What is Massage Therapy?
Everyone can benefit from massage therapy as the experience is tailored to the patients needs based upon clinical intake and treatment plan.
Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the body’s tissues involving muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints, for the purpose of optimizing health by decreasing pain and improving mobility.
Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Swedish massage is effective for reducing stress, anxiety, fatigue, muscular tension, and circulation.
Swedish uses light to moderate pressure in order to calm the nervous system and restore a state of relaxation.
Techniques such as gliding and kneading are performed in a soothing and rhythmical manner.
Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage is a great supporting therapy to the changes that an expecting mother's body undergoes.
Studies show that prenatal massage has the potential to reduce anxiety, relieve muscle aches, joint pain and improve overall health for both mom and baby.
Lymphatic Drainage uses gentle, rhythmical strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is a specialized technique that is sometimes referred to as a ‘detox massage’.
The intention of lymphatic drainage is to support your body's internal filtration of waste, improve your immune system and reduce swelling.
Trigger Point Release
Trigger Point Release penetrates into the deeper layers of musculature and allows your therapist to manually reset normal resting muscle tone to ease pain and discomfort. Often times patients refer to these Trigger Points as "knots" and they can be very painful and cause painful shooting referral pain to other parts of the body.
A firm and deep pressure is applied to the trigger point; relieving tension and ache as it penetrates the deeper layers of musculature.
Myofascial Release is a form of treatment that works to release connective tissue that wraps around the muscles (fascia). Fascial dysfunction can cause restriction within the muscles as well as limit mobility at the joints.
This technique is applied slowly and steadily to allow time for the fascia to soften, lengthen and release. The practitioner may use their hands, knuckles, forearms or elbows in order to sheer this tissue in an effort to lengthen it and effectively release it from muscular or bony structures.
These techniques do not typically cause any pain but often a mild burning or heat may be felt as the fascia releases.