Massage is a holistic treatment that can offer many benefits to the individual receiving it. When a person experiences pain, often the core issue may be poor balance in some part of the person’s body. Over time the body has tightened up and is creating poor alignment and resulting pain. Our human bodies all seek balance.
Hectic, stressed and busy lives often leave the body tense and tight. Or perhaps there is an initial injury or overuse from daily work, or sports or some other event. When these things occur a muscle will end up tightening to support the body part that has been weakened. Over time some muscle or part of the opposite side of the person’s body will tighten to maintain balance in the body. The body is not happy being pulled and pushed in a direction that it not natural for it and over time chronic pain can result, along with poor alignment.
There are many variations of massage. Each offers different techniques that are focused on dealing with the health goal that is needed to be achieved. Some of the popular massage techniques and some additional techniques used with massage are:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Neuromuscular Bodywork
- Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage
- Sport Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
- Trigger Point Therapy
In addition to those techniques, we have Licensed Massage Therapists skilled in:
- Carpal Tunnel Outlet Treatment Protocol
- Emotional Trauma Treatment Protocol
- Geriatric Support
- Headaches/Migraines Treatment Protocol
- Insomnia Treatment Protocol
- Low Back Pain Treatment Protocol
- Mental Illness Treatment Protocol
- Oncology Support
- Plantar Faciitis Treatment Protocol
- Sciatica / Piriformis Syndrome Treatment Protocol
- Scoliosis Treatment Protocol
- Shin Splints Treatment Protocol
- Thoracic Outlet Treatment Protocol
- TMJ Treatment Protocol
- Whiplash Treatment Protocol
Deep Tissue Massage
While deep tissue massage uses many of the same massage techniques as Swedish massage, main difference is that the therapist works deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue). Deep tissue massage is also a more focused type of massage. The therapist works to release chronic muscle tension, or knots, called adhesions. Many people expect deep tissue massage to be an hour of intense pressure and pain, but this is not the case.
By correctly applying pressure to a muscle while it is contracting and releasing, a massage therapist can “reset” the muscle memory and help it to return to a more comfortable resting length. We use both passive and active movement along with a comfortable level of pressure to achieve beneficial results. This technique can also help to release adhesions and trigger points – painful “knots” in a muscle that can often refer pain to other areas of the body.
The goal of pregnancy massage, (also known as pre-natal massage) is to promote relaxation, soothe nerves, and relieve strained back and leg muscles which most expectant mothers are affected by. The second and third trimesters are the time when the extra weight in a pregnant woman’s belly puts strain on the back. Pregnancy massage can be especially beneficial at this time.
While sports massage was developed for athletes who need to keep their bodies in great condition and quickly work out any stress or injuries, it is a massage good for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Sports massage can be used to get an athlete ready to compete, support them while they compete, or help their body to recover after a sports event. The massage strokes generally concentrate on a specific problem area which may be related to a sport they participated in.
Swedish massage is often referred to as relaxation massage. The goal of the massage therapist is to relax a person’s nervous system which in turns helps the person’s muscles to relax. Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West.
If it’s a person’s first time receiving a massage or they do not get massages very often, Swedish massage is often the perfect massage for them. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous depending on the therapist’s personal style and the needs of the individual receiving the massage.
Trigger Point Therapy
Occasionally a muscle will develop trigger points that do not clear with neuromuscular work alone. In cases such as this a massage therapist can apply sustained pressure directly to the trigger point for a short period, causing a release in the muscle “knot” which allows for a corresponding lengthening in that muscle group.
Therapeutic massage is something everyone can benefit from. It can not only relieve pain and tension, but can also increase flexibility and range of motion. A person’s body will feel better and perform better with regular bodywork which includes massage.
A typical massage session can include one or a combination of Swedish, neuromuscular, deep tissue, essential oils, and hot stone therapies depending on what a person needs at that point. The individual receiving the massage determines how much pressure is needed. Too much pressure can cause more pain and tension, which is counteractive to the goal of lengthening and relaxing the muscle. Bodywork is most effective when your body is not resisting.
During a massage the person is generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body they are working on — a technique called draping. If the massage recipient is not comfortable with nudity, the option always is available to keep one’s underwear on – which many individuals do.