TYPES OF THERAPY
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Prenatal Massage Therapy
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rhythmical massage treatment performed by a specially trained massage therapist. Our lymph fluid is transported through the lymphatic vessels via our skeletal muscle movements contracting and deep correct breathing, unlike our blood which is pumped around the circulatory system via our heart.
A lymphatic drainage massage helps to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body, reducing swelling and fluid retention through the limbs. This massage helps to rapidly speed up the removal of wastes and toxin, aids in the prevention of swelling after injury or surgery, is often used for people going through chemo as it can help them build their immune system and is also thought to provide a major boost to your immune system.
Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play. Your massage therapist will apply traditional Swedish and sports massage techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate your pain levels with your massage therapist during your treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving the reflexology massage.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Gua Sha Therapy
Gua sha is an ancient healing technique involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin on the back, limbs, and other parts of the body. The area to be treated is first lubricated with massage oil or , then scraped with the edge of a ceramic spoon or similar object. The scraped area will create red patches on skin after treatment, but it will fade within few days. Gua sha is usually applied typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine.
Gua sha is a part of medical massage therapy and acupuncture therapy. It increases blood flow (microcirculation) in the soft tissue, stimulates the body’s natural pain-relieving opioid systems, and it may block the pain response pathways so you feel pain relief. Gua sha is especially effective during cold and flu season. It is wonderful at treating stiff upper necks and backs, as well as extremely tight muscles. It is recommended that patients refrain from exercise on the day of procedure.
Facial Gua Sha is an ancient scraping massage technique developed by Traditional Chinese Medicine. It began as a treatment done solely on the body to improve blood circulation, move lymphatic stagnation and release muscle tension. Over time, a much gentler version was created for the face that involves a light gliding motion to tone, lift, and smooth the skin. Tools of various shapes made of crystal (such as jade or rose quartz) are used with light pressure in an upward and outward movement.
The aim is to de-puff the face by facilitating lymphatic drainage into the neck and bring fresh blood & nutrients to the skin for that healthy glow.
Releases muscle tension. Cupping softens muscle tissue and helps to relieve
muscle knots which results in looser feeling,more flexible muscles. Cupping usually targets muscle groups that are prone to tightness such as the hamstrings, the adductors and the back and shoulder muscles.
Cupping is a suction technique using plastic “cups” on the skin to pull toxin build-up and muscle spasm out of the deeper tissue of the body, towards the surface of the body. When we feel “pain,” tenderness, or discomfort, there is some physiologic blockage in the flow of energy. The more blockage, the harder it is for the body to remove the obstruction and discomfort.
Cupping could be used all over the body to invigorate blood flow and to relieve tension and pain. It also brings fresh new blood into that blocked area. Changes in stiffness, pain and mobility can often be seen immediately. It is often use for treating muscle, menstrual, or joint pain. Helps relieve acute illnesses such as common cold, headaches, boost immunity, and energy. The procedure usually last about 5 - 15 minutes per area depending on the technique used.
In case of pregnancy, bleeding disorder, diabetic neuropathy, or open wounds, cupping cannot be used. Because the suction draw fresh blood to the external capillaries, it may be result in bruise or red patch on the skin. It is a normal response, and it will fade within few days. Same as Gua Sha, It is recommended that patients should avoid from exercise on the day of treatment.
Massage is a great way to manage stress and relieve tension- two of the main causes of migraine headaches. Your massage therapist will integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending on the severity of your migraines or tension headaches, your therapist may utilize a Swedish massage, Deep Tissue ,Trigger Point therapy or other methods that address your specific requests and needs