Massage Therapy Definition: the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues , through applying fixed or movable pressure, friction, rubbing, stroking, pinching, tapping, kneading, or applying vibration to muscle and connective tissue.
Massage sets off a series of molecular events in muscles that help reverse discomfort…
…it dampens the activity of the proteins known as inflammatory cytokines, which cause inflammation and pain
…it increases levels of proteins that signal the muscles to produce mitochondria, the cell structures that produce energy and help muscles recover
Swedish Massage is the most common form of Massage Therapy. It is often used with other modalities and provides ultimate muscle relaxation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved posture, increased circulation and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic tight or stretched areas due to poor posture, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. While it is common to feel mild discomfort, it should always feel better than it hurts, or like muscles are being “released”.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it “triggers” a painful response and often radiates in a common pattern to other areas of the body. It can affect not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves.Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be intense at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. It is most commonly used with other massage modalities such as swedish massage.
Myo-facial release is a technique used to loosen the tight layers of skin. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions, long stretching strokes are used, and meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.
Prenatal Massage is just for expecting moms. It is completely tailored to making you comfortable, helping relieve aches and pain and can even aid in an easier delivery.
Introduce the benefits of positive touch to your children at an early age. Pediatric massage can ease the discomfort of growing pains, increases focus, and decreases muscle aches. Infant and child massage classes are also available to teach you how to massage your child, and form a special deeper bond.With our modern technology and hurried lives, we frequently find ourselves lacking in quality family time and touching each other less. The ancient practice of massage can serve to reaffirm a close bond with our children, and to convey a comforting sense of security and trust.
Chair massage is a seated massage, your fully clothed. Target areas are typically neck, back, and shoulder areas. It is a great introduction to Massage Therapy, and also good for a tune-up when your in a hurry and cant make a full table session.
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