Welcome to the website of Dimensions in Health Center in San Jose, California. We focus on serving our clients with integrity and compassion in an environment that promotes health and personal awareness through the medicine of touch. Our client-collaborative approach to preventive healthcare emphasizes self-help, education and empowerment.
Dimensions in Health Center was established in 1995 by Robert Sanchez, NCMT who has had a lifelong interest in preventive health and wellness. Through the observation of how various indigenous cultures utilized natural approaches toward wellness, versus the Western drug-oriented allopathic approach to health care, Robert committed himself to providing his clients with a drug-free approach to healing and health care through body-awareness and collaborative personal health care. Dimensions in Health Center offers an integration of modalities including advanced massage therapy, chiropractic care, nutritional support and acupuncture.
The Dimensions in Health Center is located at:
1836 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125
To find out more about our team at the Dimensions in Heath Center, please visit our website at www.dihcenter.com.
As a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist /Sports Massage Therapist and holistic health care professional, I support clients experiencing acute/ chronic pain, and those with muscular/ skeletal dysfunction and imbalances which often develop through repetitive and habitual movements, post-surgical scar tissue, accidents and injury. My clients include sports professionals, weekend warriors, dance sport pros, golfers and cyclists. I also work with elder clients and people with TMJ issues. Treatment of the lower back, extremities and the neck are my specialty.
I’m a 1981 graduate of the National Holistic Institute and a member of the California Massage Therapy Association. I was a participating Sports Massage Therapist for the 1984 Olympic Games, and I’ve served the local community in active private practice for over 30 years.
Advanced Deep Tissue Massage Therapy is a form of bodywork focused on relieving tension in the large muscles groups and the deeper intrinsic muscle layers of tissue in the body. It’s a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, adhesions, scar tissue, fascia congestion, metabolic waste and past lingering injuries. The advanced techniques I use are combination of lymphatic, neuromuscular muscular movement, myo fascial unwinding, PNF stretches and/or mobilization, and trigger point therapy. Cupping and other therapies are also applied as needed.
Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication and a degree of teamwork during the session is important to make sure you don’t become too uncomfortable. For example, we’ll work together on your breathing while you provide feedback on the amount of pressure you experience. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water with lemon should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released during the massage session. I also recommend applying arnica and moist heat after treatment.
Sports Massage therapy is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics, professionally or for pleasure. Engaging in sports is tough on the body and can often lead to both short and long term injuries. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs your ability to participate in sports activities 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 from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and, in turn, promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Different sports use specific muscle groups, so Sports Massage is customized to the athlete. I utilize massage techniques which help remove friction between muscle groups, improve muscle/tendon relationships, relieve trauma to joints and tendons caused by habitual and repetitive movements, and improve blood flow to oxygenate muscles. Treatment also incorporates neuromuscular movements, stretching and mobilization techniques.
Neuromuscular Movement therapy is a series of specific, simple body movements designed to work smaller muscles that are being compressed and restricted by larger muscles, and is often used in my practice with Advance Massage therapy and other integrated body work as needed. These simple, repetitive movements change the message sent from the brain to the smaller muscles, facilitating an actual release in muscle holding patterns, allowing both the smaller and larger muscles to work more easily with each other, resulting in less fatigue and soreness. Consistent use of these movements helps facilitate a faster and more sustained relief response. Please see “Assessing the Body at a Glance” videos for techniques and specific neuromuscular movements that might address your issues.
Myofascial Unwinding is accomplished by locating myofascial trigger points (they’ll feel like sore spots) and stretching the affected areas to release and smooth out the uneven tightness in the injured fascia. Fascia is the thin connective tissue which covers every muscle and every muscle fiber, allowing the muscles and muscle fibers to move smoothly against each other. When muscle fibers are injured through repetitive motion, physical injury or other trauma, the fibers and surrounding fascia become short and tight, much like a rubber band, and can even become brittle, causing scar tissue. While I’ll be able to find the trigger points just by feel, you may not be aware of them (or may have become used to them) until I bring them to your attention. The sensitivity of the trigger points diminish over the course of treatment.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph system, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on the intrinsic contraction (peristalsis) of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of the lymph vessels and the movement of the skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to the lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts, which returns lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of the pressure, less than 9 ounces per square inch, to stimulate lymph flow.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of therapy dating back to the early Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1550 BC.
Cups are placed on the skin to create suction, which mobilizes blood flow to promote healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
What to Expect
The benefits of advanced massage and integrated bodywork are unique to the individual. Some clients will find their experience rejuvenating and invigorating, while others find it peaceful and relaxing. Massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually. Although a single massage is enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative. A series of massage therapy sessions will bring increased relief and benefit.
My focus is to provide you with consistent and effective care by utilizing integrated therapies that best address issues and symptoms specific to your body. It’s important to understand that the primary area of chronic or acute pain is often different from the source of the problem. It’s my job to identify any muscular and skeletal imbalances or dysfunctions which may be creating the problem, and then implement advanced massage or integrated bodywork techniques specifically targeting these issues. These techniques encourage a change in the anatomy of the affected muscles, which in turn bring your body back into balance and provide an overall improvement in body function.
Communication is critical to the success your treatment. I am committed to providing you with a treatment environment which encourages open communication, awareness, self-help, and empowerment in supporting you in achieving optimal health. I invite you to contact me at any time with your questions, concerns and feedback.
Your first visit
Prior to your first visit, please print and complete the Client Intake form in the (section TBD) and bring with you. If you are unable to print the form, please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to complete it in the office prior to your session.
Your first session will include a brief discussion based on the completed intake form, followed by a body-at-a-glance assessment to identify myoskeletal imbalances, to check areas of dysfunction, pain or limited range of motion and develop a treatment plan.
You will be asked to do some specific stretches and neuromuscular movements to help me determine the integration between the upper cervical, mid thoracic and lower lumbar areas of your body. I’ll explain to you how this integration is affecting your body overall, which will help you understand what is causing the aches and pains you may be experiencing. I will also explain the effects of posture, gravity, repetitive habitual movements, and compensating muscle groups in other areas of the body and how they come into play, and how and why your participation in the process of addressing your body’s issues is critical. You will walk away with new and important knowledge about how to be proactive with yourself and your body. Your input is valued and will be requested, and your questions will be answered as completely as possible.
Breathing techniques are very important in helping you relax both the mind and body. You’ll be provided with breathing techniques to help release, let go and allow you to be fully present during the bodywork process, enabling you to participate in the overall healing process.
I’ve made it really easy for you to request an appointment with me. Just fill out the simple form below, and I’ll give you a call back to confirm the date and time of your appointment.
New clients are asked to complete a Client Intake Form. The information you provide, along with a body-at-a-glance assessment and interview during your first visit, will assist me in working with you to create a therapeutic treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Clients referred by their physician, chiropractor, psychotherapist or physical therapist must bring their prescription to their first appointment. Please make sure the prescription includes frequency, duration and all codes.
Hours and Rates
Services are provided BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, and are based on a rate of $85.00 per hour (includes a 5 minute changing period). Sessions can be scheduled for 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
A prepaid series of 3, 5, or 10 sessions is available at a discounted rate.
Ask about the “Tell A Friend – After Three It’s Free” referral program.
Dimensions in Health Center provides a client collaborative approach to preventive healthcare emphasizing self-help, education and empowerment. We work with clients experiencing acute and chronic pain, and those with muscular and skeletal dysfunction and imbalances which often develop through repetitive and habitual movements, post-surgical scar tissue, accidents and injury. In addition to our regular clients, we also work with sports professionals, weekend warriors, dance sport pros, golfers and cyclists.
Meet the Business Owner: Robert Sanchez, NCMT
As a Nationally Certified massage professional since 1981, I focus on serving my clients with authentic integrity and active compassion in an environment that promotes health and personal awareness through the medicine of touch. I provide a client-collaborative approach to preventive healthcare emphasizing self-help, education and personal empowerment.
Case Study: Pam
Pam came to me with acute and chronic myoskeletal pain in the shoulders and neck area that extended in the mid and lower back and down the right leg with mild sciatica.
After I reviewed her intake sheet, Pam shared the following vital information:
- Due to bad work station that was not set up ergonomically for many years.
- Kyphosis of the mid and upper back. No daily or weekly exercise.
- Usage of up to 8 hundred mil of Ibuprofen for muscular pain
- She explained she wanted relief of chronic muscular pain in the upper neck, mid and lower back tension, and bad headaches.
- She indicated that she got 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night and that was not enough.
I noted that Pam had rounded shoulders, forward leaning head, with her shoulders elevated up and the back in a forward lean.
Assess the cervical, mid thoracic, lower back and extremities
- Check for range of motion and inflammation
- Use neuromuscular movement to understand the relationships between each assessment area
- Check for hypertonic and hypotonic muscle groups
- Check for adhesions and other myoskeletal issues
Share the Assessment With the Client
- Inform and educate the client of the findings
- Explain the type of myoskeletal imbalances that are creating the pain.
- Explain what muscles groups are involved.
- Explain the treatment plan based on the type of advance massage therapy and integrated body work needed. Treatment plan may include:
- Myo fascial unwinding
- Sports massage
- Ora fascial massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Mobilization technique
- Trigger point
- PNF stretching
- Neuromuscular movement
- Lymph massage
- Visceral massage
- Advance Swedish massage
- Networking with other Health practitioners
Client Input and Questions
Following the assessment and discussion of the treatment plan, I determined that Pam understood the information I’d discussed, and addressed her questions.
I began the first treatment session with lymphatic massage therapist in San Jose LMD to drain the muscle groups along with myofascial Release to unwind the connective tissue or fascia to calm down the inflammation and hypertonic muscle groups in the neck and upper shoulders and back along with neuromuscular movement techniques to have more mobility anterior and posterior aspects of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar areas
When the body is going through so much pain the client Feels like the whole body is not working so I start with The point of least resistance so of head and shoulder are the pain Area of the upper back I will start with either the lower lumbar Work up to the mid back and then into the cervical areas