Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Stone massage therapy combines massage with the therapeutic use of stones that are heated or cooled in water. Stones are either massaged over the body or placed upon specific areas. Heat therapy causes increased sweating, improved circulation and relaxed muscle tissue, which leads to reduced pain.
This modality draws wisdom from the ancient practices of Acupressure, Lomi Lomi and Thai Massage. The steam heated herbal compresses apply a penetrating moist heat to the body, inducing a state of deep relaxation. The 16 different herbs encourage detoxification and pain relief and decrease inflammation while emitting a soothing exotic aroma into the air for you to enjoy.
Swedish massage is the main principle for almost all types of massage you receive; it is considered the classic form of relaxation and therapeutic massage. It uses five styles of long, flowing strokes applied in a light to moderate pressure or a deeper pressure. The five basic strokes are effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, and vibration/shaking.
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues using Swedish and non-Swedish techniques applied with moderate to deep pressure.
The primary purpose of a relaxation massage is to help you relax using Swedish massage techniques at a slower pace with lighter pressure. Your massage therapist will use less advanced and less painful techniques. With a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out knots and your deeper muscle groups.
Pregnancy massage shares many of the benefits and techniques of a regular Swedish and relaxation massage. Your massage therapist, who is trained in treating pregnant clients, will adjust their techniques, their pressure, and your position based on your concerns and complaints. This massage is focused on discomforts associated with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters.
Myofascial release refers to manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia. A fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Techniques used to help relieve fascia tension involve no lotion or oil and can be a painful/burning experience like skin rolling and pin and stretch.
Trigger point therapy involves decreasing trigger points (knots) in your muscles that may cause local pain or referred pain to other parts of your body. It can be a painful treatment but your massage therapist will work within your pain scale/tolerance to help break down the trigger point in your muscle or muscles.
Therapeutic ultrasound is one of the most widely used passive modalities for the treatment of soft tissue issue, joint dysfunction and pain. It uses sound waves to penetrate the body eliciting therapeutic benefit in specific target tissues.
TENS is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves/muscles for therapeutic purposes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. TENS is a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulator intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic.
Stretching and strengthening exercises are remedial exercises given to each client after treatment to help maintain their body wellness, pain, tightness and weakness. These exercises can then be performed at home. Stretching is targeted at a specific muscle or group of muscles to improve flexibility and range of motion. Strengthening is done to enhance the development of a specific muscle or group of muscles.
>It removes adhesion and realigns fibers of internal or external scar tissue. Improves appearance, reduces pain and increases range of motion.
Massage can be performed pre, during, and post activity to maintain optimal condition for the event. Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages in both acute and chronic stages of conditions. The following is a small list of conditions for which massage therapy can prove beneficial.
• Anxiety and Depression
• Back, leg, arm, and neck pain
• Muscle Tension and Spasm
• Inflammatory Conditions
• Scoliosis and Kyphosis
• Pregnancy and Labour Support
• Post-surgical Rehabilitation
• Strains and Sprains
• Sports Injuries
• And More...