Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and fascia) to enhance a person's health and overall wellness. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities) such as : Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Fascial Counterstrain, Strain/Counterstrain, Orthopedic for Injury Management and Rehab, Sports, Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, Cupping Therapy, Reflexology, Lymphatic, Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal, Pediatric / Infant Massage and more.
As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Addresses movement restrictions and pain at the fascial level. Often paired with skin rolling and functional stretching, this therapy can facilitate increased range of motion, improved scar mobility, decreased localized pain levels in old or new injuries and increased tissue health during the healing process.
Treats connective tissue dysfunction that can compress neural, vascular and ligamentous structures. It is a gentle technique that allows the body to recover from protective responses and restores function quickly. By decompressing the nerve endings in the fascia (connective tissue), pain, tissue tension and inflammation should decrease.
These techniques are designed for athletes during training and performing in sports activities. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries faster.
Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage
A deep tissue technique applied with the soles of the feet. The therapist uses parallel overhead bars for support. Gravity allows for deeper engagement of tissues. Applied to the front and the back of the body including fee, neck, and shoulders.
A technique that uses small cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.
Hot Stone Massage
Stones are heated between 130-140 degrees and then applied flowingly along the body and placed strategically to provide deep penetrating heat to help relieve chronic pain, improve circulation to tissues, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Prenatal, Pregnancy Massage
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a healthy and wonderful way to reduce stress, enhance function of muscles and joints, improve circulation and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling.
An alternative therapeutic treatment with a history going back thousands of years. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet which correspond to all the glands, organs, and parts of the body. With techniques unique to reflexology pressure is applied to these reflexes which can relieve stress, improve circulation, and help promote overall wellness.
Trigger Point Therapy
Addresses areas of hyper- irritable tissues that send so many signals to the spinal cord that it becomes overwhelmed. Trigger points have a sensation of burning, cold or grabbing. By finding the instigating area of pain, correct pressure or positional release techniques are used to release the tension.