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Deep Tissue / Therapeutic Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue in your body by using firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes. People who suffer from chronic pain, high blood pressure, or muscle injury and overuse tend to benefit most from deep tissue massage. Deep tissue technique uses slower, deeper strokes. The massage professional may even use specially designed massage tools or their elbow in certain areas to apply pressure. Be sure to communicate openly with your massage therapist about the pressure they’re using and your comfort level. Some pain is to be expected, but it should be manageable and should never feel like you’re “bracing” your muscles. Deep tissue massage helps to break up scar tissue, which is often the cause of continuous pain and stiffness after surgery.
Relaxation / Swedish Massage
Swedish massage uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow towards the heart and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. Swedish massage, like many other types of massage, has many benefits that not only provide positive physical changes, but mental and emotional changes, as well. Stress and pain relief, increased circulation, relaxation, and complementary alternative medicine are just some of the benefits that come with regular Swedish massage. If you are in need of one or more of these benefits, visiting a certified, experienced Swedish massage therapist may help bring you closer to overall health and happiness.
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth stones are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils where the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of massage stones induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering. With hot stone massage, tension melts away as a result of heat, allowing your massage therapist to access deeper layers of muscle. This results in a relaxation of muscle tension that accompanies a host of other benefits including: Improved circulation Increased metabolism Chronic pain relief Fewer muscle spasms Improved joint flexibility Improved mood
Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting mothers. Specially-designed massage tables, cushions, and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen. Massage is an important part of prenatal care. It not only relieves pregnancy discomfort, but it also allows your body to do what is necessary in order to keep you and your baby healthy. Here are a few things a prenatal massage can do for you: Reduce stress; Relieve back, neck, and head pain; Reduce swelling; Alleviate cramps; Lessen stress on weight-bearing joints; Improve sleep quality; Encourage blood and lymph circulation; Minimize anxiety and depression associated with hormones.
Manual Osteopathic Therapy uses hands-on skills for investigation and treatment of body dysfunctions. The whole body is examined and mechanical disruptions are treated whether symptoms exist or not. It realign tissue in a gentle, noninvasive way in order to reverse the body of the stresses which are the original cause of pain. A treatment usually involves active movement from the client, with gentle stretching and positioning from the therapist. What separates this treatment from similar professions is that the body is treated as a whole unit, a complete structure, rather than isolating the problem to one joint or muscle.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of ailments including: arthritis, migraines, sinusitis, PMS, tennis elbow, injuries, chronic back pain, and low energy.