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Different Types of Massage Therapy

Sports Massage

Performing or engaging in sports can be very damaging on the body and can often leads to injuries in short or long term situations. Sports massage works on the connective tissue and deep muscle structures to enhance performance. The massage is mostly involving passive stretching. Sports massage is specifically designed to increase flexibility and prevent injuries. It is specifically designed for the types of injuries obtained during athletic activity. The massage therapist uses techniques that locate the source of spasms, tension, or tightness through the muscle.

Swedish massage

Swedish massage is a relaxing massage that increases blood circulation to more than 4 times its normal rate. The massage releases the stagnant toxins stored in the muscle fibers, and in result is fresh oxygenated blood flow into the muscles, that boosts energy levels. The main purpose of a Swedish massage is to help bring the body to relax through a verity of stokes such as kneading, rolling, hold and release, percussion and much more to help improve circulation. This type of bodywork includes relief from aches and pains, decreased stress, enhanced mental clarity, and improves flexibility through the massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that helps relieve tension in the deeper layers of the tissue in the body. Deep Tissue is highly effective way of releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of deep work, open communication is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that have been released from the deep tissue strokes.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point therapy is modality in massage that can focus on stimulating and releasing "Tender Points" or "Trigger Points" that are in the body. A Trigger Point is a tight area within the muscle that causes pain in other parts of the body. When the massage therapist places pressure into the Trigger Point you may feel as if the pain resonates into other parts of the body, such as your arms, legs, neck ext., and that is called Referral Pain. These "knots" are built up and can occur because of physical, metal, or even emotional stress.

Structural Integration

The purpose of Structural integration massage is to actively loosen restrictive connective tissue by applying pressure similar to deep tissue. The theories behind this type of massage come from the muscles themselves are individually covered by fascia and it covers all of the muscles with a fibrous connective tissue. This tissue is allows the muscles to all be connect by the fascia. Normally, therapist may recommend a sequence of 5-10 sessions from 75-90 minutes in order to achieve whole body realignment.

Reflexology

Reflexology focuses on the feet and the hands to affect the nerve endings. This is performed using light finger pressure in specific areas on the feet and hands. The theory of Reflexology is that every human body is mapped out in your feet, therefore the therapist ca alleviate any tension or pain more depth to help harmonize the body.


Cranial/Sacral Therapy

Cranial/sacral therapy is an energetic modality. Compressed bones in the head can cause headaches and neck pain. Using only finger pressure to decompress the sacrum and the bones in the skull. This modality increases the flow of cerebrospinal fluid or CSF.

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is the use of warm stones that are applied to the body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Since the muscles are heated quickly with these stones, they release tension, stress, and loosen up tissue more quickly than with a traditional massage. An hour and a half (90 minutes) is required upon requesting this type of massage in order to fully deepen muscles relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated, stones in key points of the body.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage is also commonly known as Pregnancy Massage. It is designed specifically for pregnant women who are experiencing enormous amount of stress due to the dramatic physical and emotional changes in the body. Prenatal massage consists of very firm pressure, not deep. Throughout the massage the therapist will assist in alleviating joint pain do to extra weight, postural imbalance, improve breathing and relaxation.

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