Therapeutic Massage Techniques

Deep Tissue Massage:  techniques that penetrate deep into the muscle tissue to alleviate trigger points, chronically tight muscles, break up scar tissue and promote soft tissue healing.  The foundation for this work is accurate assessment of the tissue, choosing the correct technique to match the physiological needs of the tissue and progressing slowly into the deeper layers of tissue to avoid unnecessary pain or muscle armoring.

Myofascial Release:  techniques that gently stretch and mobilize the connective tissues (muscle and fascial) in the body.  This connective tissue immobilization is often the cause of pain, restricted movement, postural distortions, etc.  This work is very effective in improving circulation, decreasing spasms, reducing adhesions, decreasing pain and increasing freer movement through our the body.

Orthopedic Massage:  a comprehensive system designed specifically to assess and treat occupational, sport and other pain and injury conditions.  as a comprehensive system it utilizes a broad spectrum of treatment approaches for soft-tissue dysfunction.   it addresses pain and injury to those tissues primarily involved in locomotion: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursa, nerves, fascia, etc.  Key points of focus are pain and injury assessment evaluation, matching condition and treatment physiology, adapting the treatment to the unique needs of the client and working within the rehabilitation protocol of recovery.

Stretching:  A technique that reinforces the release and lengthening of tight muscles.  Stretching is often incorporated into a massage session to facilitate the further lengthening of hypertonic muscles.  Sessions can also stand alone.  Various methods of stretching are utilized including:  active and passive stretching, static stretching, contract/relax stretching, reciprocal inhibition, and etc.  Sessions are individualized based on client need and ability.  Our philosophy is, the body is made to move.  What better way to reinforce that than to incorporate movement in many ways during the massage session.

Swedish Massage:  the gentle manipulation of the soft tissues of the body.  Consists of long flowing strokes that relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste products, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of their body and the way to use and position it.  It facilitates the relaxation response and brings about a sense of deep relaxation and well being.

Sports Massage:  the use of various techniques that focus on the athlete's performance while preventing injuries.  Sports massage is scheduled on a regular basis as part of the training regimen and specific techniques are applied to the major muscle groups stressed in the sport.  Deep friction techniques are used to promote injury recovery and pre, post and inter event work is preformed at the event to prepare the athlete for participation or to aid in their recovery from the stress of participation.

Active Movement Technique:  A method of body work that reinforces the natural movement of the body.  Passive and active movement and range of motion are incorporated with other massage techniques to enhance release of tight muscles, break up scar tissue and facilitate active elongation or broadening of muscle fibers.  AMT works to assist the body in re-educating soft tissue by providing functional and physiological input into its movement.  Movements may be done by the therapist passively or the client actively engages the target tissue to produce a more dynamic muscular response.  Once again, our philosophy is, the body is made to move, so what better way to reinforce that than to incorporate movement in many ways during the massage session.

More to come!