What's Best For Your Health
As a Licensed Massage Therapist I will help you determine the right treatment for your optimum health. While there are a wide range of modalities, or types, of massage therapies here are some of the more popular terms defined.
Medical Massage uses techniques such as soft tissue therapy, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, muscle
energy techniques, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage and other techniques to aid in recovery from an injury or disease. This type of massage is modified to the specific problem or problems
that the client presents. Additional training is required of a massage therapist who performs this type of massage. Medical massage maybe prescribed by a doctor however, it is not always
necessary to have such.
Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines lotion or oil with an array
of strokes such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration/jostling. Some of the many benefits of Swedish massage are reduced stress and anxiety, improved relaxation and
general tissue flexibility, a better sense of well being.
Sports massage is a deeper, more invigorating, and anatomically specific massage. This type of massage is not
exclusive to athletes. It combines the classic Swedish massage strokes with rhythmic compressions and active assistive release, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage.
Sports massage is used in a variety of settings. Event massage includes pre-event, inter-event and post-event massage. These are short massages done at the event, through the
athlete’s clothes. The focus of either massage is different, one warms up the tissue and generate blood flow, the latter removes metabolic waste from the muscles and calms the nervous system.
The next two massages are performed in a clinical setting. Maintenance massage minimizes the negative effects of exercise and keeps the athlete training and competing at his or her
highest level. Treatment massage is for when the athlete has suffered an acute injury or when the chronic strain of activity has accumulated to the point at which training and/or performance
capacity are diminished.
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage focused on stretching and broadening the fascia and other connective tissues using a variety of techniques. The intention is to improve structural alignment and range of motion, and decrease pain and ischemia. The term “deep tissue” is often misused. Deep tissue massage should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint.
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