Martin Jansen, Massage therapist completed a 500 hour massage therapist training at School of Holistic Touch in Ontario, California USA in 2008. He attended a myofascial release and unwinding course with John Barnes in the US. He was licensed as a massage therapist in The state of California, while residing there.
Martin creates a unique massage for each client, using a combination of different techniques.
While he was trained in a variety of techniques, he specializes in swedish massage, deep tissue massage and myofascial release.
Swedish Massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, strokes. By providing light to medium pressure it aims to address the top most layers of muscles. Strokes can be combined with movement of joints to enhance the effect of the massage. The aim of the massage is to relieve muscle tension. By doing so it can be both relaxing and energizing. A Swedisch massage typically involved the whole body.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Applied slowly this pressure will encourage the fascia to regenerate and re-align. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions and tightness that can be the source of stiffness and pain.
Each client receives a treatment unique to their situation. One-on-one sessions are hands-on treatments during which the therapist uses a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy to enhance follow through, a session can include instruction in body mechanics, self release and education about the effect of myofascial restrictions and movement patterns.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Deep tissue Massage
A Deep Tissue Massage is usually more targeted towards problem areas in the body. It involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).Deep Tissue Massage is beneficial for chronic aches and pain. It can help relax problem areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, arm pain and sore shoulder.
Born in the Netherlands, Martin completed the Occupational Therapy school of Amsterdam. He worked as a licensed Occupational Therapist, initially in The Netherlands, and since 1993 in the United States. Working as an occupational therapist gave him a thorough understanding of the function of the human body as related to performing activities, as well as injuries that may result from these. He worked in different treatment settings, including chronic pain, post surgery care, neurology, and orthopedics.
He retired from working as an occupational therapist in December of 2018, and moved to Spain to pursue new opportunities.
Martin enjoys living in the South of Spain. He speaks fluid Dutch/Nederlands, and English. His spanish is limited but he is working on improving his mastery of the language.