Therapeutic massage is a focused type of massage designed to address the source of pain. Often the place where we are experiencing structural pain is not where the challenge originates from, and pain may often be "referred" from another area. Several different massage techniques can be combined to customize a treatment plan with the intention of highlighting and relieving these lines of tension. The more connections that we can make within the body, the greater the opportunity for lasting minimization of symptoms.
Massage therapy is an ancient therapeutic modality known for enhancing the flow of body fluid, reducing muscular tension and promoting relaxation. Through the physical manipulation of the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue, massage creates a total sense of well-being and is effective for combating and relieving stres
Therapeutic massage is beneficial for Chronic Pain Management, Structural Integration, Muscular Assessment, Headache Relief, Frozen Shoulder Release, TMJ challenges and unwinding stress from working at a computer or desk.
Studies have documented that massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy:
Physically relaxes the body
Calms the nervous system
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces heart rate
Relieves tired and achey muscles
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:
Reduces mental stress
Promotes better sleep
Calms a temper
Induces mental relaxation
Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy:
Enhances self image
Provides feeling of well-being
Promotes greater creative expression
Types of Therapeutic Massage Offered
Swedish massage is a flowing, soft, yet firm massage treatment which aims to improve circulation and relieve muscular fatigue and stress.
Deep tissue massage aims to relieve chronic muscular stress in the deep layers of the muscular system.
Lymphatic Drainage is gentle bodywork that activates lymph circulation to stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system.
Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Release) provides relief from Myofascial Trigger points.
Myofascial Release targets the muscle and fascial systems, promotes flexibility and mobility of the body's connective tissues. Likewise, it mobilizes fibrous adhesions and reduces the severity and sensitivity of scarring caused by injury or surgery.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle balancing of the central nervous system and release of adhesions within the fascia. This technique is beneficial for patients with headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and traumas, both chronic and acute, to the head or tailbone. More...
Energy Balancing and Reiki, energy-work a term utilized mainly in the healing professions. It describes the electro-magnetic currents or circuitry of universal energy that naturally flows through all living and non-living things, such as a person, place or thing. Energy-work is offered as a means to balance disturbances in the chakra system and/or the meridian system by removing blockages and strengthening where energy is depleted, or where they individual is un-embodied. Energywork, thus encourages the subtle bodies to align with the physical body.
Pregnancy Massage is a technique specifically tailored to ease the common discomforts of pregnancy as well as promoting maternal and fetal well-being. The body of the expectant mother adapts to the new life growing within her. Pregnancy massage offers a wonderful way to relax, increase energy, and relieve discomfort. Benefits:
* Stress management
* Reduction of fluid retention
* Slow down the progress of varicose veins
* Release of chronic tension in lower back and other areas
* Ease of constipation, gas, and heartburn
* Relief of headaches caused by tension, constipation, or buildup of metabolic waste products
Geriatric Massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the older population. It uses the same basic techniques as general massage, but it is tailored to suit the specific health conditions and concerns of seniors. Geriatric massage involves the use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to improve circulation, relieve pain, and increase the range of motion. Geriatric massage is very helpful in improving health and well-being. In addition, it is beneficial in reducing anxiety and depression, and in providing comfort to a touch deprived part of our society.
• Shorter sessions - a geriatric massage session usually will last about 30 minutes.
• Gentle strokes - with an older person care must be taken to use motions that are gentle, comfortable and soothing. The strokes are designed to improve blood circulation and heart function, prevent diabetic complications, relieve muscle tension, and ease the body and mind.
• Gentle stretching of shoulders, legs and feet to improve mobility and flexibility.
• Careful massaging of hands and feet (if advisable) to prevent stiffness and relieve discomfort.
• Specific care is taken so that the older client is comfortable on the massage table by using extra pillows.