Deep tissue massage is a more intense sensation and technique than the traditional Swedish Massage. Deep tissue massage works with slow pressure to muscles and also joint mobilization, as well as stretches. At no point does a deep tissue massage have to hurt to do good to the client. In fact, all massage is done at a zero pain policy, if pain is felt the practitioner changes the pressure to accommodate the client. Sometimes a client will be sore the day after a deep tissue massage, it usually a mild soreness, like after a workout. All massage treatments should be followed up by drinking water to hydrate tissue.
Hot Stone Massage is a technique that uses specialized stones called basalt stones. These stones hold heat, helping to create a deep tissue massage to work tight, knotted muscles and release tension. Hot stone massage is relaxing and is known to have health benefits.
Placing and kneading hot stones over muscles helps increase an area's circulation and blood flow to stimulate healing to painful or damaged muscles. The deep tissue massage and heat of the stones also aid in the ability to move toxins and waste through the body. Massage also promotes relaxation, eases stress and anxiety, as well as alleviates muscle aches and back pain. One study, published in the June 2003 issue of "Annals of Internal Medicine," reviewed evidence from past trials that showed massage was effective for chronic back pain.
Sometime clients will need specific problems addressed in their massage sessions or have diseases that require special modifications. For these clients we use medical massage therapy. We begin by completing a thorough medical history, followed by rang of movement and special testing, and palpation. We then work together with the client creating treatment goals, followed by a treatment plan. Dialogue between the therapist and the client is frequent throughout the session. Often times followed by postural retraining, proper stretching and strengthening of muscles.
Medical Fusion Massage blends together a Medical Massage with a whole body massage session. This is beneficial to client’s with medical concerns and want a whole body experience during their session with all techniques threading back to the original chief complaint.
Orthopedic Manual Therapy
Orthopedic Manual Therapy is based on current scientific research and clinical studies which addresses multifaceted pain conditions due to injury, over use, or postural imbalance. This type of manual therapy is a twelve-step approach based on soft-tissue and structural balancing. Through these steps muscle balance is restored, muscle tightness is released, trigger points are reduce or eliminated, joint capsule adhesion are released, and pain is significantly reduced by normalizing tissue and joints. Orthopedic Manual Therapy is beneficial to clients with recent injury, chronic pain, as well as conditions such as arthritis and scoliosis. The client and the massage therapist will determine if Orthopedic Manual therapy is right for them after taking a complete medical history, performing muscle testing, palpation, and range of motion testing.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques,which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
This treatment will soothe the whole body through the feet using an ancient system know as reflexology. Reflexology is the science and art based on the principle that there are zones and reflex points in the feet which correspond to every part of the body. This technique reduces stress and tension in the body, causing physiological changes. It is a science because it is based on physiological and neurological study, and an art because much depends on the practitioner's knowledge, skill, intention, dedication, and compassion, when applying this technique.
The term Swedish massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins (which carry blood back to the heart) both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate. Many believe it is safe to apply light pressure in the opposite direction. Swedish massage uses five main strokes to stimulate the circulation of blood through the body; petrissage (kneading), effleurage (stroking), friction, tapotment (tapping), and vibration. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed venous return from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves. As it can help reduce emotional and physical stress it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy.