Swedish Massage Therapy. ( also referred to as Therapeutic Massage ) This is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. Swedish Massage - One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. Most state licensing and/or regulating bodies require massage therapists to be proficient in Swedish massage as a basis for licensing.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy, Medical and Bodywork - This is a general term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body's deep connective tissues and/or muscles, not just the surface nerves or the lymphatic system. Examples are: Connective tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Pfrimmer Method are considered to be Deep Tissue Massage. Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure are often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles. Tools to produce deep pressure on a specific point are also commonly used. Relaxation, Craniosacral, Esalen, and Swedish massage are generally not considered to be deep tissue techniques. Among the conditions deep tissue bodywork treats are whiplash, sciatica, low back and neck pain, sports injury and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. This is a non-sexual relaxation or therapeutic massage.
Sports Massage - is a form of massage which utilizes specific strokes and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain. It helps to obtain maximum conditioning by increasing power, endurance and flexibility both before and after an event or work out. Performance INCREASES OF 20% ARE COMMON as a result of massage sessions.
Thai Massage - involves stretching and deep compressions, applying firm and rhythmic pressure. The client should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Thai Massage includes yoga like stretches which are intended to stimulate the blood vessels, and move oxygen through the body by a pumping action connected to the client's breathing. Thai Massage benefits include improving circulation, improve energy flow, increase flexibility/ range of motion, and decrease stress. It is beneficial to both young and old, Thai Massage Techniques assist the body to return to optimum performance and health. It can be particularly helpful in relieving headaches, migraines, arthritis, whiplash pain, paralysis, numbness, and back pain.
Manual Lymph Massage or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - is a descendant of Swedish massage. The strokes applied are intended to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. The most widely taught and generally accepted form of this technique was created by Dr. Emil Vodder. This is a very specific technique which requires advanced training and precise movements.
Myofacial Release (MFR) -is a manipulative treatment that attempts to releasetension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body.
Non Fire Cupping - involves using silicon cups that provide a negative pressure to release tension in tight muscles, increase lymphatic flow, break up scar tissue, release adhesions in soft tissue, increase circulation, stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, decrease cellulite in the fatty tissue and detoxification of the body. The cups come in two sizes to work with the face and the body. We use cupping for treatment work and to help reduce cellulite and wrinkles on the face. And help to tone the skin and restore elasticity.
Gua Sha - is a technique that uses scraping tools to break up scar tissue, soft tissue adhesions and to treat pain. It is an ancient chinese method used for a variety of issues including those not associated with the muscular skeletal system. In chinese medicine, Gua Sha is used to treat everything from colds and flus to more serious pathologies by stimulating the blood flow and releasing toxins and stagnant blood.
Pregnancy Massage - (pregnancy, prenatal & postpartum massage) Practitioners use a variety of bodywork techniques. It is a great way to relieve the stresses that result from the rapid and profound physical as well as mental-emotional changes that occur during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage is designed to relieve aches in the back, neck, hips, legs and weight bearing joints. It will also provide support for Moms-to-be. Postpartum massage helps restore the body to pre-pregnancy conditions and helps nurture the new Mom.
Geriatric Massage - Although there are no specific techniques which are unique to geriatric massage, the practitioner who specializes in this area may have had special training in working with a client population who exhibit a range of physiological changes commonly associated with ageing, such as; loss of elasticity of the skin, thining of the subcutaneous layers, loss of muscle mass, tendency to bruise easily, osteoporosis, loss of range of motion (ROM), etc. Any deep tissue techniques would be used with extreme caution.
Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing massage that combines the penetrating effect of hot stones with soothing manual massage. Basaltic river rocks are heated to between 125 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit and then either statically placed on or under the client or used as massage tools. The client should be insulated from hot stones direct from the heating unit until they have cooled somewhat. The therapy can relax deep muscular tissue and soothe aching joints while feeling gentle and relaxing. The use of the hot stones also benefits the therapist by reducing the physical stress of providing deep tissue massage. The heat soothes muscles and joints of the therapist's hands.
Aromatherapy - is the use of fragrant substances (usually 'essential' oils distilled from flowers, resins, woods, and roots) to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Essential oils are either inhaled, absorbed directly through the skin or in some cases ingested. It is often combined with massage since oils can be used to carry fragrances while also allowing more pressure to be applied to muscles. Aromatherapy can be used to support treatment for respiratory problems, skin disorders and immune deficiencies. Many essential oils from botanical sources also have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Its proponents claim that health benefits are associated with specific choices of scent. For example, clary sage can be used to combat depression.
Guided Imagery - involves using mental images to promote physical healing or changes in attitudes or behavior. Practitioners may lead clients through specific visualization exercises or offer instruction in using imagery as a self-help tool. Guided imagery is often used to alleviate stress and to treat stress-related conditions such as insomnia and high blood pressure. It is also used by people with cancer, AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other disorders with the aim of boosting the immune system.