The beneficial effects of massage begin with its influence on the muscular tissues of the body.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
Skillful manipulation of the muscles assists the circulation of the blood and lymphatic fluid, stimulates the organs of digestion and improves the performance of the lungs and skin. As the muscles improve in tone, so do the nerves that supply them, right back to the spinal cord and brain.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain.
- Improving joint mobility.
- Improving circulation.
- Improving lymphatic drainage.
- Reducing muscular tension.
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
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What We Do
Massage cupping is ideal for performing deep-tissue massage and helps to drain toxins, loosen adhesions, facilitate blood flow and stimulate the body.
Utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles.
Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy which uses light touch and intention to channel nurturing and healing energy to the recipient bringing balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit.
Uses direct pressure on muscles over most parts of the body with a combination of stretching to further stimulate the musculoskeletal system which includes joints, bones, nerves, ligaments, and the lymphatic system; creating benefit to all five physiological body systems.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences and requires the therapist to develop a great degree of skill, having an intimate knowledge of the workings of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, redirecting if necessary.
Help alleviate some of the ailments associated with pregnancy, including lower back, neck and shoulder pain; fatigue; joint tenderness; and stretch marks. Prenatal massage can help improve circulation, promote stress reduction and relaxation, and much more. Practitioners should be well-trained in prenatal massage in order to deliver safe and effective care, and practice members should check with their doctors prior to receiving treatment.
Fascia is interconnected to every other part of the body, and actually helps support the body’s very structure, including the musculoskeletal system. When injury, inflammation, physical or emotional trauma occurs; the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/or restricted range of motion. Aims to release the fascia and return it to a state of normalcy by applying gentle pressure to the restricted areas.
This gentle, hands-on technique involves the craniosacral system – a system of the body composed of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners utilize CST to loosen and release restrictions of “blockages” in the body possibly contributing to pain and dysfunction; removing such blockages improves the functioning of the central nervous system and body as a whole. CST is effective at relieving a number of symptoms, including pain, headaches, central nervous system disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, tension and more.
The direct heat from the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body, and have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Uses a set of instruments to breakdown scar tissue and fascial adhesion by delivering a controlled microtrauma to the affected area. This in turn, stimulates a local inflammatory response, which starts reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and leads to a cascade of healing activities. This process helps break down lesions that may have developed as a result of surgery, trauma, immobilization or repetitive strain.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas of soft tissue in the body characterized by local pain, tightness, and tenderness. Seeks first to identify trigger points, then apply steady, appropriate pressure to the point to “release” it. Thus is usually followed by massage to the surrounding area to help treat the cause of the trigger point.
The temporomandibular joint aka “TMJ” is the hinge joint that allows you to move your jaw. Whiplash, imbalance of the mastication or chewing muscles, tightness of the back of the neck, forward head posture, and myofascial trigger points can affect the integrity and functionality of the temporomandibular joint. The focus of this treatment is the reduction of tension of muscles, eliminating trigger points and releasing tension in the fascia tissue around the jaw area to restore proper function.
Oncology massage is a gentle modality where the massage techniques are modified to take into consideration the needs of someone who is or has been treated for cancer. Careful measures are taken because there can be complex health concerns stemming from the types of treatment an individual has received. Outside of the obvious precautions for delicately handling varying stages of cancer, other considerations have to be made: the amount of pressure used, where on the body massage can be applied, and finding a comfortable position. Compassion is the key component. Although cancer is a factor, it does not define the person receiving the massage.
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