Massage and Manual Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep-tissue massage is a specific type of massage therapy that concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body; and recommended by many doctors as a treatment option. By using deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage is used to treat a variety of physical ailments.
For those people who suffer from chronic stress, and all of its various, possible side-effects like tension headaches, rigid shoulders and tight muscles; deep tissue massage can be a relief.
Sports massage is similar to deep-tissue massage as they both use similar strokes such as kneading, circular movements, tapping and vibrations. Sports massage uses similar methods of manipulating the skin, yet tends to be more focused on sports-related areas of pain.
Relaxation/ Swedish Massage
Swedish massage aims to relax the entire body and stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Massage during pregnancy is a great complimentary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy, natural way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to work on the muscles apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort
Once the stones have heated sufficiently, some are placed onto specific points on the body (such as the back, hands, etc.) and others are held by the massage therapist and used to work the muscles. Combining “Hot stone” protocols with a full body massage, provide a very healing and effective experience.
Benefits of Hot stone massage:
Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other chronic condition
Decreases pain and muscle spasm
Reduces chronic stress
Manual therapy uses skilled, specific hands-on techniques, to assess and treat soft tissue and joint structures.
Manual therapy includes joint techniques such as mobilization and soft tissue techniques such as deep tissue massage / trigger point release.
These techniques facilitate pain relief, restore normal movement and work on strengthening and flexibility, restoring normal function.
Integrated manual therapy to eliminate multiple nerve compression patterns of the upper and lower body: techniques that release problems with joint capsule and nerve compression.
There are times when massage is inappropriate due to a specific condition
Avoid deep tissue massage if you recently had an injury or surgery, are pregnant, have a fever or a contagious illness or have implants such as a stent. Avoid all forms of massage if you have a blood clot, history of blood clots, or red, hot and painful varicose veins. If you are uncertain about which type of massage to have, discuss your goals with our massage therapist.