TYPES OF MASSAGE
Neuromuscular Therapy is a highly specific, results oriented method of working with chronic stress and pain. It has been shown to be of therapeutic value for persistent soft tissue distress, injury, and muscular tension. Through precise application Neuromuscular Therapists can restore muscular tone and balance, improve the drainage of blood and lymph nourishing the tissues, and decrease abnormally high neurological stimulation in an area of spasm. It is applicable to any part of the body. It is safe, effective and produces no side effects apart from a mild soreness due to the release of normal cellular waste products that may have accumulated due to muscular strain. Our NeuroMuscular Therapists have been thoroughly trained in anatomy. They work with four primary aspects of soft tissue dysfunction:
◦ Trigger Points
◦ Nerve Entrapment/compression
◦ Postural Distortion
Ischemia - is reduced blood flow to an area of the body. Muscles which stay in spasm, even low-grade spasm, for a period of time do not have full blood flow to the area due to constriction. This creates a localized tissue deprivation of nutrients and build-up of waste products which would have normally been flushed away. This combination can contribute to the pain-spasm-pain cycle. As NeuroMuscular Therapy progresses, spasm is reduced allowing greater blood flow to the muscles, reducing ischemia.
Trigger Points - are localized areas of high neurological activity within a band of muscle. They are the painful “knots” in muscles which are tender when pressed and which may cause referred pain tingling, or warmth in other parts of the body.
Nerve Entrapment/Compression - takes place when muscles spasm, putting pressure on nerves or nerve bundles that run through the soft tissues or that lie between muscles and bony structures. Therapist will relax the constricted muscles relieving the pressure.
Postural Distortion - is the subtle shifting of the body to accommodate muscular spasm or contraction. Research has shown that repeated postural strain, whether from a conscious attempt to guard an area of the body or from gradual change due to muscular shortening can create: Pain, generalized fatigue and discomfort, acute muscular lesions and binding, chronic muscular lesions and binding, joint restriction.
Swedish massage have been introduced by Swedish physiologist Henri Peter Ling in Stockholm in 1812. This massage technique is characterized by it’s firm yet calming pressure that improves blood circulation, eases muscle tension and anxiety, improves flexibility and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being. Swedish massage also exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen on the blood, and decreasing muscle toxins. Swedish massage is most commonly offered and best-known type of massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Therapy is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. One of the greatest benefits that deep tissue massage does it is reduces inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. In this type of massage all focus comes on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (what is protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Deep finger pressure may be slightly uncomfortable and cause soreness that lasts a couple of days before client will feel desired relaxation and pain-relief.
Cranial osteopathy was originated by physician William Sutherland, D.O in 1898-1900. Following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, a clinical researcher and Professor of Boimechanics, osteopathic physician John Upledger pioneered and developed Cranio-sacral therapy - an alternative medicine therapy, that now days used by osteopath, physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopath, chiropractors and occupational therapists.
Cranio-sacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on manipulation of a physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system This system is comprised of the soft tissue and bones of the cranium (or head), the spine and the pelvis.
The theory behind CST is that when blockages occur in the spinal fluid, an unharmonious balance in the body can occur, such as emotional disturbances and disbalances, muscle and joint pain and strain, improper operation of the central nervous system and body organs.
Some of the examples of conditions that may benefit from CST include: headaches, migraines, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, cystitis, frozen shoulder, arthritis, joint disorders, sciatica, digestive problems, PMS, back pain, neck pain, strain injury, sprains, autism, TMJ, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and much, much more.
The term “shiatsu” means “finger pressure”. It dates back thousand of years to the massage system developed in ancient China that were brought to Japan, then gradually changed, and developed into separate therapies.
Shiatsu reduces stress and calms the nervous system. It helps to boost stamina and improve digestion, menstrual function, concentration, and mental state. It promotes better posture and helps relieve back and neck pain. It enhances body awareness and creates a feeling of well-being. The treatment is holistic in nature, aiming to balance the body as a whole rather than just treat specific symptoms.