Deep tissue massage usually involves slow movements and concentrated pressure on muscle, intended to relieve a client of chronic tension and knots. A session can be moderately uncomfortable, and several sessions may be necessary to alleviate chronic tension.
Rapid Release Technology
Often used as a complement to any massage session, Rapid Release Technology (as shown in the picture above) is a safe, effective, fast, and painless means to release minor aches and pains. As a high frequency vibrating device, it is designed to break up dysfunctional tissue such as scars and hypertonic muscles, as well as to increase range of motion. Ask me for a demonstration.
Swedish massage, considered the most common form of massage, uses variant pressure to promote relaxation, relieve muscle aches, and improves circulation. The practitioner may use gliding strokes, tapping, kneading, and friction.
Relieves chronic pain contributing to weak posture. Releases trapped nerves from tight muscles, joints and ligaments. Corrects atrophy, weakness and muscle amnesia in head-forward postures. Lessens pain sensitivity through graded exposure assisted stretching. Eliminates protective muscle guarding due to joint dysfunction. Creates dynamic, confident posture with innovative restorative techniques. Corrects sports-related tendon and joint injuries. Enhances athletic performance through hands-on proprioceptive training. Changes the brain’s mind about pain through targeted exercise advice. Prevents chronic neck and back pain due to tension, trauma & weak posture.
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Tailored for athletes, sports massage reduces pain, promotes relaxation and recovery, and helps prevent injury. Similar to deep tissue massage, the pressure applied may be stronger than other forms of massage, and stretching techniques are incorporated. Sports massage can be used before, during, or after a sporting event.
Specific for pregnant women to alleviate stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve designated pain in the back, muscles, and joints. The client is usually positioned side-laying, supported by pillows, to their comfort level.
Massage is isolated to the feet (and occasionally the hands or ears.) Designated as a system of reflex areas that mirror an image of the body, and correspond to organs and systems.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point (or muscle knot) is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the triceps, for example, may create referral pain in the shoulders. The shoulders, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
With an ergonomically designed massage chair, a seated massage is performed. The patient does not need to disrobe and oils are not used. The chair allows easy access to the client. Sessions usually last 15-20 mins.