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Massage therapy is perhaps the oldest of healing methods. We instinctively rub our bumps, bruises or whatever gets injured. Collectively Massage are techniques that involve manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and skeletal joints. A massage session’s intention can achieve a variety of results from relaxation to targeted spot work for specific issues or injuries.
Relaxing Massage aka: Swedish
Swedish massage is performed to relax the entire body (and mind). There are five basic strokes, but most people think of the long gliding strokes (effleurage) and the rhythmic tapping (tapotement). The first being so soothing and the second stimulating and relaxing at the same time. All Swedish massage can be as deep or light as the client will tolerate.
Swedish massage is very relaxing and VERY therapeutic. Our bodies are interconnected from head to toe. If the feet hurt, it could be the result of an underlying hip or shoulder issue and vice versa. Initially all bodywork should address the whole body for this reason.
Don’t discount a good Swedish session as being old-fashioned or too “easy”. In the past few decades, many studies have linked Swedish massage to benefits such as reduction of arthritis, repetitive injury syndromes, lowering blood pressure, boosting immune system function, reducing headaches and overall pain levels.
During a Swedish session, additional focus can be given to “trouble” spots and still stay within the session time. But for very targeted work, you’ll need a Remedial Massage.
Swedish massage is available in 60 or 90-minute session.
Remedial Massage – Treatment of soft tissue soreness, pain and/or injury rehabilitation
Remedial massage provides a healing treatment that addresses the body as a whole unit and traces the discomfort, as much as possible, back the original cause—relieving the cause and symptoms. It treats muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening or lengthening and this can produce all kinds of aches, pains and injuries.
Remedial massage combines multiple bodywork techniques to locate, repair/release, support and speed the body’s own repair mechanisms.
- Trigger Point therapy: for alleviation of trigger points. Trigger Point are small localized areas where fascia and muscle are compressed together due to overuse or injury. These adhesions prevent the layers of tissue from sliding normally and can cause pain in the immediate area or referred pain in adjacent muscle groups or along a shared fascial chain.
- Myofascial Release: Improving flexibility and mobility, the muscle and surrounding fascia are massaged and manipulated directly, sometime deeply aka Deep Tissue Massage.
- Muscle Energy Technique (MET): the use of light contractions by the client in very specific directions to alter joint restrictions and range. This is an amazing technique that retrains muscle receptors, allowing them to reassess their tension and assume a new length and tension.
- Deep Tissue: Massage that is deep is rarely needed and is often overused. “No pain, No gain” seems to be a cultural chant. Mild discomfort can be a useful indicator that the therapist is in the right place for further work. But OMG pain is almost never warranted. Why? Because it sends the muscle back to a guarding mode, which keeps the muscle locked in a dysfunctional state—whether stretched too long or held too short.
With that said, therapeutic massage that does reach deeply into the tissue to release the locked fibers and allows the muscle to reset is the best type of bodywork. This is appropriate work and need not be painful.
Remedial massage is available in 90-minute sessions.
Pregnancy Massage – Follow this link to the Pregnancy Support Page