Sean McCoy LMT

Custom Massage


I practice a unique form of deep tissue massage that works to correct myofascial dysfunction. It targets where the muscle, tendon, ligament and bone interconnect with their surrounding myofascial plane, in order to…

  • Restore tissue pliability and range of motion.
  • Release trapped metabolic by-products.
  • Rehydrate poorly circulated tissue deserts.
  • Reduce the size of scars, knots and thickened hardened tissue.
  • Remove locks, binds, compressions and strangulations of nerves and related tissue structures.

Rhythmic Strumming

One thing that differentiates my massage from almost every other massage out there, is that I perform Rhythmic Strumming. A technique I have been developing over my entire career wherein I use my hands & knuckles to strum your muscle fibers. I do this not only to relax and warm the fibers of the surrounding tissues; also to establish an almost sonographic view in my mind’s eye of the entire muscle area. I can “see” dysfunction, tension and binding caused by myofascial adhesions using this strumming technique. 

A side effect of this technique is that I generate a significant amount of heat in my hands. It is very common for clients to express how much relaxing  energy and warmth they are feeling during my massage. 

The problem with many of the traditional deep tissue techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy and Active Pin & Stretch is that they do not provide any communication back to the therapist. And they are only effective on isolated areas of tissue. 

They often leave the therapist playing whack-a-mole searching for the root cause without knowledge of how everything is connected.

There is no dysfunction that exists by itself in a vacuum. Whatever is causing you pain or limited range of motion is doing so in a connected series of smaller dysfunctions stemming from a root cause. It is wrong to treat dysfunction without understanding the effect to the entire muscle, joint and area. 

Rhythmic Strumming provides the way for your body to communicate to me, a more complex understanding of what is needed for your full physical restoration. 

Custom Massage vs. Deep Therapy
During your Custom Massage, your ability to relax becomes the foundation of your session. The work is done slowly, rhythmically. The intensity is applied in vary small increments, with the goal to never “yank you out of your happy place”. Does that mean a Custom Massage is not as good for you as a Deep Therapy session? No. Resoundingly, no. Just because we are not employing scrapers or working with a priority on change related goals does not mean that you are going to receive anything less beneficial. A few key differences between the two to consider:
  • Focused Work vs All Work During your custom massage we may only get intense in a single area or two. But the rest of the time it is all about the good ways to approach what your body needs.
  • No Tools Required Custom Massages employ only my hands up to the elbows. There is no need to bring out the scrapers. I will if you really want. But, generally, no – leave the scrapers in their case.
  • Intensity vs. Pain Management During your Custom Massage your breathing should be easy, deep and slow. Because you are not managing pain. If there is anything, it is that incredibly wonderful sensation of release that really can’t be called pain; more like “tension leaving the body”.
  • All About You vs. Fixing Issues During your Custom Massage I care about your physiological state of relaxation. It is important to the overall benefit for you to be able to just “let go”. And while we may focus a bit; the sense of relief from the work adds to the ability to fall deeper into that wonderful state of relaxation.