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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as gliding, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation and relieve tensions. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past chronic injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics, weight training or other intensive exercise routines. Engaging in sports can be harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the tendons or belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be rather painful at times, yet the effects can be lasting and profoundly transformative.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specialized form of massage therapy. Neuromuscular Therapy includes the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial trigger points to relieve pain patterns. Trigger points are considered to be highly contracted areas within a muscle, which may create (or "trigger") radiating pain patterns into different parts of the body. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to relieve these points of intense muscular or fascial contraction, and to restore equilibrium. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause muscle hypertension, formation of trigger points and resulting pain patterns, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is helpful to reduce musclar tension and pain patterns, in order to maintain normal function and overall health.
Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury. Medical massage is often performed subsequent to car accidents or other injuries, or due to the result of chronic pain syndromes. Insurance coverages may apply, check with your therapist for details.
Stretching is one of the most overlooked and under-used methods for muscle relaxation, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Focused, specific stretches for each area of the body can release tension and toxin accumulation, increase circulation and promote healing. As a massage therapist, I can employ numerous forms of stretches including AIS (Active Isolated Stretching), PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), Thai massage stretches and other methods, many of which can be more effective and produce greater range of motion, than when performed by the individuals.
Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
Traditional Electro-stim units (TENS) use a higher voltage AC current to bombard muscles with stimulation and block the sensory input from painful tissues, among other effects. In contrast, Acupuncture Microcurrent Point Stimulation therapy (MPS) uses a much smaller amount of voltage than TENS, usually 10% or less, and uses only DC current, known to be much safer and more comfortable. Traditional Acupuncture points and meridians are used to measure weak areas in the body's electrical system. The MPS device has built-in resistance monitor to detect low energy and indicate points which require balancing by stimulation. Once the body's equilibrium is restored by this method, the natural healing process is facilitated to relieve pain and regain normal functioning. See www.acumed-medical.com for more details.