiday deal, even though the thought of deals takes my mind to the craziness of the season. But it is one way for me to give to my clients and spread the peace love and joy of the season in one of the best ways I know how. Wishing for you a joyful, peaceful December!   Susan

October
I finally started this Move and Stretch class I have wanted to do for years!

It runs Mondays 6:30-7:30pm and Thursdays 9-10am at 105 Mt. Carmel Rd, in the shopping center with Subway, right next to Natural Vibrant Health. Contact me to see if Monday classes are running around the holidays.  I know I will still need to move and stretch, so if I have enough folks, I will continue it.  All the holidays are Thursdays, so that won't work.

What is Move (Dance) and Stretch? Start with great musical rhythms and tunes. Add body awareness movements, stretching while moving, moving for fun! stretching on the floor, and playing with props (rollers and balls) to release tight muscles and fascia. I will guide movements and stretching and also encourage following your own rhythms, your own stretching/exercise therapy, and listening to your body. 

Why? I have seen many clients (and myself!) who are tight and stiffer than they would like, for various reasons from repetitive posture and movements, to injuries, and, dare I say it, to aging! Now that I've gotten busier and older (!) I just feel my body craving more stretching and movement, so I thought I would get some folks together to do just that!   I have done lots of dance and yoga in the past, and facilitated several yoga groups.

Bring your own favorite stretches to share, or ones from PT you've found helpful. Bring a towel or mat to lay on the floor (commercial carpet over ?). And wear something that gives you freedom to move and makes you feel great! Let me know your favorite music to move with.

4 weeks (once a week) for $28, or $10 drop in.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

I look forward to moving and stretching with you, and having "good for us" fun!


This past month I have taken 2 courses that were so very different but both great.  One was another style of lomi lomi Hawaiian massage (Aunty Margaret style!) that gave me more tools and techniques to use in my general massage.  I just love how thorough the lomi lomi styles are, really warming up the tissue and going deeper in a more rhythmic, relaxed way.  Aunty Margaret's style uses more compression of the forearm vs. the rhythmic knuckle motion of the temple style I have been doing the last few years.  I look forward to taking a more in depth followup of Aunty Margaret's lomi lomi next spring.  

The class I just took this past weekend is another Craniosacral therapy class.  And that work just amazes me!  It is much more subtle and energetic, but can have such profound results.  My learning is ongoing the more I get to practice it, so please come in if you would like to give it a try. (See services page for more info about it.)  I can easily add a bit to a regular massage session if you would like to experience just a taste. It's not the same as the full meal, but still great! :)

And I would still love to barter massage for seasoned firewood and venison.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any leads!
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Remember: Massage is good for just about everything! (circulation, digestion, hormone regulation, sleep, immune system, pain, stress... Don't postpone feeling good!)


  - Improves Circulation & Cardiovascular Function
  - Improves Immune System Function
  - Relieves Pain
  - Burns Calories and Controls Weight
  - Eases Joint Pain and Stiffness
  - Reduces Stress and Fatigue
  - Improves Skin
  - Removes Bodily Toxins and Assists in Detoxification

For more information about the Biomat and above benefits, here is a website I found very informative, citing research done in China, the biomat technology that NASA patented, and explaining how some of the Biomat technology works. http://biomatamethyst.com There are different settings, for increased heat, but the negative ions are still emitted without heat. So I can turn the far infrared rays off for any reason. And if anyone is interested in the sauna effects of the mat, without massage, I can arrange that, also. 

Come in and enjoy the benefits of massage and the Biomat. Let the far infrared heat and the hot stones warm your core and soften any sore or stressed muscles. 

Abundant Blessings,
Susan


Massage for your shoulder     Reduce pain and improve mobility

Massage is a safe treatment that can help relieve pain and restore your shoulder to normal movement — which will surely be your first priority. In conjunction with other medical treatments, massage can help relieve tension and pain whether it’s caused by myofascial trigger points, injury, tendinitis or frozen shoulder. Massage therapists can help dissolve these areas of pain using trigger point therapy, frictioning techniques, stretching and hydrotherapy.

Using a variety of massage techniques and gentle joint movements, the painful restrictions that have developed in your shoulder can be released. Your pain can gradually subside and normal movement can return. A treatment plan usually consists of frequent massage therapy sessions over several months, including an individualized program of stretches that you can do at home to help speed recovery.

Shoulder pain, Frozen shoulder and other conditions

You feel it most when you reach into your hip pocket. Combing your hair causes pain. In sleep, you roll over and then you are awakened by the discomfort. What is often called frozen shoulder is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder that turns everyday tasks into pain-filled challenges. It limits your range of motion and affects your quality of life.

The shoulder joint: 
The top of the upper arm bone, shoulder blade, collarbone, and various muscles and ligaments come together at the shoulder joint. The remarkable teamwork of these parts allows the shoulder to move in more ways than any other joint.

Imagine how inconvenient simple tasks would be without the use of this joint, or how limiting it would be if our arms only moved in one direction like an old-fashioned Barbie Doll’s. Aside from the hip, the shoulder is the only other “ball-and-socket” joint that can freely move in many directions. The down side is that its wide range of mobility makes it more susceptible to injury.

Causes of shoulder pain

Pain and limitation in the shoulder can be caused by muscle tension, repetitive strain injury, dislocation, osteo- or rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, pulmonary or cardiac disorders, myofascial trigger points, surgery or poor posture.

“Frozen shoulder” is often used to refer to various soft tissue problems in the area. True frozen shoulder is called adhesive capsulitis because the muscles and ligaments at the shoulder joint adhere to each other, becoming thickened and contracted. Symptoms include intense pain and restricted movement. If you are experiencing severe or persistent pain in your shoulder, consult your primary health practitioner before receiving massage.

Massage can help

The good news is that massage therapy can help reduce pain and restore mobility in your shoulder. Through the use of preventive maintenance, self-care exercises and frequent massage sessions, your pain can be greatly reduced and movement can gradually return. You’ll be able to scratch your back and put your coat on without grimacing in pain!

Self-care for the shoulders

Practice these tips to stay pain-free

1. Stretch the shoulders. Lie face down, propped up on both forearms and elbows. Shift the weight of your chest toward the floor. Then press back to neutral. Repeat 3–5 times a few times a day.

2. Sit up straight. Posture can be the root of many shoulder problems. Frequent sitting tends to round our shoulders forward, which stresses the neck and upper back muscles, and restricts arm movement. Develop more awareness of your posture. Stand or sit with your spine erect. Lift your shoulders toward your ears, and then let them fall gently back into position, feeling your shoulder blades drop down your back.

3. Stretch and strengthen your shoulders and upper back. Keeping your spine erect, repeat these movements 5 to 10 times several times a day to loosen tight muscles. 1) Stretch your arms forward, 2) Reach your arms wide behind you, 3) Reach over your head.

4. Apply heat or cold packs to stiff and painful shoulders. Heat relaxes your joints and muscles and helps relieve pain. Cold can reduce pain and swelling in specific areas.

5. Don’t exercise a painful, inflamed joint. Apply heat or cold and rest the joint until the pain goes away. Keep your circulation and the rest of your body moving with exercises that don’t strain the shoulder joints. Brisk walking, dancing to music and tai chi are some good ways to keep your whole body healthy.

The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest
force in getting well.

—Hippocrates


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