Alaska Therapeutic Massage & Wellness

(Formerly Alaska Orthopedic Massage Office)

Massage Modalities

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft 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 modalities such as ~ Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Fascial Counterstrain, Strain/Counterstrain, Orthopedic for Injury Management and Rehab, Sports, Lymphatic, Cupping Therapy, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal, Pediatric / Infant Massage and more.

 

SWEDISH

As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish Massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished  with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.  Swedish Massage goes beyond relaxation and is the style to schedule when you just want to feel better all over.

 

DEEP TISSUE

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).

 

FASCIAL COUNTERSTRAIN

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. 

 

SPORTS

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.

 

LYMPHATIC

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues.

 

MYOFASCIAL

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.

 

CUPPING THERAPY

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

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 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.

 

REFLEXOLOGY

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

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.

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