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Deep tissue massage therapy concentrates on relieving strain and tension from tissue using firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia and is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. Techniques used are similar to traditional Swedish, or relaxation, massage and pressure can always be adjusted for client comfort.
Sports massage therapy sessions are specific to the athlete's sport or activity of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is not just for athletes. Anyone participating in regular physical activity can benefit from regular sessions.
Myofascial Release is an effective massage therapy technique that involves applying sustained pressure to connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial therapies can help prepare athletes for more rigorous training. It can also provide pain relief for those with restricted flexibility and movement.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are a form of massage therapy that use a muscle's own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition, and lengthen the muscle. METs are fast acting effective techniques that provide great relief from muscular tension.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
Pre-Natal massage therapy reduces stress on weight bearing joints, increases blood and lymph circulation, relaxes tension, can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema.
Traditional Swedish massage therapy techniques are utilized to create a deeply relaxing session that melt away stress and tension instantly. It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation or health maintenance. You will leave feeling like a completely new person.
Orthopedic massage therapy is applied in a manner aimed at treating specific pain conditions or functional challenges. The goal of Orthopedic massage is to restore pain-free range of motion by restoring muscles to their healthy resting length and releasing restrictions caused by scar tissue and fascial adhesions
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a precise, thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using regionally oriented protocols. It uses a systematic approach to myofascial treatment that attempts to interrupt the neuromuscular feedback that maintains pain or dysfunction. It can be incorporated into massage therapy sessions seamlessly.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST can be used as a preventive health measure and eases symptoms for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as:
The primary focus of IASTM is to increase circulation, and the list of conditions for which it can be used is very long. It creates more changes at the cellular level than traditional soft tissue manipulation alone. It can aid with the reorganization of tissue fibers, helping to improve dysfunctional movement patterns in a way that is less invasive than trigger point injections, dry needling, and acupuncture. It is a wonderful technique to use on scar tissue.
Rather than manually compressing tissue, massage cupping uses suction to lift and stretch soft tissue, separate fused tissue layers, release and soften scar tissue, open body drainage systems to aid in decongesting “solid bloat” and increase hydration of tissues. Cupping can be used to:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. It is effective in improving and maintaining range of motion, increasing muscular strength and power, and increasing athletic performance, especially after exercise.
Kinesiology Tape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect that relieves swelling and speeds recovery. Pain is decreased as the tape stimulates the nerves and interrupts the pain signals being sent to the brain. It also increases awareness of body position to help you maintain proper posture and form.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works in conjunction with all other therapeutic techniques to promote recovery. It is administered during the course of a normal session and is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement that everyone can benefit from.
Quite literally, everyone! Anyone and everyone can benefit from regular massage therapy sessions. Special populations that can experience great benefit are:
"Regular maintenance" massage therapy sessions generally take place every 2-6 weeks. This time frame will vary person to person. If you are dealing with acute pain, training more rigorously, battling a chronic disease, etc, more regular sessions may be advised.
Although your massage therapist will help you come up with a treatment plan, you are not locked into a program. A general course of action will be discussed, but every session will start with a re-evaluation of well being and goals.
We want you to steer the wheel on your health, and it is our goal to help you achieve your optimal level of health and wellness!
While every session is different, all sessions will help to:
The relaxation response is a state in which heartbeat and breathing rate slow, blood pressure lowers, the production of stress hormones decreases, and muscle tension decreases. The relaxation response increases the available level of serotonin, a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts.
The physical manipulations of massage therapy and bodywork have two major physical effects: Increase in blood and lymph circulation. There is a relaxation and normalization of the soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues.
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