Medical massage is a manual technique that is used in a rehabilitative-therapy environment. It is not a general massage treatment like Swedish; rather, it is a therapy applied to a specific problem area or pathology. Our medical massage therapists use many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but uses them for a preliminary softening of tissue in order to get to the deep muscle tissue, complex joint systems, and inelastic connective tissue. Medical massage combines several manual therapies, including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, acupressure, neuromuscular massage, craniosacral therapy, and manual lymph drainage.
Deep-tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. When muscles are stressed, they block uptake of oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that can lead to buildup of toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles, and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. This type of massage also helps break down scar tissue, known as restrictive fascia (pronounced, fa-sha). Clients are usually instructed to drink plenty of water for a couple of days following the massage to help eliminate the released toxins.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and effective technique performed on a fully clothed individual. During a CST session, the practitioner detects and corrects imbalances in the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.
Manual Lymph Drainage & Complete Decongestive Therapy
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a special treatment technique that utilizes lymphatic pathways to empty and decompress fluid-filled areas, allowing limbs to return to normal or near-normal size. Compression (Decongestive) Therapy is often used in conjunction with with an MLD treatment. In this technique, multiple layers of low-stretch bandages are applied to the limb in order to achieve a graded compression to prevent the area from refilling with evacuated fluid. In a later phase of treatment, compression garments may be worn.
Sports massage is generally geared towards athletes and is typically performed before or after an athletic event. Before an event, it is used to promote peak performance, improve flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury. It is used after an event to help reduce muscle soreness and swelling, to encourage release of toxins, and to increase blood circulation.
Hot-Stone Massage involves application of water-heated, basalt river stones of varying sizes to key points on the body. The direct heat helps relax muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage. The heated stones also help expand blood vessels, increasing blood flow through the nervous system, giving the body a sedative effect. Hot-Stone Massage is a deep, healing massage technique that helps enhance our awareness and bring us closer to our true essence. The technique seem to connect with the flow of energy to rebalance the physical body, emotions, mind, and spirit. The use of heated stones can also be effective when used during Reflexology treatments to de-stress and stimulate tiny nerve endings in the feet. Hot-Stone Massage can also be helpful for the following conditions:
- Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
- Poor circulation
- Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
- Back pain
- Stress, anxiety, and tension
Swedish Massage is a gentle, rhythmic massage administered to relax soft body tissue and facilitate healing. It is lighter in touch than other forms of massage and includes long flowing strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on more superficial layers of the muscles. It can loosen stiff joints, reduce muscle tension, and help clear nasal and chest congestion. Swedish massage contributes to overall well-being and is widely prescribed by physicians to enhance treatment for insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
Trigger-Point Therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Oftentimes massage and trigger-point therapy are performed together. Trigger-Point Therapy is also called Myofascial Trigger-Point Therapy and was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940s.
Acupressure was originally devised in the U.S. as a quick stress reliever for high-powered professionals who were too busy to leave their desks. Acupressure focuses on muscles in the back, arms, hands, shoulders, neck, and head, where tension and pain often build up in desk-bound staff working under pressure. It uses more than 100 different stress-release points on the head, neck, shoulders, arms, and back. This is intended not only to relax tense and aching muscles, but also to release energy and invigorate both mind and body. The trained therapist uses hands, thumbs, and even elbows to knead, prod, pull, and stretch muscles. This can feel a little painful but should not be uncomfortable. Acupressure is often used in tandem with more traditional massage methods or with aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is an ancient practice of using plant essential oil to heal by stimulating the olfactory senses, mental responses, and circulatory and respiratory functions. It is one of the fastest growing forms of the healing arts in this country. It employs highly concentrated essential oils extracted from herbs and flowers that contain active ingredients that can enhance relaxation, increase blood flow, and provide antimicrobial properties. Applied to the skin in dilute form during a massage or through inhalation, the oil or combination of oils can be used for medicinal, meditative, restorative, or relaxation purposes.
Seated or Chair Massage makes use of a special, comfortable massage chair that the fully clothed client is seated in and receives treatment on the back, neck, arms, and hands. Seated-Chair Massage helps to release stress, muscle tension, and pain, while increasing circulation. It is very helpful for employees who sit for long hours and/or use computers because with regular use it can help prevent serious conditions such as carpel-tunnel syndrome, rounded shoulder/head forward postural problems, and other work-related conditions. It can be done at location of employment, at special events, and in our massage studio.Remember, we never charge you extra for using specialized techniques during your massage in our facilities.
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