Massage Therapies and Bodywork

 

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 stress.

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.

Massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

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Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy:

Physically relaxes the body
Calms the nervous system
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces heart rate
Slows respiration
Relieves tired and achey muscles

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:

Reduces mental stress
Promotes better sleep
Calms a temper
Induces mental relaxation
Improves concentration

Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy:

Reduces anxiety
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 that uses gliding strokes which promotes circulation, reduces muscle tension and relaxes the body and mind.

Swedish with Deep Tissue Massage is a relaxing massage that applies a variety of Swedish massage techniques which includes pressure at tight muscle areas and gliding strokes. It applies pressure at knots which are sometimes called trigger points.

Deep Tissue Massage aims to relieve chronic muscular stress in the deep layers of the muscular system.

Lymphatic Drainage Manual Therapy Massage  is gentle bodywork that activates lymph circulation to stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system. Lymphatic drainage manual therapy massage is a specialized body work technique that applies repetitive pressure at lymph node sites and a stroking technique along lymph vessels that stimulates the movement of lymph fluid. This therapy assists with post surgical swelling and inflammation due to numerous heath complaints such as sinusitis, arthritis, gastritis, back pain, neck pain and more.

Orthopedic Massage (OM) is a progressive manual therapy that applies a non-impact, low force, soft tissue manipulation that is appropriate to address the pain you can’t explain. Orthopedic Massage is a comprehensive bodywork that focuses on the body as on dynamic organism, and the practitioner connects with the source, rather than the cause of the pain. It is helpful for treating back, neck and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, postural problems, torticollus, muscle strains, whiplash and more.

Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Release) provides relief from Myofascial Trigger points. When trigger points develop in the body they can pull other muscles out of place and cause referral pains. Trigger points are common in desk workers and people who spend a lot of time driving.

Myofascial Release targets the muscle and fascial systems, and 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.

Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation. This touch method uses chi (energy) to bring balance and improve health. The practitioner applies a light touch to the client or works slightly above the body in the client’s energy field. This approach to energy healing connects with the subtle energy of life to feed and balance the body’s own subtle energy system, leading to greater well-being. During a session the mind and body attains a peaceful, restful state which empowers the body’s natural healing abilities to occur, while the client relaxes on a massage table, staying fully dressed with their shoes off.

Acupressure  uses light to moderate pressure which is applied to acupuncture points with the thumb, fingers, palms, forearms and elbows. Acupressure helps to bring the body into balance.

Acu-Reiki is the use of Acupressure combined with Reiki. This therapy combination balances energy systems, provides relaxation and supports health. It also works on the energy systems to clear blockages and helps put the body back in balance.

Reflexology is deep focused pressure point massage for the head, feet and hands with the intention of healing and relaxing the whole body.

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.

Prenatal 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

Cold Stone combines light pressure point work, aromatherapy and the application of cold marble stones to the face as an effective technique for reducing headaches and hot flashes as well as bringing a threatening migraine back from the brink.

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.