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Swedish Massage: This is the classic Western style of massage, with long, flowing strokes, gentle kneading and friction, and light to moderate pressure. Swedish massage is both relaxing and restorative, and is an ideal baseline for an integrated-modality massage session.
Myofascial Release: A gentle and effective hands-on technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Myofascial Unwinding: The movement-facilitation aspect of myofascial-release approach. The mind-bodys ability to self-correct.
Cranial Sacral: A holistic practice that involves a very light touch with the purpose of balancing the craniosacral system within the body, including the bones, nerves, and connective tissue of the cranium, spine and pelvis.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy: A deep tissue massage protocol designed to locate and release chronically contracted muscle fibers, or “knots,” which occur in well-documented patterns. Trigger points can be sensitive to pressure, and can refer pain in predictable patterns to other regions of the body; they can also functionally shorten muscles and inhibit range of motion. They are treated with specific, moderate pressure directly to the site of the trigger point to encourage the contracted muscle fibers to release.
Deep Tissue Massage: A group of techniques designed to address chronically tense bands of muscle tissue, muscle fibers misaligned from previous injury, and soft-tissue adhesions. These techniques require moderate to intense pressure and specialized massage strokes to reach deep into the affected tissues. 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 chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries
- Repetitive strain injury
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding
Fascia is often overlooked when trying to problem solve painful movement. Fascia is a continuous web of connective tissue that extends from head to toe. It covers and connects muscles, organs, nerves, blood vessels, all the way down to the cellular level. Connective tissue will adapt according to how we are using our body. For example, if you sit in front of a computer all day, your connective tissue will typically shorten in the front of the hips and the back of the legs (hip flexors and hamstrings).
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage: works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on the fascia—the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system of the body. The work is usually localized, and the client must be relaxed to permit the practitioner to work deeply. The pressure starts lightly, but progresses to the deepest level the client can tolerate. This approach can be either corrective or generally therapeutic.
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage targets specific areas of concern to alleviate symptoms of nerve impingement, muscle tears and sprains, and chronic muscular pain. It has been found effective in treating chronic pain, muscle adhesions (muscle fibers that stick together creating a knot or nodule), whiplash, neck and lower back pain, sciatica, and circulatory problems.
Sports Massage: is a specialized massage that focuses on enhancing athletic performance and facilitating post-event recovery. It benefits the professional or amateur athlete, dancer, or exercise enthusiast. Practitioners of sports massage concentrate on working the whole body, and they also pay particular attention to those muscle groups that are involved in a specific sport or activity. The four basic strokes used by a sports massage therapist are direct or trigger point pressure, cross fiber friction, compression, and percussion.
In addition to the benefits derived from the general massage therapy treatment, sports massage keeps the whole body in optimum physical condition. It can elevate athletic performance and boost endurance, and it can prevent injuries by increasing flexibility and elasticity in the joints. Sports massage also promotes faster recovery to injured tissues, reduces pain, and minimizes muscle fatigue.