Hello! I’m James Ross
Fixer of Chronic pain and immobility for those 45 and wiser
Licensed Massage Therapist & Registered Nurse
I firmly believe in the power of alternative medicine, specifically bodywork. In my former career as a Registered Nurse (RN), I frequently gave patients medication for pain, depression, and sleep. While there is a time and place for those medications, I am confident the body can do miraculous things when given the chance to heal from pain and trauma.
I transitioned from being an RN to a Licensed Massage Therapist in order to help my clients heal with less medical intervention. At Ross Therapeutic Massage, I treat the whole person. While I may work on that difficult neck, back, or shoulder pain, the ultimate goal is to find the real source of the issue and address it. This therapeutic approach consistently achieves pain relief and the added benefit of long-term wellness.
What keeps you up at night?
Is it numbness, pain, headaches, or everyday stress and worry?
Do you fear the possibility of surgery or the side effects of medications that only offer temporary relief?
Have you been dismissed by your doctor because of your chronic pain or given more medications or tests without helpful answers?
It’s not all in your head
Whether it’s your pain keeping you up at night or the worry and frustration of not finding validation or relief, you don’t need to keep suffering.
I know you’re tired of being in pain, and you’re tired of trying to find a lasting solution. My mission is to change how chronic pain is viewed and how it is treated. I’m going to ask you questions no one ever bothered to ask before, and more importantly, I’m going to listen.
I hope to give those that suffer from chronic pain validation, hope, and healing.
Whether you’re coming to me for your first massage ever, or you already have a good idea of what usually helps you, my goal is to determine the type of massage therapy that will be the most appropriate and beneficial. No matter how much massage experience you have, our work together starts with a conversation so that you know exactly what to expect.
Once I learn more about where you have specific pain or tension, I’ll recommend the modality that I feel is the best fit, and we’ll get started from there. Your comfort is always my priority, so communication is key before and during every session.
Myofascial Release is a type of massage that focuses on the fascia tissue. Fascia is a living matrix of tissue under the skin that connects the muscles to the joints and bones. Layers of fascia tissue are insulated by fluid that helps the muscles move and stretch. Trauma, injury, and inflammation cause that fluid to thicken or harden, resulting in a lower range of motion, decreased blood flow, and pain.
The Myofascial technique focuses on releasing the stiffness of that fluid. Myofascial Release massage sinks into the restricted tissue with static pressure holds that can last 3-5 minutes. The results of Myofascial Release include less pain or stiffness in the muscles and joints, better range of motion, improved circulation, and decreased stress.
Clients who require gentler pressure on the fascia may prefer Craniosacral Therapy, which relieves tension around the central nervous system.
Zero Balancing is powerful touch therapy for body and mind. Through gentle touch, Zero Balancing addresses stress and pain carried in the bones, joints, and soft tissue. Deeply relaxing and energizing, Zero Balancing promotes wellness and balance from the bones out. These sessions do not involve lotions and are performed with the client fully clothed.
Try Zero Balancing to:
- Relieve tension
- Restore balance
- Amplify a feeling of calm
- Expand awareness
- Relieve chronic pain
Therapeutic Massage encompasses a range of modalities to promote the body’s own healing processes. Every session is customized to the client’s own priorities and preferences for maximum benefit. Firmness of touch and area of focus are unique to each client and are determined at the start of every session. Communication throughout the massage is necessary to ensure that the client is comfortable and responsive to the technique being applied.
As a result of Therapeutic Massage, clients should notice improved circulation and range of motion, as well as decreased tension and pain. Every client should leave their massage appointment feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Getting Started is Easy
I appreciate all my patients and understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, requiring a cancellation of your appointment.
Please cancel at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled session to avoid a cancellation fee of 50% of the scheduled service, which will be charged via invoice or directly to your on-file payment method.
No-shows or no-calls will be charged 100% of the scheduled service.
Thank you for your understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bodywork?
Bodywork is the general term used for massage therapy. The goal of bodywork is to use intentional touch and appropriate pressure to bring relief and healing to muscles, joints, bones, and tissue. Bodywork includes a range of therapeutic massage techniques that promote mind-body connection and wellness.
What can i expect at my first session?
Before we get started, we’ll talk about where you have pain and what relief you’re seeking. Sometimes it’s not just physical. If you’re having trouble sleeping or struggling with anxiety, that should be part of the conversation. I will ask how you want to feel as a result of your massage therapy. Once we’re on the same page about the type of massage and your priorities, I’ll give you a few minutes to change and get comfortable on the table. It’s not until I return to begin the massage that the timer starts on your appointment, so you will get the full 30, 60, or 90 minutes of massage that you requested.
What if I don't know what kind of massage I need?
Communication is the most important part of massage therapy. You aren’t required to know what you need before you see me. Before you schedule your appointment, contact me to talk about what you’re looking for in a massage session. Once I learn more about your goals and concerns, I will recommend the treatment that makes the most sense. As we get to know each other and I determine where your body seems to need the most relief, I’ll make further recommendations for follow up appointments.
What if I'm uncomfortable removing clothing?
It’s natural to be uncomfortable removing clothing, especially if you have never had a massage before. Your trust is my priority, and I strive to show that through the highest level of professionalism and regard for your privacy and comfort. As both a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage Therapist, I have great respect for the human body and the person who lives in it. I will always work within your comfort level while making sure you understand that hand to skin contact is better suited for some modalities. I may recommend sticking with Zero Balancing treatments, which are always done fully clothed.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMETHING HURTS, TICKLES, OR MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE?
If you are ever uncomfortable or in pain, please speak up! There is no way a massage can be effective if you are tense or upset during treatment. Communication is key before and during your session. I will regularly check in to see how you’re doing, but never hesitate to let me know if something is wrong.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE GET EMOTIONAL OR CRY DURING MASSAGE?
Massage therapy is focused on release. Even though my hands are working on your physical body, your mind and body are wholly connected. Many people feel an emotional response to the release happening within their body. This could cause you to laugh, cry, sigh with content, or sometimes feel a little bit agitated. You never have to feel embarrassed about having an emotional response, and we can always stop if you’re a bit overwhelmed.
WHO SHOULD TRY ZERO BALANCING?
Zero Balancing is for everyone who desires a better normal. The treatment can relieve tension and pain, and it can improve balance and mobility. It also relieves stress and amplifies calm. Zero Balancing is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. It is especially helpful for people who have sustained trauma, those living with chronic pain, and anyone in the midst of a life change.
How much does Massage Therapy Cost?
Massage therapy is charged based on the length of your massage. Communication is key, so we’ll spend a few minutes talking before and after your massage, but the price you pay is for that much time of actual bodywork.
30 minutes – $55
60 minutes – $95
90 minutes – $130
120 minutes – $170