Leslie Christensen
Massage Therapy and Bodywork


Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a form of  therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalence the entire body. It does this by using specific techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. 


Strain/Counterstrain technique was developed by Lawrence Jones, a doctor of osteopathy, in the late 60s. It is a passive positional release technique that can help deliver chronic pain relief, realign the spine and help restore normal range of motion.  The therapist will find a tight and tender spot and then move the person's body to a position that immediately releases the pain.  It is held for around a minute and a half or more.  Once the time is over the client will realize that the pain in no longer there.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Keep in mind that getting deeply into the muscles doesn't have to be painful. One can get deeply into the muscles even though not pushing hard into the body.

Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. The most extensive training in trigger point therapy is with Neuromuscular Therapy.   NMT goes far beyond basic trigger point therapy in helping practioners to provide the best treatment of this type.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.


Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique helps release muscle tissue to realign the body, releasing pain and increasing range of motion. It is one of the most effective normalizing technique available in the massage therapy field.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Pain Neutralization Technique

PNT uses the body's own reflexes in order to turn off trigger points and tight muscles.  It is fast and painless and the results can be felt immediately.

Call Me for an Appointment

Call: (512) 459-0517

Email:  leslieformassage@gmail.com

Muscle Energy Technique

Per hour : $80

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) was developed by Dr Fred Mitchell Sr., D.O. as an alternative to high-velocity manipulation. MET is a form of therapy that uses muscle contractions and body positioning to normalize joint motion. It is a way to increase the structural and functional integrity along the whole movement chain, helping to achieve a healthy increased range of motion by spontaneously strengthening previously inhibited muscles. MET therapy results in a decrease in sympathetic overload and a lessening of localized pain and irritation.

The muscle in the affected area is taken to its point of resistence where it can’t comfortably go any farther. At that point, an isometric contraction is created as the client pushes against the resistance of the therapist about five seconds. In an isometric contraction there is no movement. There is no need for either client or therapist to use much force. There is a natural “post-isometric relaxation” that occurs following the isometric contraction. After the contraction phase, the client takes a breath in, and on the outbreath, allows the muscle area to move to a new motion barrier. This process is done a number of times until an adequate length has been returned to the area.

Another way that MET works is called “reciprocal inhibition,” a method used to treat acute muscle spasm. It is also a safe substitute when there is pain involved in treating the agonist muscle. It is accomplished the same as above; however, it is applied to the antagonist muscle instead of the agonist. (Since muscles work in pairs, each pair has an agonist and an antagonist.) The agonist is the primary muscle doing the work, while the antagonist directly opposes the agonist. As the agonist contracts, the antagonist automatically relaxes. Actually strengthening the antagonist will further release the tight agonist muscle.

Athletes use Muscle Energy Technique to prevent future muscle and joint injury. It is also an ideal massage therapy for people who have limited range of motion due to back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica and asymmetrical legs, hips or arms.


To make an appointment with me today:

Call: (512)459-0517   Email: lesliemaria@austin.rr.com