When it comes to relaxation and pain relief, massage therapy is one of the most helpful treatment methods there is.
Massage therapy uses a variety of techniques to relieve pain, muscle spasms, promote relaxation, help restore flexibility and joint motion as well as improve your body’s overall health.
Massage increases the body’s supply of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and tissues, which help release waste products from the muscle cells thus accelerating your body's own natural ability to heal itself.
Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage designed to relax the entire body. It uses long strokes, kneading, circular movements, and sometimes vibration and tapping.
Swedish massage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. Improved blood circulation also means increased oxygen in your blood, giving your more energy. This type of massage speeds up the removal of toxins like lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes from the body. It can improve flexibility while reducing nervous tension. It can relieve symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Deep Tissue massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments), commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Deep Tissue massage will work out the tension from stressed, overworked muscles and connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments) to relieve myofascial pain, muscle and joint pain, as well promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reduced inflammation.
Trigger Point Therapy (Myofascial Release) is similar to Deep Tissue Massage but focuses on discreet trigger ponts, which are small, tender “knots” that develop in the muscles due to injury, micro-trauma and/or overuse. These trigger points can cause persistent local neck or back pain and they can even refer pain to other areas of your body, sometimes mimicing more serious medical problems.
Trigger Point Therapy may be the answer to chronic, persistent pain including headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder, arm, hip or leg pain.
Cupping Therapy is not new! In fact, cupping has been used by many cultures dating back thousands of years. It is a type of deep tissue massage that uses special cups placed on your skin for a few minutes to create a gentle suction. It can be used as stand-alone therapy or used as a compliment to the other massage therapies to assist in healing.
Cupping Therapy can loosen tight muscles, encourage blood flow, and calms the nervous system. Since it has a calming effect, it is useful in relieving neck and back pain, stiff muscles, high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Hot Stone massage is a special type of massage therapy. Smooth, flat, heated stones, usually made of volcanic rock to retain heat, These stones are placed on specific parts of your body - along your spine, on your stomach, on your chest, on your face, on your palms, on your feet and toes. Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body.
Hot Stone massage eases muscle tension and chronic pain, it increases blood flow to the affected area and reduces muscle spasms. It also can help with anxiety, insomnia, and stress.
Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage but it is a faster and deeper massage geared towards the athlete. It is used to realign muscle fibers and connective tissue, increase circulation in the muscle and to flush toxins from the muscles. It usually consists of a combination of several massage techniques that are tailored to your affected muscle groups based on your activities.
Sports massage can decrease pain, increase joint mobility and flexibility, increase athletic performance, and reduce the risk of injury during exercise
Prenatal massage is similar to Swedish massage, however other massage techniques can added to the session to help with the various needs of the expectant mother.
Prenatal massage can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relax muscle tension, reduce back, leg and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Studies have shown that in women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks have lowered stress hormones (norepinephrine and cortisol) were reduced and increased “feel good” hormones (dopamine and serotonin). These hormone level changes can lead to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
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