Deep Tissue Massage helps release constrictions in muscles and surrounding connective tissue. This work brings increased blood flow, oxygen supply and energy to congested areas. Some client's report this work is intense but with careful intention and attention they feel great relief.
Client's who experience chronically tight muscle areas may have 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.
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.
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.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish massage.
It aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
An ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate 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.
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.
The muscles are controlled by the brain and nervous system. The muscles cannot act without input from the brain and the nerves. Thus when muscles become chronically tight and contracted, it is often the nervous system that is responsible. Neuromuscular Therapy seeks to provide stimulus that disrupts or inhibits the signals that are telling the muscles to be tight. This is a very specific approach, where we work on exact anatomical structures, and often we spend a long time working on a small area.