Massage, also referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, is the manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle of connective tissue. It is used to enhance function as well as promote relaxation and well-being. Massage utilizes the application of various techniques to benefit the musculo-skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic/nervous and other systems of the body. Practiced as a healing therapy for nearly 4,000 years, massage is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing in nearly every culture around the world. Modern day uses of massage therapy are extensive and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression and more. Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. Beyond treatment, there are additional benefits and positive aspects to receiving massage therapy, such as stress management and mood improvement.
Deep Tissue Massage
Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is similar to Swedish massage in strokes but the pressure is applied more deeply. It ihelps release chronic muscle tension with slower strokes and direct deep pressure applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. It also helps break up/eliminate scar tissue.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas of muscle tenderness often referred to as “knots”. TPT is used to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. It involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.
Involves applying slow, sustained, deep pressure in order to gently stretch the fascia surrounding muscle tissue. Trauma, stress, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that, over time, can become chronic pain. The tension produced by the restricted fascia will cause pain to be referred to other areas of the body. This technique can release restrictions allowing the body to “relearn” the correct positioning of muscles.
Uses five basic strokes: effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration. It is helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and poor circulation.
Developed to help athletes prepare bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Sports massage uses cross- fiber friction, tapotement, effleurage, pettrisage, compression, jostling, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy
Eastern modality using pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to meridians (pathways) that carry energy throughout the body. Using techniques such as stretching, rolling, brushing, vibrating and grasping.