What is Massage Therapy?

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Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. It works by physically breaking down adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

Scapular Stretch & Rotator cuff release (SSRR) is a non-invasive soft tissue technique used to release the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck and shoulder. It is very effective at treating conditions such as frozen shoulder, tendonitis, whiplash, and chronic neck and shoulder pain. Using gentle mobilization techniques to the shoulder, the treatmentÕs aim is to increase mobility of the joint while passively stretching the surrounding musculature.

Intraoral massage is an effective treatment for clients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction, trigger point-related headaches or excess jaw tension. Latex-free gloves are worn while working inside the mouth to release the muscles and fascia surrounding the jaw. This modality is used in conjunction with massage techniques for the face, scalp and neck muscles that affect jaw alignment, tension and clenching.

Myofascial & Trigger Point Therapy:
Fascia is the connective tissue that covers all muscles and organs, thereby forming an 'internal sweater' of the body. When fascia becomes tight or twisted, it can cement posture into a distorted position and contribute to widespread aching as well as fatigue, localized discomfort, trigger point pain referral patterns and dysfunction of nerves and organs. Myofascial bodywork is used to restore structural integrity, relieve pain, release emotional trauma trapped in muscle memory, restore function and improve range of motion.

Sports Massage isn't just for athletes. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the bodyÕs soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time for athletes and for those with an active lifestyle.

Prenatal Massage:
Massage during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. The biggest way it differs is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant, and therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby. It addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy> Massage therapy has been proven effective in hormone regulation, reducing swelling, helping to improve pain and general discomfort related to pregnancy.

Infant Massage:
The Goal of Infant massage is to educate parents and other caregivers on infant massage techniques. It is important that parents - not therapists - massage their own infants, so they can share in the benefits. These moments centered on baby are especially important for working parents and those with multiple children. Fathers, in particular, can build confidence in creating an emotional bond with their child through mastering the techniques of baby massage. The psychological benefits are the most appealing aspect of infant massage. The soothing quality of infant massage promotes overall health and helps an infant learn one of the most valuable skills they will ever be taught in this fast-paced world - how to relax.

Manual Lymph Drainage:
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. It is beneficial treating chronic lymph edema, lymph edema caused by surgery, breast health and congestion, swelling, sinusitis, detoxification and overall supports the immune system.

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