Deep Tissue Massage helps release of constrictions in muscles and surrounding connective tissue. This work brings increased blood flow, oxygen supply and energy to previously congested areas. Some client's report this work is intense but with careful intention and attention they feel great relief.
Deep Tissue Massage works with connective tissues called fascia. Fascia consists of thin layers of flexible supportive tissues that surround each muscle, organ and also surround each muscle fiber. Client's who experience chronically tight muscle areas may have fascial constrictions somewhere in their body. Deep tissue massage also aids in the reduction of scar tissue and is frequently used in conjunction with Swedish strokes.
Trigger Point therapy is excellent in the management of chronic pain, injuries and headaches. Trigger points can be felt as lumps or knots in a muscle. When pressed they feel sore. They form in response to excessive muscular stress that can be the result of an accident, repetitive motion in sports or at work, postural habits or emotional distress.
Once activated, trigger points force the muscle to shorten, and remain that way. These initiate a cycle of spasm, pain, tension, weakness and limited range of motion. Your therapist will locate and deactivate these points using direct pressure and stretch. It may be momentarily painful but ultimately greatly relieving. Trigger point is usually done in conjunction with deep tissue massage.
An ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulated the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force (known as Qi or Chi) to aid healing.
Swedish (the relaxation massage)
The strokes and manipulation of Swedish massage are long fluid strokes that have a specific therapeutic benefit on both deep and superficial tissues.
One of the primary goals is to speed the venous return of un-oxygenated blood. It increases circulation without increasing heart load, and reduces emotional and physical stress. It shortens the recovery time from muscular strain and encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s own pain relieving chemicals. Swedish can be received in light to firm pressure.
Medical massage is performed with the intent of improving conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician. A wide variety of modalities and a unique multidisciplinary approach is utilized in the session to restore structural balance throughout the body, which allows focus on prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, chronic pain and sports injuries. Primary modalities include functional assessment, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue mobilization techniques, myoskeletal techniques, stretching, strengthening, and specific client home-care protocols.
This is a special type of massage developed specifically for cancer patients who are in active treatment including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This is also suitable for pre and post surgical clients with cancer, and also for those in remission. Cancer patients have certain unique health needs which must be addressed in massage sessions to ensure that the massage is productive to the patient.
Oncology massage provides beneficial touch to cancer patients. The focus of oncology massage is generally on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for the patient, allowing the patient to relax.